Welcome Swimming Parents!
Whether you’re the parent of a first time swimmer, or have been involved in the swimming community for years, being a swimming parent is about a lot more than driving your kids to practice and meets, and making sure they have all their equipment and get there on time. In fact, you’re the most valuable resource we’ve got.
As a parent of a Middle Atlantic swimmer. you play an important role contributing to the success of your child, their team, and all of MA Swimming. You’re their primary role model, and along with their coaches, help to reinforce the value of physical health, good sportsmanship, and hard work and dedication while creating a fun, safe, and positive learning environment.
Beyond that, parents are really the life blood of our sport–from serving on swim club boards and organizing fundraisers and special events for their teams, to timing, working the concession stand, and serving as Safety Monitors, Officials, and Meet Directors, our parents put in countless hours volunteering for their clubs and at meets. Without them–without you–none of what we do would be possible.
Parent Welcome Kit
If you’re new to the sport, we encourage you check out USA Swimming’s Parent Welcome Kit. Here you will find basic information on what to expect at a swim meet, how to track times, and advice on how to interact with your child’s coach. We also recommend this introductory article on The Benefits of Swimming.
Safe Sport Program
We take your child’s safety seriously, and offer free online athlete protection training to the parents of our member athletes through USA Swimming’s Safe Sport Program. Hundreds of our parents have gone through the program, where they learn how to help protect children from sexual abuse. The program includes information about how offenders operate, how to recognize and respond to boundary violations, myths and facts about child sexual abuse, and USA Swimming’s Athlete Protection Policies and Procedures.
Most volunteering is handled through your individual clubs, but there are also many opportunities to volunteer through Middle Atlantic Swimming as well. We’re always looking for new Officials and Meet Directors, as well as members and chairs for various MA Swimming committees.
Become An Official – At our MA Swimming Officials Website, you’ll be able to find everything you need to know about upcoming officials’ clinics, and other requirements for becoming an official.
Become a Meet Director
If you’re interested in becoming a Meet Director, the best thing to do is contact the Meet Director for an upcoming meet and ask to be trained. This will give you an idea of what a Meet Director’s responsibilities are, and being trained by a certified Meet Director is also part of the training requirements. For more information on what Meet Directors do, you’ll also want to check out the Meet Director Handbook,
Becoming an Operational Risk Director
Operational Risk Directors are responsible for athlete and overall safety at meets, and handle safety and incident reports. As with Meet Directors, the main requirement for becoming an Operational Risk Director is training under a certified operational risk director for at least 2 meets. If you are interested, we encourage you to contact the Meet or Operational Risk Director for an upcoming meet and ask to be trained.
Become a Committee Member
A part of our duties as the governing body for USA Swimming in the local area, MA Swimming has development a variety of committees to support areas of focus such as Club Development, Safe Sport, and our Zone Team. We encourage parents, coaches, older athletes, and other non-athlete members to participate on these committees, we encourage you to contact us.