Elizabeth Wickham

A Swim Mom’s Memory of the First Meet

My son missed his first event and the official in white scratched him out of his only other one. Then he was lectured by the meet administrator. “Wow. This is harsh! Not at all like T-Ball,” I thought.

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Do Coaches Look At Parents During Recruiting?

Standing at the end of my swimmer’s lane, I cheered loudly at the big meet. Next heat, I stood with a fellow swim mom and we cheered for her daughter.

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5 Things I Did Not Expect My Kids To Learn From Swimming

My kids learned things I never imagined they’d learn from being soaked in chlorine. Here are five things swimming taught my kids…

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6 Traits Swimmers Have That Employers Want

After years of swimming throughout their high school and college years, our children haven’t had much time for internships and part-time jobs.

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7 Tips for Swim Parents on the College Recruiting Process

I hope this helps you wade through pools of confusion and simplifies the process. Enjoy the recruiting experience—it’s an exciting time in your swimmer’s life—and in yours, too.

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4 Tips For Swim Parents About Recruiting

It’s a once-in-a-lifetime exciting time—having your swimmers recruited by colleges. At this point in their lives, choosing a college is the biggest decision they’ve ever made.

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One Tip for Swim Parents about Sports Specialization

Should your swimmer only swim, or participate in several sports? As a swim mom for almost 15 years, I’ve had this conversation on the pool deck over and over.

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Little Things That Count In Swimming

Whether it’s a t-shirt, cap or a bag tag, these little things in swimming mean a whole lot to our swimmers.

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4 Tips for Swim Parents on Why We Shouldn’t Coach Our Kids

If you are a coach and your son or daughter is on your team, this article is not for you. This is for us on the sidelines, the parents who give their swimmers tips, thinking we’ll help our kids improve. This is where the old adage, “coaches coach, swimmers swim and parents parent” comes into play.

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Shirley Babashoff To Headline Southern Pacific Masters Clinic

The 2017 Southern Pacific Masters Swimming Coaches Clinic will feature Olympic gold medalist Shirley Babashoff and legendary coaches Mark Schubert and Jim Montrella.

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Things To Say – Or Not To Say – To Your Swimmers

When I was a newer swim mom, I’d get all excited at meets and blurt out something to my kids that I’d later regret.

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How Can I Inspire My Child In Swimming?

Like many swim parents, I was never a swimmer myself—unless one or two summers taking Red Cross lessons counts.

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6 Reasons to Become a Swim Family

Here are several reasons why we were attracted to the pool at the beginning of our aquatic adventure…

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5 Tipps wie Schwimmer-Eltern Konflikte mit Trainern lösen können

Die Amerikanerin Elizabeth Wickham ist eine richtige “Schwimmer-Mutter”: 14 Jahre lang hat sie als Freiwillige im Schwimmverein ihrer Kinder mitgeholfen,…

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