PVS Parents

PVS Parents' Frequency Asked Questions (FAQ)

PVS Swimming Glossary

Safe Sport Parent Education

USA Swimming has now made available a parent education program for their members. The course takes 15-20 minutes, is free, and can be accessed on the USA-S Website under the header "Free Training for Parents".

All non-athlete members of USA-S (coaches & officials) are already required to complete Safe Sport Training.

Read the following two articles about how the most famous swim parent in the U.S., Debbie Phelps, has dealt with her child's swimming career.



Resources for Parents from USA Swimming

USA Swimming Parents Page
(A source of lots of useful information for parents)

Swimming 101 - The Basics

Glossary of Swimming Terms

A Rules Primer

10 Commandments for Swimming Parents

NCAA Guide for the College Bound Student-Athlete

Becoming a swim official is the best way for a parent to be involved in their child's sport. There are many different officiating jobs at swim meets, so you should be able to find something that interests you. Check out the requirements to become an official and a clinic schedule on the PVS Officials Web Site. Or, contact your club's Officials Chair for more information.

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