Last evening after practice two of the coaches came upstairs to talk to parents. Our pool is actually downstairs from the main lobby and the club has wisely (very wisely) adopted no parents on deck policy. The coaches also wisely (extremely wisely) duck out a back door some evenings. They all have full-time jobs and families and like to get home. They also make a point of coming upstairs and chatting with parents several times a week. Last night was one of those evenings.
They were surrounded by parents with questions about this weekends meet.
What time is warm-ups?
Which pool is hosting the meet?
Is there positive check-in?
Is 200 free first or last?
I was unfortunately sitting way too close and overheard all of this madness.
The most reliable source for all of this information is the meet announcement. Which is online. Everything you could ever want to know about the meet. You can pull it up on your phone. Your ipad. Heck you can even print it on paper on highlight information that matters to you. The club also emails everyone attending the meet ALL of this information the night before the meet starts – that would be tonight.
These are not parents that are new to the sport, most of their kids are in the advanced groups.
When everyone had their fill of stupid questions I asked the single most important question of all. Do you want your usual order from Starbucks.
Coaches aren’t complex creatures. Ask them the important questions. Ask your kids first though, they probably already know the answer. Grace had already gotten their coffee order. We are professionals at this. Watch and learn people…