As a Level 1 ASCA swim coach and USA swim coach and a mother of 2 Age group swimmers age 12 and 13 I would love your advice about what you think should be the commitment of these swimmers. Example, do you expect them not to take vacations during the swim calendar year with their family or attend birthday parties or miss a few practices for family events. I'm trying to educate my families as well as understand the expectations of my head coaches for my kids. My kids are Age group qualifier kids and borderline sectional qualifiers.
I want to understand balance for kids and sport and trying to be a competitive swimmer at what age do you need to give up family vacations or fully committ to not doing anything else. Thank you.