1. Ask themselves: What did I do right?
2. Ask themselves: What could I have done better?
3. Then ask them to visualize, focus and prepare for their next event.
By using these steps this helps a swimmer prepare for each individual event. If a swimmer has a rough race they can put it behind them. If the swimmer has a great race they may not focus on the job that still needs to be done and these steps can help them refocus. Remember as parents to let the athletes work through these steps themselves. It is important to refrain from answering the questions for them, they just need your encouragement. It is always best to leave the coaching to the coaches.
Thoughts and reflections taken from Swimming World Magazine.