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I Think My Child Should Move Up...

By Elizabeth Wickham, SwimSwam, 05/23/19, 12:00PM CDT

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As they move up through the levels, practices get longer and more demanding. Our children have to find balance with homework, school, swimming and other activities.

Dear Swim Mom,

I feel like my 12-year-old daughter is ready to be moved up. She’s mature for her age and faster than the other kids in her group. She’ll be turning 13 in a couple months. I mentioned it to her coach after practice and I didn’t get much of an answer. I think she’d fit in better with the senior level swimmers who are faster. What can I do to help her get moved up?

Do you have some advice on what to do?

—Wondering What to Do

Dear Wondering What to Do,

Moving up into the senior group can be an exciting time, if your child is ready. Most teams have set criteria and it’s helpful for swimmers to understand what’s required at each level.