My two kids are on the neighborhood swim team and a couple of parents have noticed that two mothers are cheating so their kids can win. They do this by being the time keepers on the lane their kids are swimming in and fudging the results and by that I mean shaving off seconds from their kids swim time. We have one more swim meet before the season is over. Should I say something? It’s not like I have a video that shows them doing it. It’s just something a few of us have noticed happening.
Signed, I Hate Cheaters
Dear I Hate Cheaters,
You’re not going to like my advice because I’m going to tell you to NOT confront these two moms. Like you said you have no solid proof and trust me on this once you suggest they’re playing fast and loose with their kid’s swim times a big old, ugly, suburban “I’m going sue you” storm will hit the cue de sac. You know what I’m talking about – the cheater moms will start threatening to sue you, the swim team association, the HOA, you name it. So, do not go there. No good will come from it. Instead, get sneaky. Do everything in your power to make sure these moms are not the ones being the lane timers when their kids swim. It won’t be easy but I’m sure you can figure out a way to get them away from the pool area. Seriously, tell them their cars are being towed or something. Next, you’re going to have to get actively involved in your neighborhood swim team. Get yourself on the board and insist that swim rules and regulations are enforced. I know somewhere it’s written that parents can’t be the lane timer when their kids are swimming. No go get em!