It is always hard to understand when a swimmer has been disqualified (DQ) at competition, especially after they have put so much effort into training for the event. As Coaches, it is our job to educate the swimmer on performing the correct skills and techniques, in order for this to never occur in the first place or ever again.
The main thing to remember is that disqualifications occur for a number of intrinsic and extrinsic reasons, whether it be anxiety, concentration or eagerness, to name but a few. The swimmer may be the most technically gifted around, but any of these factors can cause a DQ, for example, the eagerness to race which may result in the swimmer starting off the block early. Please use the attachment below to find out all of the DQ reasons used at competition by officials: