Swim Coaches Blog


Even More on Mechanics


MECHANICS: There are five categories and I am going to elaborate on #4 Momentum as it could be the most important to understand. The others are talked about in the Coaches Guide. Back of the hand mechanics with “arm and hand” as one-paddle. The catch and finish of each stroke. Body position and reducing drag […]

All Swimmers Need…


To feel comfortable in the water. To know stroke counts (per lap) for all strokes. To understand timing of all strokes. To have excellent walls and turns. To practice with proper stroke mechanics. A swimmer also needs experience racing and that takes, a long time and hundreds of races for mechanics and strategies of each […]

Extra Sleep Improves Athletic Performance


Participants in this ongoing study were five healthy students on the Stanford University men’s and women’s swimming teams. For the first two weeks of the study, the students maintained their usual sleep-wake pattern. The athletes then extended their sleep to 10 hours per day for six to seven weeks. Athletic performance was assessed after each regularly scheduled […]

Tapering for Your Event


The athlete must be in aerobic shape and strong before you start fine-tuning or “taper”. Tapering needs more attention and understanding in our sport. What is the most important part of the season to you? Aerobic phase, anaerobic training, weights, deck based dryland and kicking? The truth is, they all are essential and coaches/swimmers need […]

Grand Prix Meets


Coaches I feel we need to voice our opinions about a few issues at the Grand Prix meets. I was recently at the Indy Grand Prix meet in March.  As some of you know they have capped the meets at 700 swimmers. One of the Grand Prix meets closed in hours.  The B flight was […]

The Number One Problem Facing Swimming


I feel the culture of quick gratification and instant success is the main thing coaches have to learn to coach around is the number one problem facing the sport. We can outsmart the younger generation by creating daily, weekly and more creative test sets that helps the young athlete feel good about their efforts. Demanding […]