Swim team during Covid-19; indoor plan

Our USA Swimming team is starting swimming practices again starting this week, June 18th. We’ve been paying attention to the guidelines put forth by our state, Illinois, and have worked with our risk management agency to implement safe protocols for users and staff. My wife is immune compromised and I’ve been taking the social isolation …

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What Aquatic Professionals can learn from the Super Bowl

This afternoon you might be at a super bowl party or at your home nuzzling the chili cheese hotdogs you eat once a year. Maybe you’re suffering through the gameplay to see the commercials or maybe you’re a diehard fan. Personally I want San Francisco to win. Not because I know anything about them but …

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How to quickly write developmental swim practices that are fun and effective.

I recently published the book, “How to create fun and effective Developmental swim practices.” I thought I could show you exactly how I write practices on a daily basis. It is super easy from my end and I’m curious if any would like to have access to the same bank of skills and software on …

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Pre-Tryout Clinic Day 2

Introduce the “Flow” 2 x 25 1= FREE 2 = BK Question of the Day: What strokes use “flutter kick?” Y = 1 jump off block N = 4 spins with nothing touching in the shallow end. 1 x 25 FR with side breathing

Swimming Game – Give a Gift, Take a Swim

Category: Group activity, Social Core Skill: Coach’s choice Name: Valentine’s Day Practice I like to do different things for the holidays. Most of the kids that participate on our swim team are in grade school or middle school. They’re somewhere between 5 years old and 13 on the developmental swim team. For Valentine’s Day I …

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Swimming Game – President’s Day Trivia

Category: Group Activity Core Skill: General Swimming / Quiz Name: President’s Day Trivia This game is actually a trivia portion with a bunch of little mini-games inside of it associated with each President. Holidays are a good excuse to do something different or new.  I remember inventing the baseball swim game for our swim group during the …

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Variations on standard techniques for better swimming

At Swimming Ideas we’re all about ability, skill, and learning over endurance. I’d rather see someone swim well than swim sloppy for 200 yards. Perhaps I should say that we’re in the business of “fun and effective” swimming. In fact, I wrote a whole book about creating “fun and effective swim games.”  Through our swim …

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