SIP 058: The One Thing

How to be a better coach or instructor

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Episode 057 with Meighan Julbert: “Focus on the 2-3 things totally essential for swimmer’s success.”


Episode 055 with Karis Mount: “My coaches focused on the one thing that would make me improve. We were focused.”

Episode 054 with Jennifer Butler: “When giving feedback, focus on the one thing that will help them the most.”

Effective Teaching from USA Swimming:

  • One thing at a time
  • Break every move down into “chunks”
  • Aim for perfecting one ‘chunk’ each practice
  • Make your INTENT and OBJECTIVE absolutely clear
    • “This is your focus, this is your goal”
    • “When we do this, I want you to think about: x

Strong direct immediate feedback: That ties into the focus, the goal.

Avoid breaking bad habits, give new ones.

Give effective feedback in your lessons or on your swim team.


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4 lesson plans with multiple activities to fill 45 minutes.

Next week’s plans delivered every Friday.

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