Developmental Swim Practices

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View over 300 custom swim practices written for Developmental Swim Team Level 4. Our groups consist of beginners ages 5-13 and their first experience with a competitive swim team.

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Daily swim practice for a developmental swim team. Follow along with the exact same materials I use on deck, and give to my assistant coaches to follow along.

Practices have now moved on-site to You’ll have to be a member to access the page. Trello’s cost became prohibitive and here you’ll get custom artwork, and a central place to view and see every practice available, as well as a master page with every activity we do.

Draw from a huge bank of swim skills and follow the exact practices we do with our own USA Swimming competitive developmental team. Swimmers that have gone through this program have won state championships, gone to Junior Nationals, and started their competitive career with essential habits already in place.

You get unfettered access to run your swim program better.

As of Winter 2017-2018 we’ve started adding in “Coaches Challenges.” These are two to three things designed to get you out of your routine, to move you towards better interactions with your swimmers, and to make you better at teaching.

I have a lot of new assistant coaches this year, and I wanted to develop a way to get them engaged faster than typical; often I let new people just listen for a couple of weeks absorbing the material and flow. The assistant coaches that I have now are familiar with swimming: they know the strokes, how to do them, and how to swim. I coached them! They don’t know how to be effective and fun coaches though. These “coaches challenges” are foremost designed to improve their ability to teach swimming well. Secondary, they are fun and interesting challenges for us on deck to get a fresh perspective. Join in the fun, join in the challenge, and do our Coaches Challenges with us!


An example post:


100 IM Kick

100 BR kick on your back. Keep knees underwater

2 x 25 Position 11

Question of the Day: Is breaststroke kick a “push” or a “squeeze?”
Y = 50 BR
N = 50 1 FLY + 5 FREE

4 x 25 on 1:00 FREE speedplay

Split up into two groups:

Group 1:

3 x SL + 1 FLY + 1 BR

SL with fly kick.

Do one full fly stroke, without a breath.

After returning to Position 11, initiate Breaststroke.

Arms with a breath.

Kick and a glide.

Group 2:

5 x SL + “Lift and Flex”

Streamline, then lift feet up, and flex them. Hold in that position.

Get back together into one group

3 x {

4 x 25 on 1:00 2 FLY + 1 BR: LONG GLIDE Fly kick the rest of the 25.

1 x 100 BK K

1 x challenge

True or False Game

Everyone gets out of the water. Line up with a fair amount of space between each person. Two feet’s toes on the edge.

“If I say something true, you jump in. If I say something false, do not jump in.

If you’re wrong, you’re out. Last one in wins. If everyone is out, I win.”

1st statement is easy and always true.
“This is a swimming pool.” or something similar.

Then ask swimming questions getting ever more specific.
“you must touch the wall with 2 hands on freestyle” – False. You don’t HAVE to.

Make statements about the coach that the swimmers would know.
“My name is…”
“I went to high school at…”
innocuous innocent facts that are appropriate for a child setting.



Step 1: Click on “My Account” under the “Shop” tab.

Step 2: Click on “Site Admin” to see your dashboard.

Step 3: Hover or click on “Swim Plans” on the top left, and select “add new.”

Step 4: Enter your Title, this is what your practice or plan will be called. Click on the “+” symbol at the top left to “add a block.”

Step 5: Wait for the “reusable” blocks to load. Should take about 20 seconds. Click on the tab and choose any of the premade blocks we use for our swim lesson plans and practices. As more are added you’ll see them show up here.

*Note. Once it has loaded in the page, you won’t need to wait again..

Step 6: If you choose, filter the selections by typing the search at the top. Or, select one of the listed choices. Sample them out!
You can see ALL of the swim plan components at his link:

Step 7: Add blocks to your practice using the premade plans, or create your own! Insert images, text, videos and more!

Do you want to make changes? Small updates and personal adjustments to the pre-existing activities? Maybe you want to do 5 times an activity or 2 times instead of the listed 3. 

You can make changes directly in your dashboard!

Click on the box, and then click again on the 3 dots at the top left. In the dropdown, click again on the “Convert to regular Blocks.”

Once you click on that link you’ll be able to make any changes to thes premade blocks on your own. You won’t mess anything up, and you’ll have your own custom version of the templates we made!

Step 8: When you’re finished, hit “publish” on the upper right, or the blue button. Click it a second time after confirming that you are ready to publish.

Step 9: Find a list of all of your swim lesson plans and practices under the “practices > Swim Plans” menu item. Or follow this link:


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