issue #39, June 4, 2019

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the wake-up swim

thoughts on swimming, coaching, and more from ryan woodruff
How have I been to Austin, Texas so many times for swim meets and not heard about the Barton Springs Pool? Looks like the perfect place for some open water training.
Photo credit: @yeaaboii (left) and @luna_diver (right)

"You will not ALWAYS be motivated, so you must learn to be DISCIPLINED."
I am a fan of Olivier Poirier-Leroy's writing.  His columns on SwimSwam consistently hit topics that I find useful in my coaching, and his book has helped my swimmers. Among his recent work is 5 Scientifically Backed Ways to Have Better Swim Practices, a solid piece whose audience is swimmers.  This inspired my 5 Reminders to Myself to Have Better Swim Practices (maybe they can help you too):
1. Plan the "fun" element of practice.  It doesn't have to be a game, but some element of silliness, competition, or both does wonders for group (and coach) morale. Don't let it slip by the wayside.
2. Communicate expectations clearly and not in a rush.  Avoid frustration and make practice run more smoothly by making sure everyone is on the same page. Take an extra minute to explain the 'why' behind the 'what'.
3. Focus on the individual.  Don't "run a practice" but instead focus on reaching every individual every day to make sure they get coaching that isn't just in broad strokes as part of the group.
4. Always be coaching.  Seize the teachable moments at every opportunity.
5. Time spent on kicking is time well spent.  Do not neglect the legs, but keep it interesting and motivating so that they will kick with enthusiasm and energy.
- RW
loosening up
swimming videos of the week
1. Coaching technique effectively depends very much on getting the athlete to visualize/feel exactly what you are trying to work on.  This video has some great cues for backstroke technique (from @haharm):

2. This series of dryland exercises caught my attention -- it combines strength, balance, and posture very well (from @haharm):
3. This might be the next challenge that everybody is trying at practice (from @swimnicee):
favorite stuff from the blog
coaching inspiration
Thanks for reading issue #39.  I hope you continue to do awesome things with your team and that this e-mail helps in some small way. Feel free to forward this to anyone you feel that might benefit as well. If you are new to this e-mail, you can always sign up here.

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