issue #33, April 23, 2019

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the wake-up swim

thoughts on swimming, coaching, and more from ryan woodruff
This is the Cercle des Nageurs de Marseille.  What an incredible scene!
Photo credit: @early_bird_swimmers
"A teachable spirit and a humbleness to admit your ignorance or your mistake will save you a lot of pain. However, if you're a person who knows it all, then you've got a lot of heavy-hearted experiences coming your way."

― Ron Carpenter, Jr.
14 Coaching Lessons I Learned the Hard Way
  1. Always read the meet information. This will prevent you from looking stupid and making many mistakes.
  2. Never send an email when you are mad. In fact, a phone call or in-person meeting should be mandatory if there is that much emotion involved.
  3. If a swimmer seems “off” in training for a week or more, get to the bottom of the issue ASAP - don’t just cross your fingers and hope for good things at the meet.
  4. Never burn bridges — the swimming world is a small one and there WILL come a time that you want/need that bridge.
  5. Be kind, professional, and friendly with your coaching colleagues from other teams. It is way more fun this way and you will appreciate the relationships you form.
  6. Always be sure you have checked in your distance swimmers.
  7. Never assume that your first alternate will not get to swim finals and send him/her home without scratching.
  8. If there isn’t a REALLY good reason for your swimmer to scratch an event, tell him to suck it up and go swim it. Don’t let scratching become a habit.
  9. Your swimmers’ energy and enthusiasm for practice and meets will largely reflect your own.
  10. Never trust the cuts in the heat sheet. Have an ACTUAL copy of the time standards with you at the meet.
  11. No matter how poorly a swimmer has been swimming, the next swim CAN be different, but only if the swimmer believes it.
  12. The other coaches don’t have it all figured out either.
  13. Great age group coaches are worth their weight in gold.
  14. Communicate, communicate, communicate. Failure to communicate will eventually lead to failure in performance.
  - RW
loosening up
swimming videos of the week
Today's videos all have a common theme backstroke.  The first two highlight individual differences in backstroke technique among elite-level swimmers.

1. From ASCA:

2. From @swim360coach:
3. This final video features a backstroke drill I had never seen before:

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coaching inspiration
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Thanks for reading issue #33.  Are there any coaching lessons you learned the hard way? Tweet them to me @swimmingwizard or e-mail them to me. If you have a workout you would like to share, we would love to see it and share it with the community of like-minded coaches.

Happy coaching!

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