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Pre race Preparation and Instructions

Pre race Preparation and Instructions

So, what should a coach say to a junior athlete prior to a race? We have been asked many times to provide some examples of what you will get as a member of Swim Coach Advantage. This is just one example of the many different videos that are provided to members. Find...

Changing the Game in Youth Sports

Changing the Game in Youth Sports

What are the five simple words that parents can say to their children that will always motivate them? John O'Sullivan takes a look at youth sports and what motivates children to take part in sport. So why do children play sports? And why do children quit sports? How...

Fuel for Swimming Training and Competition

Fuel for Swimming Training and Competition

The body needs fuel to drive performance and if that fuel runs out then fatigue will set in.  It is important to consider fuel for swimming in both training sessions and in the competition environment. There are issues associated with eating and drinking during...

Sprint Freestyle Perfection

Sprint Freestyle Perfection

So, what does sprint freestyle perfection look like? Leigh Nugent was fortunate enough to be at the Australian Short Course Championships recently in Adelaide where he observed freestyle sprint swimming perfection. Cate Campbell was back in action after a lay off...

Pre-race Instruction and Post-race Evaluation

Pre-race Instruction and Post-race Evaluation

On race day, a coach's input should help the swimmer to reproduce what they have been prepared to do. This includes pre-race instruction and post-race evaluation. For junior swimmers in particular it is essential for the coach to keep any pre-race instruction simple...

Offering Similar Opportunities to all Swimmers

Offering Similar Opportunities to all Swimmers

It's important that you make sure de-selected swimmers get similar opportunities as selected swimmers. Invariably as a swim coach we will have to make judgement calls on which swimmer goes into which squad or team.  This can be difficult for some coaches because we...

The Importance of Correct Demonstrations

The Importance of Correct Demonstrations

As a swim coach, are you demonstrating correctly to your swimmers? Using correct demonstrations will fast-track the development of swimmers under your guidance. Everybody has heard the old saying that a picture paints a thousand words. When you stand as a coach in...

Improving Swimming Efficiency

Improving Swimming Efficiency

Learn how to improve swimming efficiency. Swimming efficiently in competitive swimming terms could be described as swimming at a desired speed in a manner where there is minimal energy cost for maximum forward velocity or distance covered over time. What does that...

The 4 P’s of Swim Coaching

The 4 P’s of Swim Coaching

Do you follow a process in your swim coaching to prepare and instruct athletes? Walking on deck with a training session in hand and a focus for that session is vital to teaching/coaching success. I have worked over my swim coaching life with what I call the 4 P’s. The...

Observations of Age Group Racing

Observations of Age Group Racing

Making mistakes in age group racing is a normal aspect of the development process of an athlete but ... We have come to the end of the 2016/17 long course racing or competition period in Australia and before we move on to our short course preparations it is worth...

How To Breaststroke Like Leisel Jones

How To Breaststroke Like Leisel Jones

Want to know the secret to the perfect breaststroke stroke so you too can breaststroke like Leisel Jones? Firstly when I say how to breaststroke like Leisel Jones I am referring to the key components that technically made her a consistent performer over a long period...

Swimming Club Development

Swimming Club Development

Why club and coach development is so important for a strong swimming nation. There has been a lot of discussion in recent times in regards to the strength of swimming in Australia.  Australia is known as a strong swimming nation and that strength has built off the...

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