Coaching with Purpose

Coaching with Purpose

Tips, Tricks & Techniques From An Expert Synchronized Swimming Coach

3 Great Team Building Activities

I love having my teams do team building activities.  This love for team building began when I became a provincial team coach.  These teams had athletes from rival clubs, who needed to become teammates in a very short period of time.  Games focussed on team building are the best ways I have found to bring…

12&Under Sculls

Like I promised here are the 12&under sculls.  Sorry it took so long. When I coach sculling, I usually incorporate the easier sculls into the synchro portion of a warm-up.  Once the skills are becoming proficient, I swap some sculls out and put new ones.  Sometimes I have different scull warm-ups depending on the day…

Coaching 12& Under Figures according to FINA

So for some of you, your 12&under figures will not be the FINA 12&under figures.  I know in Alberta there will be modified 12&under figures based on the FINA figures.  That is not really going to change what I am going to take you through today. When coaching figures I suggest at the beginning of…

3 Tips For Coaching 12&under Figures

So this season is going to be a bit scary for some 12&under coaches for a few reasons. One of the reasons is that there are all new figures for this young age group and some of them are not so easy. Secondly, you probably will have some swimmers with little to no experience in…

Synchro Specific Yoga- The Twist

After writing my last blog and watching the videos of the twist and rotations being performed so poorly, I thought I should give you some insight on helping swimmers twist from a new perspective, a yoga perspective. Just a little background about my yoga and synchro fascination.  In 2009, I began practicing yoga privately with…

The Chicken and Egg of Synchronized Swimming

I see many coaches making a fatal mistake when they are correcting figures.  It comes back to the age old question of whether the chicken came first or was it the egg?  In synchro, the chicken or the egg question seems to be, do you correct the body position first or do you correct the…

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly- Body Boosts

My intention for this blog was to have lots of video and photos for you to enjoy and explore. Well today is the day I finally got some videos up for you. I have noticed there are a few videos on youtube for body boosts, but I feel they do not help the coach discern…

50 Synchronized Swimming Themes

I hope this post will help you find a theme. I originally was going to list 25, but 50 came so easy and I am still missing some really great themes. Leave your theme ideas in the comment box below or on my Facebook Page. Here are your 50 theme ideas. 1.  Sports. I prefer a…

5 Coaching Tips for the New Junior FINA figure “London”

Have you been to the pool yet to play around with the new FINA figures?  I am hoping you have at least read the new figures.  I have to admit I am the kind of person who likes to try the figures still.  Even though I am sure I look not so hot doing them.…

3 Things Coaches Should Do Before Starting The Season

Okay, for most coaches in Canada the new season is going to start in a just a few weeks.  I hope you took the much needed rest, but now it is time to get back at it if you want this to be your most effective season ever. I believe there are three things you…

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Includes all pattern changes and swimmer positions.