Posts Tagged ‘patterns’

My Top 10 Reasons to Become a Judge

Photo Credit- Dan Robichaud Photography I decided to become a synchronized swimming judge at the age of 16. At the time, I figured judging would keep me connected to the sport I loved after reaching university age (it took me years to discover you could still swim synchro as an adult). Also, the accuracy of…

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3 Pattern Must Do’s Before Starting This Season

You want to improve your patterns this season, then follow the three steps I am going to lay out for you. Goal Set Please do not skip this step. It is very important and necessary. How many pattern changes per lap do you want in the routine? How many unique patterns changes do you want…

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A Unique Way to Train Synchronization

Now this way to train synchronization occurred completely by accident. I was filming patterns for my pattern book and there is something in the book I call “synchronization options”. From doing the synchronization options I noticed we got better at synchronization. And there was no coach guiding us either! Let me step back and explain…

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13 Reasons Synchronization Errors Happen in Patterns

I absolutely love analyzing, training and creating pattern changes. There are some obvious and maybe not so obvious reasons that pattern changes are unsynchronized. Here are 13 points to consider to increase your teams synchronization ability. There are NO COUNTS. Coaches you need to choreograph the start count of a pattern, the move counts and the…

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A Few Thoughts From the Shiseido Canadian Open

I was fortunate this year that the Canadian Open was only a few hours away from me, so I drove up in the morning to catch the combo and team events. I highly recommend that if you get a chance to go to a competition to observe you should. You really get a different perspective.…

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10 Ways to Use My Pattern Book

I just created a video for you guys on 10 ways to use my pattern book. Synchronized Swimming: Patterns, Pattern Changes and Synchronization Options. You can watch the video below or read the blog. 1. Synchronization Use the synchronization option section of the book to get your swimmers to synchronize with each other. Put the…

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Pattern Training

It has been much too long since I have posted anything here. I went to the pool on Monday night with the Nova Synchro Club and I got some great videos and photos that I can use in my blog posts. At the end we played around with some pattern changes. They had a group of ten and…

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5 Pattern Change Fundamentals You Should be Following

This month I have been working hard at getting my book ready to send to a publisher.  I have been immersed in all things pattern changes, so I thought I would share some gems from my book with you. These are in no particular order. 1.  Discover the in-between patterns that can be checked as…

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My Top 5 Pattern Tips for Choreography

When it comes to choreographing patterns for your routine I want you to consider my 5 suggestions: 1.  Plan Ahead   Plan out your patterns BEFORE practice.  Ideally, you would plan out all the patterns for your routine ahead of time.  Planning ahead will make your practice efficient.  You can even use the initials of…

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Top 4 Olympic Qualifier Tech Teams 2016

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Includes all pattern changes and swimmer positions.