Posts Tagged ‘synchro’

Surface Arch Drill

Training the Arms without Worrying About the Legs. I learned this years ago at a synchro camp for coaches and athletes and I have been using it ever since. It is great because the swimmers only need to focus on what the arms are doing. Here is the video of the different options of the drill! Steps: 1.…

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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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Sleep Your Way To a Better Performance

Episode 1 Sleep can improve your performance. Listen to episode 1 of my interview with Bianca van der Meulen on why sleep is so important. https://theonlinesynchrocoach.com/tosc/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Sleep.mp3 Here is what I asked our expert: Can you tell us how sleep can have a positive role in athletic performance? When does REM sleep occur and are there…

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Getting Kids to Focus at Practice

Tips I’ve Learned Over the Years When I was a student at the University of Alberta I took a class specifically on teaching children 12&under. the scary thing I ever had to do was lead a lesson for two and three year olds!!! Here are some valuable tips I learned from class and over the…

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Float or Sink

I am kidding with the title. I just wanted to get your attention. In this article, I will talk about floating and staying afloat, not sinking, unless you do it gracefully. For some it is not as easy as it looks. I did not have that problem because I have always had fat in my…

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Are You Trying?

Our Words Are Powerful Today, I want to bring you attention to the word TRY.    Have you ever caught yourself saying “I’ll try next time.” or ” Ok I’ll try that.” Perhaps coaches have you ever said, “can you try that section again.” Busted. I often use try. There is a much better word…

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Surface Prawn Open to Split – Drill on Deck

Do you ever have challenges getting the horizontal leg to stay stationary when the other leg is opening to split? What about the hips shifting while the leg opens to split? Those are common errors that happen to swimmers on the pike to split transition for Surface Prawn. Below is a link to a drill…

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Choreography- The Clapping Exercise

First off, I would like to mention that I do not consider myself the most artistic coach out there. I really prefer the technical side, so I work extra hard to boost up choreography skills. This is a really cool exercise that I am pretty sure I learned from Biz Price. What an amazing and…

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FINA Worlds- A Masters Perspective

I am super excited to have a guest post from members of the Vancouver Masters Synchro Club. I loved seeing all their posts on Instagram from Worlds in the picturesque Budapest and thought I would love to hear about their journey. Enjoy! My name is Jordan and I’ve been the head coach at Vancouver Masters Synchro since…

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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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Top 4 Olympic Qualifier Tech Teams 2016

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