Coaching Tips

Can You Do a Hurdle?

A Skill We Must Teach As I visit other clubs and choreograph routines I have noticed many swimmers lack the flexibility to do a basic hurdle position. Other times they just do not know how to get their bodies into the correct position. A lost skill? I’m starting to think that we need to make…

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One Skill A Swimmer MUST Master

Are you a Floater or a Sinker? It may seem obvious, but you must teach your swimmers to float. To some swimmers this skill comes naturally. I am a person who can naturally float. Even upside down I can float close to my knees. But you will have swimmers that cannot float at all and…

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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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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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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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Routine Workout Ideas and Thoughts

Today I wanted to follow-up on my Facebook Live Post I did on routine workouts. Here are some of my favourite routine workout ideas for team. 1/2 lap rewinds- when they finish a 1/2 lap rewind to the start of the section they just finished then push play. That is their rest. Lap by lap rewinds-…

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Flamingo Bent Knee Roll Back

I believe the roll back is a misunderstood transition. Swimmers too often begin with the head. This one needs to start like a thrust, with the lower back. The hips need to lift up, so the lower back has some room to sneak back. The correct sequencing should go: Hip lift, pelvic tilt and the…

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Top 4 Olympic Qualifier Tech Teams 2016

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