We like to focus on technique of the swimming strokes because what a swimmer does in practice will be what they do in a meet when they are more focused on trying to swim fast. Swimmers in the 10 and under age groups will mostly swim 25s (or one length of the pool) since that is what they will be swimming in meets. Swimmers 11 and up will swim mostly 50s (two lengths of the pool). Each practice except for Mondays will focus on a single stroke, we will switch days a stoke is offered each week. So for example one week Wed will be breaststroke, Thursday backstroke and Saturday butterfly. The next week would have it could be Wed backstroke, Thursday butterfly and Saturday freestyle. I usually decide the strokes each week after the meet.
Practice on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays is broken down into the following:
- 5-10 minutes of stretching while the previous group finishes.
- 8 minutes of warm up
- 8 minutes of stroke specific kick - Kicking is very important for body position in the water. The better the body position the easier it is to move through the water.
- 8 minutes of stroke specific drill - these can be any type of drill. Usually the drill will be to correct something seen at a previous meet.
- 8 minutes of stroke swimming - putting it all together
- remaining time is spent on starts, sprints and relays.
Mondays right before meets we will focus on each stroke and fixing any issues that may cause disqualification. We will also spend more time on starts, turns and relays then on other days.
Morning and afternoon practices are the exact same practice. So on Wednesday night we will do the same stroke and drills that will be done for the Thursday morning practice. This is also true for Thursday night and Friday morning. As well as Monday morning and Monday night.
- Coach Mark