“Pull, Breathe, Arms-over, Dive (Shoulders), Kick, Long”

Introduction to Butterfly

Some teachers say ‘forget the legs’, others ‘forget the arms.’ It depends rather on how advanced they are. For beginning emphasis on the kick and flude, snaking movement through the water. Then add the arms.

Once they are swimming fly and have the arm stroke telling them to ‘forget the legs’ can improve the timing of the kick.

On the Side of the Pool

Fig. 1 Dolphin Kick from ‘The Swimming Drill Book’  Ruben Guzman part 22

Take swimmers through the dolphin kick: from the hips.

Fig. 2 Dolphin Kick from ‘The Swimming Drill Book’  Ruben Guzman part 22

Demonstrate the kick action from the hips, then have them do the same in the water.

  • Hips back and forwards to kick like a dolphin or merman.

Beth Ross’s Fly Arms sequence

Lie on the side of the pool head over the edge.

  • Hands at side.
    • 1. Flick wrist
    • 2. Raise arm
    • 3. Bring arm over.
    • 4. Repeat

Dolphin resting on lane rope. Legs pointing straight down … as they have done poolside.

Kicking

  • Kick with Woggle: with arms out.
  • 1 x 25m Kick on Front (KOF)
  • 1 x 25m Kick on Back (KOB
  • 1 x 25m Kick on Front (KOF)
  • 1 x 25m Kick on Side (KOS)

Drills

  • Single arm fly.
  • 1+1+1 one right, one left, fullstroke.

G4 did a dive into fly with four kicks to the pull, counting out 4 kicks with 5th the arms in, and 6th the arm pull.

Dead swimmer (From ‘The Swim Drill Book’)

Then from the streamlined position then dolphin kick into FC shallow end and deep, on the ‘T’ or under the flags.

Part: Arms

  • Single Arm 6 kicks to one pull

Watch the straight arm as it comes over

“Kick the hand in, Kick the hand out”

Focus points : Timing of breathing/Rhythm

Whole: Full Stroke

  • From a dive.

Focus points : Hand entry position/Body movement and undulation

Turns : Transition into stroke.

Focus point : No breathing first stroke

Fun Activities

  • Bounce from a pencil jump
  • ‘Sea Otter’
  • Handstands
  • Somersaults
  • Mushroom float
  • Sitting/Lying on the bottom of the pool

Starts and Turns

Fig.1. The importance of streamlining. “Dead Swimmer’ sequence from ‘The Swim Drills Book’ Ruben Guzman

Warm Up

50s FC and BC with emphasis on smooth swimming and long legs. I run through in a multitude of adjectives:

  • Slinky
  • Smooth
  • Silent
I draw on drills from Ruben Guzman’s ‘The Swim Drill Book’
  • Smooth
  • Sneaky

Send them on a secret mission

What works wonders with the younger swimmers is to tell them that they are ‘secret agents’ on a ‘secret mission’ and have to swim in the dark without being seen or heard.The result can be highly controlled, smooth swimming – just the kind of thing you’d hope for from a squad rather than a teaching group.

I centre everything on streamlining in starts and turns so start off where I usually end with a streamlined bounce, a handstand with emphasis on long legs and pointy toes, then a cannon ball and somersault.

Fun activities include:

  • Streamlined bounce off the bottom. Jack in the box style trying to touch the 5m flags, or the length of the pool.
  • Mushroom float
  • Summersault
  • Canon-ball summersault over the side of the pool – taught in an ASA Course
  • Canon-ball backwards fall over the side of the pool
  • Sea Otter – a series of playful duck dives the length of the pool

The formal sequence into starts and turns:

  • glide out to the flags (or beyond)
  • glide and add a few dolphin kicks
  • then glide, dolphin kick a single stroke of FC and tumble (flip)
  • then glide, dolphin kick and two strokes.
  • do Fly here as it is appropriate to do so

Repeat on the back with backstroke

Then with breastroke.

From the centre of the pool do turns into the wall, potentially with swimmers heading off to opposite ends of the pool and meeting in the middle. This can be done as a relay. A large float can be used for bouyancy.

Fig.2 Dive, flight, entry, glide. From ‘The Swim Drill Book’ by Ruben Guzman.

From a dive:

  • Glide
  • Glide and add the BR underwater stroke
  • the full BR transition
  • And from 10 m out all the turns.

And with time spare some fun activities and efforts to fault correct.

TEACHING GROUP PROGRAMME Jan 2015-March 2015

 

w/c

Stroke

Contrast

Notes

Mon 5th  Jan

Front crawl

Diving

Mon 12th Jan Backstroke Back-stroke turns

Mon 19th   Jan

Breaststroke

BRS Turns

Mon 26th Jan Butterfly Fly Turns

Mon 2nd  Feb

Starts and Turns

F/C & B/C turns

Mon 9th Feb

Breast-stroke

Breast-stroke

Turns
Mon 16th Feb Backstroke Back-stroke turns

Mon 23rd   Feb

Butterfly

Fly Turns

Mon 2nd March

Frontcrawl

F/C starts

Mon 9th March

Assessments All assessments to handed in by the end of this week

Mon 16th March

Individual Medley

Medley Turns

Mon 23rd March T.10/T.15

Use/Intro of Pace clock

Grades 2-4 T10

Grades 5-8 T15

Mon 30th March Starts and Turns

Fly/BR Turns

Competitive Start Award Testing

Backstroke for 9-12 year olds, MSM Grades 4 and 5 (ASA equivalent NPTS 9 to 10) (+G8 additions)

G4/G5 G8
Post registration Pre-Pool By the wall, left shoulder, palm facing thigh, rotate arm as if bringing it out of the water, rotate so that the palm faces the tiles, twist shoulder, drop and ‘pull’ down to the thigh. Repeat. x3. Then turn and face the other way. Use Ruben Guzman. X
Streamlined positon against the wall X
Streamlined bounce in the water

Push and glide off the wall for start and turns.

X
WARM UP 2 x 50m FC

Emphasis on ‘long legs’ and ‘silent, smooth swimming’.

100s
1 x 50m BC

Emphasis on body position, head back as if resting on a pillow.

MAIN SET 2 x 50m BC kick 50s
1 x 50m Float over knees. Knees should not touch, float should not bounce. Keep the legs long.
1 x 50m Ideally, kicker float above the head, held at sides.

Stretch. Body position flat on the water.

2 x 25m Pull along the lane rope

Instruct them to swap arms / Help them get the drill right

100m
Applied FUN Double arm down the lane 1 x 25m

Emphasis on a steady flutter kick

Off the block with a pencil jump then streamlined bounce to the shallow end

+G8 Single arm BC – stretched out and under the water

Swap arm after 25m

50
Single arm BC – arm raised for entire length.

Swap arm after 25m

Push and glide on the back in the shallow end

Add a dolphin kick

Start the stroke with ONE arm while stretched out

DRILLS 2 x 25m Submarine periscope

During stroke HOLD the arm in the vertical, laser the ceiling, then continue the stroke

Emphasis on a steady flutter kick

50m
Repeat 2 x 25m Typically have the best one demonstate

Emphasis on counting three seconds when the arm is raised

2 x 25m Have them go down in pairs, side by side, synchronising the raised arm
RACE PACE 1 x 25m race pace BC

From the shallow end

Streamlined glide

Dolphin kick into stroke

Steady breathing

1 x 25m race pace BC

Using the grip on the block

Dive backwards into glide and dolphin kick

Sea Otter

1 x 25m

On frony, duck dive to the bottom, up to the top, swim along on your back, roll over.

FUN END Somesaults (towards BC turn)

Front Crawl – Grades 4 and 5

09h15 The Dolphin, Haywards Heath

I had two lanes: five in one, four in the other. Our first day back, but possibly some kids going to local private schools are still on holiday. The approach the club takes is to determine the main stroke and alternative activity for the week; in this case, front crawl and diving.

I add in plenty of streamlining exercises which serves many roles: body position, pushing off and gliding out of turns and dives and of course for diving itself.

A warm up might be no more that 50m Front Crawl and 50m Back Crawl.

‘Dead Swimmer’ in Ruben Guzman. The Swim Drill Book.

I then use the Kindle to show a page from Ruben Guzman book on how to do what I call ‘dead swimmer’ where the swimmers go from floating on the surface of the water into a streamline position, and from there with a few butterfly kicks into Front Crawl. We did this in the shallow end, starting at the ‘T’ of the lane and under the flags in the deep end. Four times.

2 x 50m FC Kick

2 x 50 FC Single Arm, changing arm at 25.

‘For fun’ tucking a kicker float between the legs and touching it with each stroke.

Also for fun, bouncing the length of the pool in the streamlined position.

From pushing off and gliding we added first the a dolphin kick, then added the stroke.

With a dive we did a couple of sprints.

Some backstroke, but with one boy not allowed to do breaststroke at the moment I kept off it. Ditto butterfly – work on the leg kick will help with butterfly development.

In every case I have their names within a few lengths. Not rocket science. I just go to the trouble of getting a fix on the face and the name and by using it often I am quickly corrected where I get it wrong. Kids are far more responsive when you use their name. Unless they are all of a very similar standard I will get them into ‘speed order’, though this is often more like ‘enthusiasm order’. I’ll alter the order often to try to stop anyone feeling they have ownership of a slot, whether at the front or at the back.

All reasonable swimmers and it made a change that all could dive.

Ages 9 – 11

A progressive set through top teaching groups into Mini and Bronze. FC/BC uwphase, rotational turns

G6, 7 & 9 MINI & BRONZE                                                                                                Date….27/10/2010

 

POOL SESSION TIME SESSION LENGTH

Ardingly (4x25m)                5.45pm -8.30pm                                          45 mins / 1 hr

 

FC BC & FLY

UW phase & rotational turns

G6,7,8,9 Teaching Group  (T) Age 9-11
Mini     (M) Age 9-11/12
Bronze (B) Age 11/12

SETS/

STROKE

ACTIVITY/COMMENTS OFF-TIMES/ TOT

TOT

DIS

REPS SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS REST/TRGT
 

B

 

 

4X100

 

 

F/C

 

 

Kick 25 Explosive 50 Moderate 25 Explosive

 

 

@1:45

 

 

10

M

 

 

 

 

1X100

1X100

1X100

1X100

 

FC

BC

FC

BC

 

Full Stroke

Full Stroke

Drill – Zip it Up

Drill – Roll Shoulder

 

@2:00

@2:15

@2:30

@3:00

 

 
T

 

 

1X50

1X50

1X50

1X50

 

 

FC

BC

FC

BC

Full Stroke

Full Stroke

Drill – Zip it Up

Drill – Roll Shoulder

N.B. BALANCE/SYMETRY/STREAMLINING

@1:00

@1:15

@1:30

@1:45

 

 

 
B

 

M

 

T

 

10X50

 

8X50

 

8 x 25

 

FC

 

FC

 

FC

 

Piggy-back (kick/arms)

 

FC Zip Up 25m, Full Stroke 25m

 

FC Zip Up 25m, Full Stroke 25m

 

 

@0.50

 

@1:15

 

 

 

10
B

 

M

 

T

8X50

 

4X50

 

4 x 25

Fly/BC

 

Fly/BC

 

Fly/BC

5m UW kick off start and turn minimum

 

 

 

Streamlined.

@0:50

 

@01:00

 

 

10

 

 

 

B

 

 

M

 

 

 

 

 

T

 

4X100

 

 

8X25

 

 

 

 

 

4X25

 

FC/BC/

FLY

 

Fly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legs Only (+ fins)

 

 

Superman

(Walk along bottom & add arms)

2+2+2

8 kicks to one arm pull

4 kicks to one arm pull

 

Alt: Superman

(Walk along bottom & add arms)

 

@1:00

 

 

 

@1:00

 

 

 

 

@1:00

10

 

 

 

      RELAY PLUNGE + Dolphin kick to 12.5m   10
 

200

 

2 x 100

 

FC

 

Bilateral breathing every 3,5,7,9,7,5,3

 

  10

 

 

Total Distance

1700m – 2200m

Total Time

60 mins

Evaluation of Session

 

 

BREASTSTROKE G6, G7, G8, G9, Mini and Bronze

A versatile 45 mins to 60 mins aerobic session based on Breaststroke, with breaststroke progressions, starts and turns and some fun alternative activities.

WARM UP

2 x 100m alt FC into BC                              200                            5 mins                     r.15

2 x 100m alt BR into FC                              200                             5 mins                    r.15

Emphasis on streamlined drive off the wall in turns

4 x 75m as FLY, BC, BR.                             300                            8 mins                       r.10

Drive at start from the blocks.

 

BR 8 x 50m

2 x 50 BR kick                                          r.10

2 x 50 BR extended glide                   r.10

2 x 50 as 2K1P (3K1P for higher grades)

1 x 50 stroke

 

SPRINTS

 

4 x 25m alt. 25m kick, 25m full stroke

Mini and Bronze 3 x 50

Mut be a whip kick into the glide getting the hips high.

 

STARTS AND TURNS

Dive, from 10m out, turn and finish x 4

 

Alternative Activities

 

Cannon Ball Roll

Cat and mouse

Tandem Swim

Pish of war

Relays