Teaching Grade 7

Teaching Grade 7 & Change Management

6.30 to 7.15 Grade 7

(all names changed in this 2008 teaching session)

Put times from all swimmers into a database so that it is easy to compare their times with others in their age group.

Sophie’s Mum feels she is in a group that has too many in the lane. I impress on her that I am more the qualified to take this number, that they work well together. Check with Twinny who says Peter is moving up. Letters go out also to Bluey & Becca who will move into G8.

Nicholas doesn’t appear. Is he being put off by all these girls!? How does the ASA engage with boys? More rough & tumble! More competitive team games?

Time Trials were continued after a warm up of

1x50m each of FC, BC, FC Head Up, BC Slomo

+ 1x25m each of FC & BC 12.5 sprint, 12.5 easy.

All performed well and with determination in the BS & FLY.

Because of the numbers and over explaining/teaching the starts the thing took up the entire session. Zoe (LI) was taking the lead; Rose (LIII) shared with me her frustration at the need to give the kids a swim.

LEARN to TRAIN (Girls 8 to 11 years, Boys 9 to 12 years)

Sophie, LSD, Emmeline, Bluey, Erin & Zoe

TRAIN to Train (Girls 11 to 14, Boys 12 to 15)

Becca, Doone & Peter

Focus on individual differences, give lots of +ve reinforcement, push skills and work out between you what the rules should be. Get them to buy into what they are doing and show leadership.

When they were in a lane near to the 3 I was timing I gave those from my group huge praise.

Bobby (Head Coach) has wanted me to take part in T2T3 that follows.

It is run by a lady whose daughter is in the group. I have never met a more bitter person. I introduced myself and asked about the information I require for Swim21 and she snapped my head off! ‘I give so much time to this club.’ When she calmed down she then complained that she had already given this information a year ago when CB was the Head Coach. I asked her if she had been at the Teaching Meeting when these forms were handed out; she claimed to have been there. It is a shame I don’t have this, but it also highlighted the need for teachers to have a physical folder or file in which they need to keep copies of certificates & letters of attendance handy.

People skills and personality have a significant role to play, more so than mere qualificaitons.

I need to create a database that is easy to keep up to date. I’ll do this in FilemakerPro. I’ll then email everyone who hasn’t come up with the answers in the last 3 weeks.


(This database has grown to include 90 or so active and lapsed volunteers, and nearly 900 swimmers. It is a record of achievement as well as notes on strengths and weaknesses that informs decisions about teaching, training and promotion)

Warm Up 200m
1 x 50m FC Head Up + Float on head
1 x 50m BC Slomo
1 x 50m As 25m Kick, 25m half sprint
1 x 50m As 25m Kick, 25m half sprint
Practise dive, glide & kick into stroke

TIME TRIALS (Flexibility, not stretching)

BS BIAS: 350m

3 kicks, one pull
Catch up
One arm, one leg
Competitive start


Underwater through a hoop or for sinkers.


Topple & Jump
Topple & Dive into GLIDE
Topple & Dive into GLIDE + Dolphin Kick
Topple & Dive into One Dolphin Flick, GLIDE then Dolphin Kick


(This lead into a competitive start has been re-inforced with notes and diagrams from various books).



START drills & training takes time.