Tips from Beth (1)

When addressing kids use FOUR words and use their language.

FC

As a puppet controlled from the ceiling

BC

Press the shoulder down

Catch as if popping your head over a garden wall

DOUBLE-UPS

Times achieved at lower distances must be achieved at longer distances.

On every break say what you need to say in 2 to 4 words

Every swimmer has a different make-up and body.

IDEAL FC

Shoulder not deep. Nose on the water to breathe vs shoulder too deep and mouth goes under water.

FC Kick Problems

So kick like a football

Hips always too low

Legs lazy

UW phase

Like going down a flume tunnel and follow the line

Surface like a submarine

FLY

Hand out

Head in neutral

No go zone in front of hands

Must push down to the waist

Breathe early

Palm up/thumbs in air

Squirrel Nutkin pose

Flick at back

FLY Kick

If they’re kicking as the arms go in the other kick will follow.

BR

The ‘do nothing glide’

Backstroke Drills

BACKSTROKE

NEW DRILLS

Used with a Grade 7 teaching group.

BOARD KICKING DRILL

The board must not bounce i.e. must not be touched by the knees.

HESITATION DRILL

Hold arm raise & straight palm in at shoulder, turn palm out then continue recovery.

DOUBLE-ARM DRILL

To reduce overreach.

LANE DRILL

Swim close to the lane to force swimmers to recover the arm straight.

ONE ARM OUTSTRETCHED OVER THE HEAD AND UNDER WATER

Practice position for rotation

ONE HAND OUT DRILL

One arm raise above, the other underwater at the side the shoulder rolled underwater.

ASSESSMENT

Worked well. They had the variety and the drills worked well as a set.