When addressing kids use FOUR words and use their language.
As a puppet controlled from the ceiling
Press the shoulder down
Catch as if popping your head over a garden wall
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.
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
Like going down a flume tunnel and follow the line
Surface like a submarine
Head in neutral
No go zone in front of hands
Must push down to the waist
Palm up/thumbs in air
Squirrel Nutkin pose
Flick at back
If they’re kicking as the arms go in the other kick will follow.
The ‘do nothing glide’
Used with a Grade 7 teaching group.
BOARD KICKING DRILL
The board must not bounce i.e. must not be touched by the knees.
Hold arm raise & straight palm in at shoulder, turn palm out then continue recovery.
To reduce overreach.
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.
Worked well. They had the variety and the drills worked well as a set.