I have two age-group swimmers (age 10 & 12) and both have been told by
their coaches they are "late breathers" in the butterfly stroke. Does
anyone have any tips on how to correct this?
€I have two age-group swimmers (age 10 & 12) and both have been told by
€their coaches they are "late breathers" in the butterfly stroke. Does
€anyone have any tips on how to correct this?
I've found that the most successful drill is to have them swim ***
stroke with a two beat dolphin kick, one kick during the outsweep of the
*** stroke and the second as they extend into their streamline. It is
during the first half of the butterfly pull (which is or should be very
similiar to the *** stroke) that you want to breathe in fly and this
drill forces them to breathe earlier as they are only doing half the arm
pull and must therefore breathe during that arm pull. Then go back to fly
asking the swimmers to concentrate on maintaining the same breathing
Note, this is only going to be effective if as well as breathing earlier,
they also get their head back down earlier. Breathing earlier doesn't
mean they get to breathe twice as long. The idea is to get your breath
and get your head and shoulders back down into the water ahead of your
hands. In fact, the face should be going back into the water just as the
hands finish the pull and start recovering. This creates a sort of
see-saw which pushes the hips and therefore the hands up and makes the
recovery much easier. It also improves streamlining within the stroke.
If any of this isn't clear, just ask and I'll see if I can clarify it.
But if you reread it once or twice and watch a good butterflier, it should
be at least somewhat clear.
Michael Lee Barnes - also know as - the original Iridescent Mouse
I did solve this problem on my own while I was in college (my coaches
seemed interested in my backstroke, I wanted to swim fly.) I found that
I was too kick oriented, and when I tried to include a second kick, the
one taken as the arms are coming out of the water, I did the 'late
breathing'. My solution was to stop kicking and do the fly with arms,
not too fast, being sure that I breathed while I was finishing my pull.
For a while I just let my feet drag -- hard to do when you have a strong
kick in all strokes. I did a lot of fly that way.
Adding in the first kick was not hard -- it comes very naturally as the
arms are streching forward. I never really feel that I am kicking at all
for the second kick, but observers say a nice kick is there.
Too many people think fly is primarily described by the undulation of the
body. It is not. Primary propulsion is from the arms. The body moves
to make the pull stronger.
Act soon on fixing the stroke, now is the time to prevent serious bad
habits. Not many swimmers manage to do real overhauls of a stroke in
their very late ***s.
>I have two age-group swimmers (age 10 & 12) and both have been told by
>their coaches they are "late breathers" in the butterfly stroke. Does
>anyone have any tips on how to correct this?
And they call themselves coaches....what is amiss here?
KEV...kids are "late" everything when it comes to learning
butterfly or *** or anything aquatic....it's the norm.
Accept their ages and allow them to grow into what they are
attempting. Also, what is their attitude about swimming
workouts and learning? Very important.
Butterfly...try this: get a kick board and work on Kicking.
Help them learn how to focus their minds on their HIPS and
do the kick from their HIPS...very important. Becasue the
way in which they utilize this area of their bods will be
how the stroke is meshed in with their effort.
Get the kick down pat...so they have power and speed.
Also, have them kick at various speeds....slow deep
kicks....then shallow kicking faster than slow. Make
the kicks variable...make sure they keep their legs
together at the ankles and not to allow their legs
to bend very much....HIPS make the kick work.
Also, once they develop the power from their legs the
stroking becomes easier because "THE KICK IS THE KEY
TO STROKING"...no exceptions on this. I don't care what
other say....KICKs develop to help the stroke complete
The kids will find it tiring. but when the stroke is
then used the stroking is easier....because the
KICK promotes better control.
Have them breathe face forward....do laps where they
do this. Just put them to the task: breathe from the
forward face position....
then they can try: breating when the arms come out of
the water....they breathe underneath their arm pits.
Very important: breathing as their arm comes up and
head turns to get air from under their arm-pits.
No need to worry about ARM-odor...it's fluid washed
Breathe as the ARMS come out of water underneath
the arm pit connected to one of the kicks in the two
tghe kick is One and TWo, One and Two...
Kick/stroke-kick. the last kick brings the arms
up out of water and the breathing is done before
the next stoke is finished.
It's easier for me to do it first hand...but this
is what you have to concentrate on...HIPS are the
Bible of this stroke...freestyle too....all kicks
are learned from the HIPS as central command.
Try it...get back to me if there are WAlls....
Kids make up walls very easily if they are not all
that enthusiastic about it....and they will if not
really "gung ho"....
the etc guy