Coaching Young Ones

Coaching Young Ones

Post by Nathaniel I. Cordo » Thu, 18 May 1995 04:00:00


Hi all, just needing a bit of advice here. I will be coaching a summer
league team mostly comprised of 8 y.o.'s to 15 y.o.'s most of whom have
not swam throughout the year at all. A few have done some swimming
somewhere else.  The skill level varies from learning to swim, to swimming
quite well with competitive experience in this little league. My question
is:

I have had experience coaching high school age and older swimmers, and am
a long-time swimmer myself both pool and open water, but I was looking for
some advice regarding the right workouts for these  young ones. Especially
since they have about a 3 to 2 week period before the first meet!! Forget
building a good base!! :). Does anybody have any good workouts that will
allow me to get them acclimated soon enough while working towards the
later meets in the season?  I will be spending a lot of time doing stroke
mechanics and fundamentals, but given that the meets come every week I
want to be able to train and taper better towards the later meets of the
season. If you also know of anywhere where I could find them I would
certainly appreciate it. Thanks in advance,

NC

 
 
 

Coaching Young Ones

Post by Brian Peticol » Tue, 23 May 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

>Hi all, just needing a bit of advice here. I will be coaching a summer
>league team mostly comprised of 8 y.o.'s to 15 y.o.'s most of whom have
>not swam throughout the year at all. A few have done some swimming
>somewhere else.  The skill level varies from learning to swim, to swimming
>quite well with competitive experience in this little league.

Forget about tapering in the normal sense.  The season is just to short
and they don't have enough behind them to taper properly.  Work them hard.
Concentrate on stroke mechanics and other fundamentals and convince them
that they will swim fast.  When the last meet comes around give them a
couple days rest and enjoy.

Brian Peticolas
Head Swim Coach
Principia College