Stroke Instruction

Stroke Instruction

Post by hamilton russell » Sat, 29 Aug 1992 08:19:24


  I have a question for any competitive swimmers or coaches (or any former
  competitive swimmers).  I have a 12 year old who has been swimming
  competitively for about 5 years.  The swim club that she trains with
  has a number of very talented kids (they won state Junior Olympics last
  summer and have been one of the top 3 teams in Illinois over the past
  few years).  Some of the fastest swimmers on the team receive stroke
  instruction from a private coach (who is not associated with the team)
  in addition to the regular (daily) workouts.  I have been told by a
  number of other parents that my daughter's stroke mechanics have some
  major flaws.  Neither my wife nor I have ever swam competitively, so
  I assume that they are right.  However, I should say that my daughter
  does very well and has placed in the top 10 at the Junior Olympics in
  a few events this summer (she is of average height, weight, and
  maturity for her age).  Recently my daughter has approached me and asked
  if I'd be willing to pay for her to receive stroke instruction from
  a private coach (the same one her friends go to).
  The lessons are not too expensive, so that is not a concern of mine.

  My question:  Will taking stroke instruction improve her times?

                Isn't there more than one way to perform a stroke, so that
                the optimum motion is different for each person?

                Would stretching, lifting weights, running, or riding
                a bicycle be a better use of her time?

  Thanks,

 (post if you'd like or send your answers directly to me)

  Russ Hamilton

 
 
 

Stroke Instruction

Post by sandila.. » Sun, 30 Aug 1992 07:03:40


Quote:
>  I have a question for any competitive swimmers or coaches (or any former
>  competitive swimmers).  I have a 12 year old who has been swimming
>  competitively for about 5 years.  The swim club that she trains with
>  has a number of very talented kids (they won state Junior Olympics last
>  summer and have been one of the top 3 teams in Illinois over the past
>  few years).  Some of the fastest swimmers on the team receive stroke
>  instruction from a private coach (who is not associated with the team)
>  in addition to the regular (daily) workouts.  

    stuff deleted

Quote:
>  Recently my daughter has approached me and asked
>  if I'd be willing to pay for her to receive stroke instruction from
>  a private coach (the same one her friends go to).
>  The lessons are not too expensive, so that is not a concern of mine.

>  My question:  Will taking stroke instruction improve her times?

Maybe, maybe not.  Sounds like a 12-year old girls' one-up-one-ship stuff to
me.  "Everybody else is, Dad; why can't I?" If your daughter's team is as good
as you say, there must be some good coaching going on.  Why not talk to one of
them?  As a former coach, I would like to know about what my swimmers are doing
sports-wise away from my training sessions.  If there is a need for stroke
instruction the coach should know about it and would be better placed to
recommend for or against.  On the other hand, if a number of swimmers are going
elsewhere for stroke instruction, maybe the club executive ought to know about
it.

Quote:
> Isn't there more than one way to perform a stroke, so that
>                the optimum motion is different for each person?

 Yes.  Did you ever watch Janet Evans swim?  Enough said.

Quote:
> >                Would stretching, lifting weights, running, or riding
>                a bicycle be a better use of her time?

Again, maybe yes, maybe no.  At 12 she is just at about the age where weight
training is recommended for most, although some research suggests it's even
helpful for much younger swimmers.  Stretching should definitely be a part of
the club's workouts.  
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Stroke Instruction

Post by Jim Tol » Wed, 02 Sep 1992 03:44:38


Quote:
>                                                 I have been told by a
>  number of other parents that my daughter's stroke mechanics have some
>  major flaws.  Neither my wife nor I have ever swam competitively, so
>  I assume that they are right.  

Russ,
 After following your daughter's swimming for 5 years, you should know by now
that there are few groups more opinionated than swim parents. ;-)
I suggest that you and your daughter talk with her coach to discuss her
strokes, her goals and the best means to accomplish them.  If you or she
don't feel comfortable discussing the subject of private stroke lessons with
her current team coach, then you ought to find a new coach.  Let your coach
do what he or she is being paid to do, plan your daughter's training.  
 Good luck.  Oh, yeah. If you haven't already, you (and/or your wife) might
consider becoming a USS swimming official.  It gives you something to do
during the meets and you can bet that your help will be appreciated.

 jt

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