One word: GAMES. Make verything a game. When you are working on
streamlines, play "Barge, Battleship, Destroyer" When you are working on
body roll, bring in tootsie rolls to give out for good rolling. Anything
you think of that might somehow be construed by a child as a game is
great. When doing drills, throw in something that may be useless, but
will look funny -- like chicken arms, hand in armpits swimming. If they
know coming to practice will be more than jsut back and forth swimming,
they will look forward to it. Also, outside of practic eactivities are
good, too. Kids like anything. After practice McDonalds trips, go to a
water park, whatever. They want to do things like what seniors do,
social stuff. Parents can organize it, if you let them. Oh, yeah. Let
them have a ball -- literally. Throw them a water polo ball once every
two weeks. Letting kids play a team sport will especially draw the boys
to practice -- they like to be rough and horse around -- here they are
allowed to a little bit. I think incorporating water polo is the key to
curbing the decline in the number of boys participating in swimming.
> I recently got an assistant coaching position for a summer team. I will
> be coaching the 9-10 and the 11-12 age groups. I was just wondering
> about any practices (or drills and sets, ect.) that would be appropriate
> for them. I am used to a higher caliber of training than what this
> group is used to and could probably not rely upon my past experiences.
> Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.