> Recently, I just competed in a swim championship meet where I was taken
>off of the 200 medley relay team (I swim the backstroke leg.) My coach felt
>that I wasn't the "fastest" swimmer for the job, even though I have the
>school record in the 50 backstroke. Well, I have a feeling that since I
>slipped on my start in prelims for the 100 backstroke this gave him incentive
>to put another swimmer in my place. My question is, does the coach have the
>right to do this? I have read the other postings about how "the coach knows
>best" but from a swimmers point of view, his decisions aren't always the
>"correct" ones. If a coach is reading this posting, why do you do this? And
>are you only thinking about winning? What ever happened to the fun part of
> Another problem I have with coaches decisions also deal with
>deciding with choosing relay team members. What gives the coach the
>right to swim a relay team in morning prelims to qualify that relay for
>finals, and then swim a totally different relay team in the evening for finals?
> If anyone can answers these questions I would greatly appreciate it!!!!!!
coach will always explain why he/she made the choices he/she did. "Fastest"
can be subjective; one swimmer may have a faster best time, but have had
mediocre swims the entire meet, while another "slower" swimmer may be having
the meet of his/her life. In the instance described in the prior post, a
coach may have some justification in that replacement if he/she feels the
swimmer won't have time to adjust to the pool conditions. Better a swimmer
who's a few tenths slower than one who'd miss a start and sink the relay (in a
200MR, it's virtually impossible to catch up from a blown start if the field
Coaches might also replace swimmers in relays depending upon other conditions
in the meet. For example, if a team has two backstrokers of about equal
speed, and one makes a cut in prelims while the other just misses it in both
prelims and finals, the coach (again, IMO) should probably give the second
backstroker a chance to pick up the time off a relay split. I'm sure there
are many more reasons, but I don't want this post to reach 1000 lines.
If you've got a problem with an event your coach has or hasn't put you into,
talk to him/her. DON'T expect him/her to change on your whim, though; most
likely you'll get an explanation for the reasons behind the move. Nothing is
more irritating than swimmers who try to out-coach the coach (except, perhaps,
for parents who try to out-coach the coach).