The Mallards Swim Team
program is based on the belief that Age Group swimming offers an
exciting and valuable experience in a young person's life.
Competitive swimming skills can be learned by all, natural ability
not withstanding. The value of the training however, goes far
beyond that of learning efficiency in the water. In a
well-developed program every participant benefits, whether or not
they ever win a race. Competitive swimming stresses two factors,
physical conditioning and mental discipline. Mastering these
factors is not only essential in this sport, but also is required
in preparation for life. Considerable time will be required to
become truly competitive, and a sportsman like approach is
essential in clearing the hurdles swimmers encounter. Immediate
benefits however, will be realized in areas such as health,
organization of personal time and improvement in performance at
school. The Mallards Swim Team Program Objectives are to provide
our swimmers with the opportunity to:
- Develop socially and
- Experience a wholesome, worthwhile,
physical, recreational outlet.
- Learn sportsmanship and to become aware of
team co-operation and pride.
- Learn good health habits.
- Train and compete at a level consistent
with their ability, desires and performance.
- Gain self-esteem and worth by making a
commitment to the sport.
- Learn a sport that can be enjoyed
throughout ones entire life.
The specific development of children
requires a different concept from that used with adults. The
Mallards Swim Team program follows a long-term training plan, which
is based on these different needs, and covers approximately a
six-eight year span.
The training content and structure is
systematically changed and the training quality increased
throughout this period. The training offered by Mallards Swim Team
covers the spectrum of competitive swimming skills from Novice to
the National level.
At lower levels, emphasis is on learning the four
basic strokes to perfection, as well as integrating start and turn
techniques as swimming skills increase. Progression to the next
higher level results in an increased amount of time spent in the
water, an increased demand on physical activity and, most
important, an increasingly disciplined life style. At the highest
level, this can mean 20 plus hours of swimming per week coupled
with dry land training. Even under such an intensive program, not
all athletes will have the physiological or psychological
capabilities to become world-class champions. However, it is
possible and expected that a great number of our swimmers will
become good team swimmers who will represent our Team at regional,
provincial and national meets.
Achieving high results in competition is closely
linked to a person's physical and mental conditioning. This is
found in the individual who, besides being in perfect physical
health, has developed high motivational qualities, acquired
excellent skills, and has developed the ability to cope with highly
stressful and demanding situations in training, and especially in
My solid experience and knowledge allow me
to formulate the main concepts of coaching
- I firmly believe in the harmony develop of
swimmers; both swimming and school achievements are significant
important in the future career of athletes.
- I tailor my programs to the level of the
athlete I’m working with and to the level of meets my
athletes will face.
- I am adept at changing both approach and
style to fit the situation.
- I seek first to understand, by listening
swimmers, then to be understood; Communication must be modified to
fit the age group of the audience.
- I differentiate training according to the
level of athletes.
- The novice coach must be able to attract
young kids to swimming and to maintain their interest in the
- At high levels of competition coach must
employ at one-to-one approach with each athlete.
- I refine my own technical skills by keeping
abreast of the latest developments in both stroke mechanics and
- I believe that good technique is essential;
however, I also believe that fitness and technique are closely
related. As fitness increases, the swimmers' ability to sustain
good technique will also increase.
- I am positive that medley work is essential
in the development of young swimmers.
- I believe that screening, stretching and
strengthening programs are part of the total program. Shoulder
problems and other injuries which may develop are carefully
- I rely, that the two most important factors
which produce the best results are fitness and "mental
- I’m certain that it is necessary to
dedicate a great deal of attention to learning the art of winning
during the training process. This occurs before workouts, during
workouts in the water, throughout land conditioning exercises, and
all facets of daily routines.