September 23, 2019
I hope everyone had a great weekend. Please read through this week’s email for important information.
I sent an email Friday with information on this year’s State Championship swim meet. Please click here to access the info.
King of the Hill Meet – October 18 – 20
The meet is quickly filling up, especially Sunday’s session. Please be sure to register for the King of the Hill meet ASAP! If you have any questions, please ask your child’s coach. Click here to sign-up.
Please be sure your swimmer has the proper swim equipment at every practice. Many of the skills the coaches work on throughout the week require specific swim gear. If your child is missing any equipment, they won’t be able to get the full benefit of the practice.
Currently, we use SwimOutlet.com. The website has sections for each training group and the required equipment for each group. Please click here to access the store.
Upcoming Practice Changes
There are no changes to the practice schedule for this week.
Last week, I posted a quote on the Reno Aquatic Club Instagram page. It was from Bob Bowman, who coached Michael Phelps. The quote read:
“What I see in youth sports, particularly in the sport of swimming, programs training age-group swimmers like they’re college swimmers. Very young kids are being shown absolutely every tool, every possible modality, and I think it’s doing them a disservice. Let’s use a long-term, sensible progression of development that allows kids to grow and consistently improve over their careers.” – Bob Bowman
This quote sums up my vision and philisophy for Reno Aquatic Club’s age-group program. The team’s outlook on training our younger swimmers is to create long-term success. A big goal this year is to create a more structured progression in our age-group/development program. With our current coaching staff, I am excited to see this goal become a reality.
Each week, I update the Parent Education section on our website with the newest article. Please click here to access it.
Skill of the Week – Body Line
Last week’s skill of the week was establishing the proper “body line” in the water. This is important for all four strokes.
The key words emphasized were:
- “eyes down, hips up”
- “head back, hips up” for backstroke
How the swimmers do body line:
- Swimmers on stomach or back with arms extended overhead from the shoulder (not in a streamline position)
- Arms close off ears
- Knuckles to surface, fingers point to where swimmer wants to go
- “Eyes down, hips up"
- Swimmer has steady flutter kick to move forward
- The importance of “eyes down” eliminates drag and brings the hips up.
- If eyes are up, hips automatically go down and create unnecessary drag.
- When eyes are up and hips down, swimmer can’t anchor or access the core
- Remember the body follows the head
I am working on finalizing our meet schedule for the 2019/2020 season, but here are the next meets RENO will be attending:
- October 18 – 20 – RENO’s King of the Hill Meet / Carson City, NV
- November 8 – 11 – Nevada State Championship / Henderson, NV
- December 6 – 8 – Husky Invite / Federal Way, WA (qualified swimmers)
- December 10 – 14 – USA Swimming Junior Nationals / Federal Way, WA (qualified swimmers)
If you have any questions or comments, please let me know. Thank you for your support.