January 31, 2020
This is probably singularly the best article I have ever read on Swim Swam. For parents at all levels, it's a must read. For parents with kids in our Silver- Senior levels this is exactly what we do as coaches. This is exactly why our sophisticated coaching system that is science and evidence based is superior to just working hard for the sake of working hard.
This article personifies why we constantly talk to our athlets about why training performances must be in line with meets and meet performances must align with training. We can effectively talk to athletes about the success and where they need to focus specifically at what specific points of the race. We can quantify the good things the race offered up while instilling the process and progression of our system. They are not hearing from us based on " best time meter " and using the " best time meter " to evaluate the race. As coaches, we keep it positive and progressive.
The success of any athlete is dependent upon three pivitol componets - Coach, Athlete, Parent. If one is broken it's all broken. Colletively and collaboratively we all need to build together to foster a healthy happy place for our athletes to race!