A big goal for the team this year is to develop common language and key terms among the coaching staff. The purpose is to create more consistency among the coaches, so when swimmers progress through the team it is a seamless transition from one coach to another. This will be a work in progress and it won’t happen overnight, but I am excited to work towards this goal.
One way we will create a common langue is to implement a “skill of the week” each week. The skill will come in many forms. It may be specific to one stroke, all the strokes, turns, and/or starts. It may be a drill or a key term, but there will be a defined purpose behind each skill.
The skill will be introduced to all groups in full, except the Mini and Blue groups. When appropriate, the Mini and Blue will swimmers work on the same skill, but a lot of times, it will be modified to their ability level. So, although the Mini and Blue swimmers may not do the whole skill, they will be working towards creating the foundation to do the skill when the swimmer advances.
In my weekly parent email, I will explain the prior week’s skill. The purpose of doing this is to help explain the “method behind the madness” of our coaching. The coaching staff wants Reno Aquatic Club to be the best team in developing proper stroke technique which will prepare our swimmers for long-term success.
Click below for the previous "Skills of the Week"
10/14/19 - Flutter Kick
9/30/19 - Neutral Head Position
9/23/19 - Body Line
9/16/19 - 5-2