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Two A Day Workouts for 12 and Unders? By Guy Edson, ASCA Level 5 Age Group Should age groupers (age 12 and unders) be going to double workouts? There isn’t an absolute answer to this issue, and there are no studies or surveys on the topic. What we are left with is our good judgment. Is it a technical issue and therefore becomes the decision of the coach? Or is it an eat/sleep/school/family issue and the responsibility of the parent? The coach’s role is to look at the time of...

Congratulations to our Senior Team, who performed amazingly over the 4 day competition. The NRG girls, dispite being vastly out numbered by the rest of the top ten teams, managed to place 5th overall in Girls team points standings. With just 8 athletes attending the meet, they managed to place 3 places high than last year, and placing NRG in the Top 5 for the first time in 10 years. All of our athletes performed above expectation throughout the competition, managing great performances even at the end of the weekend...

1. Respect yourself and others. 2. Take full responsibility. 3. Develop and demonstrate loyalty. 4. Learn to be a great communicator. 5. Discipline yourself so no one else has to. 6. Make hard work your passion. 7. Don't just work hard, work smart . 8. Put the team before yourself. 9. Make winning an attitude. 10. Be a competitor. 11. Change is a must. 12. Handle success like you handle failure.

Punctuality Posted by Glenn Mills on Mar 07, 2011 08:36AM (0 views) I have to imagine it's going to be tough to put down my thoughts on this subject without sounding like an angry old man who talks about how it used to be. With that said... what's the deal these days with swimmers, people, not showing up to practice on time? Have we got to a point in society in which we're so important, so egocentric, that those we work with are only there to serve us? I'm sure...

Getting Mentally Tough -- January 26, 2011 By Wayne Goldsmith GOLD COAST, Australia, January 26. In the old classic rock-and-roll song, George Thorogood is telling the world he is "bad to the bone" – that he is tough, rough, mean and nasty and you had better not get in his way. On the day I was born, the nurses all gathered 'round And they gazed in wide wonder, at the joy they had found The head nurse spoke up, and she said leave this one alone She could tell right...

The Lactic Acid Myths Updated: Jan 26th 2010 4:29 PM EST by Matt Fitzgerald Everything you’ve been taught about lactic acid is wrong. Written by: Matt Fitzgerald There are many myths about lactic acid. Perhaps the greatest of all is the notion that there is lactic acid in the human body. There is not. The body actually produces lactate, which is lactic acid minus one proton. The difference between lactic acid and lactate is, for all practical purposes, semantic. But other popular beliefs about lactic acid (or, as I will...

Cheat Success or Honest Failure? Posted by Glenn Mills on Dec 28, 2010 04:51AM (0 views) This starts with a question: Is it better to appear successful when you had to cheat to do so, or fail while following the rules and trying your hardest? While this post could easily be extrapolated to pro sports, or the Olympics with steroids or blood doping, this is simply about practice. Coaches across the world spend countless hours developing season plans, crafting practices that hopefully intrigue and excite swimmers into giving effort in...

Help Preserve College Swimming for When YOU (or your child) Goes to College! It’s no secret that college swimming has been “under the gun” due to college budget cuts in recent decades. We want to let NCAA Division I Presidents/Chancellors and Athletic Directors know that there is a large, vibrant, energetic and committed swimming community in the USA that appreciates the fact that THEIR University has kept swimming alive and well at their institutions. AND let them know that we want them to continue that support, and that our Children...

http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/swimming/columns/story?columnist=fordbonnied&id=5732899 Here is an article discribing Fran Crippen, and the events surrounding his tragic loss, I think that it is important that everyone know that the world lost someone great and we should not let that go without reflextion and determination to never let it happen again. Following is information for the memorial services being planned for Fran Crippen. When: Saturday, October 30 Where: St. Matthews Roman Catholic Church 219 Fayette Street, Conshohocken, PA 19428 Viewing: 8:30 a.m. Mass: 10:30 a.m. Burial: Calvery Cemetery In lieu of flowers, the Crippen...

Written by: Sara McLarty When you’re really hungry and you don’t have a lot of money, you go for the value meal. Whether it’s a sandwich, a side salad and a drink or whatever, the value meal usually gives you the most calories for the least amount of money. Knowing where to focus your efforts can help you improve your swim quickly. Photo: Nils Nilsen An oddly similar phenomenon happens during swim training as well: You are hungry for improvement in your swimming yet have a limited budget of time...