Athlete Development

  At Lone Star, we train athletes to swim fast. Our training methods push our athletes outside of their comfort zone. It is designed to eliminate stagnation, and address sport specific adaptations needed for upper level competition. Athletes develop character through hard work and a persistent passion towards achieving perfection. Athletes build strength by supporting each other.  Team goals are shared and met as our athletes keep each other accountable.

While most programs design their practices with mileage as their main focus, we coach by what we see. Traditionally, swimmers have been trained under the guise that the more one trains the faster one gets. This results in coaches getting over concerned with numbers and useless facts.

Our program focuses on the skills and effort needed to swim fast. By monitoring these areas closely, we are able to ensure our athletes are improving according to their needs.

Our swimmers are people first. Our primary concern is their character and how well they are embracing our core values. While we want our athletes to take away that hard work pays off, our coaches are more concerned with how they are developing as a person as opposed to what they are swimming in competition.

Our coaches are trained to keep up with modern research on physiology and progressive training concepts so that we can ensure our swimmers are getting the best training possible.

Training goals are achieved by training a wide variety of energy systems and movements, with emphasis on individual muscles, muscle groups and movements that are at the foundation of swimming movements. In turn our athlete build a solid foundation for a periodized, sport specific program which is designed to address the particular neurological and efficiency demands of our sport.

Athletes develop character through hard work and a persistent passion towards achieving perfection. 

Swimming, just like any other sport, reveals character and teaches our kids to be accountable and responsible for their actions. Their approach and the decisions they make have a tremendous impact on how they progress. Learning from those decisions is something they will continue to do throughout their swimming career.  

Real progress in swimming comes not from size, strength, speed and hard training – it comes from the development of the whole person: their character, their values, their personality. Mastering these traits will encourage progress in speed, strength, endurance etc.

Real progress comes from understanding the consequences of our actions and making the right steps to move forward. Our athletes will make mistakes and they will fall. What matters the most is their resilience to these circumstances. How they pick themselves back up after falling is far more important and far more enduring than how fast they swim.

Do we want our kids to be winners?  Of course! But winning is temporary and by no means is winning everything. We want our kids to be SUCCESSFUL and to develop into mature responsible adults. We want them to understand the steps they must take to achieve their dreams. Winning is only a bonus, it is not everything.

The development of skill related components* are crucial to obtain a lower heart rate and experience improved performance. However, these areas are not as important as developing integrity, sincerity, humility, or courage. These things not only impact positively on your child’s swimming but on every aspect of their life.

By developing these areas, the athlete will develop the crucial skills needed for success in life such as a strong work ethic, loyalty to their teammates, the ability to perform under pressure, etc.

The Role of the Coach

Coaches foster motivation through constant feedback in regards to goals while empowering the athlete to make better decisions. All of our coaches love the sport of swimming. Swimming fast is fun and we want to share that with the swimmer. But this is secondary to developing them as a person.

Coaches serve the athlete not only as a positive influence, but as an enabler as well.

Our role is to guide the swimmer by providing structure, feedback, education and support. We do this by mentally stimulating the athlete and encouraging them to be creative in finding a way to reach their goal.

In doing so, we inspire the athlete to push beyond their boundaries.

The Role of the Parent

Parenting is tough. There is no team without you and your support.

I’ve known many parents who share the same goal – to provide a healthy opportunity for their child to grow. This goal can only be achieved through trust in each other. Trust isn’t something that is given. Trust is something that has to be developed through continual communication and a firm understanding in each other’s role and cohesive cooperation in supporting each other’s role.

Parents must understand that no two kids are the same. All kids respond, react and develop differently.  Never compare your kid to another under any circumstance.

Instead let the coach do their job and give your kid their independence. This will allow them to develop self-management skills and allow them to prepare for life.