Coach I work with talking about job history, philosophy of coaching
Fixed mindset, change mindset
Work hard and you will fail
Coach's role: games? No. Respect. Yelling doesn't earn it. Don't be feared.
Expectation of hard work and care.
Clarify and reword what head coach doesn’t address or explain well.
What makes a good swimmer?
Instill and teach your swimmers to have a change mindset. They're going to fail. It will happen. How can we mentally and physically prepare them for that reality, and give them tools they need to do well.
Constantly evaluate what swimmers are doing in the water and provide opportunities to recognize, adjust, and create new habits that lead to time and swimming success.
Create personal connection to inspire. Connection to swimmer to allow them to feel safe to say when they don't understand.
A good coach fosters a change mindset and provides the culture and environment that reinforces it.
Hard work doesn't always = success. Real world lessons. Hard work doesn't always mean swimming success. Coach effort. Coach excellence and get to failure and train that.
How to balance focus on times as rewards and effort.
What are the benefits? Are there even good examples of side glide that effectively teach freestyle breathing?
If you can do a streamline, do that first, then roll over on your side, put your top hand on your hip, and stack your hips. Rotate your hips and your shoulder to lean on your side. Breathe, and then put your face in the water and do it again.
The idea, is that you rotate your body to breathe which later on in swimming is generally the goal: connect your hips and your arms as they move on freestyle to have the best swimming. You should breathe by connecting your head rotation to the side with your hips. Breathe when your hips rotate.
Side glide is a good tool to use to teach safety only: learn how to breathe the easiest? Or quickly while staying at the surface when you have no understanding of swimming freestyle well.
Our goal is to teach swimming well. #1 focus is to have a safe swimming, and have all our swimmers get in a pool or water of any type and be competent enough to swim at will and then exit the water. We want all participants to be able to leave the water on their own. To survive. Side glide will teach someone to struggle to breathe and maybe survive for a little while longer, but it does not teach how to swim freestyle well. With Swimming Ideas, we want to teach swimming well, and when you can swim well, you are comfortable enough and strong enough to get to the side quickly well, and to struggle well enough to save yourself.
What do you think? Does swimming well translate to being able to struggle to the side? Or do you think teaching survival swimming side glide with a safety focus is better and despite retraining later worth it?
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