Recently, a coach put out a request on a Facebook Swim Coaches Forum for the top features coaches want from a stopwatch application, presumably on a smart phone or tablet. Which got me thinking about how I learned to properly use a stopwatch. Now, experienced coaches will already know all of this stuff below. But […]

I’ve been hearing a lot of discontent lately from coaches about how swimmers are getting disqualified in the freestyle legs of IMs and Medley Relays due to the “Lochte Rule”.  I understand their frustration as many, many, many coaches only know the traditional flip turn.  But there are alternative! This rule got its name when […]

This may be heresy, but the prevailing swim meet system in most major swimming areas is horribly broken. Swim meets are now expected to  consume a weekend – from Friday afternoon or evening sessions to late Sunday sessions.  A session itself can take 6 hours, the presence of rules that try to limit the session […]

Over the last few months, there have been some explosive revelations of sexual abuse of athletes and organizational coverups coming out of USA Gymnastics, USA Swimming, USA Volleyball, and other sports. Even a cursory review of those situations provides lessons on how we can improve our oversight and remove conflicts of interest. (If you want […]

It seems clear now that USA Swimming has some serious problems.  Long term pressure from investigative journalists from Concussion Inc. and recent work by the Orange County Register have pointed out how little USA-S did to protect the victims, and how much they did to protect the abusers. All this attention has led some to […]

  There’s been a massive amount of long-overdue publicity lately about the issue of sexual abuse by coaches in youth sports, especially with the highly publicized and horrific case of USA Gymnastics and Larry Nassar. Swimming has recently had its own high profile case with Ariana Kukors coming out and accusing her long-time coach Sean […]

One of the more ironic aspects of swimming is that people who only see swimming on TV, and usually only once every 4 years at that, all think of swimming as the ultimate non-contact sport. They only see swimmers racing in their own wide lanes, with the only contact being an occasional hug or handshake […]

I’m always intrigued by how age group swimmers handle pre-race talks. Our standard procedure is that each swimmer comes to see me before the race, and we talk about race strategy, breathing strategy and general level of race aggression. And then after the race, they’d come back and we’d see how those strategies worked out, […]

Miscounting is one of those things that swimmers and coaches both hate in a practice (especially coaches!) But miscounting in a meet is guaranteed to get you a comment from pretty much every person you’ve ever known … and some you don’t. It’s still very early in our season here, and I’m already seeing a […]

Silent, non-violent protests during the US national anthem at professional sporting events have now reached the public’s attention.  And everyone seems to have either a strong opinion, or a VERY strong opinion. As the head coach of a sports team,  I need to be aware of, and prepared for, somebody on our team following this […]

Ireland/Scotland Trip Aug '16

My son and I take a whirlwind tour of Ireland and Scotland


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