Coaching

It’s All About the Training Progression Path

If you're a regular reader of my blog you'll know that I have a real concern about training young swimmers too hard. I absolutely understand the temptation to get a really fast young swimmer in your squad. And in many cases, that fast young swimmer may be a coach's job assurance. But the danger to… Continue reading It’s All About the Training Progression Path

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Nightmare Championships: Circulating Pool Currents and Outside Lanes

Every once in a while we hear about circulating pool currents, and how that they created unfair racing conditions.  The latest problem that I've heard of is the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre in Windsor, Ontario - host to the 2018 Eastern Canadian Swimming Championships in April, 2018. Because I like stats, I decided… Continue reading Nightmare Championships: Circulating Pool Currents and Outside Lanes

Coaching

The Complicated Issues Involving Weed and Swimming

I have to admit, my thinking on the subject of legalizing weed has done a complete reversal over the last few years. I was initially and emphatically against the legalization of weed for one very simple reason. I was worried that teenagers would equate legalization with safety. However, as I learned more about the societal… Continue reading The Complicated Issues Involving Weed and Swimming

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The Flop Turn: Just As Fast and Lochte-Rule Legal

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… Continue reading The Flop Turn: Just As Fast and Lochte-Rule Legal

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Abuse Policy Conversation with John Vadeika, Executive Director of Swim Ontario

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… Continue reading Abuse Policy Conversation with John Vadeika, Executive Director of Swim Ontario