Author Archives: Rick Madge

My Take On Why American Men Dominate Backstroke

I was watching the US World Championship Trials on TV, and was struck by a comment during one of the men’s backstroke events.  The commentator noted the long history of US men dominating backstroke events, and this is certainly true.  The last time the US men lost an Olympic backstroke event was back in 1992.  […]

A Curious Look at 2017 Short Course – Long Course Conversion Rates, And How The US Is So Different From Everyone Else

In 2014 I started getting upset with the standard 2% Short Course to Long Course conversion rates mandated by Swim Ontario.  As most coaches already knew, 2% was convenient but horribly inaccurate conversion rate.  And it created problems for kids swimming in LC meets when they couldn’t meet their 2% converted SC time, even if […]

How To Tell If You Qualify For a Meet

This question comes up all the time from swimmers and parents. How do I know if I (or my child) has qualified for a meet or a race?  And in my never-ending quest to have people figure out stuff without asking me, I’m providing this primer. I understand that swimmers and parents can feel helpless […]

Racing When Sick

Training and sickness are unfortunately a well known combination. Extremely hard training programs can leave athletes more susceptible to the many illnesses present around us, especially from schools. And sickness can often hit at the best of times. Luckily, there’s been plenty of research on the issue of how much and how hard to train […]

Inclusive or Exclusive: The Surprising Ways Countries Handle National Championships/Trials

When I started this post, it had a completely different focus. Four times I tried to address various aspects of Short Course vs Long Course swimming from the point of view of swimmers and national swimming organizations. And every time I ended up in the same place – that different countries handle Long Course in […]

Age Problem in Canadian Swimming

Back in November, Swimming World published my article on the Age Problem in Canadian Swimming in their subscription-based Swimming Technique magazine, with the agreement that my article would eventually appear on their free Swimming World site.  My intent was and always has been to get the widest possible audience concerning this important subject. Soon after […]

Why We’re Not Going To The U.S. This Year For Our Annual Swim Team Trip

For the past few years we’ve joined a small but growing number of teams from the Toronto area who have boycotted the overcrowded meets here in late June/early July, and happily headed south to outdoor 50m meets in the US. It’s not hard to find meets that are perfect for our team, and the welcome […]

A Really Big Problem With A Really Big Meet

    Something needs to be done about the Central Region Championships in Ontario, Canada.  Swimming does not seem to be the priority. We just finished Central Region “B Championship” meet held at the Etobicoke Olympium on the weekend: basically the big meet for the first half of the year for those who didn’t quite […]

I’m Tired. Do I Still Have To Warmup?

I’m sure that all coaches have been asked that question near the end of a long meet.  This last weekend I had a great opportunity to let the kids answer that question for themselves. We were at our ‘big’ meet for the first 3 months of the year – a 2½ day meet starting on […]

A Tweak to the Weight-Forward Start?

Last year, I was thinking about the weight-forward start, and how there has to be a way to get the body moving much more quickly than through simple muscular force. This thought eventually lead me to this lever-type concept. We spent much of last year working on it, and a few of our swimmers are […]

Ireland/Scotland Trip Aug '16

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


The Hunt for Looted Antiquities in the World's Museums

Ancient Heritage

A swim coach's messages to swimmers and parents about all aspects of swimming


“Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings so that you shall come easily by what others have laboured hard for.” Socrates

Clio Ancient Art & Antiquities

Exploring the world of antiquities dealing, collecting, heritage issues and a bit of archaeological travel

Coach Rick - Mighty Tritons Swimming

A swim coach's messages to swimmers and parents about all aspects of swimming

Cap & Goggles

Only a Swimmer Knows the Feeling

A swim coach's messages to swimmers and parents about all aspects of swimming

Coach Mike`s Blog

A swim coach's messages to swimmers and parents about all aspects of swimming