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Testing a Team’s Guiding Philosophy

Regular readers of this blog will know that I favour slow development of young swimmers, with a  progression path that ultimately leads to preparing graduating high schoolers for university swimming. This especially makes sense considering the average age of elite swimmers is the early to middle 20s. Why grind a 10-year old when they won't… Continue reading Testing a Team’s Guiding Philosophy

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Coach and Fun / Motivation

The Facebook Swim Coaches forum was particularly busy today, and I saw comments in two different conversations that were both powerful, but together they made me realize something new. The first included a quote from the incredible University of Texas Coach Eddie Reese, in an interview with Coach Jeff Grace. "Everyone wants me to talk… Continue reading Coach and Fun / Motivation

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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

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Steps We Can Take to Prevent Youth Abuse in Sports

  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… Continue reading Steps We Can Take to Prevent Youth Abuse in Sports