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 […]

    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 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 […]

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 […]

  I would imagine it’s the same with all swim coaches. I’m always being asked by parents and swimmers why swimmers need incredibly strong cores in order to swim fast. Much stronger core strength than land-based sports. And it’s true and obvious from watching the sport.  Swimmers need to have incredibly strong cores. It took […]

  FLOW     NARROW     QUIET About a year and a half ago I wrote about a new coaching technique I’d developed to handle a specific situation with special needs swimmers who trained 2 consecutive days a week, and had 5 days off (The Importance of Simple Concepts – here). Before we introduced this new approach, the […]

The Olympics are still fresh in our minds, and a new sports season is starting. This means that untold thousands of eager children are joining sports teams for the first time, with visions of Olympic medals dancing in their heads. And with swimming continuing to be one of the premiere sports in the Olympics, this […]

This is not a question that comes up much with our sport. In fact, we’re so used to continuous improvement that it almost seems disloyal to even ask it. Are we starting to see a plateau in swimming performances? Track and field has been plagued with stagnating performances for a long time. Despite the publicity […]

Swimming World Magazine has published the second in a series of my articles analyzing Rio swimming performances. This one is “Age Analysis of Rio Swimming Finalists: The Older The Better!”, and involves a breakdown of ages by distance and stroke (see here). This post provides additional information on the age range of swimmers as broken […]

Swimming World Magazine has published my article “Height Analysis of Rio Swimming Finalists”, which includes a breakdown by distance and stroke (see here). This post will provide additional information on the height range of swimmers as broken down by individual events. We expect that height is more important in some events than others, we’ll look […]

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