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Swimming Canada’s Sensible Framework For a Return to Swimming

Swimming Canada has released a first version of their Return To Swimming Framework, the 22-page “Covid-19 Return to Swimming Resource Document”. And it’s a good one. Although I know for a fact that many in the swimming community are pushing far more relaxed alternatives. It’s important to note that Swimming Canada assembled a large group… Continue reading Swimming Canada’s Sensible Framework For a Return to Swimming

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The (Immediate) Future of Swimming – A Conversation With Coach Mike Finch

For this post, I interviewed Mike Finch, Head Coach of W. Ross MacDonald Swimming in Brantford, Ontario. Mike is also one of the top technical and sprint coaches in Canada. The following is a summary of our wide-ranging discussion.   Return to Swimming While we’re aware that the swimming community is eager to get back… Continue reading The (Immediate) Future of Swimming – A Conversation With Coach Mike Finch

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OK Swimming Canada, Time To Cancel Trials and Other Swim Meets

The coronavirus pandemic is fundamentally changing our lives, at least in the short term. We've seen sweeping closures and suspensions in virtually every activity that involves many humans gathering in one place. And this includes almost every professional sport plus many amateur sports. The international swimming community is taking this seriously as well. USA Swimming… Continue reading OK Swimming Canada, Time To Cancel Trials and Other Swim Meets

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ISL, NCAA, and Their Fans Love Short Course Swimming. Why doesn’t Swimming Canada?

  Even a casual viewing of any of the new International Swimming League races shows us an incredibly exciting and competitive atmosphere. In fact, other than the ridiculously prestigious Olympics, there’s only one other type of meet that consistently has this much excitement, this much atmosphere, and this much pure fun. And that’s almost any… Continue reading ISL, NCAA, and Their Fans Love Short Course Swimming. Why doesn’t Swimming Canada?

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7 Rules (and a Vision) For Becoming a Better Swim Parent – (2019 Version)

This is my (almost) annual post regarding the role of swim parents. The beginning of every swim season is an exciting time for both swimmers and parents. And every year, I try to make sure that parents know how they can best help their swimmers achieve their goals. And the short answer is fairly easy.… Continue reading 7 Rules (and a Vision) For Becoming a Better Swim Parent – (2019 Version)

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