Coaching

What Should We Do When We Observe Verbal Abuse By Other Coaches?

If you've spent any time on deck at a swim meet, you've heard it. A coach going well over the line when talking to a swimmer. Well past any reasonable form of criticism, and usually to the point where the (young) swimmer is crying. I realize this is a highly subjective issue. What's over the… Continue reading What Should We Do When We Observe Verbal Abuse By Other Coaches?

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Coaching

The Surprising Role of Luck in a Swim Meet

A while ago I wrote about how the general public could be forgiven for thinking that swimming is a non-contact sport (here). After all, they only see swimmers compete in their own lane, unaware of the flailing sea of humanity that represents a typical practice pool. Well, after our last meet I found another thing… Continue reading The Surprising Role of Luck in a Swim Meet

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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

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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