"The Swim Smart download-ables are a MUST have for each swim coach. Whether you’re an experience veteran, or a bright-eyed new starter—these free tools are a great template for any coach to build off of."
Imagine you just walked on deck for the first time as a head or assistant coach. What do you do now!?
How do you control these kids and make them believe in their team and training?
How do you structure and write workouts?
How do you teach the strokes in a competitive way?
How do you teach parents about nutrition and running meets?
The answers are all available below!
Season Planning and Periodization
Planning a season is a valuable mental exercise for any coach. Here is a guideline and example of putting together a season from start to finish
Includes the Senior Template
All templates are 2-week cycles of structured workout plans that help lay the ground work for planning your training
All include detailed explanations of drills and training intensities to focus each set on a defined goal
Sample workouts included with calculated yards, time and stress scores
Treat these as a guideline to build your own program with
Novice (8 and unders)- Focus on training technique and kicking
Age Group (9-12)- Focus on training for the race
Senior/Distance (13+)- Focus on training zones
Over 300 workouts
Each set has a Level 1, 2 and 3 version
Structured by training zones
Free/Fly kick and IM sets too
Swimming focused with teachings about the Four main swimming motions and Four main training intensities
Stretching explanations included
A guide to what exercises should be done, when and how many sets/reps of each during different parts of the season
A list of possible exercises for each swimming motion and training intensity to fit a variety of available equipment
An entire 16 week sample is included
Coach's Swim Clinic Slides
Improve your coaching ability with these tips/guidelines
Build a team everyone wants to be on
Managing the Team
Teaching/training the strokes
This uses the well researched and widely used Profile of Mood States questionnaire to quantify "stress"
This monitor automatically calculates, graphs and tracks a swimmer's mood over the season which has a high correlation to overtraining
Detailed explanations of how to interpret the numbers, what to do with them and references provided
These go with our Nutrition talk video below
Please use with your swimmers as you desire
The Biology of Swimming PDF
Our entire 324 page picture book in PDF
Perfect for sharing with the team chapter by chapter or converting to Kindle format
It's the only non-free download here, but many have asked us to bring it back!
Click here for more details and the hard copy version
The Progression of Everything is aseries of videos and PowerPoint slides that explains how to build up every complicated swimming stroke and motion from the ground up for competitive swimmers.Every stroke can be broken down into a few key components.This series takes you through a series ofdrills that focus on every componentand lays a foundation for building and training a perfect stroke.
Why make this series?
A starting point for new coaches
For “lost” parents
Complex motions broken into pieces
Train every piece every day!
Who is the target?
7-14 year old competitive swimmers
New competitive swimmers in general (high school)
(Not for swim lessons, more advance than that)
How this will work:
Breakdown every stroke into a few important pieces
One drill = One focus
Build up to the full stroke
Use training sets to continually build the strokes throughout a season