Coaching Swimming Successfully (Coaching Successfully) by Dick Hannula

By Dick Hannula

300 twenty-three consecutive meets with no loss—that's only one spotlight in Dick Hannula's training list. one of many all-time nice swimming coaches, Dick stocks the secrets and techniques of his good fortune during this booklet, together with • constructing a philosophy, • making plans for the season and getting ready for practices, • instructing the aggressive strokes, • maximizing meet education and function, and • comparing your swimmers and your software. Hannula bargains nice insights for veteran and starting coaches. He explains the most recent clinical ideas in stroke mechanics so that you can comprise them into your instructing now. you can find very important info for educating excellent process within the 4 aggressive strokes, plus starts off, turns, and finishes. you will additionally locate sixty four illustrated drills (at least 14 for every stroke) to aid swimmers research, perform, and refine each process. And in case you are a swimmer trying to find an part, you are going to relish that a lot of Hannula's method is drawn from the views of swimmers themselves.

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In this chapter I'll present the principles that form the foundation of my philosophy, and I'll describe how I share that philosophy through the goals I establish for my swimming program. Remember that my philosophy influences all phases of my coaching, just as your outlook affects your actions. Every coach must determine his or her own philosophythe unwavering principles that will provide consistency and clarity in decision making. All of the most successful coaches in our sport, from Peter Daland, George Haines, and Doc Counsilman to Mark Schubert, Skip Kenney, and Richard Quick, have demonstrated the importance of leading a swimming program with a steady and clear vision.

Rewards in the pool come less frequently than they do on a basketball court; there's no swish of a ball passing through the hoop; most often, there's only more water, more turns, and more strokes. That's why swimmers, perhaps more than any other athletes, need meaning, motivation, and fun in order to persist, and it's our responsibility as coaches to help them find these necessary elements. What Motivation Is I can sum up my idea of motivation within our program very simply: If we can sustain intensive training and have fun doing it, then we have the necessary motivation.

Winning, in the pool and in life, is not always being Number 1. Winning is being the best you can be, measuring yourself against yourself, and striving to improve. We are in a position to help our swimmers and their parents understand what success really means. For me, the job of a swim coach is a job in name only. As you read this book, you'll see that I love practices, love the thrill of competitions, and won't ever consider what I do a job. Here's hoping that Coaching Swimming Successfully will make you feel as good or even better than I do about being a swim coach!

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