26 Tips to Help Swim Coaches to Avoid Boring Routines

by SwimSwam 0

July 07th, 2015 Club, Industry, International, Opinion

Courtesy of Agustín Artiles Grijalba 

Swimming is a stamina sport that requires great effort and dedication, and can sometimes become the victim of monotony. Times have changed. Swimmers want a coach who trains them and looks out for their needs, who has the knowledge needed to improve their performance, who motivates them and pays attention to what they need.
Many of them are young swimmers in constant training and they like to know what they are doing, be told the reasons for doing one thing or another, be considered highly by their colleagues and receive the unconditional support of their families.

The current ease with which young people can choose to participate in other, more entertaining activities should encourage us to seek strategies capable of helping them to choose our sport. Some of those strategies are listed below.

There are many more and I am convinced that most of you already take them into consideration as you strive to make good progress while avoiding those unwanted situations in which young swimmers abandon the sport.

  1. Setting logical and achievable targets
  2. Training variety and versatility
  3. Short, fun training sessions – especially with the youngest swimmers
  4. Films on motivation and overcoming personal barriers
  5. Praising effort and perseverance
  6. Stronger swimmer-coach relations
  7. Discuss and demonstrate training objectives
  8. Adapt the schedule to the specific qualities of each swimmer
  9. Encourage and foster hard work and effort
  10. Relaxation techniques
  11. Highlight and correct technical shortcomings as soon as they appear
  12. Remain calm and do not rush to achieve forecast results
  13. Work together on designing the training plan
  14. Show affection and interest in the swimmers
  15. Show commitment to both parents and athletes
  16. Instill values in the swimmer
  17. Set logical, specific and feasible goals
  18. Stimulate the secondary qualities of the swimmer
  19. Transmit security and a positive attitude
  20. Inspire passion and enthusiasm
  21. Consider the personal motivation of the swimmer
  22. Show interest in their academic performance
  23. Consideration and respect for the athlete
  24. Family support
  25. Teach them to combine study and sport. They go together
  26. Treat the athlete as you would anyone of their age, but always with respect and empathy

Agustín Artiles GrijalbaAgustín Artiles Grijalba has more than 35 years of experience as the head coach of some of the most important Spanish swimming teams. He has been the coach of the Spanish Swimming Team from 2008 to 2012, and has trained the 50 breastroke Spanish National Record Holder, Hector Monteagudo Espinosa, from 2002 to 2013. Agustín has also trained several international swimmers from the Spanish National Team and europe, as well as paralympic athletes with world records in all different categories. In 2006 he was honored as the “Best Competition Swimming Coach” in Spain. You can read his blog here.

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