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More and more coaches and programs are learning the benefits that Ultra Short Race Pace Training (USRPT) can potentially provide their swimmers when effectively applied. We reported back in August how Coach Bob Young of the Hudson Area Swimming Association (HASA) program in Hudson, Wisconsin researched the ins and outs of the training program and decided to give it a try with a small group of kids, resulting in significant time drops. Key words, such as motivating, energizing, and ‘immediate feedback’ characterize his squad’s refreshed outlook on training, as he and other coaches describe their USRPT in action in this video clip.
And word keeps spreading about the science-based, results-driven methodology that is USRPT. Coach Zach Wagers of the Capital City Sea Dragons started implementing USRPT in June after learning about the concept at a coaching seminar. While letting the swimmers be more involved in practices via monitoring their own times and rest intervals, Wagers feels as though he can get back to what he really loves – actual coaching. “USRPT allows coaches to get back to focusing on technique and not just clock-running and time-tracking. We can provide instant feedback to our swimmers during a set, which makes them correct things right away.” Additionally, Wagers cites USRPT as an excellent way for kids to learn about failure, as well as setting one’s mind to a certain result and achieving it.
And, achieving goals is what the Capital City Sea Dragons club is all about, as evidenced by recent meet results. At a recent meet, Coach Wagers had three swimmers drop significant time in their 200 freestyles in the form of Ruby Knutson dropping from 2:35.42 to 2:31.26; Dalton Platt dropping from 2:30.20 to 2:27.34 and Matthew Mattivi knocking his 2:11.23 previous personal best down to 2:09.37. Dalton Platt also crushed new personal bests in the 200 backstroke and 200 breaststroke events, dropping over 9 seconds and 20 seconds off each, respectively.
Wondering if USRPT might work for your club? Leading USRPT Coach Peter Andrew, and his USA Junior National Team member son, Mutual of Omaha BREAKOUT athlete Michael, are traveling to Carroll, Iowa to conduct clinics on USRPT on October 10th and 11th. Any coach, swimmer or team who has ever been curious about what USRPT is and if it might work for you and your team are welcome to attend. The clinics are being hosted by CAST Tidal Waves and sign-ups are available online here.