Many teams request a Teamanship talk when doing camps for junior high and high school swimmers. During the presentation the team is given 10 minutes to give the TRAITS – VALUES and SKILLS they are developing and experiencing by being a team member. The following list was generated by Coach Todd Schmitz’ team, the Colorado STARS , visited twice while Missy Franklin was in high school and this is what they created in 10 minutes. Some may be a stretch; however, it’s theirs. What can your team create?
Coaches interested in presenting Teamanship to their team checkout the routine in GAMES-GIMMICKS-CHALLENGES for Swimming Coaches (pg 313). You may be one of the 4,000 coaches with the book already?
Those highlighted in red are really important to me as a coach. Those in blue are the most important “influencing” words in the very successful careers of collegiate swimmers that competed in the 1970’s.
It’s a great way to sell our sport to participants and parents. Leave the words generated on a dry-erase board for the parents to see when they pick-up the swimmers. Parents love it!
The next topic will be Relating Training to Goals since we’ll be thinking about going fast at Senior and Junior Nationals.
Four-time NCAA Division II Coach of the Year, Bob Steele, has developed world-ranked swimmers in 41 events, from which two American Records and six NCAA Division II National Records were achieved. Steele lead Cal State University- Bakersfield to five NCAA Division II National Championships team titles. His Southern Illinois University swim teams won six National Independent Championships.
Steele’s coaching wisdom can be summed up simply: “It’s not what you do, but how you do it,” and “if it’s fun to watch, it’s fun to do”.
Former swimmer, Roger VonJouanne termed “Steele training” as “distracted pain”.