Kick, kick, kick, but ditch that board…
Coach Cavataro is in his 34th season as head coach of the Gaels. His wildly successful tenure at Iona College has been highlighted by leading swimmers to NCAA-qualifying swims, numerous conference championships, and Senior National swims.
When we experience any degree of success, we learn to look for, and expect, good things to happen. You begin to feel in control of your life, and your sport. You might consider the following techniques to get you on a roll.
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 propulsive power that one derives from the freestyle kick depends on pushing a large surface area backward in the water quickly. The backward movement of the kick occurs in the down kick and depends on the strong muscles of the quadriceps and the hip flexors to drive the foot back with speed, along with the core muscles.
Fall is an important time of year for swimmers as they lay down an aerobic base to build upon for the season ahead. In the midst of competitions and heavy training, athletes need to maximize their health so they can maintain consistency and perform their best.
Swimisodes will star Olympic Gold Medalist Rebecca Soni, Roland Schoeman, Junya Koga, Lexie Kelly and Zach Hayden with swimming techniques from Coach Gary Hall.
Just as swimmers conduct a physical warm-up just prior to a practice or competition the best prepared swimmers have also developed a comprehensive psychological or mental warm up in order to put them in the best frame of mind for a great training opportunity or peak performance.
“Over the past 2 years Matt has collaborated with Coach Bill Boomer to improve his swimmers’ biomechanics in the water. They focused a lot on creating better posture in the water.”
Gary Hall Sr.: “What happens between the time the feet leave the wall and the breakout is the most controversial and variable part of the freestyle flip turn. It is also when the most time is either gained or lost.”
Courtesy of 4-time NCAA DII Coach of the Year Bob Steele One of the talks I give when working with…
Can anyone expect more from an athlete than giving their best personal effort each and every day? Many teams and athletes believe that they are committed wholeheartedly, yet they continue to fall short of their goals. Why would this happen?
It is fair to say that we live in a negativity culture. Television, magazines, media and peer influences seem to place a constant focus on what can, or does, go wrong. This necessarily creates a negativity bias in our brain, and for athletes, leads to performance limitations.
Since we last caught up with Rebecca Westfall and Gary Sturdy’s exploration of swimming and physics, Rebecca’s has found a…
OU’s Shawn Kornoelje shares a mid-summer’s distance set that he did with his Horizon League championship winning Golden Grizzlies.