Ultra-Short Race-Pace Training Two-Day Seminar For Coaches, Swimmers and Swim Parents

Michael Andrew (courtesy of Jae Feinberg)

Michael Andrew (courtesy of Jae Feinberg)

Many coaches, swimmers and parents have heard about Ultra-Short Race-Pace Training (USRPT), the revolutionary training methodology used by 14 year old swimming phenom, Michael Andrew. Many think they know what the method is, and they’ve experimented with it, working it into their training cycle. High intensity speed work has always been essential to a swimmer’s success, but how far can you take it?  There is a lot more to USRPT than most coaches and swimmers realize, and now you have the opportunity to learn this method, the science behind it and how to implement it, directly from the man who developed it, Brent S. Rushall, PhD., and from the swimmer and coach who have experienced so much success with it, Michael Andrew and his coach Peter Andrew.



  • December 14th & 15th, 2013 (Saturday & Sunday), at the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas Hosted by UNT Women’s Swimming and Diving Program
  • To Register – Go to: http://coachsci.sdsu.edu/swim/index.htm.


Sponsored by: UNT & KU Women’s Swimming and Diving programs & Indie  Swimming


Brent S. Rushall, PhD, developer of Ultra-Short Race-Pace Training (USRPT)

Brent S. Rushall, PhD, developer of Ultra-Short Race-Pace Training (USRPT)

Professor Rushall will present an in-depth description and provide implementation guidelines for ultra-short race-pace training (USRPT), the scientifically based method of training and developing competitive swimmers.  This seminar is appropriate for swimming coaches, parents and swimmers who have a considerable amount of control over how they train.

The event is divided into two 8-hour days.  The Saturday program will focus on the physiology and conditioning aspects of USRPT.  Participants should become proficient in decision-making and creating training programs that provide the best condition stimulus for swimmers.  The Sunday program describes the scientifically justified technique features that complete the USRPT experience.  A pedagogical model for technique instruction will be the basis for the presentation order of topics.

It is necessary to cover both conditioning and technique because positive race-pace training effects are dependent upon the two factors to yield maximum benefits.  USRPT is not solely a conditioning model.  Conditioning provides the energy for competitive swimming but technique produces the gains in propelling efficiency.  USRPT accommodates these two emphases for all competitive pool events.

Cost and Enrollment

The cost to participate in one two day seminar is $100 US dollars.  Enrollment for the Denton, Texas seminar will be available through online registration at http://coachsci.sdsu.edu/swim/index.htm

Registration for the Lawrence, Kansas seminar is available through online registration at http://www.indieswimming.com/Home.jsp?team=cmisks

Positions will be granted on a first-come first-served basis.  Denton, TX enrollees will be restricted to 30 with potential to increase the limit.  The Lawrence, KS facility restricts number of participants to 130.

Lodging & Food Availability

Participants will be responsible for their own lodging and food requirements.  Organizers will send information about accommodation and eating/food provision establishments in the area.


The lecture component of the seminar will be in PowerPoint format.  Participants will receive a printed handout of the presentation so that notes can be recorded alongside appropriate PowerPoint slides in the workbook.

Cancellation Policy

You may substitute delegates at any time by providing reasonable advance notice.  For any cancellations received in writing not less than thirty days (30) days prior to the conference, you will receive a 90% credit to be used at another USRPT conference which must occur within one year from the date of issuance of such credit.  A 10% administration fee will be retained for all permitted cancellations.  No credit will be issued for any cancellations occurring within thirty (30) days (inclusive) of the conference.

In the event that the organizer cancels an event for any reason, you will receive a credit for 100% of the fee paid.  In the event that an event is postponed for any reason and the delegate is unable or unwilling to attend in on the rescheduled date, you will receive a credit for 100% of the fee paid.  Except as specified above, no credits will be issued for cancellations. There are no refunds given under any circumstances.


Peter Andrew, Head Coach Indie Swimming

Peter Andrew, Head Coach Indie Swimming

My main focus is always technique first.  Working through Dr. Rushall’s “The Technique Macrocycle” allows me to constantly correct bad habbits that form as Michael grows into his body.  High propelling efficiency is my first priority. Psychology is my second priority (a happy swimmer is a fast swimmer), and last but not least ultra short race pace conditioning (USRPT) rounds off what works magic for Michael.

USRPT took all the confusion and uncertainty out of coaching for me.

USRPT enables me to prepare Michael specifically for each individual event he plans to compete in.  We can accurately predict race outcome based on repetitive split times during practice.

USRPT allows Michael to expect personal best times throughout the season without the need for a taper.

I believe USRPT is changing the sport!

Michael Andrew, 32-NAG Records Broken (courtesy of Mike Lewis, olavistaphotography)

Michael Andrew, 32-NAG Records Broken (courtesy of Mike Lewis, olavistaphotography)

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I want to watch but I don’t want to go to Denton or Kansas. If they made a copy of the video of the event available for purchase I would buy it. Or maybe some sort of webcast?


Agree with Anonymous. And the TX presentation is during Winter Juniors so…

John Sampson

Totally agree^^. I would love to learn about this training method but live no where near either site. A video/webcam option would be huge

Steve Nolan

Saaaaaaaaame. Even if it turns out I can’t implement much of what they’d discuss, still pretty intrigued as to what it all entails. (All I’ve got now is – swim really fast with ideal technique all the time. The end.)

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