When Coach Bob Young took over the Hudson Area Swimming Association (HASA) swim program in Hudson, Wisconsin in 2012, his approach was to help transition a somewhat recreational team into a competitive swim club. His goal was to instill a unique training program that could accommodate both his advanced swimmers, as well as those still in the learning phase of the sport, while improving the club’s overall performance in local, regional and national competitions.
Enter Ultra Short Race Pace Training (USRPT). Coach Young had begun hearing about the USRPT method and had the pleasure of the meeting Michael Andrew’s family at a meet in 2013. He continued researching the ins and outs of the training program and decided, with athlete and parental support, to begin USRPT implementation with select segments of the HASA club in 2014.
What started as a trial period for one swimmer turned into applying the USRPT program to five more swimmers, resulting in all six kids dropping time at their first meet post-trying out this new approach. The success continued with the club seeing ten athletes qualify for zones in the summer of 2014, the most the club had ever had at one time. As a team, HASA also went on to win Regionals and Age Group States in the form of placing first in the A division in both for the 2015 season.
How has applying USRPT principles helped the HASA team achieve these feats? Coach Young attributes his club’s recent success to the sheer confidence kids take on after racing in practice each and every day, one of the cornerstones of the USRPT program. The athletes have a good feeling for how their races are going to turn out at meets, based on the times they’ve been able to hit in the pool with their specific events’ practice sets.
Coach Young also says his kids are “able to make stroke corrections faster because the kids are paying attention in practice.” He says “Kids are dialed in to the practice and trust their training. Competition anxiety has gone down and kids don’t agonize over race strategy any more because, through their practice sets, they can know what their race’s results will be.”
Do you and your club want to learn more about Ultra Short Race Pace Training (USRPT) and how the program could potentially work with your athletes?
HASA Swim Club proudly presents Peter Andrew and young swimming phenom Michael Andrew, USRPT’s foremost practitioners, at a clinic on Sunday, September 13th at Hudson High School in Hudson, Wisconsin. Swimmers will have the opportunity to implement technique principles learned in the pool, experience a USRPT set, race Michael Andrew and ask questions. The Clinic will end with an autograph and photograph session and coaches are welcome to attend.
Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015 from 12pm – 5pm
$99 for Athletes (Age 10 & Up), $40 for Coaches
Hudson Middle School, 1300 Carmichael Rd, Hudson, WI
Online Registration Only: http://usrpt.eventbrite.com
Contact: Tina Andrew 785-760-0601
Email: [email protected]
Registration Deadline August 31st, 2015
About Michael Andrew
Michael Andrew is on a rapid rise to the national swimming scene and then possibly the world stage. He has broken 76 National Age Group records in all strokes, long course meters and short course yards. His success gets plenty of attention, but he keeps it all in check and focused on his goals. “My swimming doesn’t define me,” he said. He credits his parents for taking the pressure off, which he readily admits he applies himself.
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