Five Things coaches should stop doing

There are literally hundreds of things a swimming coach has to do each week….. working with swimmers, communicating with parents, leading the coaching team, analysing stroke techniques, reading and researching the latest swimming articles, planning for training sessions, planning strategies for upcoming meets…your swimming coach has a lot of things they should be doing: it’s all part the day-to-day responsibilities of being a swimming coach.

But here are 5 Things Your Swimming Coach Shouldn’t be Doing

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How to form a Philippine Swimming Team for SEA Games 2019

When we hosted SEA Games in 2005, Mark Joseph FOUGHT for a FULL TEAM for Philippine Swimming. Thus, 24 swimmers got selected to the team, with all 32 events (not 38 that time) represented by two Filipino swimmers. Of the 24 swimmers who saw action in 2005 SEA Games, 20 made a finals appearance, and only 4 swimmers failed to make it to the finals in an event. With a Full Team (24 swimmers), Philippine Swimming delivered 4 gold, 4 silver and 5 bronze medals.

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What Philippine Swimming needs is a TOTAL REVAMP

Let’s face it! Philippine Swimming is in a very sorry state, and this is because people who have been behind Philippine Swimming Incorporated (PSI) have allowed this to happen to the very organization that we all love.

The lack of senior talents to win Gold Medals for the country this coming 2017 SEA Games, and the zero Gold medals for the past three SEA Games, are enough proof how the organization has been badly mismanaged; thus NO DOUBT, Philippine Swimming badly needs a TOTAL REVAMP!

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How Fast Are You Swimming in Practice?

There is a difference between training to make it through practice and training to race. That specificity of training, as well as developing a racing mind-set, makes all the difference in the world.

We’ve said it more than a few times around these parts—train the way you want to race, and race the way you train.

Randomly add some full blast efforts over the course of your training so that you don’t need to get ready to be ready.

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Change is Coming?

However, considering that the Philippines is coming from a relatively slow base of swimming record times, the time improvements are too insignificant to make a dent in the international meets, even at the SEA level. By contrast, countries such as Singapore and even Vietnam have been improving by leaps and bounds and are now way ahead of the Philippines in terms of records and performances of their swimmers, from senior elite swimmers to even junior swimmers. Whatever improvements we are making, are mere baby steps and pale in comparison to the Godzilla-like steps of these other countries. As such, in order for Philippine swimming to be relevant again in terms of international competition, PSI really needs to level up big time to at least match the successes of our SEA neighbors.

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Daily habits of 10 Olympians that could make you more successful

Habits are helpful. There’s no question that athletes at the Olympic level take their habits and routines very seriously. We were curious to see what else we could be doing that would give us a professional edge and make us feel accomplished day in and day out.

While we’re not about to start setting our alarms for 4:15 a.m. to fit more in and double the length of our workouts, we might be willing to try taking more regular breaks to give our tired minds a much-needed rest.

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Swimming Warm-Down, a must every after your race

The swimming warm-down: often the first thing to get thrown out the window at the end of a session or after a bad race. Here is why you should commit to warming down after every race.

I have heard (and may or may not have said it myself) this on pool decks on countless occasions. Particularly when you have a disappointing race, or your event was the last of the day, it’s tempting to think that warming down is a waste of time. After all, it’s not like warming up, where you are getting prepared for a future race.

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