'A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment' 🏊🏼👊🏼
With change comes incentive for improvement! .

'A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment' 🏊🏼👊🏼
With change comes incentive for improvement! .

Goal setting for parents and swimmers🔸🔺🔸

Goal setting for young swimmers is an important process that requires interaction of the parent, coach, and athlete. It is important to remember that for young swimmers the goal of goal setting is to learn how to set goals. The progression for learning how to set goals is based upon the age and competitive experience of the swimmer.

There are many approaches to goal setting for younger swimmers. The following approach is presented because it is a little different from the "normal" routine of coach-swimmer interaction and one that I personally find more rewarding for the parent-coach-athlete relationship.

With younger, inexperienced swimmers, generally ages 8 - 10, goal setting needs to be carefully guided by adults. The purpose of goal setting with this age is for the young swimmer to learn what a goal is, that to achieve a goal a series of steps toward the goal must be taken, and that some amount of preparation and work is required to meet the goal.

These are very powerful lifelong skills.

I think it is very important that children are successful in achieving goals at this stage. For this reason, the coach, who best knows the ability of the swimmer, should suggest goals to the parents who, in turn, guide their young swimmer to set goals well within the possibilities described by the coach.

Goals should be objective and based upon time standards or performance standards. In addition, goals need to be short term goals aiming at completion in 4 to 6 weeks.

A long term goal is a difficult concept for 8 - 10 year olds.

Billy is a 9 year old who has been swimming for for 18 months. He has been training a lot to achieve high results at swimming competitions.

His best friend, neighbor, and swimming rival, John, began swimming at the same time as Billy but has achieved "A" times in several times and has been put up to the state group.

Billy's ambition is to swim in the same workout group with John. Billy's dad and John's dad are friends and weekend golf rivals. Coincidentally, John's dad regularly beats Billy's dad. Billy's dad's goal is to see Billy beat John.

What should Billy's goals be and who should set them?

Billy's goals must not be based upon John. At this point in time John is a more accomplished swimmer. Perhaps he will always be more accomplished for a variety of reasons which will frustrate Billy if Billy's goal is always to beat John. On the other hand, maybe John is temporarily bigger and stronger than Billy. As the boys reach and pass puberty Billy may become the bigger and stronger and more skilled of the two and beating John may not present an adequate challenge.

The coach
should suggest several goals for Billy to Billy's parents. These goals are based upon the coaches' assessment of Billy's ability to improve in the next two months. One suggested goal might be to improve his technique and achieve a qualifying time. The coach will work on these techniques with the swimmer to improve to overall efficiency of technique once the swimmer starts swimming longer distance races and assist mobility through the water with growing up.

Why suggest these goals to the parents?
Two reasons:
1) It is a good way for the parents and coach to communicate on the progress and future expectations for the young swimmer,
2) the most important and most influential people in the young swimmer's life are Mum,Dad and family.What better source is there in guiding the young swimmer towards setting goals?

How should parents discuss goals with young swimmers?

I think the best way is to ask the young swimmer a series of questions designed to bring him to the goals suggested by the coach.

A conversation may go something like this:
Parent: "Billy, our team is hosting a meet in six weeks. Do you have any goals for our meet?"
Billy: "What's a goal?"Parent: "A goal is something you want to do that you have never done before."Billy: [without hesitation] "I want to swim in John’s group!"
Parent: "Someday I think you will. What does it take to move up to that group?” Billy: “Coach says I need a qualifying time.”Parent: "Do you know what your best time is?"Billy: "No"
Parent: "Coach says you have 32.2 and that's only 4 tenths of a second from an "QT" time which is a 31.8. Would you like to make an "A" time?
Billy: "YEA!"
Parent: "Do you know how short 4 tenths of a second is?" [Demonstrates with stop watch.] "Coach says you can knock off those 4 tenths of a second just by streamlining better off the start and turn and by finishing with a long arm and strong kick. What are you going to work on in practice to help you make your goal?"
Billy: "I'm going to work on streamlining and finishing with a long arm and strong kick."
Parent: "Great! I KNOW you're going to make your goal! do you think you would like to do in the 50 free in that coming up?"
Billy: "A 31.8?Parent: "Right! Now let's write down your goal."
The next step is for Billy to write down his goal(s) on two pieces of paper. He should write his current best time, his goal, target date, and things he needs to work on in order to accomplish his goal.
His goal statement may look like this: My Goal: 31.8 "QT time in the 50 free When: February 17 home meetBest Time: 32.2
Every day in practice: streamlining and good finishes

Billy should keep one at home in his room where he can look at it every day. Mum and Dad should ask Billy once every week or so how he is doing on his goal. The second copy he takes to swim training to review with the coach.

Of course, it's a wonderful thing if a young swimmer is aware enough of times, both his own and qualifying times, to set his own valid goals in addition to those suggested by the coach.
If a swimmer sets a reachable goal it should be accepted by coach and parents.
Most young swimmers however need the expert guidance of coach and parents to set obtainable goals. Remember, at this age it is vitally important that swimmers are able to accomplish their goals and have FUN!! ☺️

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For elite competitive swimmers to be on prime of their game, it’s important to train both inside and outside of the pool. Nevertheless, a lot of swimmers don’t completely realise the advantages of dry land coaching and concentrate on the incorrect varieties of workouts. Or, even worse, they don’t train outside of the pool at all. Aerobic and muscle conditioning exercises assist you develop endurance and boost your level of cardiovascular fitness. In addition to training in the water, you need to have to participate in dry land exercises as a way to remain competitive.

Plus you need to make it FUN as pictured here with the Harlee Elite - Elite/Comp squad 🏃🏽

To be race ready it is not always physical. You could be a swimmer that trains 10 times a week puts in a 100 % at every session though crumble when it gets to sitting in the marshalling and behind the blocks opposing your competitors. It's important to go into a meet mentally prepared.

Instead of just hoping YOU will be mentally ready to compete, take control and create the mentality YOU want before each event.

Know your ideal mindset and choose to create this mindset throug...h pre-event routines, trigger words and by simply telling yourself, “This is how I’m going to think today.”

Harlee Elite tips for pre event routines
- Visualisation
- Music
- Chatter with the team members






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