For the top coaches in the world, swimming is a lifelong process of cultivating philosophy, learning technique, training and communication methods. Like sponges, the top coaches (and athletes) absorb all of the information they can. They interact with other coaches and athletes of all levels and determine what may and may not work for them and their athletes.
Fitter and Faster’s “Coaches Program” is bridging the gap between the elite level of the sport and the grassroots in a way that benefits both groups in a positive fashion. Age group coaches across the country are building great relationships with Olympic and elite athletes they may only have known by name.
Before each clinic, coaches meet privately with the clinic’s elite clinicians to review the skills and drills they’ll be teaching, their talking points and learn how they can best utilize the coaches’ experience and feedback.
These meetings are a nice opportunity for the coaches to “pick the brain” of the clinicians:
♦ Ask them about their training
♦ Learn about their relationship with their coaches and/or parents
♦ How they balanced swimming with other responsibilities, and much more.
♦ Many coaches also take the opportunity to point out specific techniques or concepts that athletes in attendance may be having issues with.
This is an exclusive time for the coaches to spend with the athletes without kids and parents being around.
During the clinic participating coaches provide extra feedback to the swimmers, send the kids off in heats, repeat the instructions of the elite clinicians; and take notes about the drills/skills being taught; and to reflect and make their own plans for practices, preparing for meets, learning to work with parents and certain types of swimmers. The experience is what the coaches make it to be for themselves.
Coaches interested in attending or participating in Fitter and Faster clinics can contact us at fitterandfaster.com. With more than one hundred and fifty sessions annually throughout the country and the ease of creating new sessions – the opportunities for exchanging valuable information is extensive.