Springfield & Arlington, VA
2019 Spring Elite Swim Camp Series
Sat, Feb, 16 2019 - Sun, Apr, 14 2019
February & March: "The St. James"; April: "Yorktown High School", Springfield & Arlington, VA
2019 Spring Elite Swim Camp Series in Northern VA- Sign up for individual sessions or the whole series by clicking register now.
This Elite Series consists of THREE swim camps to be held this Spring in Northern Virginia. Each camp has a different curriculum and is “Elite” which means that each session is limited to no more than 36 participants.
* Camp 1: Explosive Starts and Turns (Feb 16 & 17): Olympians Roland Schoeman and Brett Hawke
* Camp 2: Comprehensive Breaststroke Racing Camp (March 30 & 31): Olympians Katie Meili and Brett Hawke
* Camp 3: Fast and Efficient Freestyle and Backstroke (April 13 & 14): Olympian Kim Vandenberg
Each camp will be led by Elite Clinicians who swam in the Olympic Games and are exceptional teachers with talent for explaining and demonstrating the technique required for fast racing! Scroll down for more details on the curriculum!
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Each of the three weekends will have two sessions for swimmers ages 12 & over and two sessions for swimmers ages 11 & under. Each age group has 6 sessions available to them across all 3 weekends. The camp is not recommended for swimmers with less than 2 years of competitive swimming experience and swimmers younger than 9 years old are not recommended for these camps without your coach’s recommendation.
February 16: Starts and Underwater Dolphin Kicking
(Location: "The St. James" in Springfield, VA) The start is your opportunity to cover as much ground as possible in a very short period of time, with great efficiency and momentum heading into your underwater kicking and breakout. There are countless intricacies to performing a start and you only get better with practice. Your clinicians for this camp are five-time Olympian (twice as a swimmer and three-times as a coach) Brett Hawke and four-time Olympian Roland Schoeman. They share their most effective strategies to execute this explosive and athletic movement.
- STARTS: How you set up on the block including proper hand and foot placement can allow your swimmer to explode forward with a lot of power. Brett and Roland will work with each swimmer to find their best position on the block as well as how to launch their body forward into a tight streamline and enter through a small hole.
- UNDERWATER DOLPHIN KICKING: The not-so-secret weapon of elite level swimmers is their underwater dolphin kick. Roland Schoeman is known as one of the best underwater dolphin kickers in the world and he specializes in helping swimmers unlock their potential in this important skill.
February 17: Flip Turns and Open Turns
(Location: "The St. James" in Springfield, VA) Most age group swimmers add in extra movements on their turns that slow them down and prevent them from carrying their momentum through the turn and into their streamline! Even at Olympic Trials we see many very fast swimmers who miss making finals and even the Olympic team because of the quality of their turns! The turn is an opportunity for a swimmer to actually GAIN MOMENTUM, when in fact most swimmers actually slow down. At both of these sessions, Olympic swimmer and coach Brett Hawke along with Olympic gold medalist Roland Schoeman will work with each swimmer to improve their turns so that they can drop time!
- FLIP TURNS: Your swimmer will learn how to carry their momentum through the turn to get in and out of every wall faster. Swimmers will practice accelerating into the wall with long strokes and then using their core and arms to get through the turn. They'll practice planting their feet on the wall for a powerful pushoff in the perfect streamline. Brett and Roland will give the swimmers drills and exercises to help them master this athletic skill now as well as in the future!
- OPEN TURNS: Think about the open turn differently! You should not be making an open to turn around and swim the next lap. If you're doing this - you're actually stopping and then trying to regain speed again. An expertly executed open turn involves spinning backwards. This enables you to carry momentum into the pushoff. We're going to teach you how to cut a lot of time on this turn... helping you in all of your breaststroke and butterfly races!
March 30: Elite Breaststroke Technique and Pacing
(Location: "The St. James" in Springfield, VA) More than any other stroke, breaststroke is the most varied. Out of the eight finalists at the Olympic Games you might see eight different styles of strokes! Without fail, your swimmer's timing and ability to eliminate resistance are both hallmarks of an efficient and powerful breaststroker. Your swimmer has the foundation, now learn from Olympic gold medalist Katie Meili and Olympic swimmer and coach Brett Hawke how to utilize your core and hip drive to create a fluid and more forward driving stroke.
- BODY POSITION: The best swimmers in the world learn at a young age about the importance of being patient with their stroke and trusting their "glide position". Too many young swimmers rush their stroke, create "drag" (i.e. slow themselves down) and exhaust themselves. Katie and Brett will work with participants to maintain a better body position for a more efficient breaststroke.
- KICK: The three parts of the kick are hips, knees, and feet. Katie and Brett will work with participants to kick with power from their hips while keeping their knees close and feet wide. The kick is about 80% of the power in breaststroke. Get more out of each kick for a faster breaststroke!
- PULL: Participants in this session will learn drills to encourage you to keep your hands and elbows high on the water throughout the entire pull, thereby minimizing resistance and maintaining speed.
- TIMING: A fast breaststroke is all about the rhythm! The proper timing will make your stroke fast, smooth and less taxing on your body. Learn how your clinician times their breaststroke for ultimate efficiency.
- BREASTSTROKE PACING: Your swimmer will work with Olympians Katie and Brett to figure out how to balance the proper stroke length and tempo to maximize their speed and endurance in every breaststroke race!
March 31: Breaststroke Turns, Pullouts, and Finishes
(Location: "The St. James" in Springfield, VA) This session of this elite swim camp series in Northern Virginia focuses on the details of racing breaststroke that are often overlooked! Participants will work specifically on maintaining momentum through the turn and underwater pullout as well as accelerating into the finish with five-time Olympian Brett Hawke AND Olympic gold medalist Katie Meili!
- BREASTSTROKE TURNS: A fast breaststroke turn begins before your swimmer reaches the flags. Timing the last stroke can make a big difference in how your swimmer gets through the turn. The goal is to touch the wall with arms outstretched, but without gliding and with high hips, before tucking into a tight turn and planting for a powerful pushoff. Olympic gold medalist Katie Meili will work with participants to specifically work on the fastest possible breaststroke specific turn!
- BREASTSTROKE PULLOUTS: The best breaststrokers are faster under the water than on the surface! Learn the components and sequence of movements that make up a fast underwater breaststroke pullout. With the proper body position and timing, a swimmer's pullout will take them almost to the other side of the pool faster than you could imagine!
- BREASTSTROKE FINISHES: Everything from how your swimmer times their last stroke, to the depth in which your swimmer touches the wall, will contribute to the quality of your swimmer's finish. Your swimmer should touch with maximum extension and momentum while almost feeling as if they're going to accelerate through the wall.
April 13: Freestyle Technique
(Location: Yorktown High School - Arlington, VA) Freestyle is the stroke that you swim more than any other. Creating good freestyle habits will help your swimmer race faster and help prevent injury in the future. Olympic medalist Kim Vandenberg will be in the water leading participants through each part of the freestyle stroke and drills to help them create good habits and deepen their understanding of fast and efficient freestyle technique.
- BODYLINE: Your swimmer's freestyle will never be fast without a strong bodyline. Your swimmer will renforce good posture and engage their core to have a strong foundation for a faster freestyle.
- KICK: Become a stronger and faster kicker through learning about both the technique and timing of each kick from an Olympian.
- PULL: The best swimmers in the world utilize an early vertical forearm to put immediate pressure back on the water. Nick will also teach swimmers how to get maximum extension and a powerful finish! Learn new drills and exercises to get more power out of every stroke!
- ROTATION: Participants will learn to utilize their rotation form more connection and power out of every pull and every kick.
- BREATH: All swimmers know to keep one goggle in and one goggle out when they take a breath, but do they know when and how long to breathe? Kim will show your swimmer how to make each breath more efficient for faster freestyle racing no matter what distance.
April 14: Backstroke Technique
(Location: Yorktown High School - Arlington, VA) Your swimmer understands the core components of backstroke, now begin to master the subtle skills that will help your swimmer compete at a higher level. Participants will practice using their core to create rotation as well as a stable and balanced stroke, build a powerful pull with a strategic use of stroke rate, and use their kick as a dominant propulsive force.
- BODY POSITION: Participants will work with Olympic medalist Kim Vandenberg to feel and understand how to maintain a neutral spine and head position for less drag and better full body connection in backstroke.
- KICK: Have you ever noticed how many swimmer's knees break the surface when they kick in backstroke. This means that the swimmer is kicking with their knees which is less efficient than kicking from their hip. Kim will help swimmers maintain maximum propulsion with the proper kicking technique.
- PULL: It is very important for swimmers to bend their elbow very early in the pull so that they can get an early catch for an immediate and powerful press back into the water.
- ROTATION: The fastest backstrokers in the world use a powerful rotation to create more power and increase their tempo. Learn how much to rotate, when to rotate, and how to use it for maximum speed and power.
At each session of this elite series, swimmers and parents are invited to ask the Olympian Clinicians questions during a Q&A session. Gain insight into their training regimen, diet and nutrition, and recovery tactics.
WATCH THE CLINICIAN
Observe the clinicians at each session swim at full speed and demonstrate a progression of perfectly executed drills to achieve powerful, efficient and fast swimming.
PUT YOUR SKILLS TO THE TEST
Swimmers will get to practice what they've learned by taking their stroke to top speed with some of the best swimmers and coaches in the world! They'll work on holding onto their form while challenging themselves.
Take a photo with the clinicians, get autographs, and a gift from TYR Sport!