Past Clinic: 2020 High Performance Swim Camp Series
Fri, Jul, 31 2020 - Sun, Aug, 02 2020
Tyler Aquatic Center
3013 Earl Campbell Parkway, Tyler, TX 75701
A description of what was covered at this past clinic is below the upcoming clinics.
Upcoming Swim Clinics and Camps
Within 250 miles of Tyler, TX.
Three-Day Comprehensive Butterfly Racing Camp – Sign up for individual sessions or the whole series by clicking register now.
Butterfly is one of the most technical and challenging strokes, and participants at this camp will focus on becoming more efficient and faster butterfly swimmers. Friday will review the basic technique of the butterfly stroke. Saturday’s focus will be on refining the race details that will take their performance to the next level including starts, turns, and finishes. On Sunday, participants will finish with advanced racing skills and take their stroke to top speed
Your clinicians for this camp will be Olympic gold medalist Roland Schoeman and Coach Sam Murphy! Scroll down for more details on the curriculum.
Session Times (Both Days):
Ages 11-14: Check in 9:00 AM, Clinic 9:15 AM-11:45 AM
15 & Over: Check in 12:45 PM, Clinic 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Social Distancing: Fitter and Faster is following all guidelines as it relates to COVID-19 as set by the CDC, NIH and local authorities. This camp will have a limit of 3 swimmers per lane to maintain social distance. We also ask for you to please drop your swimmers off at the sign-in table and to pick your swimmers up after the clinic. If a waitlist is established, please join it. If enough people enter the waitlist we will plan for additional sessions! THANK YOU!
Roland and Sam will lead two sessions for each age group. This camp is not recommended for swimmers with less than 2 years of competitive swimming experience and swimmers younger than 11 years old are not recommended for these camps without your coach’s approval.
DAY 1 (FRIDAY): BUTTERFLY TECHNIQUE
Olympic gold medalist Roland Schoeman and Coach Sam Murphy will work with participants to improve on the complexities of balancing power and fluid rhythm in one of the most dynamic athletic movements. Elite butterfliers maintain forward momentum by setting an immediate high catch with a perfectly timed kick. They are committed to a breathing pattern, perfecting their distance per stroke, and maintaining a horizontal body position - become committed to these same skills...make them YOUR habits.
- BODY POSITION: Elite butterfliers focus on driving their momentum forward with minimal drag by keeping their heads low and hips high. Participants will work with Roland and Sam on establishing and maintaining the proper body position.
- KICK: Each butterfly stroke has two equally strong and well-timed kicks. Work on how and when to kick in fly for maximum speed.
- PULL: Long and smooth strokes will allow your swimmer to have a more efficient butterfly. Roland and Sam will teach participants to get an early catch on the water for more power in each stroke.
- BREATH: The most common mistakes that swimmers make in fly occur during the breath. Swimmers will work on low and efficient breaths as well as WHEN to breathe so that they can swim more efficiently on the breath stroke.
DAY 2 (SATURDAY): BUTTERFLY STARTS, TURNS, & FINISHES
After developing a strong butterfly stroke on day 1, participants will focus on refining the skills that will help them drop time in any race. This session will also allow your swimmer to learn how to maximize their speed into and out of every turn and at the finish. Roland Schoeman and Ben Murphy will also work with swimmers take advantage of their underwater dolphin kicking on the start and each wall!
- STARTS: Your swimmer’s proper hand and foot placement on the block can allow them to drive forward with a lot of explosive power. Roland and Sam will work with your swimmer to find the best position on the block as well as how to launch their body forward efficiently into a tight streamline and enter the water through a small hole.
- UNDERWATER DOLPHIN KICKING: The fastest swimmers know how to weaponize their dolphin kicking. It is absolutely, undeniably, the fastest way to move through the water! Whether you dolphin kick on your stomach, side, or back, understanding the importance of streamlined, underwater speed is vital for every swimmer!
- OPEN TURNS: Think about the open turn differently! Your swimmer should not be making an open turn to touch the wall and swim the next lap; if they’re doing this, they are actually stopping and then trying to regain speed. An expertly executed open turn involves spinning backwards, enabling your swimmer to carry momentum into the push off.
- FINISHES: Races can be won or lost by hundredths of a second, and many races come down to the last few strokes. Your swimmer will learn how to use their kick to accelerate into the wall, time their stroke for a perfect arm extension, and keep their head down so they don’t waste any time or strokes as they approach the wall.
DAY 3 (SUNDAY): BUTTERFLY APPLIED SPEED & RACE STRATEGY EXECUTION
Take your butterfly racing to the next level by learning different strategies for approaching any race. Olympic gold medalist Roland Schoeman and Coach Sam Murphy will work to take the solid butterfly foundation developed on the first two days and teach sprint and distance variations for fast racing specific to any butterfly event. The session will also include a training set designed to challenge swimmers and complement the technical foundation developed earlier in the camp!
- DISTANCE PER STROKE: One way to increase efficiency is to take fewer strokes. Counting the number of strokes and improving technique to decrease that number will save energy. On the other side, it may be faster to take more strokes per length, especially in shorter events.
- TEMPO: Your swimmer’s tempo is how fast or slow they complete each stroke. Having a slower tempo allows swimmers to conserve energy by taking fewer strokes, while a faster tempo is more tiring but much faster. Changing tempo based on event distance and fatigue level will help your swimmer swim as fast as possible.
- PACING: When racing, many swimmers will prioritize tempo over distance per stroke, which causes them to take a higher number of shorter strokes on each length. This is a very inefficient way to swim and can cause a swimmer to race much slower and fatigue quicker. At this session, Roland and Sam will help participants refine their stroke count and tempo so that they can utilize their strengths to race faster in any distance!
- SPRINT VS DISTANCE BUTTERFLY: Butterfly technique changes dramatically from a 50 to 200 yard race! Roland and Sam will work with swimmers to prioritize their underwater dolphin kicking and tempo in sprint events, as well as how to develop a breathing pattern for longer events. These technique changes will help your swimmer excel in any butterfly race!
- TRAINING BUTTERFLY: Also included in this session is an elite workout designed by Roland, Sam, and the Fitter and Faster Coaching Team. This workout is specifically designed to challenge your swimmer’s butterfly and help identify strengths and weaknesses in their training, which will ultimately transfer into becoming a better racer!
Swimmers and parents are invited to ask Roland and Sam questions during a Q&A session. Gain insight into his training regimen, diet and nutrition, and recovery tactics.
WATCH THE CLINICIAN
Observe Roland 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 your 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 Roland and Sam, get autographs, and ALL PARTICIPANTS receive a FREE Fitter and Faster Collector’s Bag Tag for each day they are at the camp. Collect all 37 and trade with your friends!