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Lawrenceville, GA

Past Clinic: Comprehensive Backstroke Racing Camp

Sat, Apr, 17 2021 - Sun, Apr, 18 2021

Swim Atlanta Sugarloaf
4850 Sugarloaf Pkwy #702, Lawrenceville, GA 30044

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Past Clinic

Introduction

APRIL 17-18, 2021

Comprehensive Backstroke Racing Camp – This is a two-day high performance swim camp focused on racing faster in every backstroke race (plus improve in the IM!). The first day will focus on fast and efficient backstroke technique. The second day will cover applied speed and race strategy, as well as backstroke starts. This camp will be led by National Champion John Shebat! Two-time Olympian Josh Watson will join in leading sessions on Saturday.

Session sizes are limited to no more than 24 participants to ensure the highest level learning experience!

Session Times (Both Days):
Group B
Saturday: Check in 11:30 AM, Clinic 11:45-2:15 PM
Sunday: Check in 10:00 AM, Clinic 10:15-12:45 PM

Group A
Saturday: Check in: 2:45, Clinic 3:00-6:00PM
Sunday: Check in: 1:15PM, Clinic 1:30-4:30PM

Suggested Participants

Groups are based on your swimmer’s 100 yard backstroke times
Group A: 1:15 and faster
Group B: 1:16-1:41

Curriculum

DAY 1 (SATURDAY): HIGH PERFORMANCE BACKSTROKE TECHNIQUE

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 National Champion John Shebat and two-time Olympian Josh Watson to feel and understand how to maintain a neutral spine and head position for less drag and better full body connection in backstroke.
  • 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.
  • 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. John and Josh 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.

DAY 2: BACKSTROKE APPLIED SPEED & RACE STRATEGY EXECUTION

Take your backstroke racing to the next level by learning different strategies for approaching any race. John Shebat will work to take the solid backstroke foundation developed on day one and teach sprint and distance variations for fast racing specific to any backstroke event. The session will end with a strategically crafted training set to highlight fast and efficient backstroke technique.

  • 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, John will help participants refine their stroke count and tempo so that they can utilize their strengths to race faster in any distance!
  • BACKSTROKE STARTS: Getting into the right ready position utilizing the backstroke ledge with a straight back, hips high on the surface of the water, and feet positioned to get maximum power is extremely important to being able to execute a fast and clean backstroke start. John will work with swimmers at this session to achieve a beautiful back arch over the water so that they can have an advantage in every backstroke race!
  • TRAINING BACKSTROKE: Also included in this session is an elite workout designed by John and the Fitter and Faster Coaching Team. This workout is specifically designed to challenge your swimmer’s backstroke and help identify strengths and weaknesses in their training, which will ultimately transfer into becoming a better racer!

ASK QUESTIONS

Swimmers and parents are invited to ask their Elite Clinicians questions during a Q&A session. Gain insight into his training regimen, diet and nutrition, and recovery tactics.

WATCH THE CLINICIANS

Observe the clinicians 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 in the world! They'll work on holding onto their form while challenging themselves.

Take a photo with your Elite Clinicians, 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!

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