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Houston, TX

Comprehensive Racing Camp Series

Sat, Jun, 19 2021 - Wed, Dec, 29 2021

Houston Swim Club Sharpstown
8307 Augustine Dr, Houston, TX 77036

Introduction

Comprehensive Racing Camp Series –SAVE more by signing up for multiple sessions across multiple camps and/or for multiple swimmers!

There are three camps in this Houston Swim Camp Series – the first two camps are two days and the last camp is 3 days. This camp will be led by Elite Clinicians who are not only an incredible swimmer but also incredible teacher!

August 21-22: Comprehensive Starts Camp
November 27-28: Comprehensive Breaststroke Racing Camp
December 27-29: Comprehensive Turns & Race Strategy Camp

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

Scroll down to see the full curriculum for each camp.

Session Times:
August:
Ages 10-12
Saturday: Check in 12:30 PM, Clinic 12:45-3:15 PM
Sunday: Check in 9 AM, Clinic 9:15-11:45 AM
Ages 12 & Over
Saturday: Check in 3:45 PM, Clinic 4-6:30 PM
Sunday: Check in 12:15 PM, Clinic 12:30-3 PM

November & December: 
11 & Under: Check in 8:15 AM, Clinic 8:30-11 AM
12 & Over: Check in 11:45 AM, Clinic 12-3 PM

Suggested Participants

These camps are designed for swimmers with a minimum of one-year of competitive swimming experience all the way up to AAAA times and faster. Swimmers younger than 9 years old are not invited without submitting their times or swimming history to Fitter and Faster.

Curriculum

AUGUST 21-22: COMPREHENSIVE STARTS CAMP

This swim camp will help swimmers maximize their speed during the fastest part of every race: the start. Saturday will focus on starts from the block and well as how to maintain that speed with underwater dolphin kicking and an explosive breakout. Sunday will cover backstroke starts and relay exchanges. This camp will be led by elite clinicians Atiba Wade and Ryan Harty!

    AUGUST 21: STARTS & UNDERWATERS

    The start sets up a swimmers race. The more power off the block the better! There are countless intricacies to performing an explosive start, followed by an efficient and dominating underwater. Atiba Wade and Ryan Harty have spent countless hours practicing starts and underwater dolphin kicking and will work with swimmers on how to be explosive and efficient with each movement.

    • STARTS: The clinicians will work with swimmers to find their best position on the block as well as how to powerfully launch off into a tight streamline. Swimmers will also discover their optimal reaction time to get off the blocks fast and ahead of their competition.
    • UNDERWATER DOLPHIN KICKING: The fastest swimmers know how to weaponize their underwater. It's the fastest way to move through the water! Understanding the importance of streamlined underwater speed is vital for every level of swimmer.
    • BREAKOUTS: Many swimmers add movement within their breakout that creates drag and destroys all of the power created during their underwaters. Swimmers will work on timing their breakouts to accelerate into the lap.

    AUGUST 22: BACKSTROKE STARTS & RELAY EXCHANGES

    Backstroke starts can be difficult to master, but by focusing on correct hand and foot placement, a strong push-off, and clean entry, participants will practice exploding off every start. Relays are some of the most fun events to swim and learning proper technique and timing for relay exchanges will help your whole team!

    • BACKSTROKE STARTS: Atiba Wade and Ryan Harty will work with swimmers at this session to achieve a powerful and beautiful backstroke start so swimmers can execute a solid beginning to their race.
    • RELAY EXCHANGES: Relay exchanges are one of the trickiest skills to master in swimming. Learning the proper technique for a well timed finish and an explosive relay dive is important in ensuring a legal but small reaction time and a fast exchange!
    • FINISHES: Races can be won or lost by hundredths of a second, and many races come down to the last few strokes. Swimmers will reinforce their kick to accelerate into the wall, time their stroke for a perfect arm extension, and keep their head down to out touch the competition.
    NOVEMBER 27-28: COMPREHENSIVE BREASTSTROKE RACING CAMP

    This comprehensive racing camp is focused on racing faster in every breaststroke event. Saturday will cover the fundamentals of strong breaststroke technique. Sunday will focus on breaststroke-specific racing skills as well as strategies for faster racing from the 50 to 200 breaststroke.

      NOVEMBER 27: HIGH PERFORMANCE BREASTSTROKE TECHNIQUE

      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! A swimmer's timing and ability to eliminate resistance are both hallmarks of an efficient and powerful breaststroker. Participants have the foundation, now they will work with our clinicians on how to utilize 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". Many swimmers rush their stroke, create "drag" and exhaust themselves. The clinicians will work with participants to maintain a better body position for a more efficient breaststroke.
      • KICK: The kick is about 80% of the power in breaststroke. Our Clinicians will work with participants to polish up their kick resulting in the ultimate propulsion forward!
      • PULL: Participants in this session will learn drills to encourage them to keep their 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 the body. Learn how the clinicians time thier breaststroke for ultimate efficiency.

      NOVEMBER 28: BREASTSTROKE APPLIED SPEED

      After building a solid breaststroke stroke on day 1, swimmers will then refine their racing skills and cover different strategies for faster racing. Elite Clinicians will work with swimmers on how to develop a race plan for any breaststroke race, whether a 50, 100, or 200. Participants will focus on swimming breaststroke with speed and efficiency, as well as accelerating in and out of every wall and executing powerful pullouts.

      • TEMPO: 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 participants swim as fast as possible. The swimmers will work with their elite clinicians on different tempos for different breaststroke races!
      • DISTANCE PER STROKE: One way to increase efficiency is to take fewer strokes. However, It may be faster to take more strokes per length, especially in shorter events. Swimmers will play with stroke counts and how it pairs with tempo to hone in on how to adjust distance per stroke for different races.
      • PACING: Especially in breaststroke racing, it’s important for swimmers to get into a rhythm. While a 50 breaststroke is all about a fast turnover and snapping the kick, a 200 breaststroke is almost a different stroke with a strong pull, powerful kick, and long glide. Participants will explore different ways to split each event for faster racing!
      • BREASTSTROKE PULLOUTS: The best breaststrokers are faster under the water than on the surface! With the proper body position and timing, a swimmer's pullout will take them almost to the other side of the pool. Participants will practice how to utilize this skill in their breaststroke swims!
      • TRAINING BREASTSTROKE: Also included in this session is an elite workout designed by your clinicians and the Fitter and Faster Coaching Team. This workout is specifically designed to challenge your swimmer’s breaststroke and help identify strengths and weaknesses in their training, which will ultimately transfer into becoming a better racer!
      DECEMBER 27-29: COMPREHENSIVE TURNS & RACE STRATEGY CAMP

      Did you know that the fastest that your swimmer is ever moving through the water (other than the start) is during every turn? On Monday, the curriculum will focus on explosive flip turns, powerful underwater dolphin kicking, and powerful breakouts. On Tuesday, participants will work on accelerating through every open turn into a well-timed finish. The camp will end on Wednesday with swimmers working to develop and execute winning strategies for races 100 yards or meters in length - of any stroke! This camp will be led by Coley Stickles!

        DECEMBER 27: FLIP TURNS & UNDERWATERS

        Focusing on having faster turns is an easy way to drop time and win close races. Elite swimmers maintain their momentum through a quick turn and powerfully push off every wall. Coley Stickles will lead participants through a series of drills to have compact, fast turns in any race!

        • FLIP TURNS: Swimmers will identify and work on what techniques carry their momentum through the turn to get in and out of every wall faster. Participants will also practice accelerating into the wall, using their core and arms to get through the turn, and planting the feet on the wall for a powerful push off in the perfect streamline.
        • UNDERWATER DOLPHIN KICKING: Many swimmers go through the motions of dolphin kicking without creating much power. At this session, Roland and Clark will work with each swimmer to learn the proper muscle activations, size, and frequency of their underwater dolphin so that they can accelerate through the breakout in both the butterfly and backstroke legs.
        • BREAKOUTS: Many swimmers add movement within their breakout that creates drag and destroys all of the power created during their underwaters. Participants will work on timing their breakouts to accelerate into the lap.

        DECEMBER 28: OPEN TURNS & FINISHES

        Swimmers will identify and work on what techniques carry their momentum through the turn to get in and out of every wall faster. Participants will practice accelerating into the wall, using their core and arms to get through the turn, and planting the feet on the wall for a powerful push-off in the perfect streamline. They will follow up with discovering faster ways on how to break a streamline into a strong underwater pullout.

        • OPEN TURNS: Swimmers should not just go through the motions of an open turn; if they’re doing this, they are actually stopping and then trying to regain speed. An expertly executed open turn involves carrying momentum from one lap into the next. Swimmers will work with their clinicians to nail an efficient and quick open turn.
        • BREASTSTROKE PULLOUTS: The best breaststrokers are faster under the water than on the surface! Swimmers will polish up the components and sequence of movements that make up a fast underwater breaststroke pullout.
        • FINISHES: Races can be won or lost by hundredths of a second, and many races come down to the last few strokes. Swimmers will reinforce their kick to accelerate into the wall, time their stroke for a perfect arm extension, and keep their head down to out touch the competition.
        • IM TRANSITIONS (13 & OVER ONLY): The crossover turn is the fastest way to transition from back to breast in an IM race. It has made headlines lately with even the top swimmers getting disqualified for doing it incorrectly. The clinicians will ensure that participants are aware of the rules and able to execute the crossover turn FAST and EFFICIENTLY.

        DECEMBER 29: SWIMMING A FAST 100

        Swimming a 100 requires a unique strategy and planning for fast racing. Technique is tweaked to provide more power for the event, and taking advantage of the start and streamline off each wall has a larger impact. Trying to find the perfect balance between staying underwater, maintaining speed on the surface, and keeping a strong breathing pattern is difficult, but our Elite Clinicians are some of the best instructors to help teach your swimmer.

        • DISTANCE PER STROKE: One way to increase a swimmer’s efficiency is to take fewer strokes. Counting the number of strokes and improving technique to decrease that number will save energy. Participants will work with our elite clinicians to find the appropriate distance per stroke for their 100.
        • TEMPO: A swimmer’s tempo is how fast or slow they complete each stroke. Slower tempo allows swimmers to conserve energy by taking fewer strokes. Faster tempos are more tiring but much faster. Changing tempo based on event distance and fatigue level will help participants swim as fast as possible.
        • PACING: Pacing for races 100 yards or meters can be broken up many ways. Clinicians will present different strategies on how to swim 100s: Experimenting and learning new techniques will allow swimmers to improve their 100 speed!

        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 swim cap and 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!

        Inquisitive, Educated Swimmers are Faster Swimmers! Sign up today!