- May 23 – Level 1 Foundations of Coaching
- May 24 – Level 2 The Construction and Correction of All Strokes, Starts, Turns, and Finishes (Stroke School)
- May 25 – FINIS Display and Discussion of Swimming Training Equipment
- May 26 – Level 3 The Planning and Execution of Training for Swimmers of All Ages
- May 27 – Level 4 The Leadership School and Teaching Leadership to Young Athletes
About the Course
Level 1 – The Foundations of Coaching
The Foundations of Coaching course covers the fundamental principles of swimming and swim coaching. This course is designed to introduce coaches to the philosophy our sport and empower coaches on the pool deck. Topics covered include swim management, coaching communication, teaching methods, and guidance on developing young athletes.
Level 2 – The Stroke School
This course builds off of the material in the Level 1 School and is designed to educate coaches on constructing the best strokes for their swimmers during practice. The primary reason parents bring their children to practice is to learn how to swim better—This is where it starts. Topics covered include:
- Biomechanics and Scientific Principles for the Understanding the Swimming Strokes
- Teaching Progressions for Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Freestyle
- Effective Starts and Turns
- Skills and Methods for Better Coaching
Level 3 – The Physiology School
The Physiology School reviews how swimmers’ bodies react and adapt to training, while also helping coaches develop a long-term training plan. Topics covered include core swimming physiology (and the interaction of the various physical and mental systems), as well as training progressions from novice to Senior. A great resource for coaches working with swimmers of all ages!
Level 4 Leadership School
The Leadership School is usually attended by advanced coaches seeking the Gold Seal ASCA Level 4 Certificate. However, this course is open to ALL coaches. You can take this course if you do not have Level 3. We will keep the results until you complete the Level 3 course.
Why come to this course? Have you ever noticed patterns of behavior among your swimmers or your peers, or your administrators, or your parents that are leading in directions that are not in the best interest of the team? How can you spot good patterns of behavior, or shape good patterns of behavior in yourself first, then in others so that everyone from young swimmer, and coach, and parent, and administrators, and the Federation are moving in a direction that is fruitful and healthful and beneficial to all? This course helps identify good patterns of leadership in others and how to move yourself into those patterns as well. This is not a difficult course. It is not technical. It only requires thought, reflection, and action.
You will also receive an ASCA Gold Seal Certificate for this course if you have completed Levels 1-3 AND you have the athlete achievement/performance criteria.
About the Speaker:
These courses are presented by ASCA Level 5 Coach Guy Edson. Guy was a full time coach for 15 years coaching teams to state championships in three states and producing numerous nationally ranked age group swimmers and a national record holder. Since joining the ASCA staff in 1988 Edson has continued coaching young swimmers as a part time coach, but his greater passion is bringing his experiences and techniques and stories to coaches all over the world. He loves to coach coaches with energy, enthusiasm, friendliness, and above all, real practical information coaches can put to use right away.
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