Words of Wisdom (Coach Don Swartz)


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In the course of reorganizing the home office we saw in a 2013 Newsletter with an article by world renowned and respected Bill Sweetenham entitled “Uncomplicated Coaching”.
 
A couple of gems from that article:
 
“If you fly blind, disaster is assured, so knowledge is important; knowledge of the product…a guy getting out of bed and a sign that says – first your pants and then your shoes. The coach’s experience must always be in advance of the athlete’s talent.”
 
[Got a young phenom on your team?…better stay ahead of his/her talent…or he/she will move to another team]
 
“Too many people believe; well, I can train this way but when it comes to competition I will rise above it. The exact reverse applies. You will never compete above that level”
 
“Squads should have athletes training and preparing at a level of effort and commitment higher than the most talented in the group.”
 
3 gems that can reshape your career – athlete or coach. Thanks Bill and we just got a good idea for this week’s training. Thanks ASCA for making the wisdom available!
 
via Swim Coach Direct 12/3/2017

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