Coach Name: Philip Nielsen
Coach Position: Assitant Head Coach
Club/School: Aquajets Swim Team, MN
Achievements: 2016 ASCA FFT Age Group Coach of the Year Finalist - 1. Being a Father 2. Rachel Bootsma's Age Group Coach 3. I have been a coach for 12 and half years. 4. I swam for 15 years before coaching. 5. Being a Father (Twice as Important as Everything Else)
Workout Focus: SCY ~ To help kids think around a problem and not just take everything at face value. Do not be afraid to try something different.
Athletes/Group Notes: Experienced to Elite Swimmers Ages 11 - 14
|#2|| 3 x 300’s No Interval
Focus on Relaxed Shoulders and Body, Maintain a Moderate Speed1st ~ Freestyle
2nd ~ Non Free3rd ~ Choice
|#3||9 x 100’s @ 1:20
Get their heart rate up and prep them for the main setDescend 1-3, 4-6, 7-9
|Notes||The key to this set is make sure they know that there are only those three rules. Don’t give them any other advice. Repeat the rules as you see fit.|
|Objective||The key to the set above it to watch and see how it plays out. When I gave them the brick board they all did the first relay kick. They made an assumption that they had to use the board for that purpose. After the first relay I had a swimmer ask me if they could use their arms. I asked them if that was in the rules. That swimmer proceeded to tell everyone on their team to use their arms. It was shortly after that, that everyone was.
After that relay, the same swimmer, starting to catch on, asked me if she could use fins. Again, I asked “Is that in the rules?”. By the end, each relay had caught on to what I was doing. They got to the point where they were helping each other, wearing fins as well as the above gear and attempting to block other relays from finishing.
I asked them when it was all over why I did this. They were a little confused but I explained to them that I wanted them to start thinking outside the box. Don’t just get in for every 200 we swim and just blank out and swim the same old stroke over and over again. Make a change, break outside the box and rethink the rules you have in your head. You never know when one little change will make you more successful.
|#5||300 Relaxed Shoulders, Choice of Stroke|
Thanks, Coach Nielsen!
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