BARRACUDA AQUATICS CLUB SWIMMER CENTER
IN SEASON RECOGNITION
SWIMMERS OF THE MONTH
Developmental (Bloom)- TBA
Developmental (Shak)- TBA
Age Group/Junior- TBA
2012-13 Fall/Winter Season SOM's
BAC 12 & Under Invitational- Brian Yi
SEASONAL TEAM AWARD LEADERS
(2012-13 Fall/Winter Season)
12 & Under Girls- None eligible
12 & Under Boys- None eligible
13 & Older Girls- None eligible
13 & Older Boys- None eligible
WHAT IS A TAPER AND WHAT IS IN IT?
By Allan Williams, Senior Coach, Parkway Swim Club, St. Louis, MO
The word taper in swimming is a word that we all come to know early in our swimming career. I’m not too sure whether or not we all really know what tapering is and why it is used. The following is a working definition of what we will be covering; a taper is "the reduction of workload during a period immediately prior to a major competition." As a swimmer goes through their swimming career they may encounter different ways to accomplish a taper. There is no one way to do a taper, nor a magic formula. One of the most important things that a swimmer must do during a taper, any taper, is to believe in themselves, their abilities, and the work they have done over the course of the season. They must also instill the belief in their coach as a professional with the swimmers best interest always in mind. So, with that said, let’s start to look at what this concept of a taper is.
CUDA Tip - ABCs of Mental Training
A is for Anxiety
If you want to swim fast, you’ve got to prepare yourself mentally. That’s not always an easy process. Beginning this week, Sport psychologist Aimee Kimball, PhD., introduces a series of articles on usaswimming.org that makes mental training as easy as A-B-C.
Why do I have anxiety?
Many athletes have anxiety before they compete, whether it's a pounding heart, difficulty breathing, tight muscles, or worried thoughts. All animals have what's called the fight-or-flight response in which our bodies prepare to either fight a challenge or to run away from it. These symptoms of anxiety aren't always bad, as they can signal a readiness to compete. Think of a race you were involved in that wasn't important to you or where you knew you would win it easily. You probably didn't have the same signs of anxiety because you didn't see this event as being as threatening. The perception of a challenge/threat is what makes athletes feel anxious.
Changing the Perceived Threat
If situational factors (event importance, your opponents) cause you anxiety, focus on controllable factors that help you to swim well- a smooth stroke, a strong kick, and a well-timed start. When you start to add “uncontrollables” to your focus, you are adding thoughts to your head that don't need to be there and are making it a lot harder to swim to your potential.
To release anxiety, take some long, deep breaths and picture all the physical and mental stress leaving your body. You can also take a few minutes each day to go through your muscle groups, tightening them and then relaxing them. By doing this progressive relaxation, you can recognize when and where you are carrying physical tension and learn to physically loosen your muscles so that you can perform your b
Anxiety as you know it doesn't have to exist. You may have some physical activation (faster heart rate, quicker breathing) but you can control this. Simply think how you want to think and leave some time for a pre-race routine that allows you to physically relax. While it requires training, you can regain control of your body by taking control of your mind.
Make it Great!
The QBQ! concept and method for practicing personal accountability came about as a result of John G. Miller’s 10,000 hours invested over many years in hands-on leadership, sales, change, and team training inside hundreds of organizations. This resulted in material that is real-life and common sense. QBQ! is practical, universal, and timeless because personal accountability applies to people and organizations in every market segment.
2009-10 Fall/Winter topics (coming soon)
QBQ PANIC BUTTON!
FREESTYLE - Unequal rotation
Rotation is one of the most important elements in fast swimmer. Whether it’s rotation around the hips (short axis) or through the body (long axis), rotation is a way to add power, decrease resistance, and connect your entire body to the swimming process.
The question is not whether rotation is important, it’s HOW MUCH rotation is enough…and how much is TOO much?
Let’s take a look at Kaitlin Sandeno and Erik Vendt, two of the best swimmers in the world, who just happened to be swimming freestyle right next to each other for an upcoming video. You’ll notice that both of these accomplished distance freestylers incorporate tremendous rotation and extension in their stroke. It’s clear that Kaitlin rotates MORE than Erik does. But does that make Kaitlin’s stroke BETTER than Erik’s?
The answer is NO. What each of these extremely talented athletes his discovered -- after much time, effort, and feedback from their great coaches – is the degree of rotation that works for THEM.
These visual images can do more to educate you as a swimmer than any words I can write. Watch the video over and over, and then go swim. Experiment with varying degrees of rotation. Observe how rotation affects your stroke rate. See how rotation affects your ability to extend completely out front. Notice how rotation enables you to pull harder against the water, because your arms are tied into the movement of the body.
Get feedback from your coach, because he or she can see the flow and rhythm of your stroke from on deck. A coach can let you know if you’re rotating too much…or too little.
While rotation is extremely important, it’s up to YOU (and your coach) to determine the degree of rotation that’s best for YOU. THAT’S the most important aspect of rotation.
The Who, What and Where are our BAC swimmers competing in college.
Cassie Lindstrom- Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN), Freshman
The Who, What and Where are our BAC swimmers are coaching.
Matt Girard- St. Paul YWCA Piranhas Swim Team St. Paul, MN
Brian Nagel- Team Foxjet, Eden Prairie, MN