Hoopin’ It Up

Coaching is like learning to ride a bike. Once you get the hang of it you know how to do it for life. This is true, however, for only the most basic elements of coaching and bike riding.

We are pleased to announce that we will return to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, and the beautiful facilities of Bucknell University for our 2005 Go Swim summer camps. That’s right – CAMPS. Since the accommodations were so nice, the pool was so clear, and the food a step below gourmet, we have decided to add a bonus week for 2005. The dates for the camps will be:

Where Is My Mind?

WHHRRR!! RING! HONK, BEEP, HONK!!! RING RING RING!!! Computers, phones, TV, radio, cars. The sounds of everyday life are enough to drive you batty. One day this week I was at my wits end, which isn’t hard to imagine or very far to go because I am naturally a half-wit. So I went in search of my mind.

There is a string on our Discussion Board about the validity of hesitation drills in freestyle and backstroke. I think that hesitation drills can be effective for isolating core movements, and that they are great for learning the basics of rotation and hip timing. As you progress in proficiency, however, hesitation drills should be used sparingly. Try to subsititute drills — or focus points — that incorporate a fluid motion all the way through the recovery to the catch. This week’s Drill of the Week is actually a focus point for backstroke and freestyle.

The young swimmer featured in slow motion on this Drill of the Week recently took part in a state relay team — AS A SEVENTH GRADER. This footage was taken some time ago; since then, she has grown up a little. We are featuring her this week as a way to congratulate her on her accomplishments, and to let her know that there is no limit to what she can achieve if she continues to work hard.

What is Goodness?

What is good? I think that “good” might be the most ambiguous term in the English language. “Cute” and “nice” also battle for the top spot, but I still have to give it to “good” as the epitome of vague.

The Now…for the Later

Recently I was reading excerpts from the new Phil Jackson book, which chronicles the demise of his final season with the Lakers. On paper, the team of Shaq, Kobe, “the Glove” Gary Payton, Karl Malone, and [insert anyone else], should have been one of the best teams ever assembled. Then you throw in the Zen master himself and they should have been unstoppable.

The Big Choke?

For as long as I can remember, there have been epic battles between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. Because I grew up as a Red Sox fan, most of those epic battles went to the bad guys. It was no different this summer, when I watched a Boston/New York series with ten young Yankee fans at a Go Swim summer camp.

Hotlanta Here We Come

More good friends have been in touch with us about clinics in their neighborhoods. We will be running a clinic at the fantastic Pace Academy facility in the Buckhead area of Atlanta.

When I was a kid I used to watch reruns of TV westerns. My favorites were Gene Autry the singing cowboy and Roy Rogers, king of the cowboys. At the climax of almost every show there was the inevitable shootout between the good guys (white hats) and bad guys (black hats). The good guys were always quick on the draw, and could shoot the bad guy down from their hip. I realized at a young age that being quick on the draw is more than just having quick hands. It starts with the shoulder. All backstrokers can learn a thing or two from these gunslingers.