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Perfect Fly and Breast Walls



By Russell Mark // National Team High Performance Consultant

Coaches always preach perfect finishes in workouts. But so often in a race, an athlete will approach a turn or finish in-between strokes. Do you take another stroke or glide into the wall? Neither are ideal. Races are won and lost because of poor timing into a turn or finish. 

Don't leave it to chance!! This summer at the prep camp leading into World Championships, Coach Sergio Lopez had Kevin Cordes doing sets of 25's and 50's dedicated only to perfect timing at the wall. Kevin was making adjustments 2 or 3 strokes before the wall, and hitting each wall perfectly. 

Lo and behold! Kevin made noticeable adjustments at World Championships to hit his walls perfectly too. If you can practice this little thing in workouts, it'll be very easy to make it happen in a meet.


"We want to create a culture where kids love to swim. They look forward to practices and meets as times when they will have fun. The joy of swimming will last a lifetime."
Tina Syer, PCA

3 Questions USA Swimming is suggesting that every coach and every club should answer..then plan your long term programs according to the responses!

    Why should I join your team?
    Why should I stay on your team?
    How far can I go on your team?

Advice To Young Coaches

By Vern Gambetta

Here is some advice for young coaches from my experiences. This advice reflects lessons that I learned, no need to make the same the same mistakes I made.

Be prepared to pay your dues, you don’t enlist the army as a general.
Practice humility – No matter what your athletic or academic accomplishments you are going to have to prove yourself as a coach. Check your ego at the door.

Keep Learning – Keep a note book of your ideas and observations. Write in it as often as possible. It will be an invaluable reference as you progress through your career. I have filled Moleskin notebooks in my 43rd year of coaching.

Listen and watch - You have two eyes, two ears and one mouth for a reason.

Dress Professionally – That should not need explanation.

Be fit, look the part.

Learn the culture of the sport(s) you are working with ASAP. Do your homework.

Be the first to arrive and the last to leave – Earn your stripes.

Never let anyone outwork you. Forget what you are being paid work until you get the job done.

Do the grunt work, in fact volunteer for it.

If you are working with athletes that don’t speak English learn the language, it will open doors for you.

File the theoretical peer reviewed stuff you learned in class. You are in the real world now, on the job it is about producing results, make the athletes better.