All – welcome again! Holy cow, it’s been a very long time since I wrote a weblog. I’ve had a loopy begin to 2021, and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime quickly. I’ve a ton of ideas on our subsequent collection, however concluded on the lacking hyperlink in Butterfly as we head into our Championship Season!
Let’s Get Began!
One of many important issues I see with my age-groupers is their incapacity to attach the Butterfly Stroke. Everyone knows Butterfly is tough. Heck, even USA Swimming tried to return in and alter the perspective round how coaches ‘practice’ Butterfly beginning with their USA Swimming Butterfly Revolution Fb Group, however everyone knows the mindset is a lot greater than that.
To swim Fly properly, it’s important to be coordinated, sturdy, and perceive the rhythm and timing – however what do you do when most of your swimmers don’t get that? Nicely, you head straight again to your drafting board.
Just lately, I watched a Coaches Nook Episode from Fitter & Quicker Swim Clinics the place Mike Murray interviewed Jonty Skinner about his ideas on all of the 4 strokes. Jonty has left fairly a legacy within the swimming world together with his skill to show and proper method, so I used to be tremendous excited for the chance to be taught from him – particularly surrounding the query I posed above.
One of many important issues Jonty talked about with regard to Fly was serving to your swimmers be taught the ‘stream’ of the stroke, or primarily the timing of how the mechanics come collectively. He talked so much about creating the muse of the Fly stroke to your swimmers so that they perceive how the physique components hyperlink collectively – BEFORE – having your youngsters swim lap after lap Butterfly.
So, what did I do?
I started working. I instantly began testing my youngsters skill to undulate with their arms at their sides, up on the 11 place, on their backs, and extra!
I additionally launched my youngsters to the Underwater Press Drill that Jonty offered to assist them their extra how the undulation occurs along side the arm sweep. This drill actually assist my youngsters perceive the muse of the place the undulation begins and the way it connects the stroke to start with!
See the Underwater Press Under:
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What Has This Accomplished For My Swimmers?
I stood along side the pool, and watched a few of them with late breaths or incorrect kick timing begin to perceive, the place within the stroke, each of these issues ought to occur. If we stored the press and added within the Pull – there was solely two logical locations to put the kicks: on the prime and the underside, and my youngsters felt it!
Similar factor occurred with the Late Breathers – they began to know how maintaining the pinnacle up too lengthy didn’t get them get into that preliminary wave, however as a substitute into extra a snow plow place. And nobody enjoys swimming like that!
By us backing up what it means to ‘swim’ Butterfly in my group, I watched loads of my child’s perspective change in the direction of the stroke itself. We nonetheless embrace units that will have every child take 4 BEAUTIFUL strokes off the wall Fly, however then the remainder of the way in which FR once more – to which they repeat every lap. However, we now spend much more time creating the FLOW and FOUNDATION of the Butterfly stroke.
I now watch my youngsters swim Fly simpler, and benefit from the stroke itself extra, and I feel that’s precisely what USA Swimming was making an attempt to vary too. Your lacking hyperlink in Butterfly is NOT since you’re not coaching sufficient of it – it’s as a result of your stream is off. You don’t must swim lap after lap Fly to be FAST – that you must develop the right rhythm to ‘benefit from the trip’ – as a result of hey, it’s Swimming Time!
Now, that was a superb one.