Blogs about American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA)

Monday, January 20, 2020 • Victoria, BC V8V2H7, CA
Working It Out
Getting your child comfortable with the water is one of the best things you can do for your child. Not only does providing a basic level of water literacy give you a head start in teaching your child to swim, it’s also a ton of fun!But the water is dangerous.According to the CDC, drowning is one of the leading preventable causes of death among children in the United States. Twenty percent of drowning deaths each year are children under the age of 14.
Friday, March 29, 2019 • Victoria, BC V8V2H7, CA
Monday, January 21, 2019 • Victoria, BC V8V2H7, CA
Working It Out
Great swim coaches will be the first to tell you that they are constantly learning. Whether we are trying to improve the technique of our swimmers, develop better culture, or helping athletes become mentally tougher, we are always on the search to sharpen our knowledge, and by extension, the performance of swimmers in the pool.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 • Victoria, BC V8V2H7, CA
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How competitive are you?Heck, competitive is in the name of our sport. It’s right there: “competitive swimming.”And yet, a lot of swimmers shy away from being competitive for fear of the negative connotations attached to the word. They worry about appearing greedy or narcissistic.Like most things in life, there is healthy competition and unhealthy competition.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 • Victoria, BC V8V2H7, CA
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The age group swimming plateau is an experience that just about every swimmer will encounter over the course of their swim career. That certainly doesn’t make it any easier to deal with when it inevitably happens.Whether you are in a small slump, a year-long funk, there are plenty of things that you can do and should remember. Not only are plateaus common, but they are avoidable.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 • Victoria, BC V8V2H7, CA
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One of the big problems a lot of swimmers have is their ability to overthink what they are doing in the water.The worry too much about what the competition is doing, they get stressed over their outcome-based goals, or they fixate on past performances. Instead, adopt a more process-based approach that will help you prepare more efficiently and avoid the stress and anxiety that comes with overthinking.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 • Victoria, BC V8V2H7, CA
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No matter how committed you are to your goals there will be days where the last thing you want to do is go to the pool. Here’s how to battle through those lulls so that the work gets done at practice.I love swimming.
Monday, October 08, 2018 • Victoria, BC V8V2H7, CA
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Looking for some help on improving your swimming this season? Here are some resources to help you boost your training and competition in the pool this year.How to Prevent Swimmer's Shoulder. A guide that was written with several top physiotherapists, Olympic coaches and former Olympic champions that covers everything from why our shoulders go bust (overuse and muscle imbalances are two of the biggies) and some of the things that you can do to bullet-proof your shoulders in the pool.
Wednesday, October 03, 2018 • Victoria, BC V8V2H7, CA
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Swimming faster isn’t all that complicated when you really think about it. Each day work on becoming a little more efficient and a little more conditioned and you will steadily improve over time. And yet, a lot of swimmers have a hard time bursting through the inevitable plateaus that occur over time.If you are doing everything you can to improve the fundamentals of your stroke and you are busting your butt through the aerobic and power sessions in the water, there are some additional things that you can do to swim faster this season.Here are a few of my favorites:

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