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Questions from Coaches

Education Director Bill Brenner answers your questions

  1. Are You a Masters Coach or a “Master of Coaching?”

    by , October 15th, 2018 at 12:16 PM (Questions from Coaches)
    Q: Are You a Masters Coach or a “Master of Coaching?”

    A: Maybe you’re both. Fantastic. If you’re not both, why?

    Most of us can stand on the pool deck and bark out a workout to our swimmers occasionally telling them what they can do to swim better.

    Some of us fill our coaching tool box with teaching methods to enhance our athletes’ swimming experience.

    However, only a few of us make the effort to become a master of our trade, coaches who look at each day as an opportunity to boost our skills, deliver a meaningful experience for our athletes, and improve the lives of others.

    Do you …

    • know your swimmers, their goals, motivations, and, most importantly, their name? Do you address each athlete every day, making it a personalized and positive encounter?
    • just write a workout or do you deliver a workout and engage with each and every swimmer at practice in an individualized, meaningful, and purposeful way?
    • offer stroke technique advice communicating not just the “how to do it” but the “why you should try it” method of inspiring improvement?
    • care about your athletes on and off the pool deck? Remember this quote from Indy Aquatic Masters’ Mel Goldstein: “No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.”
    • thank them for coming to practice and invite them to return?

    At some level, we all have a passion for swimming. Channel your passion into your coaching and become the best “Master of Coaching” you can be.