Swimming 201 Course Outline

1. INTRODUCTION

This module provides everyone with an overview of the weekend, what is expected of the coaches and most importantly what coaches can expect to get out of attending the Swimming 201 course.

This module includes a fun introduction icebreaker activity allowing the coaches to get to know one another, but also introduce them to the learning facilitators. An overview of the SNC certification pathway shows coaches where they stand in the training pathway and outlines what is required of them to become certified.

At the conclusion of this module, coaches should be introduced to their learning facilitators, understand the objective of the Swimming 201 course, be able to identify where they are on the pathway and recognize what an Age Group Coach Swimming coach skill set should look like.

2. DESIGN A SEASONAL TRAINING PLAN

This module introduces coaches to the cornerstone of the Swimming 201 course, the Seasonal Training Plan (STP). The STP is introduced and explained in depth reviewing all sections of the tool and walking the class through a completed STP example, explaining the rationale behind the data. The STP will be used throughout the course in what are called STP Flashbacks. These flashbacks will incorporate what the coaches have learned in the specific modules back in to a season plan. By the end of the course coaches will have gone through the process of completing a STP and will be prepared for the post course portfolio activity.

This module includes a lecture which recaps the Theory Part B phases and introduces coaches to the swimming terminology, a review of the STP, a completed STP and an activity for coaches to begin the process of completing the tool given a scenario that best matches the group of swimmers they coach.

3. DEVELOP SWIMMERS ABILITIES

This module builds off what the coaches learned in the Theory Part B course, by introducing them to athletic abilities, workloads, recovery periods and an introduction lecture to sport training principles.

The activities in this module have the class creating dry land and water activities to develop the top five athletic abilities, field tests for their activities as well as a lecture and activity teaching them how to combine the training of athletic abilities. The STP Flashback at the end of the module has coaches complete a portion of the Physical Activity section for each micro cycle and the entire season of the Motor Skills section.

4. PLAN A PRACTICE

This module emphasizes the importance of planning not only for swimmer development, but also to ensure coaches are prepared in case of an emergency.

The module includes an overview of the emergency action plan, why it’s important and provides the coaches an emergency action plan template that can be used at their practice facility. The activities in the module include the creation of a weeklong practice plan which includes their top two objectives for the week and how they will achieve them. The coaches then examine a complete, in-depth practice plan for one practice session, determine whether or not it includes all key elements a practice plan should entail and then create a practice plan on their own. The module ends with a review of the learning styles and reinforces the importance of coaching with different techniques to ensure all learning styles are addressed.

5. KEY PERFORMANCE FACTORS (KPF)

This module reviews three videos and analyzes them to break down each skill’s “key performance factors”. After this module coaches should be able to easily breakdown the key components of a swimming skill and clearly explain all of its components to their swimmers using language the swimmer can easily understand.

The module includes a video review of a swimming skill as a class and completing that skills key performance factors as a group. The coaches will then complete three new KPFs individually to ensure understanding. The module also emphasizes an understanding of the swimming rules that impact each of the skills. These rules are identified by the coach using a rulebook, for each skill they cover in the class. The STP Flashback at the end of the module has coaches complete a portion of the Technical Skills section for each micro cycle.

6. DETECT AND CORRECT

This module reviews with the coaches, what the most common causes of error are as well as practice on detecting and correcting errors through video analysis.

This module includes a lecture and review of the seven causes that affect performance with an activity where coaches provide a swimming example for each cause. The group then reviews three different skill videos that have errors included. The group collectively identifies the error, the cause and what they would do to correct the identified error.

7. PREPARE A MENTAL PLAN

This module reviews the complex topic of the athlete’s mental state. The module is divided up into two parts. The first section covers the mental state of the athlete and how to prepare them mentally for competitions. The second examines communication styles and teaches coaches how to appropriately communicate with swimmers in a positive manner.

The first section includes a resource that identifies an athlete’s ideal performance state, and suggests appropriate techniques for the swimmer to achieve this state. This section also examines planning for mental preparation throughout the season, by introducing the coaches to Goal Setting, Emotional Control and Attentional Control. The STP Flashback at the end of the module has coaches complete the Mental Skills section of the STP.

The second section begins with a mini lecture on the various intervention and feedback types, followed by a role playing activity where coaches demonstrates these types at the front of the class given a swim meet scenario. Because coaches not only need to communicate with their swimmers, but also with parents, the module concludes with another role playing activity where coaches interact with an un happy parent using various communication techniques.

8. NUTRITION

This module reviews the importance of proper nutrition and hydration, particularly at a competition.

This module includes a mini lecture on proper nutrition before, during and after competition followed by an activity where the coaches develop a nutrition plan for each of those scenarios. The STP Flashback at the end of the module has coaches complete the Lifestyle Skills section on the STP.

9. MANAGE A GROUP

This module reviews the various duties a coach has within the club, but also examines how roles and responsibilities are spread out among coaches, staff and the board of directors. Most coaches are not aware who is responsible for what and the objective of this module is to more clearly cover the roles of all stakeholders.

The module starts with a short activity where the coaches identify on a chart, roles that they believe are the responsibility of the coach and roles they believe are the responsibility of the board of directors/volunteers. The second activity has the class review a list of activities commonly found in a swim club and, rank who is responsible for each activity. Typically by the end of the module coaches start to understand their responsibilities extend well beyond just the pool deck.

10. SWIMMER PERFORMANCE TRACKING

Data collection and analysis is an important part of coaching and improving your swimmers results at competition. This module reviews with coaches the appropriate method to track swimmers stroke rate and stroke count with a stop watch through video analysis.

This module starts with a brief lecture and review of a resource which outlines how to appropriately collect stroke count and stroke rate information for swimmers followed by an activity where coaches view a video at the front of the class and collect data for the swimmer observed. The class will then take part in a group discussion on how to appropriately use the data you collect to improve your swimmers performance. The STP Flashback at the end of the module has coaches complete the Tactics section of the STP.

11. PREPARE SWIMMERS FOR COMPETITION

This module examines two components of preparing for competition, the administrative logistics that are required of a coach leading up to a competition and swimmer preparation for competition.

The module begins with a group activity that asks coaches to prepare a schedule of administrative tasks that must be completed 21 days prior to the start of a competition. The schedule includes all activities from communication with the parents to developing a competition plan with swimmers to implement appropriate strategies and tactics. The second activity in the module provides the coaches with scenarios where they provide feedback with their swimmers during competition. The scenarios are role played by the groups where the coach demonstrates appropriate positive communication with their swimmers in front of the class.

12. POOL SESSION + CLASSROOM PREP FOR POOL

The 2-hour pool session provides the coaches with hands on practical coaching opportunity with stage appropriate swimmers. The module reviews the importance of pool deck safety, provides coaches the opportunity to teach a skill to swimmers, have their coaching session videotaped and receive suggestions for improvement from both their peers and the learning facilitators.

The pool session starts in the classroom (30 min) where coaches are placed in groups and given the opportunity to prepare a lesson plan for a swimming skill. The first part of their teaching will be a dry land component videotaped by their peers; the skills will then be taught in the water, with an opportunity for swimmers to choose an IM turns lesson. Once on the pool deck it is important to remember permission slips must be received from all volunteer swimmers and the pool deck surveyed for any safety hazards. The pool session concludes with coaches conducting simple field tests to emphasis the importance of incorporating the tests in your practices.

13. WRAP-UP AND REVIEW

The wrap-up and review module is used to recap the course objectives, where the coaches now stand on the certification pathway and review what is expected of them during the portfolio evaluation.

The first wrap-up portion of the module is to review the certification pathway, and clearly show the coaches where they now stand. Following the successful completion of the swimming 201 course, coaches are now required to complete an online portfolio evaluation, complete an on-site competition evaluation and successful complete a Make Ethical Decisions evaluation.

Once the coaches clearly understand their place in the evaluation process, the Level 2- Age Group Coach Portfolio tasks will be reviewed and briefly explained to the class. The Swimming 201 training should provide the coaches with the knowledge to complete the portfolio tasks.

After the review is completed, there will be a final Q & A with the class to ensure all coaches leave with any questions or concerns answered.