The Rookie Coaches Swimming Guideprovides a unique combination of coaching advice and swimming expertise for the beginning youth swimming coach. This concise book presents the basic principles of coaching and shows you how to teach fundamental swimming skills to young swimmers.
The Rookie Coaches Swimming Guidewas developed by the American Sport Education Program—America's premier coaching education program. With contributions by John Leonard, executive director of the American Swim Coaches Association, this guide details:
- your major responsibilities as a coach,
- the tools required to be an effective coach,
- the communication skills necessary for coaching young athletes,
- the steps in planning practices and teaching swimming skills,
- the methods for preventing and caring for injuries, and
- how to protect yourself from legal liability.
In addition, the book provides essential information for coaching swimming, including:
- information on swimming pools and equipment;
- a discussion of the operational procedures of swim meets;
- key teaching points for the four competitive strokes—freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly;
- 19 drills for isolating and improving specific skills;
- techniques for detecting and correcting errors commonly made with each of the four strokes;
- instruction on how to properly execute starts and turns;
- a sample season plan; and
- a glossary that defines 50 common swimming terms.
By combining the fundamentals of coaching and swimming in one resource, the Rookie Coaches Swimming Guideprovides all the essential information developing swimming coaches need to make their coaching experience safe, successful, and enjoyable.