It’s swim season! Community pools are opening their gates, and summer swimming leagues are kicking into gear. Here’s how you can help your child have an awesome swimming season. Choose Your Team Carefully Watch a couple practices – from a distance. Are the coaches making an attempt to talk to
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“I like this sport because no one tells me I’m good at it.” I overheard a middle school student saying this to his friend the other day, and it caused me to spend a workout or two thinking about kids and pressure. Pressure. What do others expect me to do?
Is it just the way Facebook is filtering my feed (probably) or has there been a lot in the news lately about the negative things women have to deal with in the world of elite sport? There was the tennis thing. There is the women’s soccer thing. Most recently there
A lot of the kids I coach have a really hard time making mistakes. They really want to get things right, and often this translates into resistance to change. When I encounter a swimmer like this we play the Goldilocks game. “You know Goldilocks right? The porridge is too hot? And too
When presented with the idea of working with Paralympic hopefuls, I’ve heard many coaches say, “I want to help, but I don’t know what to do. Where can I learn?” Here’s where I learned: On the job. At least, that’s how I learned how to coach a swimmer with traumatic
I’ve fielded numerous requests from swimmers over the years to be interviewed for school projects. Here are my answers to some of the most frequently asked interview questions…. Why do you think that the Paralympic Games are important? The Paralympic Games are important because they are the Olympics for athletes with
Our middle-school basketball huddle always ends with a chorus of girls yelling, “Teamwork!” The goal, which we’ve stated incessantly for the past three weeks, is for everyone to score. Everyone dribbles, everyone shoots. Coach keeps saying to me, “They all have to understand that they can score.” As the clock was
On the day when the 6th graders were supposed to choose their winter sport, I was making small talk with the current crop of water polo players. A girl pushed into the group and said, “Coach Kelly, will water polo be easy next semester?” Will it be easy? Did she really just ask that?!
At the end of practice the other night I asked the swimmers what they thought about our new dryland workout. Instantly the 8th grade boy who is always lobbying for me to make things easier blurted out: “I liked it! A lot!” I looked at him sideways, “Did you like it because