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Developing Swimmers


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Chapter 1. Recognizing Swimming Talent; Chapter 2. Developing Swimmers for the Long Haul; Chapter 3. Creating an Environment of Excellence; Chapter 4. Recognizing What to Teach; Chapter 5. Teaching Technique Effectively; Chapter 6. Improving Freestyle and Backstroke; Chapter 7. Improving Butterfly and Breaststroke; Chapter 8. Improving Starts, Turns, and Finishes; Chapter 9. Training Age-Group Swimmers; Chapter 10. Planning for the Short- and Long-Term; Chapter 11. Providing Support Away from the Pool; Chapter 12. Racing Attitudes and Tactics; Chapter 13. Managing Meets for Racing Excellence; Chapter 14. Selecting Meets and Events.

About the Author

Michael Brooks is a veteran of more than 20 years of year-round club, high school, summer league and country club swim coaching. He coaches swimmers ages 8 to 18 so that he can keep the beginning, middle and end of swimmer development in mind at all times.


"Coaches will find Developing Swimmers an invaluable resource in their efforts to evaluate talent, define realistic goals, and establish performance measures. Use this guide to set a successful plan for each swimmer." Jim Schmutz -- Executive Director, American Sport Education Program "In Developing Swimmers, Michael Brooks delivers more than two decades of proven results with athletes. Coaches will use this book time and again to improve their swimmers' performances."Chuck Batchelor -- Head Coach, Bluefish Swim Club

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