Julie's Update 24th October

Hi 🏊‍♂️

Just a few things

We are moving into to speed Times swims this week.

Just a few reminders

1. Social distancing

2. Respect other swimmers

3. Warm up in the area on poolside correctly

Just remember I have inforced the the 2 strike rule over the last few weeks.

1. Cheat, stand up, poor behavior bad attitude towards other swimmers🏊‍♂️🏊‍♀️ or coaches, you will miss the rest of the set.

2. Cheat, stand up, poor behavior, bad attitude towards other swimmers 🏊‍♂️🏊‍♀️ or coaches against will be out.

Most swimmers deeply relate to their coaches through shared work ethic and discipline, training style, and – most importantly – their infinite words of wisdom.

A coach’s words can be incredibly powerful in guiding the team in the direction of its goals. But some things I yell during practices can be universally heard on just about any pool deck

This is a normal week for myself swimmers 🏊‍♂️ 🤣🤣🤣

1. “Get in the water!”

Yep, right from the get-go. There’s just something extra difficult about getting in the cold water at 6.30 a.m., knowing what coach has in store for you over the next hour

2. “Go! Swim faster!”

Whether it be at a meet or just at practice,this is a lot easier said than done. If you could swim faster, you would, right?

3. “Quit messing around!!!

Let’s be honest, we’ve all been yelled at for messing around during practice. Before a hard set, every swimmer has tried to converse with coach about who knows what, hoping to waste a little bit of time. This usually leads to an extended practice, so in all efforts, the wasted time was indeed utilized.

4. “Kick!”

This can have several different meanings. You may be getting yelled at for not underwater kicking long enough, or you may have forgotten to kick during a set. We all have! Whatever it may be, sometimes kicking is just too hard to do, especially if you’re just barely surviving a set. But that doesn’t stop us from getting yelled at, does it?

5. “Streamline!”

Nothing is worse than coach yelling at you to tighten your streamline when your shoulders are about to fall off, right? Even though streamlining can be very useful, it’s hard to carry out when you’re just too tired.

6. “Go on the top!”

The easiest way to get our attention in the water is giving us a specific time to begin a set.

7. “What are you on?”

Of course, this question had to be on the list. It’s hard to keep track of what we’re doing, especially when the set is slightly tedious. Shoot, was that butterfly or breaststroke? Was I supposed to stop there? Thankfully, our coaches have our backs and make sure to keep us on track and accountable. Thanks, coach!

8. “Don’t Breathe!”

Again, Don’t breathe into the wall, don’t breathe off of the wall, don’t breathe during underwaters, don’t breathe more than four times during a 50 … The list could go on and on.

9. “Finish to the wall!”

At this point, you have no energy left to give and you’ve come off of the last wall to finish the hard set. Then you hear your coach: “Finish to the wall!” Yep, thanks coach. I plan on it, if I can make it there …

10. “No, you can’t go to the bathroom

Again, we’ve all been there. It’s hard not to have to go during a two-hour practice. Not to mention, sometimes it’s nice to hide in the bathroom during a hard set

I have been saying these words to my swimmers for over 35 years would I change it !!!!!!!

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