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Senior White Update from Coach Erika

May 19th, 2019 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Senior White Update from Coach Erika)

Hey Senior Whites,

This past week we went over proper breast stroke technique, lunging forward with every stroke, finishing your whip kicks, and only pulling to your chest. We also worked on touch turns, and I have seen a big improvement from our first week back! This week we will be going over fly technique. Similar to every other stroke we will be doing lots of drills to reinforce proper technique.

Over the next 2 weeks we have some fun events coming up. This Saturday is the mock meet. I expect to see all senior whites in attendance. It’s a great way to practice racing, and get an idea of what a swim meet is like. The icebreaker is coming up in 2 weeks, and I am very happy to see that almost all of you have signed up! If you haven’t, I strongly encourage you to sign up as it’s the first meet of the season, as well as our home meet.

We still had very low attendance this week. I understand that many of you have other activities, but please make it to as many practices as possible.

See you at the pool,

Coach Erika

Intermediate White Update from Coach Hailey

May 19th, 2019 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Intermediate White Update from Coach Hailey)

Hey Intermediate Whites,

You guys have done an awesome job so far, I am really impressed with everyone’s attitude in practice! Just remember that when I am talking, you are listening and are keeping your ears out of the water. Over the last two weeks we have been practicing backstroke and breaststroke and next week we will be starting butterfly.

I know everyone is really busy with school and other commitments but try to come to as many practices as possible because we are reviewing all of the strokes and swimming skills now which will be beneficial for the rest of the season and upcoming meets.

We are really enjoying doing activation in the backfield, so please make sure you bring runners and wear active clothes to practice.

The Mock Meet is coming up this Saturday and is a great place to practice races and prepare for our first swim meet, the Ice Breaker! This is our home meet and the first meet of the year and is always lots of fun so it would be really awesome for all of you to come out to swim and participate. If you haven’t already please make sure you sign up for both events before the deadlines.

If you have any questions about the Mock Meet, Ice Breaker or anything else don’t hesitate to email or come see me at the pool.

Coach Hailey

Senior Red Update from Coach Alexis

May 19th, 2019 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Senior Red Update from Coach Alexis)

Hello Senior Reds!

This has been an awesome last week (for those of you who have shown up!) This past week we have started the foundations of butterfly and backstroke and building our freestyle endurance. If you weren’t here, watch these videos to see what we’ve been working on so you’re ready for the next practice you attend.

Touch Turns

Swim into the wall with full extension, touch without grabbing the gutter and pulling your arms in. Brings your knees in as fast as possible and fall straight back into the water, not turning your hips. Get your arms into streamline and push off on your back, turning with your dolphin kick from the underwater fly or underwater pull.

Flipturns

The main things we’ve been working on with flipturns is the chest push into the wall, not looking for the wall before turning, and using our last stroke to get our arms in the perfect position for the streamline after. We want to glide a little longer on our backs than Chloe Sutton does in the video, but the speed and arms are exactly what we want.

Butterfly Arms

We have been working on maintaining a streamlined body position through as much of the butterfly as possible by pushing our chest slightly down and our hips up. We have also been working on breathing as low as possible to keep this position, and have a strong catch at the top of our pull to not lose any water.

Backstroke

The main things we have been working on are our hip roll, catching below our shoulders, pushing our hips up, and maintaining a still head position (secret word: gyoza). By ensuring our kick is starting from a hip-dropped position, we are able to use the entirety of our kick with each stroke.

Next week, we will be moving onto breaststroke for the start of the week then moving back to freestyle for the second half and practicing some race tactics (speedplay, dives, etc). Turnout has been about what is expected from Seniors in these last few weeks, but try to come to as many practices as you can!

Remember to sign up for the Mock Meet or let me know by Thursday why you are unable to attend. Awesome focus and commitment this week everyone, I’m incredibly excited to see where this season takes us.

See you on Tuesday!

Coach Alexis

JD White Update from Coach Gabe

May 19th, 2019 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on JD White Update from Coach Gabe)

Hey JD Whites,

Can’t believe another amazing week has gone by, this past week we have been working on our backstroke and finishing up or freestyle. Luckily we also managed to do some awesome work on our dives, don’t worry if you missed it we are gonna have many more dives practices.

I’m really happy with how much we have improved our behaviour, keep up the great work and enthusiastic attitude.

For this upcoming week, we are going to start breaststroke so make sure you come to as many practices as possible cause breaststroke can be a tricky stroke to learn.

Make sure that you have signed up for the mock meet this coming Saturday, it’s going to be a great way for new parents and swimmers to get a feel for how a swim meet works. Also, don’t forget to sign up for the Icebreaker swim meet as soon as possible because I’m going to be doing meet entries on Wednesday.

Cheers,

Gabriel Lee

Junior White Update from Coach Sophia

May 18th, 2019 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Junior White Update from Coach Sophia)

Hey Junior Whites,

This week we focused on backstroke. I am super impressed about everyone’s ability to learn and pick up new techniques! Next week we will be focusing on breaststroke.

I have made the choice to not do swimmer of the week this week. Listening and respect was a huge issue for our group this week and we have had multiple discussions regarding it. As a group when we can improve on this we will begin swimmer of the week.

We have two exciting events coming up! First being the mock meet. The mock meet is a great event that’s super fun and will prepare you for races at your first meet of the season! Speaking of swim meets the second event is Icebreaker! Icebreaker is the first and only home swim meet of the year. I encourage everyone to come and participate and show their Kigoos spirit at these two events.

Everyone’s attendance has been increasing which is great to see. With more people attending practices the lanes get super crowded. I encourage everyone to try to come to morning practices as we usually have only 2-5 swimmers. With less swimmers there is so much more time for individual corrections. If you need to leave early for school or another commitment that is okay with me!

See you at the pool!

Coach Sophia

New Parent Orientation Booklet

May 16th, 2019 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on New Parent Orientation Booklet)

Do you still have questions?  We answer a lot of them HERE.

Download a great reference for all your new swim parent questions.

Junior White Update from Coach Kaylyn

May 14th, 2019 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Junior White Update from Coach Kaylyn)

Hi Junior Reds!

We are now into our week 3 of training this month where are main focus is Breakouts, Streamlines and Race Pace. This means we are going to increase our kick this week to 70% swim, 30% kick.  We still need to focus on our streamlines as I am still having to remind you guys to push off the wall properly, hopefully we can move past this skill by the end of the week J

This is our first week focusing on Breakouts – Using a streamline as the stepping-stone with our dolphin kick into the flutter kick transition.

It is also our first week incorporating Race Pace– Short and fast sets with medium amount of rest, Using drill as our main source for cool downs, smaller emphasis on technical/skill work as we are working on developing that “top speed.”

I would like to encourage you all to continue working hard and thinking about your individual corrections. For our group as a whole our underwater kick and push offs can use some work, (remember to not turn on the wall before you push off.) If you push yourself to fix these bad habits now it will feel automatic in the later parts of the season and through out your races.

**Please remember to have a snack before practice and use the washroom before we get in the water. Bring your water bottles on deck and caps if you have long hair. Our afternoon practices have been quite busy so if you are able to come to morning practice that would be great to get some extra quality attention on your swimming as there are roughly about 3 swimmers who attend, It is okay if you have come/leave early to fit your schedules. Keep your personal goals in mind and let me know at anytime if you would like to look at them or make any changes. We will refer back to them shortly in the coming weeks to make sure were on track.

Coach Kaylyn

Senior White Update from Coach Erika

May 13th, 2019 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Senior White Update from Coach Erika)

Hey Senior Whites,

Great work this past week! You have been really positive, and excited to learn at every practice. This past week we went over proper backstroke technique, making sure to roll your shoulders, flick feet up, and keep hips at the surface of the water. In the next week we will be working on breaststroke. Focusing on powerful kick, and lunging forward every stroke. We will also be working on proper touch turns and push offs.

Starting this week, we will be doing group activation. I’m going to bring a sheet with different choices for activation that you can choose from. Hopefully this helps us warm up better before practice.

We’ve had really low attendance this week, especially in the morning. I know that all of you are very busy with school and other sports, but please try to make it to as many practices as possible. The more you practice the faster you can improve! Make sure you bring runners and a water bottle to every practice.

See you at the pool,

Coach Erika

Junior White Update from Coach Sophia

May 13th, 2019 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Junior White Update from Coach Sophia)

Hey Junior Whites,

We had an awesome week last week, we worked on applying kick and streamlines to freestyle. Towards the end of the week we started to work on backstroke. We had some issues with listening and behavior during practices, so hopefully we improve on this next week! Along with listening next week we will be working on backstroke technique and incorporating backstroke flip turns.

This week we will start swimmer of the week! Every week there will be a swimmer of the week chosen. This swimmer will earn a swimmer of the week cap. The winner will be announced at Saturday morning practice and be written in a weekly blog post.  The swimmer of the week will be chosen based on;

–       Attitude

–       Listening Skills

–       Applying corrections

–       Effort

–       Being prepared for practice

Just a reminder, that as the season progresses we will start doing harder sets and more running during warm up, so it is super important to bring runners and a water bottle to every practice.

See you at the pool!

Coach Sophia

JD White Update from Coach Gabe

May 12th, 2019 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on JD White Update from Coach Gabe)

Hey JD White,

Finished our first full week of swimming!! This week we worked on freestyle and a little bit of review of our flutter kick. I am so happy with the progress we’ve made on our freestyle! I believe everyone is now able to cross the pool doing proper technique freestyle without breaks.

This coming week we are going to start working on our backstroke and try to finish learning our flip turns. I can’t wait until our first swim meet to see all of our effort reflected in our times. Speaking of swim meets we don’t have our first JD meet until June 12th but the icebreaker is the on June 1st and 2nd so I hope we can all make it out to swim some events!

Last week we had a little problem with behaving, next week we have a fresh start and we are all gonna be on our best behaviour.

Cheers,

Coach Gabe