Hey Jr. Red!
Congratulations on a great first week everyone! It was great to see so many new and familiar faces around the pool and the swimmers working hard and having fun!
Last week Intermediate Red began the season by reviewing the basics of streamlining, flutter kicking and freestyle body position. Some of our focuses on these areas included:
Streamlines: holding the arms tight behind the head. This elongates the shoulders forward and creates a ‘super streamline’ by bringing the arms together and fusing them to the back of the head.
Kicking: Keeping the legs as straight as possible, beginning the kick with the hips to activate the large muscles and relaxing the ankles to generate power and propulsion. We talked a lot about kicking in both directions more specifically focusing on the upward kick, which is generally much weaker than the downward kick. We will continue to work on flutter kick all season, as I believe fast kick frequently leads to fast swimming!
We also spent the last half of the week focusing on a high elbow catch in freestyle. Dropping the elbow in swimming is one of the most common mistakes made. This means that after entering the water and extending forward, the swimmer drops the elbow down and pulls back with the elbow first, slipping through the water and limiting the amount of water the swimmer will hold. What they should do instead is angle the fingers towards the bottom of the pool and pull back in a straight line, with the elbow up and the lat muscles engaged. We focused on the importance of feeling pressure against the water during the pull phase to create propulsion and a strong pull. Here is a video outlining some tips for a strong catch.
This week we will be focusing on backstroke body position and pull. I encourage the swimmers to continue to swim thoughtfully, thinking about each movement they make in the water.
Finally, I would like to congratulate Intermediate Red’s first swimmer of the week, Ashleigh W! Ashleigh listens to feedback carefully and immediately applies it to her swimming, which has resulted in some big improvements. She quietly works hard and attended almost every practice this week. Way to go Ashleigh!
See you at the pool!
Hey Intermediate White swimmers and parents,
My name is Hailey Dong and I am so excited to be coaching Intermediate White this season! I have been a swimmer with the Kigoos for nine years and this will be my third summer as a coach for the club. My goals for the Intermediate Whites this season are for everyone to have a fun and positive experience swimming for the Kigoos and to help every swimmer reach their personal goals throughout the season. This week we have been working on some basics of swimming like streamlines, kicking, and body position and so far I am very impressed with everyone’s hard work at practice. Keep up the good work!
Just a reminder, please wear runners and bring water bottles to practice and try to come to as many practices as possible. Please also bring back your goal sheets as soon as possible!
If you have any questions feel free to come see at the pool before or after practice or email me at email@example.com.
See you at the pool,
Hey Junior White swimmers and parents,
My name is Sophia and I am super excited to be coaching the Junior White group this summer!
I have been lucky enough to be a member of the Kigoos Swim Club for the past 10 years. This will be my third season as a coach and I am very pleased to be working with such an energetic and motivated group of swimmers.
During this week we are going to work on the fundamentals. For our group this will include; streamlines, under-waters and push-offs. Next week we will be working on applying all these skills to freestyle and backstroke.
Just a reminder for everyone, please bring a water bottle and runners to every practice. If you haven’t brought your goal sheet back please do by the end of the week. If you have any questions feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or come talk to me before or after practice. I’m looking forward to working with everyone and for an exciting and fun filled season.
Hey guys, for those of you that didn’t get a chance to meet me at the parent meeting on Saturday, I’m Coach Gabe and I will coaching the JD Orange group this summer.
My main goals for the group are to make sure that everyone is having fun in the pool, and make sure that your kids have good fundamental skills in swimming. For our first week in the pool we worked on our flutter kick and started some back kick. By the end of next week I would like to have them comfortable with back kick and working on our freestyle arms. We’ll be starting most practices with some fun games in the back field, so please make sure you wear appropriate footwear.
If you anyone would like to contact me my email is email@example.com, I make it a priority to check my emails in the morning and at night so hopefully I will be able to respond as quickly as possible. If you are looking to chat with me in person, I will do my best to stick around for a couple minutes after afternoon practices, it is difficult for me to chat after morning practices since I need to head straight from the pool to school. Can’t wait to have an amazing summer with you guys.
Hi JD Blue swimmers and parents,
My name is Vincent and I’m coaching the JD Turquoise group this year. This is my first year coaching my own group, but I have been CITing for the past 3-4 years and I hope we can all have a lot of fun this summer!
I started swimming when I was a JD myself, so I know how intimidating it can be, especially for younger swimmers who are new to swimming and I remember my coaches creating a very welcoming and positive environment, so my goal for this summer is to make sure all the kids are having fun. I’d also like to build a solid foundation for the swimmers so that as they advance to higher groups, they can become stronger and faster swimmers themselves.
If you’re wondering how many practices your kid should be going to, my hope is that they come to at least 2-3 practices a week, but of course try to come to as many practices as you can. If you guys have anymore questions, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or ask me after practices.
Hope to see you all on the pool deck!
Hi JD Reds!
My name is Lucy and this is my 3rd year coaching and my 9th year swimming with Kigoos. During our first week of the season we have been focusing on the basics of freestyle and backstroke, making sure we’re breathing to the side and not lifting our heads up to breath. We will be continuing to practice this in the next couple of weeks and working on breastroke as well as learning how to do flip turns.
This season, a couple of goals I have for my group is to have everyone swimming all of their races legally and to have a fun, positive experience with Kigoos. Towards the end of the season, we will be working towards having everyone racing 50m butterfly and 100 IM. Just a reminder to all the JD’s to bring runners to dry land as most days we’ll be warming up in the back field.
I’m looking forward to a great season!
Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns! email@example.com