Developing Swimmers by Michael Brooks

Developing Swimmers

byMichael Brooks

Paperback | May 6, 2011

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Talent, skill, and a passion to compete: These are the characteristics that define elite-level swimmers. But as the sport’s best coaches know, even the most gifted of athletes won’t develop these traits without a plan—one that recognizes talent, develops skills, and nurtures success.

Developing Swimmers is the only book to offer a comprehensive, long-term plan beginning at an age-group level. Renowned coach Michael Brooks shares the insights, secrets, and strategies that have transformed his athletes and swim teams from novice competitors to distinguished champions.

Developing Swimmers will show you how to

-evaluate and identify talent in even the youngest swimmers;

-establish realistic yet challenging short- and long-term goals for your athletes;

-assess and refine strokes for greater power and efficiency;

-improve starts, turns, and finishes for faster times;

-structure positive and productive practices for swimmers and swim teams; and

-foster your swimmers’ passion, bolster commitment, and instill winning attitudes.

From motivation to meet management to race-day tactics, Developing Swimmers covers it all. It is the guide every coach should have on the shelf. With Developing Swimmers, you will improve the performance of your swimmers—and your entire team.

Michael Brooks is the veteran of more than 20 years of year-round club, high school, summer league, and country club swim coaching. He has worked with all levels, from novice to Olympic Trial athletes. He coaches swimmers ages 8 to 18 so that he can keep the beginning, middle, and end of swimmer development ...
Title:Developing SwimmersFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:240 pages, 10 X 7 X 0.68 inShipping dimensions:240 pages, 10 X 7 X 0.68 inPublished:May 6, 2011Publisher:Human Kinetics, Inc.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0736089357

ISBN - 13:9780736089357

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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Table of Contents

Part I Recognizing and Developing Talent

Chapter 1. Recognizing Swimming Talent

Chapter 2. Developing Swimmers for the Long Haul

Chapter 3. Creating an Environment of Excellence

Part II Assessing and Refining Stroke Technique

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

Part III Training and Preparing Swimmers

Chapter 9. Training Age-Group Swimmers

Chapter 10. Planning for the Short- and Long-Term

Chapter 11. Providing Support Away from the Pool

Part IV Developing the Competitive Edge

Chapter 12. Racing Attitudes and Tactics

Chapter 13. Managing Meets for Racing Excellence

Chapter 14. Selecting Meets and Events

Editorial Reviews

“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