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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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What People Are Saying

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“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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736089357
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/27/2011
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 227
  • Sales rank: 273,057
  • Product dimensions: 6.88 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

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 in mind at all times.

Since October 2006 Brooks has been head coach of the York YMCA swimming team in York, Pennsylvania. Before that, he spent two years as the head age-group coach of the Brophy East swimming team in Phoenix, Arizona, and five years as head coach of the York site of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club (Michael Phelps' home club), where he worked with renowned coaches Murray Stephens and Bob Bowman.

Brooks was named both the state Age-Group Coach of the Year and the High School Coach of the Year two times, as well as Coach of the Meet at the YMCA National Championships. His swimmers have raced to well over 150 national top 16 and top 10 rankings, scores of Far Western and zone championships, and hundreds of state championships in all events on the program. Brooks resides in York, Pennsylvania.

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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

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  • Posted May 23, 2011

    EXCELLENT!!!

    This is the best book on Age Group swimming that I've read since Howard Firby's book. A must have contribution to any swimming coaches library. After reading mine, I ordered 10 more copies so my staff (present and future) can all have their own copy. Thanks, Mike.

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