By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Saturday, August 1, 2015
A training tool you may not have much experience with that can help your swimmers learn to swim on the top of the water is a stretch cord. In this clip, eight time NCAA Coach of the Year, David Marsh, shows you a series of drills using a stretch cord aimed at training the freestyle.
Drill Summary: There are a variety of ways you can use a stretch cord to improve a swimmer’s freestyle. One way is for resistance, which can be achieved by slowly letting a swimmer away from you by providing slack at a slow pace, which will help them add power to their stroke. Another method is to use the stretch cord to pull them toward you, which will teach them to glide on the top of the water and keep their body as flat and narrow as possible.
By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, March 1, 2015
Eight time NCAA Coach of the Year David Marsh knows a thing or two about winning championships. In this drill, you’ll learn the technique coach Marsh teaches his swimmers to use when they enter the water on a start. Using the proper form and entry angle will allow athletes to maintain as much momentum as possible into their races.
Water Entering Technique
Drill Summary: When entering the water, coach Marsh stresses the importance of holding a solid, rigid body. Keeping the body as narrow as possible is important, and shaping the body in the “banana” position can help swimmers go into the water flawlessly.
By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, February 1, 2015
Check out this drill from eight time NCAA Coach of the Year David Marsh that optimizes the breaststroke kick. Swimmers will learn to propel themselves forward using as much water as possible on every kick.
Alternating Leg Drill
Drill Summary: Swimmers will need a snorkel for this drill. For this drill, swimmers extend their arms forward and use only their legs to push themselves down the pool. Alternate kicking with each leg, focusing on keeping the knees in. Coach Marsh notes that swimmers’ backs should stay flat on the surface of the water. Progression: Alternate two kicks for each leg.
By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Thursday, January 1, 2015
3x Olympic Coach, David Marsh, discusses the proper way to perform a butterfly turn. There is also a demonstration in this segment that will show you the essential aspects involved in this turn such as the glide, the rotation, and the knee/full body dolphin kicks.
By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Monday, December 1, 2014
8x NCAA Coach of the Year, David Marsh, provides you with the Paddle Pushing Drill. This drill essentially forces a swimmer to attain and maintain a high catch position.
Paddle Pushing Drill
This is a unique and challenging drill but it is a great sensory training drill that will let the swimmer feel what an ideal early vertical forearm position feels like when they correctly execute the challenge of the drill. The position that this drill creates makes the elbow point out while keeping the wrist down to create a “blade” for the freestyle catch.