On skill progression

Some good food for thought and discussion. This is from master coach Jim Richardson, former women’s swim coach at University of Michigan. He shared this with one day when we were talking about the progression for practice and learning when changing technique:

  • Step One – Be Elegant (Let them feel it, almost Tai Chi like precision of movement)
  • Step Two – Add Force (Easy part in some way in others very difficult to do without losing rhythm and precision)
  • Step Three – Proceed with reckless abandon (Go for it!)

Allow each athlete to proceed at their own pace. My thought is to make it playful and fun.

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