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  • AmericAn Swimming i 2014 edition iSSue 6 1

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    The LegendsOf COaChing& their World Clinic talks

    Vol 2014 Issue 6

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    the x FacTorDoc Counsilman

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    TrainerSwimThe ultimate training tool for developingswim-specific strength

    Build Swim-Specific StrengthDevelop A Perfect PullGain Powerful Starts & Turns

    1 Allen Martin Drive | Essex Junction | Vermont 05452 | 800-488-VASA | info@vasatrainer.com

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    Congratulations to 2014 ASCA Coach of the Year, Bruce Gemmel of Nations Capital Swim Team, and 2014 Fitter & Faster Tour/ASCA Age Group Coach of the Year, Beth Winkowski!

    Coach Bruce Gemmell

    congratulatios to Bruce gemmell, who won the AScA coach of the year award for the second consecutive year at the 2014 AScA world clinic in Jacksonville this September!

    the nations capital Swim club was recognized for his role in the engineering and stunning successes of Katie Ledecky, who set world records in the 400, 800, and 1,500- meter freestyle events this summer. under gemmells tutelage, Ledecky won gold in the 200, 400, 800, and 1,500 freestyles plus powered the united States to gold in the 4 x 200 freestyle relay at the 2014 Pan Pacific championships in August.

    gemmell is also the coach of record for

    the 2014 Jr. Pan Pacs team swimmer isabella rongione, who won a bronze medal in the 1500 meter free at that meet. on September 12th, gemmell accepted the coach of the Year award at AScAs awards banquet.

    upon accepting the award, he thanked his entire coaching staff at nations capital. He mentioned the two swimmers, Andrew and Katie, who were instrumental in helping him win his award. gemmell noted not only Ledeckys valiant physical achievements, but also noted her generous personality outside of the pool as well.

    Coach Beth Winkowski

    congratulations to Beth winkowski of dynamo Swim club, the AScA 2014 Age group coach of the Year!

    coach Beth began coaching at dynamo in the fall of 2004. She is responsible for the Senior 2 swimmers as well as the development and direction of the chamblee

    Staff. Prior to dynamo she was the Head coach for 12 years at Portland Aquatic club in Portland, oregon where she began her professional coaching career. Beth has coached state, sectional, and zone champions at an individual and team level. She also assisted several swimmers in earning national top 16 rankings, Junior and Senior national qualifying times.

    coach Beths coaching strengths include: detailed and analytic stroke instruction with an eye towards body awareness, a creative and demanding training regime, and good communication with parents and athletes. She accomplishes all this while recognizing the athlete as a whole person who benefits from the permanent life lessons learned by children who participate in organized athletics.

    All the Best,JL

    On the Cover

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    FeAtureS

    5 tHe LegendS oF coAcHing & their world clinic talks

    6 tHe X FActor APPLied to uS Swimming By dr. James counsilman

    12 tHe SeArcH For A PHiLoSoPHY oF coAcHing By dr. James counsilman

    30 trending todAY: Some Very common mistakes by Swimming Parents & Some coaches By John Leonard

    32 FAVorite SPrint SetS By chris davis

    34 tHe Swimming & coAcHing enVironment By John Leonard

    36 ASSeSSing tHe eVoLution oF Swim trAining via a review of doc counsilmans training Logs

    By masataka ishimatsu, Kosuke Kojima, Joel Stager

    41 A tALe oF two SwimmerS By don Swartz & Ken demont

    American Swimming MagazinePublished for the American Swimming coaches Association by the American Swimming coaches council for Sport development.

    Board of directorsPreSident: gregg troy

    Vice-PreSidentS: Jim tierney, Steve morsilli

    memBerS: Jack Bauerle, don Heidary, ira Klein, matthew Kredich, david marsh, tim murphy, eddie reese, richard Shoulberg, Bill wadley, chuck warner

    eXecutiVe committee: Jennifer gibson, tim welsh

    AScA StaffeXecutiVe director And editor John Leonard

    cLinicS And JoB SerViceS guy edson

    internAtionAL director duffy dillon

    SwimAmericAtm And ALtSt Julie nitti

    tecHnicAL SerViceS And wScA matt Hooper

    weB & mediA director: mary malka

    FinAnce Kimberly cavo

    BooKKeePing & SALeS Lenora Hayes

    memBerSHiP SerViceS melanie wigren

    certiFicAtion Kim witherington

    AdminiStrAtionS Judie doggett

    generAL counSeL richard J. Foster

    A Publication of the American Swimming coaches council for Sport development, American Swimming magazine (iSSn: 0747-6000) is published by the American Swimming coaches Association. membership/subscription price is $70.00 per year (uS). international $120.00. disseminating swimming knowledge to swimming coaches since 1958. Postmaster: Send address changes to:

    American Swimming coaches Association 5101 nw 21st Avenue, Suite 530 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 (954) 563-4930 | toll Free: 1 (800) 356-2722 | Fax: (954) 563-9813 swimmingcoach.org | asca@swimmingcoach.org

    2014 American Swimming coaches Association.

    the magazine for Professional Swimming Coaches

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    The Legends of Coaching & Their World Clinic Talks

    one of our young coaches, Stepha echard, spent many weeks this spring transcribing ALL the great world clinic talks of our Legends of coaching. the list includes doc counsilman, george Haines, Peter daland, don gambril, mark Schubert and eddie reese, among others.

    over the next few years, i intend to publish one talk per issue in American Swimming magazine, in chronological order for each coach. well start with the great James doc counsilman. i am humbled and proud to consider doc one of my mentors. the lessons he taught to an entire generation of coaches made him the equivalent of a household name in our sport of swimming.

    two of my children are coaching. to them and to all young coaches, i would say there is enormous wisdom in these talks. the giants are the giants, and we all stand on their shoulders daily. All of todays modern theories of training derive from their work and in most cases are nothing new under the sun. the same for modern thought on biomechanics. All biomechanics are cyclical. what helped charles daniels go 1:03.7 in the 100 meter free in

    1906 in a frog pond with a full body wool suit, is amazingly similar to what helped Alex Popov go 48+ in 1988. And it will be similar to someone going 45+ without a plastic bag sometime soon. these talks are the work of people who were genius quality thinkers.

    All the Best,

    John LeonardASCA Executive Director

    PS. well find a way to make them all available in one time and place in the near future. we are working on a format now. - JL

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    Is there any one factor or trait that determines a successful swimming coach?

    if there is, could we educate a coach to have this particular trait? the business world has long wondered what makes a good executive, a good administrator, or a good salesman. research into this ingredient of success has led to the use of multi-million dollar testing bureaus. For example, the executives of uS Steel are given personality tests, intelligence tests, leadership ability tests, and others in every possible measurable area. So far they have had very little success in identifying any single trait that their subjects have in common. For instance, they sometimes find the lowest paid filing clerk to have more basic intelligence than the highest paid executive. they have determined that once a person reaches a level of intelligence somewhere above average, that higher intelligence by itself is not necessarily a determinant. So, we cannot give all coaches intelligence tests and determine that the most intelligent will be the best coach. if this were true, then all we would have to do to select a good coach is hire the man with the

    highest iQ. it might be just the opposite, a man with a high iQ might be too smart to get involved in coaching.

    Lets get back to the business world. i personally feel that intelligence has a lot to do with success in coaching, in business, in almost any field of endeavor. However the type of intelligence i am speaking of is

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