Tips

All Strokes Hands in tight streamline on every pushoff.
All Strokes Always have a focus! Glenn’s current focus is to think about how and where he’s hooking in and connecting to the water -- on every stroke. 
All Strokes Don’t just do what your coach asks you to do…always do just a little bit more.
Backstroke Don’t start swimming until your feet clear the flags.
Backstroke Never bail out of doing a legal flip turn – no matter how close or far away from the wall you are when you go to your stomach. And no matter how crowded your lane is.
Breast and Fly Do a legal, two-handed touch no matter what -- even when you’re wearing equipment such as paddles, pull buoy, or fins.
Breast and Fly Whenever you wear fins, take a minimum of 4 streamlined body dolphins off each wall, no matter what kind of interval or set you’re doing. 
Fly Don’t breathe on the first stroke – no matter what!
Fly Never break stroke.
Freestyle Extend your normal breathing cycle at least once on every length (or once on every interval). E.g., if you normally breathe every 3, breathe every 4 at least once per length.
Freestyle No breath until after the first stroke -- no matter what!
Ins & Outs Always be the first one in (a Dave Denniston tip) and never let your rear end touch the deck as you get out of the pool.
Freestyle •Start in "11" position with the arms extended overhead, parallel to each other; it looks like the number 11.
•The hands should be flat, facing the bottom of the pool.
•Float in that position, suck in the stomach to tighten the muscles which helps hold a good straight body position.
•Flutter kick from the hips while maintaining the "11" position with the head in a neutral position, eyes looking down at the bottom of the pool.
•Pull one hand down and around and back to the "11" position then do the same with the other arm.
•After practicing alternating one arm at a time, begin to practice starting the second arm before the first arm is all the way back into the "11" position and watch what happens.
•It is always OK to go back a few steps, practice that step, then move forward again.
Breastroke •Start in a prone, floating position, the "Missile" position, thumbs locked together, arms/biceps squeezing against the ears.
•Float in that position, suck in the stomach to tighten the muscles which helps hold a good straight body position.
•Learn the breaststroke kick on land first, then while holding the wall, then in the "Missile" position.
•The word cues to use for the breaststroke kick are:
•Squeeze - legs extended and squeezed together
•Suit - bring the heels up to the swim suit
•Flex - turn the feet toes out, heels in
•Circle - move the feet in a circle
•Squeeze - return to the start position, legs extended and squeezed together
•Learn the breaststroke pull on land first, then move into the water; don't try to add the kick in until much, much later.
•The word cues for the breaststroke pull are:
•I - arms extended overhead, hands pitched slightly out, a long, straight position form toes to fingertips
•Y - press the arms out so the body looks like the a "Y"
•Scoop - an inward sculling action, up and in toward the eyes
•Shoot - throw the hands forward through the hair, moving back into the "I" position
•After both a good kick and a good pull can be done, the two parts are joined together - sort of - by using a separation drill. Do one pull (I - Y - Scoop - Shoot) then one kick (Squeeze - Suit - Flex - Circle - Squeeze).
•Do a few of these cycles in a row, no breathing, just separated pulling and kicking.
•Once the pull and the kick are in-place, then the breathing comes into play, with the breath coming in at the "Scoop" position.
Butterfly •Butterfly starts with a prone, floating position almost like the freestyle "11" but the arms are slightly wider.
•Once the body position is good, the pull is taught with the words "Diamond" - "Angel" - "Swing" - Straight" done with the body on top of the water - no dolphin motions, just the prone float and the pull.
•Now comes the body dolphin, first with the arms and hands along the side of the body, with the head first; then with the arms in front. The motion is kept small, no over-emphasis on up and down/serpentine motions; the hips go up and down, but never drop too deep or rise too high.
•Next, put the float, the arms, and the body motion together. Start in the float position, then "Pull" - "Swing" - "Diamond" - "Angel" - "Float" and as the hands enter the water at the start of the float, the hips go up and then back down. Repeat!
•A second way to put the stroke together is to do the float, then the hips up and down, then the pull, then repeat.
•Breathing comes along next, with the breath starting as the pull starts, moving the top of the head out and then back in to the water.
•You can do one arm fly or whole stroke through the progression.

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