Tuesday: I attend the LSC Leadership Seminar where a variety of topics were discussed on how to be a more effective LSC board member and how to have a more effective Board. I hope to pass along much of this information to our Board of Directors so we can be an even better BOD for our LSC.
Wednesday: I attended the Age Group Planning Committee. Things presented were…
I also attended a talk put on by the educational Committee called "Novice to National…How they do it" They asked a panel of four coaches 4 questions and we listened to their answers and had an opportunity to ask them questions. The four questions were:
Thursday: I attended our eastern Zone meeting at 8:00 am.
At 10:00 am I attended the Sports Medicine / Science Workshop. In this meeting three researchers reported on the "Full Body Analysis Project" that USA Swimming is helping to fund with one of their grants. They want coaches to be able to use this information on deck. Objective: To impact swimming at the highest level, and to gain an advantage at the Olympics. Strategy: Analyze and improve underwater swimming technique. Looking at: Dolphin kick, all four competitive strokes, gender, body type and body size. Technology: Fluid Dynamics 3-D computer simulation Experiments 3-D animation analysis tools.
Below is the info page from their web site www.ibe.gwu.edu
All swimming techniques in competitive swimming are primarily oriented towards two goals: maximizing thrust and minimizing drag. Two factors make these goals difficult to achieve:
In the past, research in swimming techniques has been limited to relatively simple experiments, theoretical modeling and videographic analysis. However, with the recent advances in computer hardware and software, techniques such as computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and computer animation and visualization can now be brought to bear on this problem. We are working with USA Swimming to systematically addresses both of the above factors. The near term objective of this research is to produce tangible results that can impact the performance of Team-USA in the 2008 Olympics. In the long term, this research is expected to generate research and development that will greatly improve our fundamental understanding of the fluid dynamics and biomechanics of swimming and produce tools that can be used for coaching, and assessing swimmers at all levels of performance.
At 1:00 I attended USA Swimming's Club Recognition Program. In this talk Sue Anderson went over the details of:
Sue also presented an hand out on How to Create a web account on the USA Swimming web site to use the "My USA Swimming" page….(see hand out)
The last meeting I attended on Thursday was the LSC Age Group Chairs Workshop where we discussed Alternative Meet formats to bring more "fun" into age group swimming and some ideas to present to the LSC BOD to help out.
Friday: On Friday 8:00 am, I attended another Age Group Workshop called "Paret Education: Making Parents part of the Team" The presentation was given by Sue Anderson and focused on why there is a need for parent education. Participants were urged to use the LSC web site links, meet programs, and the USA Swimming web site resources.
Participants also vies a basic parent education presentation, which is available for anyone at the club or local level to present. A future USA Swimming CD on parent education was highlighted.
USA swimming in conjunction with USA Skiing is coming out with new Parent / coach education materials all on CD. It will replace the old USA Swimming Parent Handbook. The CD will include a parents section and a coaches section (how to work better with parents) on the same CD which will include video clips, power point presentations, slide shows and hand outs that can be printed out.
At 10:00 am I attended another Sports Medicine / Science Workshop. Some initial updates were gone over that included the following:
Main Presentation was on Variations in Freestyle and how they impact performance (You can access this article on the coaches section of the USA Swimming web site)
At 1:00 pm I attended at Coaches Caucus which was pretty useless, we met for 15 minutes, no one had any questions so we adjourned.
At 3:30 pm, I attended the second half of our Eastern Zone meeting.
At 7:00 pm we all attended the House of Delegates which adjourned around 10:00 pm.
House of Delegates reconvened at 8:00 on Saturday and concluded around 1:00 pm
The HOD adopted the new FINA rule to allow one dolphin kick while the body is wholly submerged on the breaststroke pullout. And they adopted the new FINA rule to allow the toes to be above the water on the backstroke start (but toes can not grip the lip of the gutter)