Developmental Swim Practices

Developmental Swim Practices

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Daily swim practice for a developmental swim team. Follow along with the exact same materials I use on deck, and give to my assistant coaches to follow along.

Practices have now moved on site to You’ll have to be a member to access the page. Trello’s cost became prohibitive and here you’ll get custom artwork, and a central place to view and see every practice available, as well as a master page with every activity we do.

Draw from a huge bank of swim skills and follow the exact practices we do with our own USA Swimming competitive developmental team. Swimmers that have gone through this program have won state championships, gone to Junior Nationals, and started their competitive career with essential habits already in place.

You get unfettered access to run your swim program better.

As of Winter 2017-2018 we’ve started adding in “Coaches Challenges.” These are two to three things designed to get you out of your routine, to move you towards better interactions with your swimmers, and to make you better at teaching.

I have a lot of new assistant coaches this year, and I wanted to develop a way to get them engaged faster than typical; often I let new people just listen for a couple of weeks absorbing the material and flow. The assistant coaches that I have now are familiar with swimming: they know the strokes, how to do them, and how to swim. I coached them! They don’t know how to be effective and fun coaches though. These “coaches challenges” are foremost designed to improve their ability to teach swimming well. Secondary, they are fun and interesting challenges for us on deck to get a fresh perspective. Join in the fun, join in the challenge, and do our Coaches Challenges with us!


An example post:


100 IM Kick

100 BR kick on your back. Keep knees underwater

2 x 25 Position 11

Question of the Day: Is breaststroke kick a “push” or a “squeeze?”
Y = 50 BR
N = 50 1 FLY + 5 FREE

4 x 25 on 1:00 FREE speedplay

Split up into two groups:

Group 1:

3 x SL + 1 FLY + 1 BR

SL with fly kick.

Do one full fly stroke, without a breath.

After returning to Position 11, initiate Breaststroke.

Arms with a breath.

Kick and a glide.

Group 2:

5 x SL + “Lift and Flex”

Streamline, then lift feet up, and flex them. Hold in that position.

Get back together into one group

3 x {

4 x 25 on 1:00 2 FLY + 1 BR: LONG GLIDE Fly kick the rest of the 25.

1 x 100 BK K

1 x challenge

True or False Game

Everyone gets out of the water. Line up with a fair amount of space between each person. Two feet’s toes on the edge.

“If I say something true, you jump in. If I say something false, do not jump in.

If you’re wrong, you’re out. Last one in wins. If everyone is out, I win.”

1st statement is easy and always true.
“This is a swimming pool.” or something similar.

Then ask swimming questions getting ever more specific.
“you must touch the wall with 2 hands on freestyle” – False. You don’t HAVE to.

Make statements about the coach that the swimmers would know.
“My name is…”
“I went to high school at…”
innocuous innocent facts that are appropriate for a child setting.


All practices that were on will remain until it is disabled by Trello. They limited access to team pages and all future practices are shared with activities listed at

Get access to every skill, game, activity, and thing we do during practice on a weekly board.  As of March 16, 2019, there are 60 weeks of practices with 4 practices each week.

Use it as inspiration, or for a guide on how to bring beginners into advanced swimming.

Click here for a demo:

Every week we update a new board on Start with the first 11 weeks from Spring and Summer 2017. You can immediately get access to over 60 weeks of swim practices. Each week has 4 days of practices. You can see our master list of activities: this is literally everything we have done at swim practice. I update the master list each week with new games, activities, sets, and scripts.

Check out a sample here:

I used to track practices and skills for a number of reasons. I can upload pictures, videos, and categorize by activity. I can easily drag and drop activities in from the master skill list, and can quickly plan out my practice plans. Trello is great for you because you can get all the benefits of the team viewing experience. You can navigate through the platform easily, and you can see all the skills and activities we use! Want to copy the board and mix and match it for your own activities; do it!

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