Biddulph Swimming Club
Stoke on Trent
How Do I Become a Big Fish ?
We have just completed the first Open Meets of the season at
Macclesfield North Midlands Championships and Nottingham
Nova Centurion Long Course 50 metre event. There has been some
very good performances lots of personal best swims over 80 % and
70 medals from the two Meets details of individual achievements
will be on Website shortly - Well done !!!.
The Nova Meet was where there were a lot of Big Fish and our
older swimmers need to be asking how do I become a Big Fish? I
am constantly being told by swimmers and parents that they want
to achieve certain qualifying times for either Counties, Regionals
or National Championships. There are no magical answers in
coaching but by following the guidelines below in order of
importance you will give yourself the opportunity to reach your
1) Attendance on a regular basis is the biggest factor for the
improvement of swimmers especially 13 years and above.
Academy Squad Swimmers wanting to be a Big Fish should be
looking to attend minimum equivalent hours per week to their
age i.e. 14 year old girl 14 hours per week plus their own land
training programme as they get older working on core strength.
2) Application a Big Fish should always be ready to start the
session on time do the programme at the right intensity and
working on improving their technique by doing drills and under
water skills in the Warm Ups and Swim Downs. Work at the right
intensity in the Main Set not go through the motions or be
continually giving themselves a break on the Main Set for
whatever reason when it gets hard. A Big Fish makes sure they eat
properly and drink fluids especially when training also get enough
rest by going to bed early prior to morning sessions.
3) Attitude a Big Fish always make sure they have prepared
properly in advance for Open Meets this gives them the
confidence and belief that they will perform very well on the day.
A Big Fish will always relish the challenge of competition do a
structured long Warm Up make sure they stretch prior to their
event. Have a race plan in their mind and discuss with their Coach
prior to race and outcome after finish. A Big Fish is not happy
when they do not swim well but will always bounce back even
more determined to put things right by working even harder in
training and challenging themselves.
4) Ability a Big Fish always has ability and I have seen a lot of them
over the years. However If you stop doing the first three things
above it will not matter how much ability you have you will not
stay a Big Fish for very long.
Everyone in The Academy Squad at this Club has ability in
abundance and if you become a Big Fish you will decide how far
you want to go not Darren, Andrew or myself we will provide the
coaching to help you but ultimately swimmers make swimmers.