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How to Teach Freestyle to Children
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Have you ever wandered if there was an easier, step-by-step approach to teaching freestyle to young children
? In this article, you will get an inside look at some of “The Swim Professor’s” secrets to success!
1. Practice the Freestyle Kick.
Start your young students off with a kickboard and make sure they hold it properly, i.e., thumbs on top, fingers on the bottom, arms straight and on top of the board. The chin should be at or near the surface of the water. The bottom of the board should be held just in front of the student’s chest.
2. Teach the Freestyle Kick Fundamentals
. Use cues such as, “fast feet,” “small and fast,” “straighter legs, etc.” By the way, that doesn’t mean the legs should be perfectly straight, but “straighter legs” is still a good correction cue for beginners who have excessive knee bend.
3. Practice Back Kicking Using Back Kick Progressions.
Don’t just kick on the front, practice on the back too. The flutter kick skill practiced on the back transfers nicely to the freestyle flutter kick.
4. Practice a Variety of Breath Control Drills
, i.e., Hopping Frog Bobs and stationary side breaths (as seen in video sample below). Cues such as “Breathe in the mouth, blow out the mouth and the nose” work well.
5. Teach Side Breathing Drills.
Use both stationary and moving drills while using cues like “ear in the water breathe, face in the water blow it out.”
6. Practice the Freestyle as a Whole and in Parts.
While practicing the stroke in parts is an excellent way to isolate different aspects of the stroke, ALWAYS end your lesson by having your students “at least” attempt to put the stroke all together. As seen in the video sample below, I like to use cues like “Breathe, Stroke One, Stroke Two.”
7. Use Kinesthetic Feedback.
No form of feedback is more effective than “kinesthetic feedback,” or allowing your student to “feel” the movement while you manipulate their arms, head position, or legs through a given movement pattern.
Watch Jim Reiser, The Swim Professor, teach young swimmers the freestyle and backstroke, using a variety of skills, drills, and teaching techniques.
Cut and paste this link in your browser: http://www.swimlessonsuniversity.com/Swim-Strokes-201-DVD-pluSWIM-STROKES-2...
* Note on the highlight video several teaching techniques, such as the use of cues, feedback, check for understanding, and strategies for maximizing practice time.
* Note the various drills such as Hopping Frog Bobs, In-line Kick, Back Kick, Stationary Side Breaths, etc. that help break the stroke down into achievable steps and progressions.
Sources and Citations
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