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: The 10 Keys

The 10 Keys

30 Oct

Most coaches and swimmers believe hard work is the key to swimming success. While hard work is a key, it is not the only one. In fact there are at least ten keys, each with the potential to impact success in a significant way. To reinforce this all-important concept, the holistic coach offers the following self-test at least once every six weeks. Swimmers are encouraged to answer the questions honestly, resisting the urge to give an undeserving score, whether too high or too low. A score of ten is most desired. In addition swimmers should refrain from making their answers public.

1. On a scale from one to ten, how good is your technique?

Note: Technique includes starts, strokes, turns, and finishes. You may choose to evaluate your best stroke and its relative start, turn, and finish or all starts, strokes, turns, and finishes. If you choose the latter, score yourself out of ten on each item separately and then calculate the average.

2. On a scale from one to ten, how self-motivated are you?

3. On a scale from one to ten, how physically fit are you?

Note: Fitness is defined as endurance, strength, and flexibility. Score yourself out of ten on each item separately and then calculate the average.

4. On a scale from one to ten, how mentally tough are you?

5. On a scale from one to ten, how healthy is your lifestyle?

Note: Lifestyle includes such things as sleep, use of spare time, homework, the types of friends you hang out with, etc

6. On a scale from one to ten, how well do you handle the expectations associated with competition?

Note: Expectations include personal, coach-related, and parent-related.

7. On a scale from one to ten, how hard do you work in practice?

8. On a scale from one to ten, how passionate are you about swimming?

Note: Passion is defined as an intense desire or enthusiasm for something.

9. On a scale from one to ten, how healthy are your eating habits?

10. On a scale from one to ten, how positive is your attitude?

Upon completion, total your scores, circling your lowest score(s) to identify the area(s) most in need of improvement. Ideally your overall score should improve test to test.

Note: In my experience successful swimmers at the international level score ninety-five or higher; successful swimmers at the national level score ninety or higher; successful swimmers at the state level score eighty-five or higher. 


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