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I.Rasula
By Igor Rasula
 
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 Transferred and translated from the  http://www.swimcoachingbrain.com  (February 16, 2010)
Let's Save Swimming Sport
 
This presentation  is dedicated to the swimming audience of Serbia and the wider region of the SE Europe and was arranged on February 16, 2010.....
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Wayne Goldsmith: C’mon – we can do this!

W.Goldsmith
Many years ago, in that time the only swim site in my country the Swim Star 2000 had presented one great swim coach and adorer from Australia Mr. Wayne Goldsmith and his few "swimcoachingbrain" articles. He has been even opened for any cooperation. He sent us greetings and invited us to "think about the swimming" having in mind its future. What's more, all his experiences were widely available for the delivery throughout the globe. He just insisted to be informed previously. His latest the " Message to Swimming – You Still Don't Get It!" issued at his web blog put us down to the chair and opened our brains. Since we've got the personal permission by the author, we are proud to present his words with the wish to do something new predominantly within the Serbian swimming and this sport all over the Balkans. On behalf of all our visitors, I extend my huge gratitude to Mr. Goldsmith (I.Rasula, Editor) 
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Pre mnogo godina, u to doba jedini plivacki web sajt u zemlji Swim Star 2000 predstavio je jedno veliko trenersko ime iz Australije Wayne Goldsmith i nekoliko njegovih "Swimcoachingbrain" clanaka. On je tad bio otvoren za saradnju. Poslao nam je pozdrave i pozvao nas jos tada da gledajuci u buducnost, "mislimo" o plivanju. Sta vise, sva njegova iskustva su bila raspoloziva gotovo svima u svetu.  Jedino je insistirao da ga prethodno obavestimo o tome. Njegov poslednji clanak "Poruka plivackom sportu" izasao na njegovom blogu bacila nas je u razmisljanje. Posto smo dobili licnu saglasnost autora, pocastvovani smo da prezentujemo njegov clanak ovde sa zeljom da ucinimo nesto novo ne samo za plivacki sport Srbije vec i Balkana. U ime svih posetilaca saljemo zahvalnost G-dinu Goldsmith-u (I.Rasula, Urednik)

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Message to Swimming – You Still Don't Get It...
 
Sydney, Australia, February 15 --- Six years ago I wrote an article called "Changing Times" about the Sport of Swimming and the challenges it faced all over the world.  ..Sydney, Australia, Feb 15 --- Pre sest godina napisao sam clanak pod nazivom "Menjajuci vremena" o plivackom sportu i izazovima sa kojima se suceljavaju svi u svetu.
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In short, I challenged the swimming community to work together, to strive to create new, exciting, interesting training and competition environments, to put away petty political and personality conflicts and work together in the best interest of kids, athletes, families, coaches, Clubs and the sport.  Ukratko, podstakao sam da plivacko javno mnjenje mora da radi zajedno, da istraje u kreiranju neceg novog, uzbudljivog u treninzima i takmicenjima, da ostavi sa strane politicke i licne konflikte i da radi zajednickim snagama u najboljem interesu za decu, sportiste, familije, trenere, klubove i sport u celini.
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Now, Six years later…..You still don't get it do you!  Sada, nakon sest godina.. vi to jos uvek niste prihvatili, zar ne!
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A few weeks ago I was at a famous Aquatics complex in a major capital city. As usual, I was drawn to watch the swimming programs in the pool – the coaches, the athletes, technique, skills, performance levels, attitudes….I am passionate about swimming and want to see the sport succeed.  Pre nekoliko nedelja, bio sam na cuvenom plivackom kompleksu u glavnom gradu (Australije). Kao i obicno, bio sam razocaran videvsi plivacki program u bazenu - plivacke trenere, sportiste, tehniku, vestine, nivo plivanja, zelje.... Ja obozavam plivanje i iskreno zelim da vidim uspehe u ovom sportu.
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This is what I saw.  To je ono sto sam video.
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A young coach working with about 50 junior squad swimmers, aged 10-14 in very crowded lanes. He stood at one end of the pool for the whole hour of the training session, most of the time with his leg up on the starting block in lane one. He yelled workout instructions to the whole group and did not provide any swimmer with individualized feedback. All swimmers – all ages – all levels of ability did the same workout. Skills and drills were performed poorly and received with little feedback. The feedback that was given was general feedback to the whole group.  Mladi trener radi sa otprilike 50 juniora starosti 10-14 godina u stazama u kojima je ogromna guzva. On stoji na kraju bazena, skoro citav sat tokom treninga, najveci deo vremena sa jednom nogom na startnom bloku, u stazi br.1 On salje instrukcije citavoj grupi plivaca i nema mogucnosti da dobije pojedinacne odgovore od svakog od plivaca. Svi plivaci - svih kategorija - svih nivoa - svi su u istom programu. Vestine i vezbe  se izvode veoma skromno i sa neadekvatnom povratnom informacijom. Povratna informacija koja se dobija je nacelna i odnosi se za celu grupu.
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The following week, I was at a similarly famous Aquatics complex in another capital city in another country. Again, I spent time observing a junior swim squad in training. Again I saw the same lack of engagement, lack of creativity, lack of passion and lack of quality coaching I had seen previously.  Naredog vikenda, bio sam na jos jednom slicnom aqua kompleksu, u glavnom gradu jedne druge zemlje. Ponovo sam proveo vreme posmatrajuci mladi tim na treningu. Ponovo sam video isti nedostatak angazovanja, nedostatak kreativbnosti, nedostatak zelje i nedostatak kvalitetnong treniranja, kao sto sam to video i u prethodnom centru.
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The next week I went to a local swim meet – again out of interest and love of the sport. Guess what?  Sledece nedelje otisao sam na lokalno plivacko takmicenje. - ponovo primecujem, nema interesovanja i ljubavi za ovim sportom. Pretpostavljate zasto?
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Swimming is still offering 65 heats of the 7 and under 50 backstroke, still providing little or no interesting competition opportunities for swimmers over 15 years of age, still awarding those stupid colored ribbons to all swimmers from 5 years of age to 25, still being over zealous with breaststroke rules, still doing little or nothing to engage parents, still offering mostly junk food at the shop… I thought I was in a time warp and it was 1973 all over again.  Plivanje u 65 kvalifikacija za starosnu kategoriju 7 i mladji u 50 lednjo,  nudi malo ili gotovo neinteresantne takmicarske mogucnosti za plivace iznad 15 godina, takmicari se nagradjuju glupim sarenim trakama u svim kategorijama od 5-25 godina starosti, jos uvek rigorozno pravilo kod prsnog stila, jos uvek malo ili gotovo nista da se angazuju roditelji, jos uvek ponuda glupe hrane u radnjicama na bazenu.. Mislio sam da se nalazim zarobljen u 1973 godini jos uvek.
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Put yourself in the position of being a swimmer in one of those squads. You have a choice. You can train for football, outside, with your friends, emulating your heroes and enjoying the team environment. You can stay at home and spend time on your computer engaging with your friends and the web. You can play other sports, play music, just enjoy lazing about with family and friends or… "I can be pushed and driven up and down a pool with no engagement from my coach, receiving no feedback, learning nothing and being bumped and bruised in crowded lanes" Stavite sebe u poziciju da budete plivac u jednom od ovih timova. Imate izbor. Mozete da trenirate fudbal napolju, sa svojim priijateljima, imitirajuci svoje ljubimce, uzivajuci u grupmom radu. Mozete ostati kod kuce i provesti vreme na kompjuteru sa svojim prijateljima ili na internetu. Mozete se baviti drugim sportovima, svirati - slusati muziku, ili lencariti uz familiju, sa prijateljima i sl...."Ja sam nateran i gurnut u bazen bez ikakve paznje od strane mog trenera, nemam povratnu informaciju, nista nisam naucio, i bio strpan u stazu sa ogromnom guzvom".
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Put yourself in the position of being a parent of a swimmer in one of those squads. You are paying money for your child to receive professional coaching. You have had to change your work, social and family schedule to be there. And what do you see? "My child is receiving no quality, individualized instruction, is gaining no learning and receiving no feedback, is swimming mindless lap after mindless lap, bumping into other kids, the end of the pool and the lane ropes and I am paying for the privilege".  Stavite sebe u ulogu roditelja plivaca u jednom od ovih timova. Vi izdvajate novac za vase dete da dobije profesionalni trening. Morali ste da promenite vas posao, drustvene i druge familijarne obaveze. I sta primecujete? "Moje dete je nije imalo kvalitetan individualni rad i instrukcije, nije nista naucilo i dobilo povratne informacije, misljenje o svakom od okreta, gurnuto sa ostalom decom i na kraju bazena i kraju konopca od staze, a ja placam za privilegovane instrukcije".
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Or what about the parent going to the Meet? "I sit there for two days to see my kid swim four events, either in stinking heat or inside breathing in chlorine gas, giving up my precious weekend time and paying through the nose to get in to the facility, buy food and for race fees".  Ili, kako izgleda boravak roditelja na takmicenju? "Ja sedim tamo dva dana gledajuci moje dete kako pliva 4 trke, naslonjem uz radijator ili na bazenu udisuci hlorne gasove , ne uzimajuci u obzir izgubljen vikend, placajuci jos troskove dolaska, ishrane i startnina za takmicenje".
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And then the kid drops out of the sport in their mid teens and we all scream "What's wrong with kids today?" – rubbish: the reason kids drop out of swimming is totally the responsibility of the people who coach, administer and organize swimming training and competitions. Kids and families will stay in swimming if it is engaging, enjoyable, exciting, educational and embraces excellence in all things.  I tako dete napusta ovaj sport u svojm srednjim tinejdzerskim godinama a mi svi vristimo" Sta to ne valja sa decom danas?" - smesno: RAZLOG ZASTO DECA BEZE IZ PLIVANJA JE TOTALNA NEODGOVORNOST LJUDI KOJI TRENIRAJU, UPRAVLJAJU I ORGANIZUJU TRENINGE I TAKMICENJA. Deca i njihove porodice ce ostati u plivanju ako su u njemu angazovana, uzivaju, ako su uzbudljiva, obrazovna i zadovoljna u svakom pogledu.
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We are offering mass mediocrity, outdated competition formats and inferior coaching quality and expecting people to continue to accept it. Well, have a good look at your registrations, Meets and bottom lines……..people are not accepting it. The sport of swimming – like many other Olympic sports – is at the crossroads. The very existence of competitive swimming hangs in the balance like no other time in its history. Now, more than ever we must provide quality, engaging, interesting, enjoyable and challenging training and competition experiences or swimmers and parents will no longer support the sport.  Mi nudimo masovni mediokritet, prevazidjene formate takmicenja i inferioran kvalitet treninga i ocekujemo da to ljudi prihvate. Dobro, srecno vam bilo kod uclanjenja, kod takmicenja i u samim stazama... Ljudi to ne ocekuju. Plivacki sport - kao mnogi drugi olimpijski sportovi - nalazi se na raskrsnici. Takmicarsko plivanje opstaje, kao nikad do sad u njegovoj istoriji. Sada, mnogo vise nego ikad, mi moramo obezbediti kvalitet, agazovan, interesantan, uzbudljiv i izazovan trening i takmicenje ili cemo dobiti plivace i roditelje koji vise nece podrzavati ovaj sport.
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Why would a talented young swimmer, with so many choices available in sport, in social activities, in study programs, in social media and in life, waste time ploughing up and down a black line in a boring, repetitive, monotonous, poorly coached program? Why would a parent with limited time and limited money pay for a child to be part of a sport which offers mediocre coaching and dull, boring, tedious competitions which typically offer the same events, on the same day, in the same order year after year after year?  Zasto bi mladi talentovani plivac, sa mnogo izbora u raznim sportovima ispred njega, u drustvenim aktivnostima, studijama, u medijima i zivotu, gubio vreme plivacjuci gore dole po crnoj liniji u dosadnom, ponavljajucem monotonom, programu njegovog trenera. Zasto bi roditelj sa ogranicenim vremenom i novcem morao da placa za njegovo dete da bude deo sporta koji nudi mediokritetan trening, glupa, dosadna takmicenja koja uglavnom imaju iste discipline, skoro u isti dan, svake naredne godine, godinu za godinom, itd?
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If you consider just these coaching and competition issues – without even thinking about the child abuse allegations which are all too common around the world, the swim suit debacle and how that made the sport a laughing stock and concerns over the long term dangers of swimming in heavily chlorinated water and we are in crisis. To all my friends and foes in swimming around the world – wake up! This is now a matter of great urgency.  Ako razmotrite ovu problematiku oko treninga i takmicenja, bez da ulazite u nezadovoljstvo deteta (koje je gotovo istovetno svuda na svetu), debakl sa plivackim odelima i brigu oko opasnosti dugog boravka u hloriniranoj vodi, i td, mi smo u dubokoj krizi. Svim svojim plivackim prijateljima u svetu  saljem poruku - PROBUDITE SE. Ovo je sad stvar velike urgencije.
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• Improve coaching standards – do not accept mediocre coaching anytime/anywhere from anyone; • Provide more engaging, interesting and enjoyable training environments; • Create new, interesting, stimulating and enjoyable competition formats; • Stop trying to force all kids into pathways designed to make them Olympic champions – give each individual what they need to realize their potential at all levels of achievement; • Put "fun" before "fast"; • Embrace parents into swimming programs as partners in swimming performance and stop treating them as lepers who pay fees; • And most importantly, stop this "we are different", "those things will not work in swimming" and "that's not the way we do it in swimming" thinking that is killing the sport around the world.  • Valorizujte trenazne standarde - ne prihvatajte mediokritetske treninge. • Obezbedite mnogo vece angazovanje, interes i uzivanje u trenaznom okruzenju. • Prestanite da forsirate svu decu na putu da postanu olimpijski sampioni - dajte svakom individualno sta im je potrebno da razviju svoj potencijal na svim nivoima do postizanja uspeha • Postavite "zabavu" ispred "brzo-brze" • Priobijte roditelje u plivacke programe kao roditelje u plivackim dostignucima, i prestanite da ih tretirate samo kao gubavce koji ima da placaju za troskove. • I najbitnije, prestanite sa ovim "MI SMO NESTO DRUGO", ili "ove stvari ne mogu da se rade u plivanju" i "ovo nije put kojim idemo u plivanju" - razmislite da li ce to ubiti ovaj sport svuda u svetu.
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C'mon – we can do this! HAJDE, mi to mozemo odraditi.
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.. Introduce Mr.Wayne Goldsmith and his achievements

  By Igor Rasula, (London, UK), AIPS id SRB05252
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