What's your vision this season?

Lots of coaches ask me how to go about writing a season plan. In my sport of swimming, I think coaches are mostly asking about the x's and o's: ie. having a structured progression based on yardage totals, the breakdown of aerobic and anaerobic training, specific test sets, taper schedule, etc.

To be honest, I was never really able to work that way as a coach. I would start out trying to write out these elaborate season plans...because I thought that's what coaches had to do. I learned that the x's and o's would come - without all the need for specificity. That - to me - was more intuitive.

What was most important - for me - was to get clear on my overall vision for the team and then reverse engineer how to build it.

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