The M & M Set

Ryan Woodruff
Head Coach
Lynchburg YMCA

This is a fun concept for practice you can do any time, but I like to save it for a special occasion.  In this case, we did it on New Year’s Eve.  I buy a bag of M & Ms, and write a set on the board that corresponds with each color in the bag.  I pick a swimmer to pull an M&M out of the bag (without looking) and then we do that set.  Then, I replace the set with another one in case the same color gets pulled by the next swimmer.  The sets can be anything you want, but I like them to be creative, different, or at least something that we don’t do very frequently.  Use it as an opportunity to be creative.

2 thoughts on “The M & M Set

  1. “California swim” is a group of 6 or 9 swimmers in a lane swimming smooth freestyle in 2 or 3 rows of three across the lane. The first group must flip turn and dolphin kick underneath the trailing group or two groups. After each 100, the leading group must stay underwater at the turn and then push off behind the last group. This way, all rows share the lead during the swim. Our swimmers love it as a long warm down or recovery swim that emphasizes teamwork and dolphin kicking. We call it that because I got the idea from Coach Bill Rose of the Mission Viejo Nadadores.


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