For the last 15 minutes of our practice, we only have 2 lanes for the 20 swimmers in our National group. Today we had a fun “Sprint Free Tournament” in that time. Every swimmer must know his or her best 50 free time to the tenth of a second. Here’s how it works:
1. Coach selects a swimmer (or youngest can go first). This swimmer chooses a teammate to race in a 50 free.
2. The race is handicapped, meaning that if swimmer A’s best time is 24.0 and swimmer B’s best time is 25.2, swimmer A must swim a time at least 1.2 seconds faster than swimmer B to “win” the race.
3. The head to head race commences. The winner advances to the next round. The loser is out.
4. Repeats steps 1 – 4 until all swimmers have competed once. Continue until only 1 swimmer remains as the champ. Be sure to keep an eye on each competitor getting amounts of rest between swims to keep it fair.
Works best with 8, 16, or 32 swimmers, but can be done with any number. Enjoy!