Ontario and a few other provinces have a policy of no swim meets in March, other than possibly provincial championships at the very start of the month. The reasons come from the nature of swimming in Canada. Most teams in Canada train in a short course (25 metre or even 25 yard) pool. This leads to a vibrant short course swimming culture. Our short course season lasts from the beginning of September through to provincials at the end of February / start of March. And the reality is that most Canadian swimmers are better in short course pools than long course (50 meter) pools, since that’s what we’re used to. So much so that we have a hard time imagining that many parts of the world regularly train in long course pools and look at anything shorter as an annoyance.
Once March starts, we start our long course season, meaning that we compete in long course pools. This is difficult in this part of Canada, as we have so few of them. The meets tend to be crowded and lengthy, but well worth it. But the main difference is that we have to change our training habits. It takes a slightly different set of skills to swim long course. (Check out my Managing the Transition to Long Course Season for an explanation of the differences.) All of this makes March a perfect time of the year for recovering from the big short course meets, and preparing for long course season.
But despite all this, there appears to be a lot of divided opinion about this tradition, based on your role in the competitive swimming process.
This viewpoint is pretty easy. A whole month of no swim meets is ecstatically, thoroughly and enthusiastically embraced by the vast majority of parents. This …read more
Source: Rick’s Blog