“I’ve had mine for about four or five weeks and I learn more about it every day,” said Susquehanna Twp. coach LuAnn Hetherington.
“The major thing I use it for is in practice. When I see something wrong and I’m looking at somebody swimming something wrong, I immediately grab the iPad and film them.
“Then I pull them out of the water individually and let them watch it.”
The name of the game in coaching is feedback to the athlete.
The iPad allows coaches to give their swimmers immediate visual feedback.
“Anytime you can use video in your coaching, it’s going to help,” Gobrecht said.
“It gives you a chance to look for the little things that swimmers do with turns and kicks.”
At the Mid-Penn Conference Championships on Feb. 11, Northern coaches Scott Zacharda and Bill Resser incorporated the iPad into their postrace chat with each swimmer.
“Scott would debrief all of the swimmers first and then he’d tell them to go over to [me] and [I would] show them what they did,” Resser said.
“You can talk to them after the meet, but with this, it’s immediate. We can show them right away what they need to work on even before their next race.”
With its quick-snap photo capability, easy-to-use video camera and software upgrades, coaches see no end to the possibilities for incorporating the iPad into their routine.