Team Swimming Relays

by Pool Builders on 02-09-2010 in Articles

Swimming relays can be done competitively, but they also make great training sprints for your team. Here are some fun lap races to try out at your next practice.

Water ball: The swimmer places a beach ball between his or her legs, jumps in the water, and swims across the pool. If he drops the ball, the swimmer must start over.

Floating Treasure: The swimmer holds a small object in one hand above the water while swimming a predetermined number of laps.

Cork Collection: Split your team into two groups and give each one half of the pool. Throw a basket of corks into the deep end. Have your swimmers start in the shallow end. One at a time they swim out, get one cork and return. After 2 minutes see which team has the most corks.

The Dolphin Hustle: Have each swimmer dive into the pool and glide as far as possible underwater without the use of arms or legs. Whoever gets the farthest is declared the winner.

Traditional team competitions are called medley relays. (Competitions also have an individual medley, in which one swimmer changes strokes each lap.) This article, though, focuses on team relays. Each swimmer performs one stroke. Because the backstroke is started in water, it is always the first event of the relay. Then the event moves from slowest to fastest stroke: breaststroke, butterfly, and freestyle, which most always is the front crawl. The swum distance varies by age of participants, from 4 x 25 to 4 x 200 meters.

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