Swimming does have its moments in crunch time like any other sport does. There are parts of the meet that are crucial to the outcome.
These are high school student/athletes mind you, not professional athletes that are being paid for their craft.
When we get to the crunch part of the season like the one that we are headed into right now, the thing that I remind my coaches is that we need to make sure we prepare the athletes for the circumstances around them. We need to make sure that we practice the scenarios that may occur during the 2 plus hours of the meet.
I have been mocked to a certain level of my attention to detail the day of our State Championship Meet. There are a great deal of things I can control that day, but weather and traffic are not one of them. But we build that into the model. Why? Because in November, the Badger football team has had home games for the Girls Championship Meet. Why? Because we have had monster snow storms for the Girls Championship Meet. All things that we have prepared the team for.
We also can encounter anything from not having a cool down pool, or the warm up pool is too crowded, or goggles breaking, or switching the order of a relay, etc. All seem pretty small to an outsider. But critical to the success of the team.
We also practice stroke technique into the last week, often to the dismay of the team when the biggest meet of their life is right in front of them. But working on the things that got us to that point are just as important as being there.
We try to eliminate as much doubt as possible to maximize peak performance. And we work on knowing what each persons role is on that day.
What was clear and evident today was that Mr. Bostick was not clear on his role nor objective on the play. Sure, the easy finger is to point to the player that botched the play. And he can say he was suppose to block, but proper coaching would have told me that this would have been executed enough times at practice that when it happened in a real game the player would know exactly what to do. And in this case, letting the ball go and let Jordy Nelson get it. But maybe it was not practiced enough for this to be an instinctive move for Bostick?
Now that all seems simple from my point of view. But I am a firm believer in preparation allowing you to execute correctly. This is more of a preparation failure.