Background[edit | edit source]

Start Bot is an iPhone App that was developed by Bob Gillett.

It is free and has been published at the Apple App Store.

Insights[edit | edit source]

Quality starts that simulate near race conditions for swimmers are very hard to give in workouts on a regular bases. The regular practicing of these skills are very necessary to develop great reaction/movement time and to have that "easy speed" during the first length of the race. The "sequencing" needs continuous practice to maximize performance.

To set off thirty or so swimmers in a practice session is time consuming. It occupies the staff with executing the verbal commands for a number of groups and takes away the ability to actually coach, by having to say, "Take Your Mark," and then, "Go," for an entire set. In most cases, this means that the swimmers almost never do quality starts using the specificity meet commands and sounds they will hear in actual competition.

START BOT does this work for coaches and teams without a lot of equipment. Simply run Start Bot (app) on an iPhone with an audio connection to a speaker. This tool set gives swimmers quality situations during workouts several times per week!

Details[edit | edit source]

Coaches can simply input the number of repeats, interval, number of groups, and the time between groups. Then hit the start button and the set is run.

Hint, Suggesting and Example[edit | edit source]

  • There is a default function to setup a continuous run, of a specific Start Interval and an unlimited starts. For Example: you want to do an undefined number of repeat, with frequent stops for instructions or changing focus. Change only the Groups to infinity sign and input the seconds you want between swimmers in the Start Interval. This defaults Time Mode to Continuous and deactivates Repeats and Repeat Interval.
  • Another great use for this default setting is for A CONTROLLED SPRINT LANE AT SWIM MEETS! Put a portable Bluetooth speaker under or by the blocks on lane 2 and/or lane 7; say with 10 Second Start Intervals. Coaches can get there starts off the Beep, and swimmers will be spaced at a safe and consistent interval, and you get a maximum number of start during crowded conditions.
  • Favorite Set for working Extended Underwater Butterfly Breakouts from a Dive:
    • 20 X 50 @ 1:00 Dive, 9 fish kicks, 4 cycles at race tempos (Females do 11 kick, 5 cycles) first 25, followed by a loosen 25 swim back in the next lane; then back up again on the dive lane. 20--REPEATS, Time Interval or Continuous--Timing Mode, 1:00--Repeat Interval, 6--Group, :10 Start Interval—(you can get 7 Groups with a :08 Start Interval).
    • This is a great set to work on EASY SPEED and SEQUENCING (Great Reaction time and Movement time, good Leap, clean Cut, .45 kick Tempo, power Surge Stroke, Head on one side, Hands on the other side of 15 mark, every Stroke counts, full Touch, loosen back and think about Changes!).
  • Use Start Bot as a digital Pace Clock with big screen TV and an Apple TV. Use airplay with the “mirror” option. Then “finger spread and/or pinch” the running time area to the size of the digits you want on your TV Screen.
  • Sync to your wall clocks:

1. Start wall clock on the beep. 2. With wall clock running, push start on Start Bot when the wall clock is at :50 seconds. When you press the “start” on Start Bot, the first beep will occur :10 seconds later.

For a “Significant Treatment Effect” do a minimum of three good drive sets per week!

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