Coach Connection Newsletter #13 - 3/31/2017

Coach Connection Newsletter #13 - 3/31/2017

 | Friday, March 31, 2017

  1. Coaches Recognition Month
  2. Women's Leadership Summit
  3. Build A Pool and Program Conference
  4. Regional Coach Clinics
  5. Fellows 2017: Call for Applications
  6. USADA Update
  7. Freestyle - Building Core Balance
  8. New Records from NCAA’s
  9. Make Learning a Lifelong Habit
  10. GRIT and More in a Tug of War

Quote of the week:
"Failures do what is tension relieving, while winners do what is goal achieving."
~Denis Waitley

Coaches Recognition Month

Starts April 1

April marks the start of USA Swimming’s Coaches Recognition Month and its #CoachesAre campaign. This digital campaign is aimed at showing the positive impact its 18,000+ coaches are making across the country. In order to capture the great work you are doing, we need to hear from you!

If you could please give a few moments of your time and complete coaches survey below, it would be extremely helpful in providing content for the campaign to tell your story. The responses will be used on and USA Swimming’s social media channels.

Coach’s Name:
Team Name:
Years of coaching experience:

1. Fill in the blank: #CoachesAre _________.

2. What's your favorite coaching memory?

3. Most embarrassing coaching moment?

4. What's the most rewarding part of being a coach?

5. What advice do you have for coaches just starting out?

Please return to Kara Raney

Women's Leadership Summit

Are you a female coach looking to grow your leadership skills both on and off the deck?

Space is still available for the Women’s Leadership Summit from April 21-23, 2017 at the La Foret Conference & Retreat Center in Black Forest, CO. The Women's Leadership Summit provides female coaches with an opportunity to grow both personally and professionally. The Summit will be a weekend retreat designed for amazing women to convene, connect, brainstorm with others and grow their network.

The summit will be facilitated by Roberta Kraus & Cathy Wright-Eger.

For more information or to register, click here.

Build A Pool and Program Conference

The Minnesota LSC Build & Program your Pool Conference
May 5 & 6, 2017 at the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot

Join us for a two day conference learning why it is vital to understand “Programming Precedes Design” and Optional Programming will support your aquatic center. Once you understand these two principles
you can begin to design a functional and sustainable aquatic center.

Friday night, May 5th the USA Swimming’s Professional Providers
USAquatics, Myrtha Pools, Neptune Benson and ISG invites you to take an evening cruise on the lake.

Let’s make it happen! Build an aquatic center that helps promotes programs for everyone in your community.

Learn more here:

Regional Coach Clinics

The Regional Coaching Clinic program brings affordable clinics directly to teams in their own LSCs. These clinics are designed for the entire coaching staff from the novice coach to the senior level coach.

The clinic cost is $75 per coach or $200 for a coaching staff of 3 or more. Our clinics are priced to encourage participation by the entire coaching staff.

Omaha, NE April 21-23, 2017 Omaha Marriott
Charlotte, NC April 28-30, 2017 Courtyard by Marriott Billy Graham Pkwy
Hartford, CT April 28-30, 2017 Miss Porter's School

Clinics are open to all swimming coaches regardless of their USA Swimming membership. We encourage all coaches, both USA Swimming members and non-members, (high School Summer League, etc…) to attend.

For additional information and sign up click here:

If you have any other questions, please contact Morgan Weinberg here.

Fellows 2017: Call for Applications

Applications now available for the 2017 class of ASCA's Fellows program.

Each year the American Swimming Coaches Association selects a small group of coaches to serve a year of fellowship working on a mentor-lead project: the Fellows. The program's aim is to identify and begin educating the future coach-leaders of our sport. As such, ASCA Fellows are typically young coaches with a passionate interest in improving American Swimming.

The fellowship year is a year of education and action. The education portion begins in late August/early September with an intensive "clinic within the clinic" at the annual ASCA World Clinic. The action portion of the program consists of working on and completing a project. Each Fellow, under the direction of the ASCA staff and Board of Directors, completes a project during the Fellows year (from the 2017 World Clinic to the 2018 World Clinic).

For 2017, the Fellows project will explore how changing generational influences affect athletes and impact how they are coached. The aim is to construct a comprehensive definition illustrating today's "contemporary athlete", which encapsulates what/who the modern (age group) athlete is, and propose a model on how to reach/coach this demographic effectively in Swimming.

To be considered: Coaches interested in the Fellows 2017 class need to submit an application for the program. The application may be obtained by contacting ASCA staff member Matt Hooper at or by phone at 1-800-356-2722. Questions on the program can also be directed to Matt.

Application deadline for the 2017 Fellows class is: Thursday, April 20, 2017.

USADA Update

What are your reasons for using #supplements

#DYK Whether a product is marketed as a food or a supplement will determine which laws apply to it.

Worried about the #supplements you might be taking? Use the Red Flag Checklist & reduce your risk.

Freestyle - Building Core Balance

By Glenn Mills, Go Swim Video of the week

Making sure you're body-line is as balanced as possible can help build a faster and more efficient freestyle.

Why do it:

Energy used to hold the hips and legs in line in freestyle, is wasted energy. Understanding the core stability needed for great freestyle is a must!

How to do it:
1 - The goal will be to do all of this without a pull-buoy, but starting out with younger swimmers, the buoy will be a big help.
2 - Have them hold the buoy between then ankles (or hips to start) and hold an absolutely straight line in the water from fingertips to toes. Make sure the hips are held at the surface.
3 - After they've learned the solid line, have them rotate slightly from side to side using nothing but their core for rotation.
4 - After a few slight turns of the body, start a very slow pull, maintaining the bodyline.
5 - Eventually, drop the pull-buoy and initiate a small kick, holding the body in the same position as in the initial step.

How to do it really well (the fine points):

Again, the goal will be to do this without the buoy, but give the athlete the feeling of the stabile line first. You can also use a snorkel to allow the swimmer to spend more time learning the line.

Be careful to hold the line and don't allow the bend or drop of the hips. Again, our swimmers are just learning, so they will get much better very soon.
There will be many more of these great stability exercises coming in our upcoming Kristian Gkolomeev video series on

Watch more Freestyle Balance Videos here:

Make sure you have your free account for your new video everyday:

New Records from NCAA’s

Courtesy of ASCA

New American Men’s Record:
- Men's 100 Yard Butterfly: Caeleb Dressel (43.58)
- Men's 200 Yard Butterfly: Jack Conger (1:37.35)
- Men's 200 Yard Breaststroke: Will Licon (1:47.91)
- Men's 100 Yard Freestyle: Caeleb Dressel (40.00)
- Men's 500 Yard Freestyle: Clark Smith (4:08.42)
- Men's 1650 Yard Freestyle - Clark Smith (14:22.41)
- Men's 800 Yard Freestyle Relay: J. Conger, J. Newkirk, C. Smith, T. Hass (6:08.61)
- Men's 400 Yard IM - Chase Kalisz (3:33.42)
- Men's 400 Yard Medley Relay: R. Murphy, C. Hoppe, M. Josa, M. Jensen (3:01.51)

U.S. OPEN Men’s Record:
- Men's 100 Yard Butterfly: Caeleb Dressel (43.58)
- Men's 200 Yard Butterfly: Jack Conger (1:37.35)
- Men's 200 Yard Breaststroke: Will Licon (1:47.91)
- Men's 100 Yard Freestyle: Caeleb Dressel (40.00)
- Men's 500 Yard Freestyle: Clark Smith (4:08.42)
- Men's 400 Yard Freestyle Relay: B. Ringgold, J. Conger, F. Haas, J. Schooling (2:45.39)
- Men's 800 Yard Freestyle Relay: R. Held, A. Vazaios, J. Ress, S. Dahl (6:06.53)
- Men's 400 Yard IM - Chase Kalisz (3:33.42)
- Men's 200 Yard Medley Relay: J. Shebat, W. Licon, J. Schooling, B. Ringgold (1:21.54)
- Men's 400 Yard Medley Relay: J. Shebat, W. Licon, J. Schooling, J. Conger (2:59.22)

New American Women’s Record:
- Women's 100 Freestyle - Simone Manuel (45.56)
- Women's 500 Freestyle - Katie Ledecky (4:24.06)
- Women's 200 Breaststroke - Lilly King (2:03.18)
- Women's 200 IM - Ella Eastin (1:51.65)
- Women's 400 IM - Ella Eastin (3:57.57)
- Women's 200 Yard Freestyle Relay: A. Weitzeil, M.Murphy, A. Bilquist, F. Osman (1:25.59)

U.S. OPEN Women’s Record:
- Women's 100 Freestyle - Simone Manuel (45.56)
- Women 500 Freestyle - Katie Ledecky (4:24.06)
- Women's 200 Breaststroke - Lilly King (2:03.18)
- Women's 200 IM - Ella Eastin (1:51.65)
- Women's 200 Yard Freestyle Relay: A. Weitzeil, M.Murphy, A. Bilquist, F. Osman (1:25.59)

Make Learning a Lifelong Habit

By John Coleman, Harvard Business Review, January 24, 2017

I recently worked my way through Edmund Morris’s first two Teddy Roosevelt biographies, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt and Theodore Rex. Roosevelt wasn’t without flaws, but he was by nearly all accounts fascinating and intellectually voracious. He published his first book, The Naval War of 1812, at 23 and continued to write on everything from conservation to politics and biography. According to Morris, at certain periods he was rumored to read a book a day, and all this reading and writing arguably made him both charismatic and uniquely equipped to engage the host of topics he did as president: national conservation efforts, naval expansion, trust regulation, and a variety of others.

Roosevelt was what we might call a “lifetime learner.” Learning became, for him, a mode of personal enjoyment and a path to professional success. It’s a habit many of us would like to emulate. The Economist recently argued that with all the disruptions in the modern economy, particularly technology, ongoing skill acquisition is critical to persistent professional relevance. Formal education levels are regularly linked to higher earnings and lower unemployment. And apart from its utility, learning is fun. It’s a joy to engage a new topic. Having an array of interesting topics at your disposal when speaking to colleagues or friends can boost your confidence. And it’s fulfilling to finally understand a difficult new subject.

But this type of continuous and persistent learning isn’t merely a decision. It must become a habit. And as such, it requires careful cultivation.

Learn more here:

GRIT and More in a Tug of War

From John Kessel, USAVB

NEVER EVER GIVE UP! Young Kazakhstan boy who refused to cross the line in tug of war competition.

Watch the 4 minute video here:



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