Coach Connection Newsletter #14 - 4/7/2017

Coach Connection Newsletter #14 - 4/7/2017

 | Friday, April 7, 2017

  1. Regional Coach Clinics
  2. Tips for Consistent Nutrition
  3. Alternative Meet Formats
  4. Freestyle - Building Core Balance
  5. Free BoardSource Membership
  6. USADA Update
  7. 3 Workplace Trends Millennials Are Eliminating in 2017
  8. The Secret to Coaching Success: How Long is a Piece of String?
  9. List of Leadership Skills
  10. Emotional Agility

Dear Coaches,

We are still missing many of our coaching peers on this email list. Please share this with other coaches and if they want to be added we can include them easily. Have them send me their first, last name and LSC in an email and in the subject line type add me.

Thanks for your help.

Quote of the week:
“The leader who cannot communicate cannot create conditions that inspire.”

Regional Coach Clinics

Sign up before they are sold out!

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.
To register, click the location you wish to attend in the table below. Schedules for the clinics are those individual pages.

Location Dates Clinic Location
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, to attend.

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

Tips for Consistent Nutrition

By Chris Rosenbloom, PHD, RDN, CSSD, March 21, 2017

In the Winter 2017 issue of Splash, I was intrigued by Olivier Poirier-Leroy’s article titled, “Staying Consistent.” It made me think of ways that swimmers should heed Poirier-Leroy’s advice and apply it to eating behaviors. So, with a thank you to Olivier, let’s review how the advice applies to fueling and hydration.

Learn more here:

Alternative Meet Formats


When assessing readiness for competition, we tend to define competition strictly as organized swim meets where the participants compete against each other in specific events according to specific rules; a so called "adult model" of competition. A more fitting way of looking at competition involves broadening our definition of competition to include models that are developmentally appropriate. A young athlete may not be socially, psychologically, technically, or physiologically ready for the "adult model" of competition, but would be ready for and benefit from more developmentally appropriate types of competition. So, we need to think not so much about whether the young athlete is ready for competition and instead think about what type of competition the young athlete is ready for. In the following section, a few ideas or suggestions of competitions more appropriate for developmental athletes are presented.

Keep in mind that at the developmental level, the important element is skill; it therefore makes sense to structure events that emphasize skill.

Learn more here:

Freestyle - Building Core Balance

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week March 29, 2017

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:

Free BoardSource Membership

As a part of USA Swimming’s ongoing efforts to provide leadership and skill-building resources that support and strengthen swim clubs and each of you as leaders, we are pleased to offer you a complimentary annual membership with BoardSource. This yearly membership normally would cost you $99/year. This membership is recommended for both the Head Coach and all Board of Director members. If you are a member of your Local Swim Committee Board of Directors you also should strongly consider activating your free membership.

If you’re not already familiar with BoardSource, it is widely recognized as the leading organization promoting exceptional nonprofit governance and board service. BoardSource membership is a year-round educational resource that helps to connect, engage, inform, guide, counsel, and support a community of thousands of nonprofit leaders from across the country.

As a leader within USA Swimming, you are now an important part of BoardSource’s membership community, which will make it easy for you to access the latest news, resources, and best-practices in nonprofit board leadership, as well as practical experience and suggestions from other members of BoardSource’s membership community.

BoardSource membership opportunities that might be of particular interest include:
• access to BoardSource’s governance experts via its “Ask an Expert” e-mail Q & A service and semi-monthly “Ask the Governance Expert” webinars
• reference materials on board leadership best practices, issues, and resources
• free monthly webinars on important issues facing board leaders and chief executives
• monthly editions of The Spark!, an e-newsletter just for BoardSource members
• member pricing on BoardSource’s in-person trainings, assessment tools, and books
• personalized support from a member relations liaison who can help you find and select relevant resources and tools
• other special benefits of membership

How to activate your membership?

Click here to sign up for your free BoardSource membership:

USADA Update

A great resource to understanding the 2017 Prohibited List.

The Secret to Coaching Success: How Long is a Piece of String?

By Wayne Goldsmith

Everyone is looking for coaching secrets….

Learn more here:

3 Workplace Trends Millennials Are Eliminating in 2017

By Elizabeth Dukes, Co-founder and EVP, November 2016

Millennials will continue to rapidly change the workplace in 2017. Here are three trends that probably won't make it to the next decade.

The American work force has never been more diverse, with generations spanning from Baby Boomers to Gen X-ers and beyond. In recent years, however, Millennials (adults aged 19 to 35) have driven the biggest transformation in workplace dynamics. Experts and studies, for instance, tout how the Millennial generation is more collaborative than others and has a strong preference for remote work options. Additionally, Millennial workers are more connected and prefer to use technology to interact and get work done.

Why do these insights matter more now than ever before? According to an analysis from Pew Research Center, more than 30 percent of American workers today are Millennials. They recently surpassed Generation X in becoming the largest share of the American work force. As more Baby Boomers retire, more and more Millennials will be stepping up to fill management roles.

Learn more here:

List of Leadership Skills

Leadership Skills for Resumes, Cover Letters and Interviews
By Alison Doyle,, January 03, 2017

When companies hire for leadership roles they look for people with qualities that will allow them to successfully interact with colleagues, clients, and others in the workplace and beyond. People in leadership roles are required to put people first. Employers also look for candidates who have a high degree of emotional intelligence, patience, and a working knowledge of human resources, in order to keep both the employee and the company taken care of.

Here's a list of leadership skills and qualities for resumes, cover letters, job applications, and interviews. Skills will vary based on the job for which you're applying, so also review our lists of skills listed by job and type of skill.

Learn more here:

Emotional Agility

By Susan David and Christina Congleton, Harvard Business Review, 2013

Sixteen thousand—that’s how many words we speak, on average, each day. So imagine how many unspoken ones course through our minds. Most of them are not facts but evaluations and judgments entwined with emotions—some positive and helpful (I’ve worked hard and I can ace this presentation; This issue is worth speaking up about; The new VP seems approachable), others negative and less so (He’s purposely ignoring me; I’m going to make a fool of myself; I’m a fake).

The prevailing wisdom says that difficult thoughts and feelings have no place at the office: Executives, and particularly leaders, should be either stoic or cheerful; they must project confidence and damp down any negativity bubbling up inside them. But that goes against basic biology. All healthy human beings have an inner stream of thoughts and feelings that include criticism, doubt, and fear. That’s just our minds doing the job they were designed to do: trying to anticipate and solve problems and avoid potential pitfalls.

Learn more here:



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