Coach Connection Newsletter #15 - 4/14/2017

Coach Connection Newsletter #15 - 4/14/2017

 | Friday, April 14, 2017

  1. Coaches Recognition Month
  2. Help your Team Win $1,000 Grant by Entering the Built with Chocolate Milk Coaches Challenge
  3. Freestyle - Bruno Fratus Water Polo Drill
  4. Redefining Junk Food
  5. USADA Update
  6. Upcoming ASCA Clinics in the US of A
  7. How Exercise Impacts the Brain
  8. A Coach’s Plea to Parents
  9. MLB Managers Girardi, Matheny Discuss Youth Sports
  10. The Road to Character

Dear Coaches,

Quote of the week:

“ A coach must never forget that they are a LEADER and not merely a person with authority.” ~John Wooden


Coaches Recognition Month

All of April!

April marked 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 both 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

Help your Team Win $1,000 Grant by Entering the Built with Chocolate Milk Coaches Challenge

Do you encourage low-fat chocolate milk post-workout? If so, share your story for a chance to win one of five $1,000 grants for your swim team!

Now through and May 12, enter the 2017 BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MILK Coaches Challenge by sharing a photo or video* via email or on Twitter or Instagram showing how you are building your teams’ success with chocolate milk, tagging BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MILK (@chocolate milk on Twitter or @BUILTWITHCHOCOLATEMILK on Instagram) and using #CoachChallenge and #promo.

Complete contest rules and more on the post-workout benefits of low-fat chocolate milk can be found here.

Freestyle - Bruno Fratus Water Polo Drill

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week: April 2017

Bruno Fratus made the finals in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics in the 50 Freestyle. 2014 Pan Pacific Games Champion. Best long course 50 free - 21.37

Sure, we've all seen water polo drill before, but how does a double Olympic Finalist do it?

Why do it:

When Bruno thinks SPRINT, he imagines staying on TOP of the water. This drill helps him isolate that LIFT at the front of his stroke.

How to do it:

1 - Bruno likes to use fins, as he has a thing for going fast! 2 - Keep your head out of the water the entire time. 3 - Swim freestyle, making sure the initial connection of the hand is firm... immediately, holding the head high.

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

Sure, for many of you, this is going to go against the "low head" and "never push down on the water" ideas of swimming. However, when talking to some of the greatest sprinters in the world, we keep hearing the term "lift", or trying to stay on top of the water.

This drill, done this way, with straight arm recover, isn't for everyone. It's to illustrate that those select few who have swum 21 seconds in the 50 long course freestyle, have different needs and focus points. We all have to find the details that allow us to achieve our particular goals.

Check out some PREVIEW chapters of Bruno while we work to polish up his new video project.

See more Bruno Fratus preview chapters here:

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Redefining Junk Food

By Chris Rosenbloom, PhD, RDN, CSSD, April 12, 2017

A teen swimmer wrote to say that he “loves junk food, but really wants to eat healthy.” He went on to explain when he tries to eat healthy “unprocessed” foods, he always defaults to “processed” foods. He thinks his eating habits are negatively affecting his swimming and really wants to change.

It is refreshing to hear from young swimmers who know there is a connection between healthy eating and performance but have a hard time figuring out what is a healthful diet.

I suggest that swimmers redefine “junk” and stop thinking in black and white terms about foods. Part of the confusion comes from the word “processed” and how casually the term is used in the media to describe foods that are devoid of all nutrients. It is interesting that some people who say they eat unprocessed foods drink almond milk, which is a highly- processed food that doesn’t even contain many almonds (it is only about 2% almonds!)

Learn more here:

USADA Update

Please Share with your athletes and their Parents.

Please be sure to watch the most recent webinar in USADA’s Anti-Doping Series:

Athlete’s Anti-Doping Rights and Responsibilities. The webinar description is below and includes very important information that you, your athletes and their parents should be aware of.

In the world of anti-doping, athletes are subject to drug testing. Through this process the athlete should be aware that they do have rights as well as responsibilities. USADA is here to protect those rights for the athlete.

Watch here:

Who is in your circle? Keep good company when it comes to your athletic career. #cleansport

Recognizing red flags are critical to protecting yourself from potential ADRVs from contaminated #supplements

Athlete Advisory: Low risk #supplements may be riskier than they appear #CleanSport

Upcoming ASCA Clinics in the US of A

And a Few That are not....

Regional Coach Clinic / Central with ASCA & USA Swimming
April 21-23 (Friday-Sunday) Omaha, NE
Level 2 on Friday, clinic Friday night, Saturday & Sunday morning featuring speakers from ASCA & USA Swimming Staff
Register for clinic:
Register for ASCA Level 2:

Indiana Coaches Clinic 2017
April 22+23 (Saturday & Sunday) • Fishers, IN
clinic Saturday, Level 2 on Sunday
featuring Arthur Albiero (University of Louisville), Jennifer Gibson (Swim Fort Lauderdale), Kevin Kinel (Chesteron HS) and Kim Seaman (Stingrays Swimming)

Regional Coach Clinic / South with ASCA & USA Swimming
April 28-30 (Friday-Sunday) Charlotte, NC
Level 2 on Friday, clinic Friday night, Saturday & Sunday morning featuring speakers from ASCA & USA Swimming Staff
Register for clinic:
Register for ASCA Level 2:

Regional Coach Clinic / East with ASCA & USA Swimming
April 28-30 (Friday-Sunday) Hartford, CT
Level 2 on Friday, clinic Friday night, Saturday & Sunday morningfeaturing speakers from ASCA & USA Swimming Staff
Register for clinic:
Register for ASCA Level 2:

Advanced Breaststroke Clinic 2017
May 12+13 (Friday & Saturday)• Portland, OR
Level 3 on Friday, clinic on Saturday
featuring Bret Lundgaard, coach of 2016 Olympian Molly Hannis

Central State Swim Clinic 2017
Thursday-Sunday, May 18-21 • Oak Brook, IL
ASCA Courses on Thurs., Level 3 on Friday, clinic Saturday & Sunday
featuring Bob Bowman, David Marsh, Mark Schubert, Dave Durden, Jackie Berning, Nathan Adrian, Kelsi Worrell, and Guy Edson

Upcoming International Clinics

ASCA Level 1&2 in Penang, MALAYSIA
Local Host Hero – ASCA Malaysia
April 28-30 (Friday-Sunday)
Featuring ASCA International Director Duffy Dillon

ASCA Level 1&2 in Beijing, CHINA
Local Host Hero – DiveInGear
May 19-21 (Friday-Sunday)
Featuring ASCA International Director Duffy Dillon

ASCA Level 1-2-3 & More in Boca del Rio, Veracruz, MEXICO
Local Host Hero – MEXSCA y Club de NatacionAcuario
June 16-18 (Friday-Sunday)
Featuring Misty Hyman, Jack Simon, Henry Reyes, MEXSCA Staff, & ASCA International Director Duffy Dillon

2017 ASCA World Clinic
August 29 to September 3
Washington, DC Hilton Hotel
Complete Details and Registration are on the ASCA Clinics page:
Do you want to bring an ASCA Clinic to your USA City?
Email Guy Edson
Do you want to be a Local Host Hero for an ASCA International Clinic?
Email Duffy Dillon

How Exercise Impacts the Brain

By Angie Ferguson, The Evansville Courier Co., April 2017

Copyright 2017 The Evansville Courier Co. All Rights Reserved
Evansville Courier & Press (Indiana)

It's 5 a.m. and your alarm goes off. You immediately begin the battle of whether to get up and exercise or not. You know you'll feel better if you do, but why? This is your brain on exercise.

The reason that we feel so good when we exercise and get our blood pumping and our muscles firing is that it makes our brain feel good. Essentially, building muscles and conditioning the heart and lungs are bi-products or side effects from exercise as there is a biological relationship between the body, the brain, and the mind.

Learn more here:

A Coach’s Plea to Parents

By Alison Belbin, Special to The Globe and Mail, March 29, 2017

I am here, on time.

My mortgage is two-weeks late; my oldest child is suffering through a medication change and trouble at school; my youngest child begged me not to leave, and my husband and I haven’t looked each other in the eye for days. I spent much of the day holding my aging dog as she recovered from a seizure.

But none of this matters now. I am here. I compose myself and prepare for the next 90 minutes on the field with your child. And mine; she has already leapt from the car and disappeared into the growing crowd of girls.

Sometimes you wave as you drive away, and sometimes you don’t. It usually depends if we won the previous weekend and if you felt your child had been given an appropriate amount of play time.

Your daughter is funny and kind and thoughtful. And tonight your daughter had a great practice. She struggled with a new skill and shook off a solid smack to her ear from a ball. And, we laughed. She also told me something that has been bothering her, asking shyly that I not tell anyone.

Learn more here:

MLB Managers Girardi, Matheny Discuss Youth Sports

Taken from, March 31, 2017

Days before the start of the 2017 MLB season, two of the game’s most accomplished managers shared their thoughts on parenting and some of the most common issues in youth sports.

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi and St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny spoke with The Washington Post on everything from encouraging kids to stay in the game to the role that parents play in helping them succeed.

You may recall, Matheny, in 2009, wrote a letter to parents who recruited him to coach their youth baseball league. The letter caught the attention of coaches who shared Matheny’s frustration over parents who get a little too involved in their child’s athletic endeavors. Girardi, on the other hand, last fall voiced his concern over sport specialization, something that continues to be a problem in youth sports despite overwhelming evidence showing it might actually cause more harm than good.

In this week’s article from The Post’s, Girardi was asked about helping kids succeed.

“When it comes to sports or anything that kids pursue, I believe it has to be the child’s dream, not the parent’s,” he said. “You’ll never be good at anything for a long period of time if it’s not your own dream. Your son or daughter has to be the one who says, ‘Let’s go shoot baskets, Dad,’ not the other way around. If you’re making your kid go to practice, he or she is going to wind up disliking the sport, and it’s not going to be enjoyable for either of you.” Matheny talked about parents who become vocal at their child’s games.

“In baseball, kids are trying to do one of the hardest things in sports: hit a moving pitch, throw a strike or make a play in the field,” Matheny said. “So when parents are up there screaming at the top of their lungs, even the positive stuff like “You can do it,” it creates more pressure when the kid doesn’t do it. He already feels he’s let his team down, and now he’s let you down as well. I would challenge parents to ask their kids what they want you to do when watching their game. Do they want you out there yelling? Hopefully, kids will have the freedom to be honest. I have yet to see a kid who likes to be yelled at.”

The full interview with Girardi and Matheny is worth your time.

Check it out by clicking here.

The Road to Character

By Brett, The Art of Manliness, Podcast #292:

We often lament the loss of good character in our society. There’s a sense that our leaders and even members of our community can’t be trusted to do the right thing and are only out for themselves, the collective good be damned. Why does this sense of moral anomie exist? And what can we do about it?

Learn more and listen here:



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