Coach Connection Newletter #19 - 5/12/2017

Coach Connection Newletter #19 - 5/12/2017

 | Friday, May 12, 2017

  1. 2018 Club Excellence Program Information and Requirements
  2. Diversity & Inclusion Regional Summits
  3. Help Your Team Win $1,000 Grant by Entering the Built with Chocolate Milk Coaches Challenge
  4. USA Butterfly Revolution Pt I
  5. 10 Marketing Tips that will Help Make a Splash in Your Community
  6. Scholastic All-America Program
  7. Being a Leadership Educator for all Players
  8. Study Highlights Pressure in Youth Sports
  9. Changing The Game Project
  10. The End Of An Era, Remembering Adolph Kiefer

Quote of the week: “I have learned that something constructive from every defeat.” ~Tom Landry

2018 Club Excellence Program Information and Requirements

The following are the club eligibility, athlete eligibility, time standard and performance requirements for the 2018 Club Excellence program.
Click here for details:

Diversity & Inclusion Regional Summits

The USA Swimming Diversity & Inclusion Regional Summits bring USA Swimming’s membership together to discuss best practices for fostering growth at the LSC and team levels in underserved populations. During this three day summit attendees will hear from key leaders in diversity & inclusion, USA Swimming headquarters staff, and other invited guest on the latest diversity & inclusion topics and initiatives. Attendees will also go through workshops and goal setting sessions that will provide them the blueprint they need to reach out to different multicultural audiences.

Southern Zone Swimming and Eastern Zone Swimming are hosting a Diversity & Inclusion Regional Summit. USA Swimming encourages members to attend a summit if they are looking to understand the importance of inclusion and the tools and resources that are available to teams.

The summits are open to members from LSCs outside of the Southern Zone and Eastern Zone.

Buffalo, NY June 15-18, 2017 University of Buffalo
Charlotte, NC June 22-25, 2017 Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center

For more information click here.

Please contact Manuel Banks, USA Swimming Diversity & Inclusion, if you have any questions.

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

Entries Due TODAY!

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
and using #CoachChallenge and #promo.

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

USA Butterfly Revolution Pt I

On May 16, 2017

Let's start a REVOLUTION!

Join Russell Mark & Mitch Dalton in a conversation to improve Butterfly!

Register here

10 Marketing Tips that will Help Make a Splash in Your Community

On May 17, 2017

Join us for a #SwimBiz webinar where you will learn essential marketing tips that will impact your swim lesson program. Led by Wendy Bartlett, USA Swimming Local Marketing Manager

Register here

Scholastic All-America Program

Application Process open June 1- August 15, 2017

2016-2017 Standards

  • Grade completion requirement – applicant must have completed 10th, 11th, or 12th grade GPA Requirement – minimum 3.5 GPA for the current academic year.
  • A=4, B=3, C=2. If numerical grades are used, the following scale will be used unless the school’s letter grade conversion is given on the transcript: A=90-100; B=80-89; C=70-79.
  • Honors, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and dual credit college level academic courses will earn one half (.5) extra Grade Point. Grades for academic subjects only are calculated – history/social studies, English, mathematics, sciences, foreign languages, arts (visual and performing), computer sciences. A grade lower than a C in an academic subject will mean automatic rejection of the applicant. Grades for non-academic courses will NOT be calculated - band, choir, health, driver education, physical education, and any other class marked non-academic on a transcript.
  • There will be no special status designation for a 4.0 GPA other than for a national champion who also has a 4.0 GPA.

Learn more here

Being a Leadership Educator for all Players

By Dr. Cory Dobbs, President of The Academy for Sport Leadership,, May 8, 2017

An Interview with Dr. Cory Dobbs

Q: Why do you find it necessary to add the role of Leadership Educator to the practice of coaching? Aren’t coaches already modeling leadership for their student-athletes?

Learn more here

Study Highlights Pressure in Youth Sports

From, April 24, 2017

A new study examining youth sports takes a close look at the pressure kids face and how it contributes to declining participation.

Yellowbrick in Illinois surveyed 1,000 Americans to get a sense of how the pressure to succeed in youth sports has affected kids. Among the findings were that 70% of children leave organized sports by the time they’re 13 years old. Respondents also said that while parents are a constant source of pressure, they’re also their child’s biggest supporter.

From Yellowbrick:

According to the survey, 38% of children are between the ages of 7-9 when they begin playing youth sports, followed by 29% that start earlier. These are the ages are when social circles broaden through school and more independent activities. The most popular sports

Learn more here

Changing The Game Project

Now has Podcasts!

Our goal is to give parents, coaches, youth sports administrators, and athletes access to the top minds in coaching, talent development, athletic performance, and more. Every week we will be interviewing fascinating figures such as world champion athletes, Olympic and international level coaches, as well as top researchers and authors. Some may be household names, and others you may never have heard of, but you will be glad you do.

This podcast is a partnership between Changing the Game Project and the Founder of Way of Champions, Dr. Jerry Lynch. For those who have not heard of Jerry’s work, he has been in the leadership and team development business for decades and his teams have won 36 NCAA titles and world championships. He has worked with iconic coaches, and college programs from schools such as Stanford, The University of North Carolina, University of Maryland, Syracuse, and many others. Many of his twelve books are considered mandatory reading for coaches and professional athletes. We are so excited to be working with Jerry to give you access to many of the top minds in sport.

Our first three episodes are now available for download from iTunes, and every Friday we will post another episode. We will embed the audio in our Friday blog post. You can listen to, subscribe and download by clicking here:

Listen to the Way of Champions Podcast.

How to Subscribe to a Podcast

If you enjoy the podcast, please consider subscribing. You can also help us by leaving a review as it will help us grow our reach, as our goal is to become a go-to resource for sports parents, coaches and anyone involved in youth, high school, college and professional sports.

Over the next weeks, you will hear from guests such as 2x Olympic Gold Medalist Ashton Eaton, author of The Sports Gene David Epstein, World Cup soccer players Angela Hucles and Jay DeMerit, World and Olympic Champion coach Tony DiCicco, and many others.

Let’s get started. Here are our first three episodes: .

Episode #1-3 of the Way of Champions Podcast with 36x NCAA Champion Dr. Jerry Lynch, EPL Sport Psych Dan Abrahams, and Coach Lisa Cole

The End Of An Era, Remembering Adolph Kiefer

From International Swimming Hall of Fame

Wadsworth, Illinois, Friday May 5. - Adolph Gustav Kiefer died at 6:00 o'clock this morning at his home in Wadsworth, Illinois. The great swimmer, lifesaver, innovator and entrepreneur whose passion for swimming was an inspiration to all who met him, was 98 years and 11 months old. At the time of his death he was the world's oldest living Olympic gold medalist.

In recent years, the greatest all-round swimmer of his generation was afflicted by neuropathy (nerve damage that causes weakness, numbness, and pain) in his legs and hands that kept him in a wheelchair, except during his daily swims, where he was able to walk again in chest deep water. The water, he said, is what kept him alive, even after the loss of his beloved wife, mother of his four children, business partner and best friend, Joyce, to cancer in May of 2015. They had been married for 73 years. With the support of his incredible family, he emerged from grief and resumed his weekly bridge games and social life. In spite of his incredible life, he never dwelled on the past, but was always thinking about new ways to end drowning and promote swimming. In recent months, he had been hospitalized with pneumonia and longed to be reunited with his beloved wife. He was an incredible man and his passing is truly the end of an era - as the last of the immortals from the first golden age of American swimming that included Duke Kahanamoku, Johnny Weissmuller, Gertrude Ederle, Eleanor Holm, Buster Crabbe and Esther Williams.

Learn more here



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