Coach Connection Newsletter #20 - 5/19/2017

Coach Connection Newsletter #20 - 5/19/2017

 | Friday, May 19, 2017

  1. USA Swimming Needs Your Help!
  2. USA Swimming Travel Portal
  3. 2017 United States Aquatic Sports Convention
  4. Five Benefits of Using a Foam Roller
  5. USADA Update
  6. Backstroke - Dynamo Catch
  7. Freestyle - Side Glide Swim
  8. If I Could Coach Again
  9. Dear Parents: I Want Your Kid to Fail
  10. Freeman A. Hrabowski III on the Value of Resilience

Quote of the week:
“A Champion is someone who gets up when they can’t.”
~Jack Dempsey

USA Swimming Needs Your Help!

This is a quick, fast and easy survey designed for you to tell us your social media handles (usernames) for each platform you use. Your input will be used to help us see how our clubs are doing in the social media world!

We would like to have your information by June 5th.

If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Morgan Weinberg

USA Swimming Travel Portal

As you plan your summer travel with your team. Feel free to pass this information on to your families.

Save When you Fly United

As the official airline sponsor of the United States Olympic Committee, United Airlines offers a discount on travel for USA Swimming members traveling to USA Swimming events and conferences. Reservations must be made by phone via the United Olympic Desk.

To book discounted travel:
• Call the United Olympic Desk at 800-841-0460; Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm (CT)
• Use the promo code, MTG17

United is proud to provide the USOC and all its members access to the United Olympic Desk. For more information, visit the Member Travel portal

Save when you use Rental Cars

In an effort for USA Swimming to maintain a high level of benefits and service to member clubs, USA Swimming is extending its negotiated rental car, SUV and Van pricing with National Car Rental and Enterprise Rent-A-Car to all Member Clubs for USA Swimming sanctioned events, meets, practices, or approved social events. Please go here for more information and attached pricing information.

Book a Stay with Marriott Hotels and Support Make a Splash

Marriott Hotels, the official hotel partner of USA Swimming is supporting the USA Swimming Foundation's mission to provide the opportunity for every child in America to learn to swim. Beginning immediately, a percentage of every stay booked through the member travel portal will benefit the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative. Each year, Marriott will match those dollars to provide free or low cost swimming lessons.

Book it here

2017 United States Aquatic Sports Convention

All information about 2017 USAS convention can be found here

Five Benefits of Using a Foam Roller

By Keenan Robinson, USA Swimming National Team High Performance Director, May 11, 2017

In honor of National Foam Rolling Day, here are five benefits of using a foam roller before and after practice from USA Swimming's National Team High Performance Director Keenan Robinson.

Learn more here

USADA Update

Please share these USADA articles and resources with your athletes and their parents. These links may be included in a Team newsletter or re-posted on your Social Media platforms

A good reminder of the risks and dangers associated w/ #supplements Educate yourself to reduce your risk.

USADA added, Genetic Edge Compounds Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of GEC Laxoplex Dietary Supplement Capsules.

Have you checked out the 2017 Athlete Handbook? Crucial #antidoping info for all athletes subject to drug-testing.

Does your pre-workout #supplements contain higenamine? It's considered a Beta-2 Agonist on the prohibited list.

Backstroke - Dynamo Catch

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, May 12, 2017

Video link

While visiting Dynamo Swim Club in Atlanta, we loved this exercise!

Why do it:
Varying how each hand connects makes the athlete more aware of what's going on. While completely engaging a powerful, shallow pull with one hand pulling on the lane line, and forcing the elbow and entire arm to engage with the other... the athlete MUST focus.

How to do it:
1 - Have the swimmers grab a whiffle ball and put it in the hand furthers from the lane line.
2 - Start swimming backstroke, but pull on the lane line with each stroke.
3 - When pulling with the arm with the ball, focus on using the elbow and upper arm to connect with the water.

How to do it really well (the fine points):
When teaching backstroke pull, a great image for the swimmers to have in their head is "throw the ball to your feet". They already know how to throw a ball, and by putting one in their hands, this helps them understand the direct pull concept pretty quickly.

Pulling on the lane line also keeps the pull close to their body, and the hand moving in a straight line through the pull.

Freestyle - Side Glide Swim

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, May 17, 2017

Video link:

Building a solid freestyle means you should focus on core stability and learning to send your energy forward.

Why do it:
Mastering core balance means that all your propulsive efforts will be more effective.

How to do it:
1 - Start by taking a few strokes, and then pausing in the extended / rotated position to see how far you can glide.
2 - Do your best to stay close to the surface and try not to let the legs sink.
3 - When you feel confident if your line while paused, restart your swimming with a slow, stable stroke.
4 - Build to a high speed again, and then drive your hand and body forward to another pause... the keep repeating.

How to do it really well (the fine points):
Don't forget the kick. During the initial stage of this progression, it's good to try to stabilize without the use of the legs. Moving forward in the drill, as you get to the repeating phase, make sure you're driving everything forward, through the entire drill, with a steady and strong flutter kick.

Check out some new videos of NCAA Champ Kristian Golomeev which deals extensively with balance.

Make sure you set up your free account for our weekly themes. Each week is filled with multiple videos focusing on the same skill.

If I Could Coach Again

By Terry Pettit

I would speak in a softer voice
I would let players discover
More things for themselves
I would find ways
For players to take care
Of themselves
I would empower my assistants
To speaker in a louder voice
I would recruit a more
Diverse roster
I would control less
And empower more
I would travel
In the preseason
I would encourage each
Team member
To befriend the disabled
The disenfranchised
The people less fortunate
I would take more
Risks in scheduling
On the road
I would purchase
Season tickets and give
Them to people who
Did not have access
I would open practice
To any who wanted to watch
I would fight harder
For opportunities for women
I would risk losing more
Matches in the season
To prepare for the tournament
I would work to develop
The trust that I had with setters
With other positions
I would let go of the game
When I got to home
To my family
I would wait until the next day
To speak to a player
Who had not played her best
I would make the effort to understand
What players are dealing with
Off the court
I would let players know they are
More than their performance
I would share more with other coaches
But this is not going to happen
Because my time has passed
I have left the arena
And I will not coach again.
~Terry Pettit

Dear Parents: I Want Your Kid to Fail

By Josh Levine,, May 11, 2017

Yes, you read that right. I want your kid to fail, and the earlier he or she can start failing, the better. I am so convinced of the positive value of failure that I believe you, as a parent, should actually hope your child fails. Why? Because it’s the only way they can truly succeed in the game and beyond.

Sports are perfect for learning how to deal with adversity and failure. The consequences are minimal compared to many circumstances our players will face as adults. And relative to those truly trying situations, the pressure to find a solution is low. It’s the perfect venue to learn from mistakes, to develop a sense of responsibility, to learn how to communicate with adults, and to practice conflict resolution.

Imagine a player who experiences adversity and struggles during a long losing season but learns to battle every game despite the odds. Envision this same player, tired and exhausted from a long semester, battling through the last few hours of a college exam. And can’t you see it now, this same player as an adult bouncing back after a bad week at work, when the sales numbers just didn’t meet company expectations?

Learn More here

Freeman A. Hrabowski III on the Value of Resilience

By Adam Bryant, NY Times, May 5, 2017

This interview with Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, was conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant.

Q. Tell me about your early years.

A. I grew up in Birmingham, and was fortunate to have older, educated parents. Everything was about learning to work hard and to be resilient. In our middle-class African-American neighborhood, people worked to prepare their kids for a world that might not be fair. The message was that there’s no time to be a victim,
and never give up.

Tell me more about your parents.

My father left education to work in a steel mill because he could make more money for his family working in the steel mill than being a teacher and administrator in the school. Nevertheless, he worked with the black men there to help them get their G.E.D.s, so he was always still teaching.

And my mother was an English teacher who later became a math teacher. So my background has always been a combination of language and mathematics.

Learn more here


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