Coach Connection Newsletter #21 - 5/26/2017

Coach Connection Newsletter #21 - 5/26/2017

 | Friday, May 26, 2017

  1. 2018 Club Excellence Program Information and Requirements
  2. Scholastic All-America Program
  3. Marketing Tips from #SwimBiz
  4. All Strokes - Backyard Balance
  5. USADA Update
  6. Jack Clark on Building High Performing Teams
  7. Parents Helping Players From The Sidelines
  8. A Case for Nurture Over Nature
  9. How to Leave a Mark on People
  10. Is Inactivity Among Kids a Health Time Bomb?

Quote of the week:
"You cannot overstate the importance of giving your word and having everyone be able to count on it, no matter how difficult or painful it may be at the time."
~Unknown Original Source

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


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

Marketing Tips from #SwimBiz

Marshall Osborne, Head of Sports and Music Partnerships at Uber sits down with USA Swimming's Chief Marketing Officer Matt Farrell to discuss the sports marketing industry and Uber's role in that space.


Looking for more marketing tips, check out the #SwimBiz Webinar Series by clicking here:

All Strokes - Backyard Balance

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, May 24, 2017

Video Link

So it’s summertime, and you’re playing in the backyard pool. Here’s a couple ways to incorporate good technique into your play.

Why do it:
When you’re in the water, your body is learning how to interact with the water. Have fun, but make the fun productive.

How to do it:
1 - Like the Toypedo, create a balanced bodyline on the surface of the water. Have your friend (brother), grab your feet and push you down the pool. Hold you’re line until you get to the other end. This is great for core stability and streamline practice.
2 - Tuck up into as small a ball as possible, and have your friend start to roll you around in circles. This is great to teach that tight tuck for your flip turns. Any small lift of the head, and it becomes MUCH tougher to spin.

How to do it really well (the fine points):
Combining these two little games can be challenging. Have your friend spin you, and then slowly open up into a balanced, streamline bodyline. Move to the next level, spin, extend to a balanced body line, and then rotate 180° to your back, trying to not allow your legs to drop.

Enjoy, and don’t forget the sunscreen.

If you want to see more skill building using toys, check out Steve Haufler’s video MIRRORS, TOOLS, AND TOYS:

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USADA Update

Understand your role as a coach in the #antidoping process and how you can help our athlete's succeed.

Have questions beyond what Global DRO is telling you? Speak to an expert at the Drug Reference Line. #cleansport

A number of myths about #supplements are out there. 5 supplement myths and truths that athletes need to know.

Why was the Prohibited Association Rule enacted and what are the penalties for violating the rule? #cleansport

Jack Clark on Building High Performing Teams

From The, May 2017

The first video is 12 minutes with 24 time National Champion Rugby Coach Jack Clark was posted by

If you go to that site, you will be able to view other similar videos with other coaches who have built highly successful Division I programs in various sports.

Watch and learn here

Parents Helping Players From The Sidelines

By Positive Coaching Alliance, May 2017

Many parents yell directions to their children from the sidelines or stands during competition, often with the understandable intent that they want to help their kids succeed. But the experts featured in this group of videos explain how that can be counter-productive. When it comes to sounds from the sidelines, usually less is more in terms of actually helping youth athletes, and sometimes, silence is golden.

Learn more here

A Case for Nurture Over Nature

By Reed Maltbie, Changing the Game Project, May 23, 2017

“Your daughter is so beautiful.” The kind woman said, smiling at my 18-year-old daughter.

“Thanks, she got her mother’s looks.” I said reflexively. Then I cringed.

That’s my “go to response”. Anytime I receive a compliment on my daughter’s looks, I immediately reply about her genetic connection to her mother.

She did get her mom’s looks. There is no doubt. My wife and my daughter could be sisters. Regardless of how they look, that response brings a cringe each time it escapes my lips.

It’s not because of their beauty, it’s because of what I am perpetuating. My wife is intelligent, hard working, compassionate, morally upright. My wife is my role model and hero. She holds me accountable for the man I wish to be in the lives of my children. She demands excellence from herself, and our family, and ensures we all have solid values in place to create that excellence. Yet, I perpetuate the social belief that looks matter more.

My wife is an amazing human being. My daughter is following in her footsteps. She is following her in more than the looks department, and that is why I cringe when I respond in that manner.

I shouldn’t celebrate the looks. I should celebrate the work ethic, the values, the moral compass. I should tell people that genetics don’t matter. It’s not the nature that matters, but the nurture.

Learn more here

How to Leave a Mark on People

By David Brooks, NY Times, April 11, 2017

Joe Toscano and I worked at Incarnation summer camp in Connecticut a few decades ago. Joe went on to become an extremely loving father of five and a fireman in Watertown, Mass. Joe was a community-building guy — serving his town, organizing events like fishing derbies for bevies of kids, radiating infectious and neighborly joy.

Joe collapsed and died while fighting a two-alarm fire last month. When Joe died, the Incarnation community reached out with a fierce urgency to support his family and each other. One of our number served as a eulogist at the funeral. Everybody started posting old photos of Joe on Facebook. Somebody posted a picture of 250 Incarnation alumni at a reunion, with the caption, “My Family.”

Some organizations are thick, and some are thin. Some leave a mark on you, and some you pass through with scarcely a memory. I haven’t worked at Incarnation for 30 years, but it remains one of the four or five thick institutions in my life, and in so many other lives.

Which raises two questions: What makes an institution thick? If you were setting out consciously to create a thick institution, what features would it include?

Learn more here

Is Inactivity Among Kids a Health Time Bomb?

By Jayne O'Donnell and Joshua Mitchell,, May 2017

Copyright 2017 SCRIPPS Howard Publications All Rights Reserved

Corpus Christi Caller-Times

The percentage of children ages six to 12 who were physically active three or more times a week had its biggest drop in five years and is now less than 25%, new data show.

Making matters worse, households with incomes less than $50,000 have much higher rates of inactivity than families making more than $75,000 annually, an analysis by the Sports and Fitness Industry Association and PHIT America found. In fact, low-income Americans are getting more inactive while high-income Americans are becoming more active.

The level of inactivity increased from about 33% in 2012 to nearly 37% in 2016 for families making less than $50,000 per year. Meanwhile, inactivity levels for those earning more than $75,000 dropped from 22% to nearly 19%.

"This is very concerning at several levels (with) long-term implications for societal costs, including health care, but in my view it's basically a moral issue," says Tom Cove, CEO of the Sports and Fitness Industry Association. "There is no reason lower income people in America should be more inactive than others."

Jim Baugh, a former president of Wilson Sporting Goods and founder of the non-profit PHIT America, analyzes the Physical Activity Council's data every year to glean the trends beyond team sports. The increase in inactivity among young people is what he calls the "health care time bomb."

Learn more here



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