Coach Connection Newsletter #22 - 6/2/2017

Coach Connection Newsletter #22 - 6/2/2017

 | Friday, June 2, 2017

  1. Blow Up the Box: Unconventional, Low-Cost Marketing Tactics to use Locally
  2. All-Strokes - Why Drill?
  3. What is a Healthy Food... And Does it Matter?
  4. Scholastic All-America Program
  5. USADA Update
  6. Jon Gordon, Best Selling Author and Leadership Expert, on The Power of Positivity
  7. The 5 Stages of a Coach’s Career
  8. Thoughts on Extending Your Coaching Career
  9. Developing Leadership Capacity
  10. Choosing a College

USA Swimming Announces new CEO.  For more details click here 

Quote of the week:
“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But if that drop was not in the ocean, I think the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”
~Mother Teresa

Blow Up the Box: Unconventional, Low-Cost Marketing Tactics to use Locally

#SwimBiz Video Series

Jose De La Jara of the Costa Mesa Aquatic Club shares some unconventional marketing ideas to get the most bang for your marketing dollar in your local area.

Watch this video for some great low cost marketing ideas:

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

All-Strokes - Why Drill?

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, May 31, 2017

Video Link

Not all coaches or swimmers like drills, nor should they. Coaches should coach the way they want to, and if a drill is in the mix, then do it correctly.

Why do it:
A drill should make you MORE aware of a specific point in your stroke. If you’re not feeling that specific point, you’re probably not doing it right, or aren’t thinking enough about it.

How to do it:
1 - Take this drill for instance… double kick breaststroke. If your head isn’t in line, if your arms and legs are loose, if you’re NOT trying to get as much out of each sequence and feel what it’s really like to RIDE between the strokes… then you’re not doing it right.
2 - All drills will have specifics to help you, this specific drill tries to teach your correct head position, correctly body line, correct timing as the hands sweep out and the chin lifts for the breath, correct draw of the legs without too much tuck. Take each part and focus on it independently.

How to do it really well (the fine points):
Well this entire thing is about a fine point isn’t it? If your coach uses drills, and if you’re being asked to perform a drill, make sure you know the specific point you need to be thinking about, or indeed… Why Drill? Just start swimming, and focus while you’re doing that instead.

To expand a bit on this featured drill, check out Brendan McHugh doing 3-Down 1-Up Breaststroke Drill

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What is a Healthy Food... And Does it Matter?

By Chris Rosenbloom, PhD, RDN, CSSD, May 25, 2017

When talking to young athletes, someone will always ask about a specific food or beverage and says, “is this healthy?” My answer is, “it depends.” More on the reason why it depends a little later in the column.

Food marketers have a simple goal: get you to buy more of their food. What they know is that if a food carries a health claim on the package, sales go up. (Check out this overview on the more than 1,000 public comments to the Food and Drug Administration on defining “healthy.”).

Learn more here


Application Process Now Open (through 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

USADA Update

Supp411 knows of > 80 companies selling anabolic agents in their #supplements. What's in your supplement?

Jon Gordon, Best Selling Author and Leadership Expert, on The Power of Positivity

By Reed Maltbie, Changing the Game Project, May 29, 2017

Jon Gordon’s best-selling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous Fortune 500 companies, professional and college sports teams, school districts, hospitals, and non-profits. He is the author of 17 books including 5 best-sellers: The Energy Bus, The Carpenter, Training Camp, You Win in the Locker Room First and The Power of Positive Leadership. Jon and his tips have been featured on The Today Show, CNN, CNBC, The Golf Channel, Fox and Friends and in numerous magazines and newspapers. His clients include The Los Angeles Dodgers, The Atlanta Falcons, Campbell Soup, Dell, Publix, Southwest Airlines, LA Clippers, Miami Heat, Pittsburgh Pirates, BB&T Bank, Clemson Football, Northwestern Mutual, Bayer, West Point Academy and more.

Jon is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a Masters in Teaching from Emory University. He and his training/consulting company are passionate about developing positive leaders, organizations and teams.

Learn more and download podcast here

The 5 Stages of a Coach’s Career

By Coach Dawn Redd-Kelly, The

Rocking Chair Statement
-As a coach, write a statement about what you want players to remember about you when you are old in a rocking chair on your front porch!

Let me tell you what I think about coaches: we’re crazy in our preparation and dedication, we work long hours and love it, we give up our nights and weekends, we mentor our student-athletes, we demand big things from them and even more from ourselves, we’re passionate in our belief in our team and our love for our sport, we believe in the power of sport to have a positive and long-lasting impact in our athlete’s lives. So when I saw “The 5 Stages of Your Career” over at Bob Starkey’s blog, I wanted to expand on it over here. It’s interesting to figure out what stage you’re in and those that you’ve already gone through…or have you circled back around to some you thought you were finished with? Check them out and see what you think.

The 5 Stages of Your Career
1. Survival: Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

Learn more here

Thoughts on Extending Your Coaching Career

By Bob Starkey,, May 2017

The Goal Is Not The Goal

“While I am assigned to talk to you about extending your career, I’m going to go a different direction saying that extending your career should not be the goal. The goal is to become the best assistant coach you can become on a daily basis and an extended career will follow.”

I think the first thing we need to decide in coaching is what is our “Why.” We must have an overriding purpose for coaching — it has to be the centerpiece of our culture and what we stand for. For me, the growth of the student-athlete has to be #1 on the priority list.

“It doesn’t matter where you coach, it matters why you coach.”
-Don Meyer

Learn more here

Developing Leadership Capacity

The Context and Culture Make a Difference in Developing Your Team Leaders
By Cory Dobbs, Ed.D., The Academy for Sport Leadership

It didn’t dawn on me that there might be anxieties and risk involved in team learning until I put a few work teams at a Fortune 100 company under a microscope. To say the very least, what I observed was a wide-range of defensive and protective processes which ultimately closed off the team’s members from learning and instead created a variety of dysfunctions anchoring the team’s collective efforts in the harbor of mediocrity.

As a result of this work I decided to take a closer look at how student-athletes learn in a team setting, and in particular how the context influences the perceived risk involved in learning to lead one’s teammates. Upon closer inspection it became obvious that many of the risks involved in team learning in the corporate world are mirrored in the athletic world. Likewise, learning to lead in a team environment is risky business.

Learn more here

Choosing a College

Taken from the, May 2017

Here are some other things for the recruited student-athlete to consider:

1. Eliminate from consideration any school that encourages you to cancel other visits. They are afraid of comparisons!
2. Be skeptical of coaches or recruiters who criticize other college programs. Their program probably doesn’t measure up.
3. Do not choose a school because you are impressed with the recruiter.
4. Finally, You Choose the College! Take into consideration advice from friends, relatives, and others. But, make the college decisions that is best for you and then make it the best decisions by working hard to successful as a student, as an athlete and as a person!

I. Education – Academics

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