Coach Connection Newsletter #25 - 6/23/17

Coach Connection Newsletter #25 - 6/23/17

 | Friday, July 14, 2017

1.      US Center for SafeSport
2.      2017 ASCA World Clinic
4.      #SwimBiz Video Series
5.      Freestyle - Continuous Stroke
6.      National Select Camp Assistant Coach Application
7.      Bullying Prevention: The Coaches Role
8.      What Makes A Great Teammate? Here Are 12 Qualities
9.      Social Media: Don't Lose A $140k Scholarship for a 140-Character Tweet
10. The Epidemic That’s Ruining Youth Sports

US Center for SafeSport

The USA Swimming community is proud of the Safe Sport program that we’ve worked to build over the last seven years. Safe Sport’s mission is to inspire a culture of athlete and member protection at all levels of USA Swimming.

Today, we’re pleased to let you know of another positive step in our overall effort related to safety: the opening of the U.S. Center for SafeSport. The Center is an effort of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic movement’s 47 national governing bodies, including USA Swimming. More information on the Center can be found at, and more information about USA Swimming’s Safe Sport Program can be found here.

The focus of the Center is to provide services in two areas:
(1) to provide prevention training and tools and;
(2) to act as an independent party to investigate and resolve allegations of sexual misconduct against any person within the jurisdiction of the national governing bodies, including USA Swimming.

As a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Swimming has agreed, effective July 1, 2017, to adhere to the Center’s policies and procedures, which include the Center’s SafeSport Code that identifies prohibited conduct and the procedures for investigating and resolving allegations. The Center will have exclusive authority and jurisdiction to investigate and resolve allegations involving sexual misconduct against any USA Swimming member or former USA Swimming member who is alleged to have engaged in sexual misconduct while a member.

USA Swimming and the Center for Safe Sport require all members to report suspected Safe Sport violations related to or accompanying sexual misconduct to the Center for SafeSport. Information on reporting to the Center can be found at

The Center will have the jurisdiction and authority to impose sanctions against USA Swimming members (as well as members of other national governing bodies), and USA Swimming will enforce any suspension, measure or other sanction levied by the Center for SafeSport.

USA Swimming will retain the authority to investigate and resolve alleged violations of the USA Swimming Code of Conduct that are non‐sexual in nature including physical misconduct, emotional misconduct, bullying, hazing, and harassment.

The USA Swimming Safe Sport program will continue to offer training and education services to all members. Our library of resources are available here:

2017 ASCA World Clinic


The 2017 ASCA World Clinic will be August 29-September 3 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC. Registration continues for the clinic, at the lowest price available through Jul 28, 2017.

Current registration rates are:
current ASCA member =$350
non-current ASCA member (US) =$430
non-current ASCA member (International) =$470

Register now and save!
Register online or by form, or by phone at 1-800-356-2722

2017 ASCA World Clinic
August 29-September 3 ~ Washington, DC
schedule ~ register~ hotel



Recently, we have received a complaint from a recognized swimming author that LSC's and USA Swimming clubs are using copyrighted materials without authorization.

USA Swimming reminds all member organizations and coaches that you are responsible for complying with applicable copyright laws regarding publication and distribution of printed materials, including internet content. If you have any concerns about whether material you seek to reprint is covered by copyright law, we encourage you to contact the author and obtain permission or otherwise seek appropriate counsel regarding the use of the materials.

Thank you

#SwimBiz Video Series

Does Every Like Matter? - Understanding and Improving Social Media Marketing

Ben Wachtel is Southeastern Swim Club's Director of Social Media. He talks about understanding the importance of Social Media Marketing for your club and ways to improve it.


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

Freestyle - Continuous Stroke

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, June 21, 2017

Video URL:

Sometimes we focus so much on length and balance, we forget to teach swimmers how to turn up the rate.

Why do it:
Experimentation with rate and connection can help athletes learn how to sprint better.

How to do it:
1 - Start with regular, long, smooth freestyle.
2 - Now begin to shorten the amount of time the hand spends in full extension. This DOESN’T mean to SHORTEN the extension, just shorten the TIME that you’re IN extension.
3 - Almost immediately, allow the hand to fall into the catch position.
4 - The trick to this is to allow this to happen WITHOUT too much connection. Pay attention to the FORCE you place on each stroke… don’t sprint… yet.

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

Now take the stroke to speed. Set some goal times for 25s that are FASTER than your best 100 time. Force yourself to continue the arms moving, but now, with adding FORCE to each stroke. Repeat the 25s until you miss your goal time, reset, and try again.

An extended explanation of this set is available to our PRO subscribers at this link:

Check out many more freestyle sprint videos here:

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National Select Camp Assistant Coach Application


Both camps will be held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.
Girl's Camp: October 19-22, 2017
Boy's Camp: October 26-29, 2017

Please click below to access the assistant coach application for the 2017 National Select Camps. As you are going thru the process, you will be able to select which camp you would like to apply to. If you do not have a preference, you can select either one and there will be an option during the application to select 'no preference'. You do not need to fill out two applications.

You must be logged in to use the assistant coach application feature. Please login using the USA Swimming account that is linked to your coaching membership.

Click here to login to your USA Swimming account.

Bullying Prevention: The Coaches Role

By US Center for SafeSport

This Webinar was live last week, to view the replay click here:

What Makes A Great Teammate? Here Are 12 Qualities

By Positive Coaching Alliance, June 2017

Not every person has been blessed with great talent, but every person, regardless of ability can be a great teammate. Here are 12 qualities of a great teammate. Do these qualities describe you or your young player?

Learn more here:

Social Media: Don't Lose A $140k Scholarship for a 140-Character Tweet

By Positive Coaching Alliance, June 2017

Watch the video here:

The Epidemic That’s Ruining Youth Sports

By Kirsten Fleming,, June 19, 2017

During a soccer game early last year, Tiffany Lin began experiencing a sharp pain in her right knee.

Then a freshman at Manhattan’s Beacon School, Lin tried to play through the pain but sought out a doctor when it wouldn’t subside.

The diagnosis? She had Osgood-Schlatter disease, which is the inflammation of the area just below the knee. It mostly occurs during growth spurts and is exacerbated by continuous pounding of the knees that happens during sports such as soccer and running.

It wasn’t difficult to figure out the culprit. Lin, a fullback, played on three soccer teams: her varsity high school squad, club ball in lower Manhattan and a recreation team. At times, she was playing the sport seven days a week.

Learn more here:



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