Coach Connection Newsletter #26 - 6/30/17

Coach Connection Newsletter #26 - 6/30/17

 | Friday, July 14, 2017

1.      Futures & US Open Time Standard Athletes
2.      National Select Camp Assistant Coach Application
3.      Summer Hydration Tips for Swimmers
4.      USA Swimming Looks to Revamp Eating Habits with #swimFASTERfood Campaign
5.      2017 Board Governance Assessment & Recommendations
6.      Regional Coach Clinics
7.      Regional Build A Pool & Program Conferences
8.      When Will What We Know Change What We Do in Youth Sports?
9.      Breaststroke - Underwater Pull Rate
10. Have You Checked Out The High Performance Tips Page?

Futures & US Open Time Standard Athletes


This is just a reminder of the eligibility for the Futures meet (from the Futures meet entry letter): “…any swimmer who has achieved one or more qualifying standards for the 2017 U.S. Open Championships before Monday, June 5, 2017 may not compete in the Futures Championships. Additionally, any swimmer who achieves one or more qualifying standards for the 2017 U.S. Open after entering the 2017 Futures Championships will not be eligible to swim those events at the Futures Championships. In such cases, refunds will not be provided.”

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.

Summer Hydration Tips for Swimmers

By Chris Rosenbloom, PhD, RDN, CSSD, June 20, 2017

The sun beats down on the pool deck and a dip in the water makes the summer swelter feel so much better. But, just because you are in the water doesn’t mean you don’t need water in you to perform at your best and stay healthy. Recently, several swimmers have asked about what and how much to drink, and if energy drinks should be consumed for hydration.

In the heat of summer, aim for about 1 cup of water (8-ounces) every 15-20 minutes of activity. Most sports water bottles are larger than 8-ounces, so mark your bottle at 1-cup intervals so you will know how much to drink. A less precise method is to count the number of swallows…a large swallow is about an ounce, so take 8 swallows of your drink when you get a break. Cold fluids are best, and with the advances in water bottles, keeping fluids cold is easier than ever.

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USA Swimming Looks to Revamp Eating Habits with #swimFASTERfood Campaign

By USA Swimming, June 23, 2017

USA Swimming is saying bye-bye to fast-food and hello to FASTER food by rising up against poor concession stand choices and overhauling how concession stands are run. Promoting healthy options with the new #swimFASTERfood campaign, USA Swimming is teaming up with Chobani® and Milk Life to create awareness and educate USA Swimming’s 400,000 members on fueling for better performance.

“Hot dogs, soda, chips, nachos and candy bars are some of the most popular items in swim team concession stands, so we feel there is a better way,” said Matt Farrell, USA Swimming Chief Marketing Officer. “We want to ‘Take a stand against today’s concession stand’ to improve how swimmers of all ages prepare for an event. We can show them that eating healthy doesn’t have to sacrifice taste, cost or ease of purchase.”

Learn more here:

2017 Board Governance Assessment & Recommendations


A special webpage has been created to provide USA Swimming members with complete information regarding the proposed changes to the role, purpose, function, and composition of the National Board of Directors. These changes will be voted on by the House of Delegates at the 2017 USAS Convention in Dallas.
Over the past year, a task force and an outside consultant have conducted an in-depth governance review of the Board of Directors. In April, they presented their assessment and recommendations to the Board and received the Board’s overwhelming endorsement.
These recommendations have been reviewed by the Rules & Regulations Committee and will be presented to the House of Delegates as part of the legislation packet at the Convention.
The Board of Directors and the task force encourage you to carefully review the information provided and become familiar with the proposed changes and the rationale behind those changes.

Please direct all questions and comments to

Learn more here:

Regional Coach Clinics

Memphis Registration Now Open!

The Regional Coaching Clinic program brings affordable clinics directly to teams in their own LSCs. These clinics are designed for the entire coaching staff from the novice coach to the senior level coach.

The clinic cost is $75 per coach or $200 for a coaching staff of 3 or more. Our clinics are priced to encourage participation by the entire coaching staff.
To register, click the date you wish to attend in the table below.

Schedules will be posted when registration opens at the bottom of this page.

LocationDatesClinic Location
Memphis, TN August 18-20 SpringHill Suites Memphis Downtown
Spokane, WA September 8-10 The Davenport Grand, Autograph Collection
Rochester, MNOctober 6-8 Mayo Civic Center
Pittsburgh, PAOctober 13-15Marriott Pittsburgh Airport

Clinics are open to all swimming coaches regardless of their USA Swimming membership. We encourage all coaches, both USA Swimming members and non-members, to attend.

If you have any other questions, please contact Morgan Weinberg here.

Regional Build A Pool & Program Conferences


Time is getting close to the next Regional Build A Pool & Program Conference.
You can still register for the St. Louis BAP August 5th and 6th.

Click on the link below to learn more and to register for the BAP Conference.

August 5-6, 2017 St. Louis, MO Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel

Join Mick and Sue Nelson along with Kevin Post in St. Louis

Learn what is trending in the new model of Aquatic Center for your community.
USA Swimming and Counsilman-Hunsaker will be presenting

Attendees will gain information about:
1. Planning and building your facility for Total Aquatic Programming
2. Validating the needs to explore possibilities for aquatic centers
3. Figuring costs to operate and programming income potential
4. Programming pools for financial sustainability
5. Renovating and upgrading existing pools
6. Designing and building new facilities
7. Understanding and identifying adversaries and advocates for the project
8. Have a better understanding on pool and building size options and cost to build
9. Other management options and value received pricing
10. New building technologies
11. Enterprise plans to help with business plans and feasibility studies

Any questions please contact Sue Nelson

When Will What We Know Change What We Do in Youth Sports?

By Reed Maltbie,, June 13, 2017

“My daughter and I had to miss her grandfather’s funeral when she was 12 for a cheerleading competition.”

I had to read that twice to be sure what I was reading. This was an actual comment we received recently on Facebook. We receive a lot of heartbreaking stories from readers, but this one sentence stopped me in my tracks. The mere thought that the funeral of a parent would play second fiddle to a 12-year-old cheerleading competition simply boggles the mind.

We hear incredible tales of missed family events, as well as coaches ordering players to skip siblings weddings and other life events. We hear of injuries that used to only occur in college age players now occurring weekly in kids as young as age 12. We hear about families forced to choose between supporting their child’s emotional and psychological well-being or allowing them to continue playing high-level sports for an unaccountable, bully coach. But missing a funeral took the cake.

“When will what we know change what we do?”

Learn more here:

Breaststroke - Underwater Pull Rate

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, June 28, 2017


When we teach swimmers how to do a proper breaststroke underwater pull, it's not just about the sequence, it's about the timing.

Why do it:
This is a simple way to not just teach swimmers the underwater pull, but to teach them everything has a "system". The younger we can teach swimmers that greatness isn't luck, but rather a plan, the better chance they have.

How to do it:
1 - We've been showing it through the introduction. We're using a Tempo Trainer and starting the rate at 1:60.
2 - The swimmer submerges, and pushes on the first beep.
3 - They initiate the dolphin kick on the 2nd beep.
4 - Pull the arms down on the 3rd beep.
5 - Recover the arms and legs on the 4th beep.
6 - Swim on the 5th beep.... all in the same rhythm.

How to do it really well (the fine points):
Drop the time :05 on each attempt, until you find the rate that's just right for the race you're swimming. It will be different for a 50 than it will be for the 200. Many swimmers can't FEEL the right rate, so teach them to find it.

Some will be better than others, so find the one with the best overall appearance, and start to build again from there.

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