Coach Connection Newsletter #27 - 7/7/17

Coach Connection Newsletter #27 - 7/7/17

 | Friday, July 14, 2017

1. 2017 Board Governance Assessment & Recommendations
2. Aquatics for Children with Challenges!
3. Disability Swimming Award Nominations Open
4. Backstroke-Finishing Strong With Your Core
5. Scholastic All-America Program
6. USADA Update
7. Breaststroke - Underwater Pull Rate
8. Study: Average Teen as Sedentary as 60-Year-Old
9. Exploring Your limits; A True Story
10. Fear of Failure

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

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Aquatics for Children with Challenges!


WORKSHOP: Aquatics for Children with Challenges! Target Audience – Swim Instructors and Swim Coaches

Interested in education to support children with special needs in your programs? The Aquatics for Children With Challenges online course and Children With Challenges Workshop are targeted to Aquatics Management personnel and Swim Coaches, providing ground-breaking training and information to help you and your staff achieve your program goals. For more information on Children With Challenges course options, or to register, for step one (Children With Challenges online course), click here!

ASCA Certified Coaches: Receive 15 ASCA Credits. To attend the workshop, you must take the online course first

USA Swimming Foundation, Tina Dessart and USA Swimming, Sue Nelson will be hosting the “Aquatics for Children with Challenges”
Workshop on August 29th, in Washington DC as part of the ASCA World Clinic.

Any questions contact Tina Dessart and/or Sue Nelson

Disability Swimming Award Nominations Open


The Nominations for the Trischa Zorn Athlete of the Year, Disability Committee Service Award and the Jimi Flowers Coaching award, are now open.

Nominations are due in by August 15, 2016.

Please submit this nomination (cover page + attached sheet with nominee’s qualifications) to Randy Julian

Nomination forms can be found here.

Backstroke-Finishing Strong With Your Core

By Matt Barbini, USA Swimming National Team High Performance Consultant, July 1, 2017

Trying to increase your tempo at the end of a backstroke race isn’t as simple as it sounds. Your legs are burning, your arms feel like lead, and the last thing in the world you can imagine doing is moving your arms faster. Fortunately, your arms don’t have to do all of the work when it’s time to temp up, and in fact they shouldn’t.

Learn more here:

Scholastic All-America Program

Application Process closes August 15, 2017

2016-2017 Academic Qualifications

•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.

Pool Requirements

•Applicants must have swum an individual pool time equal to a 2016 Winter Junior qualifying time in any individual event during the SAA qualifying period (August 16, 2016 – August 15, 2017) with qualifying times in SWIMS – list of times are posted on the USA Swimming website. A qualifying time will be available for selection from the SWIMS database during the application process. Only ONE time is necessary and only ONE application is necessary.

•Disability or Open Water Requirements (for athletes without pool requirements)
• 2017 Deaflympics– July 18-30, 2017, Samsun, Turkey
• 2016 Can-Am Open – November 25-27, 2016, Miami, FL
• 2017 Speedo Can-Am Para Championships – Mar 31-Apr 2, 2017, Windsor, ON

• 2017 Open Water National Championships – May 19-21, 2017, Castaic Lake, CA

Learn more here:

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USADA Update


Do you know the difference between energy drinks and sports drinks? #themoreyouknow #beinformed

Breaststroke - Underwater Pull Rate

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week July 2, 2017


Title - Breaststroke - Underwater Pull Rate

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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Study: Average Teen as Sedentary as 60-Year-Old

By Ariana Eunjung Cha, Athletic Business, July 2017 has partnered with LexisNexis to bring you this content.

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The adolescent years are when people's bodies are supposed to start the ascent to their physical peak. Teenagers are growing like beanstalks. Their hormones are raging. They're eager for new experiences. By all accounts, this should be among the most active periods in a person's lifetime.
Except it turns out it's not.

In an eye-opening study involving 12,529 Americans ages 6 to 85, researchers mapped how physical activity changes over a lifetime. The participants, part of the 2003-2004 and 2005-2006 cycles of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, wore accelerometers, devices that measure movement, for seven consecutive days. For the purposes of the analysis, researchers counted all types of movement, not just exercise.

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Exploring Your limits; A True Story

By Mark Synott, National Geographic, June 3, 2017

In case not already seen/known, this climb is historic and inspiring… what a feat and lesson for us all on limits.

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Fear of Failure

By Nick Saban, University of Alabama

If I put a 2 x 4 on the ground and asked you to walk across it. How many of you could do that? You all could do it! Because you would focus on the board. But what if I took that same 2 X 4 and put it 10 stories up, stretched between two buildings? It’s hard to focus on the 2 x 4, because you are focused on your FEAR of FAILING. FOCUS on your goals. Don’t be distracted by your FEARS. Concentrate on the 2 x 4 and we’ll get it done.



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