Coach Connection Newsletter #28 - 7/14/17

Coach Connection Newsletter #28 - 7/14/17

 | Monday, July 17, 2017

1. Hinchey Sees a Continued Bright Future for USA Swimming
2. Safe Sport Impact Award Nominations Open
3. Registration for the Memphis Regional Coaches Clinic is now open!
4. USA Swimming Foundation Study
5. USA Swimming Creates First-Ever Safe Sport Activity Book to Engage Young Swimmers
6. Marvelous Learning Opportunities with the ASCA Schools at World Clinic 2017 in Washington, DC.
7. Breaststroke - Long Stroke
8. USADA Update
9. Drills Are The Drugs of Coaching (from a recovering addict!)
10. Hey Coach, I Want to Become a Leader!

Hinchey Sees a Continued Bright Future for USA Swimming

By Mike Watkins, Contributor, July 12, 2017

USA Swimming National Team Director Frank Busch describes Tim Hinchey as having chlorine in his veins.
That’s a biological phenomenon that will come in handy in Hinchey’s new role as President and CEO of USA Swimming. He begins his new journey today after spending the past six years as President of the Major League Soccer (MLS) Colorado Rapids.

A longtime swimmer – learning as a 5-year-old before joining a club at age 9 – Hinchey said he plans to take the first six months or so observing and traveling to meet members of the swimming community.

His belief is that if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.

Or in the case of following many great years under the guidance of Chuck Wielgus and the staff he assembled – don’t sink it.

“My swimming career shaped who I am today…

Learn more here:

Safe Sport Impact Award Nominations Open


Nominations for the Safe Sport Impact Award are now open.

Nominations are due in by August 15, 2017.

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

Safe Sport Impact Award nomination form

Registration for the Memphis Regional Coaches Clinic is now open!

by Joseph Bloggers

The clinic will run from August 18-20, 2017 at the SpringHill Suites Memphis Downtown in Memphis, TN.

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. These clinics are priced to encourage participation by the entire coaching staff.

Registration & full information can be found here:

USA Swimming Foundation Study

Constraints Impacting Minority Swimming Participation, Phase III, 2017
Conducted by the University of Memphis and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas

5-10% improvement in overall swimming ability from its previous findings in 2010
• 64% of African-American children, 45% of Hispanic children and 40% of Caucasianchildren have no/low swimming ability (down from 70%, 60% and 42%)
•87% of swimmers with no or low swimming ability plan to go to a swimming facilitythis summer at least once; 34% plan to swim 10 or more times this summer

Factors contributing to the overall lack of swimming ability:

Socio-Ecomonic and Race/Ethnicity Differences
• 79% of children in families with household income less than $50,000 have no/lowswimming ability
• Children who qualify for free or reduced school lunch programs are 63% less likely tohave good swimming ability
• 76% of parents reported that their children would be more likely to want to participate inswimming if they saw a talented swimmer that looked like them
• 65% of African-American children would like to swim more than they do

Family is Significant
• If parent specified good swimming ability, their children are 4.3X more likely to have good swimming ability
• If parents have no/low swimming ability, there’s a high likelihood their children won’t have good swimming skills (78% for African-American children, 62% among Hispanic/Latino children and 67% for Caucasian children)
• Children who swim with their family are 2.7X more likely to be good swimmers

• Children who are afraid of drowning are 67% more likely to have low/no swimming ability
• African-American children and their parents are 3X more fearful of drowning than Caucasian children and parents

• Children who know how to be safer around water are 3.7X more likely to have good swimming ability

USA Swimming Creates First-Ever Safe Sport Activity Book to Engage Young Swimmers

Includes 12 engaging activities with crucial Safe Sport messaging

USA Swimming has released the organization’s first-ever Safe Sport Activity Book. The Activity Book was created to share the Safe Sport message with a younger audience. The mission of the USA Swimming Safe Sport Program is to help teams foster a fun, healthy and safe environment for all their members.

The Safe Sport Activity Book is one of many tools that the organization offers to assist clubs, coaches and volunteers to create a Safe Sport environment at meets, practice and at home. The Activity Book has been added to the Safe Sport Club Toolkit where teams can find tools, resources and model policies to create positive team culture, educate their members and intervene in risky situations.

“The Safe Sport Activity Book provides a fun, easy and accessible way for parents and coaches to talk to kids of all ages about Safe Sport,” said Elizabeth Hoendervoogt, Safe Sport Coordinator. “Anyone can enjoy the Activity Book and our hope is to make learning about Safe Sport fun for young kids and a point of conversation amongst parents.”

The Activity Book will feature 12 entertaining games including puzzles, word games and mazes, all centered on Safe Sport for kids and their families to enjoy on-deck or at home.

The Activity Book will be available online at or can be ordered from USA Swimming’s National office by contacting Paula D’Amico.

USA Swimming’s Safe Sport program is dedicated to fostering a fun, healthy and safe environment for all USA Swimming members. It has developed into one of the most comprehensive safe sport programs in Olympic sport. Its abuse prevention initiative is rooted in six core areas: Policies & Guidelines, Screening & Selection, Training & Education, Monitoring & Supervision, Recognizing, Reporting & Responding and Grassroots Engagement & Feedback.

For more information about USA Swimming’s Safe Sport program, visit here.

Marvelous Learning Opportunities with the ASCA Schools at World Clinic 2017 in Washington, DC.

(Tuesday/Wednesday, August 29-30 and Sunday, Sept. 3)

The Level 5 Administration School – Coach Paris Jacobs – MACHINE AQUATICS. Machine is one of the premier swimming businesses and highly productive swim teams in the USA. Paris, one of the co-owners, has served at the highest levels of USA Swimming in addition to being the lead administrator of this great club. Paris will share the secrets of what the multi-million dollar a year club businesses do to earn that money AND produce Great Athletes. If your club wants to “Go to the Next Level”, this lady is the “NEXT LEVEL”.

The Level 4 Leadership School – Coach George Block, San Antonio. Coaches of all levels are LEADERS for their teams or their groups within teams. EVERY COACH LEADS. Leadership is a learned process with defined steps. Learn how to do it from a HALL OF FAME COACH, who kept a 40 plus year marriage while leading one of the largest and most successful swim clubs in the USA. EVERYONE can learn to lead better, whether its leading your group of 20 8 and unders, or USA-Swimming. Coach Block is the definitive expert, leading all of sports in his hometown, as well as his swim team of over 1000 members. Any time you spend with George is invaluable. One of the most amazing men in the sport of swimming.

Effective Swim Meet Coaching for Age Group and High School Athletes – Coach John Leonard, still an active swim coach on deck at age 69, this course recognizes that coaching a practice is part of what we do and coaching at a swim meet is an ENTIRELY DIFFERENT SKILL SET. This course teaches that skill set and gives you specific things to “do and say” when working with athletes to optimize their performance. John is one of the most highly recognized speakers in swimming today.

Children With Challenges – A USA Swimming Course taught by Sue Nelson and Tina Dessart. We all have children like this in our program. This is how to optimize the experience for those children. Requires a separate registration at the ASCA website with USA Swimming.

The Level 2 Stroke School – Coaches Pete Morgan (Nations Capital Swim Club) and Guy Edson (ASCA) – Coaches Morgan and Edson combined include over 80 years of Age group coaching experience and teach this course on the CONSTRUCTION of swimming strokes, starts and turns. Coach Morgan is an ASCA Hall of Fame Coach, and Coach Edson presents this course (that covers world class athletes to those just out of learn to swim) approximately 10 times a year.

The Level 3 Physiology of Training School – Coach Chris Plumb – Carmel Swim Club – One of the most successful high school coaches in the USA with a GOLD MEDAL SWIM CLUB of USA Swimming, presents the planning and execution of training. This is a can’t miss opportunity to hear from one of the Best.

Coaching for Character – Coach Don Heidary – ASCA President – All of our athletes live and train in the “Cultural Headwind” of our society, which offers values in direct conflict with everything swimming represents. Coach Heidary presents this course, developed by himself and his brother Ron, on what coaches need to do to contravene the effects of “daily life” on swimmers, and teach them the importance of character for their LIFE and their sport.

Dryland Training for High School age athletes – Coach Nick Folker – Bridge Athletics – one of the most widely acclaimed and sought after speakers in the world on the top if specific to swimming dryland work to enhance the athleticism of your athletes. Another “can’t miss” presentation by one of the very best in the business. Coach Folker will later offer “Age Group Dryland Training” in the same afternoon.

Coaching the Individual Medley – Coach Richard Shoulberg – the legendary coach who built his athletes into world class medley performers at Germantown Academy, and coaches world record holders in the event, describes the radical training that led to a consistency of world class results unmatched in the history of the event. Hall of Fame Coach Shoulberg is one of the most popular speakers in the sport, and a man whom man aspire to shape their coaching career’s after. Living within two miles of where he was born for his entire life, Coach Shoulberg is a man who successfully “Bloomed Where He Was Planted”.

Sunday mornings schools will include:
Working Successfully with Swimming Parents – Coach John Leonard
Successful Summer League Coaching – Coach Don Heidary
Certified Stroke Technician – Coach Guy Edson

BOB BOWMAN – another great “Special” – four hours to pick the brain of the man behind Michael Phelps and many other Gold Medalists – BRING YOUR QUESTIONS! 1-5 PM Limited Registration of 40 coaches at an additional ticket price. A once in a lifetime opportunity.
The rest of the ASCA World Clinic 2017 includes more than forty talks on topics ranging from novice to Olympic Gold Medalist for the basic registration Price.

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Breaststroke - Long Stroke

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, July 12, 2017


The goal of this drill is NOT necessarily to encourage an incredibly slow rate breaststroke, but rather a to learn how to get as much as possible out of each stroke.

Why do it:
Determining how few strokes you need to get to the other end requires maximizing propulsion while minimizing resistance... in all phases.

How to do it:
1 - Starting with a great, long, underwater pull, swim lengths of breaststroke taking as few strokes as possible.
2 - Feel the resistance that's created in the recovery phases of the underwater pull, and especially the draw of the legs for the kick.

How to do it really well (the fine points):
Anton and Pavel, have incredible lines at the BACK of their stroke. Don't just focus on the arms and head, but make sure you're pointing your toes to the maximum to limit any resistance loose feet will create at the back of the stroke.

For more videos on breaststroke extension, click this link:

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USADA Update

At the end of a drug-test, the DCO & athlete will complete the forms together to document collection session.

Drills Are The Drugs of Coaching (from a recovering addict!)

By The Talent Equation, July 8, 2017

Unopposed drills are the drugs of coaching...

...a lot of coaches are addicted to them...

they are like alcoholics or maybe 'drill-aholics'...they just can't get away from the lure of the drill.

Deep down, they know that the drill is not doing their athletes any good but they keep getting called back to makes them feel offers warm is safe...they can feel good about themselves.

Why are they so addicted to drills? If you ask a 'drill-aholic' why they use them then they will say the following

Read more here:

Hey Coach, I Want to Become a Leader!

By Cory Dobbs, Ed.D., The Academy for Sport Leadership,, July 11, 2017

You’ve likely heard the proverb that reads, “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” From this lesson it follows that teaching a player to lead will feed her leadership growth for a lifetime. However, teaching leadership is far more complex than teaching someone to fish. So what do you do when there are no seven habits of this, or no five rules for that?

The truth is, the teaching and learning of leadership in a student-athletic environment is a messy pursuit. Peer-to-peer leadership is a demanding venture. For young emerging leaders tackling tough problems, even when the student-athlete is willing and able, is fraught with risk. When attempting to lead, student-athletes are likely to encounter a range of emotions that include, fear, uncertainty, and doubt. How you help them learn through these emotions will, in part, determine their effectiveness and success as a team leader.

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