Coach Connection Newsletter #29 - 7/21/17

Coach Connection Newsletter #29 - 7/21/17

 | Friday, July 28, 2017

1. FINA World Championships TV/Webcast Schedule
2.  8 Things You Didn’t Know about Iron
3. Kristian Jump Flips
4. Registration for the Memphis Regional Coaches Clinic is now open!
5. USADA Update
6. Developing a Positive Team Culture
7. Looking for Answers? Get Our FREE Booklet With Links to Our Most Popular Articles for Parents, Coaches, Athletes and Youth Sports Organizations
8. Mental Toughness with Dena Evans
9. 9 Social Media Dos and Don'ts for Student-Athletes

8 Things You Didn’t Know about Iron

By Jill Castle, MS, RDN, July 13, 2017

Iron is an important nutrient for any individual, no matter the age. For the growing young athlete, it’s a critical nutrient to pay close attention, especially during the teen years.

Here are 8 things you may be interested to know about iron and its role in the young athlete’s performance:

Kristian Jump Flips

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, July 19, 2017


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When Kristian wants to work on the speed and tightness of his flip turns, he does Jump Flips.

Start in water that is six to eight feet deep, and use a double-wide lane for safety.

Sink down until you are crouched on the bottom with arms extended above your head. Spring up with the legs and, as you approach the top of the jump, push down with the arms to launch your body out of the water and into a tight somersault. Kristian grabs his shins with his hands to get into the tightest tuck possible. Notice that Kristian carries enough momentum to get almost his entire body out of the water.

As the body sinks, hold the tuck until the head and torso are vertical…then let go and let the feet return to the bottom.

The fine points? To get maximum speed, get into the tightest tuck you can manage and hold on for the full rotation. Look for your knees.

To celebrate World Championships starting next week, Kristian Golomeev shows us a great flip turn exercise. Click here to see all the videos we've created with Kristian:

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Registration for the Memphis Regional Coaches Clinic is now open!

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:

USADA Update

Please share these USADA articles and resources with your athletes and their parents. These links may be included in a Team newsletter or re-posted on your Social Media platforms

Coaches: Your athletes look up to you. Understand your role & responsibilities in the #antidoping process.

The truth is simple….let us help you decode the dietary #supplements industry.

Online resource designed to provide the best possible info to evaluate the risks assoc. w/ the use of #supplements

Developing a Positive Team Culture

Posted with permission from PGCBasketball
By Lyndsey (Medders) Fennelly, former director and clinician with PGC.

Our 75-minute presentation was titled, “A Coach’s Role in Impacting Team Culture”. We shared some key points about how the culture of your team can be established, reinforced, and even reinvented, through your team’s basketball practices. The two main areas that support this belief come from Point Guard College’s brilliant founder, Dick DeVenzio, and also from watching some of the top basketball coaches in the country at the high school, college, and professional level. We have identified some of their championship-level habits in developing the top players and creating the best basketball teams.

A simple formula we’ve come up with is the following:

Successful Team Culture =
Procedures + Progressions + Precision + Patience
Procedures are the actions which have to be executed in the same manner in order to obtain the same result. In a prior blog (‘What I Learned from Coach Krzyzewski’) (That excerpt is below), I shared the various procedures you can use with your basketball team to develop daily consistency and expectations throughout the program. Establishing procedures within your program allows you to maximize your time as a basketball coach. While this can create some temporary inconveniences, it will lead to permanent improvement.

Learn more here:

Looking for Answers? Get Our FREE Booklet With Links to Our Most Popular Articles for Parents, Coaches, Athletes and Youth Sports Organizations

By John O'Sullivan, Changing the game, July 12, 2017

Here at Changing the Game Project, every week we get a call or email that says “remember that article you wrote about…? We want to use it in our newsletter and we can’t find it. What was it called?” Well, after four years of publishing thousands of words a month, we have realized that we sometimes cannot even find the articles we are looking for. Therefore, we developed a comprehensive resource guide as a way for you (and to be honest, us!) to easily find the articles you need to save you time and energy and keep you doing what you do best – coaching, parenting, playing sports, or running your organization. Below you will find links to the top 5 articles in each category so you can get started, as well as share this page with the coaches, parents and youth sports organizations in your life. Also, you can grab the entire booklet of every article we have ever published here (it’s only 4 pages, just title links)

Learn more here:

Top 5 Articles for Parents
The Race to Nowhere in Youth Sports
How Adults Take the Joy out of Sports (And How We Can Fix It)
Why Kids Quit Sports
Is It Wise To Specialize
The Ride Home

Top 5 Articles for Coaches
Are Great Coaches Becoming an Endangered Species?
The Adultification of Youth Sports
The Missing Ingredient in Talent Development
Our Biggest Mistake Talent Selection Instead of Talent Identification
Youth Sports Coaching: Not a Job but a Calling

Top 5 Articles for Athletes
The One Quality Great Teammates Have in Common
More Important Than Talent
The Difference Between Winning and Losing
Dear Potential Recruit: Your Talent Only Gets You So Far
Life Lessons from my “Old School” Sports Dad

Top 5 Articles for Administrators/Organizations/Clubs/Governing Bodies
Changing the Game in Youth Sports
Raising the Bar in Youth Sports
The Accountability Problem in Youth Sports
Is Your Child’s Youth Sports Experience Transactional or Transformational?
What is Your Club’s D.N.A?

Recommended Reading
All can be found here:

Mental Toughness with Dena Evans

A Video from PGC Basketball on Mental Toughness

I hope you find some examples that you can use next time you talk to your players about mental toughness or that you can just show them the videos to give them another voice.

This is a You Tube video, so please make sure that you are on a server that allows You Tube access

9 Social Media Dos and Don'ts for Student-Athletes

By Michael Gaio, Athletic Business Magazine, October 2013

A professor of mine in journalism school at Missouri once said (actually, he tweeted): "Social media is like a gun. Smart people will use it as a useful tool, not-so-smart people will shoot themselves in the foot with it."

Unfortunately, if you're a high school or college administrator tasked with overseeing your student-athletes on social media, you've probably dealt with a few too many virtual foot injuries over the years.

Many schools are now going on the offensive. Social media seminars for student-athletes are becoming commonplace in high schools and colleges across the country.

Last night, I attended such a meeting at Oregon High School near AB's headquarters in Madison, Wis. Whether they serve as a refresher course or even as a guideline for those considering implementing such a program at their school for the first time, here are a few notes from the meeting.

Learn more here:


By Dr. Alan Goldberg, Peak Performance for Athletes, Coaches and Parents, July 19, 2017

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