Coach Connection Newsletter #30 - 7/28/17

Coach Connection Newsletter #30 - 7/28/17

 | Friday, July 28, 2017

1. Registration for Fall '17 Regional Coach Clinics
2. ASCA 2017 World Clinic
3. Clearing the Confusion on Fat
4. Freestyle- Finding Resistance
5. USADA Update
6. Unlock Your Coaching Potential
7. The Eight Best Leadership Lessons from "Game of Thrones"
8. A Message to Parents: Why it Bothers Me That You Coach From the Stands
9. The Seven 'Cs' of a Successful Athletic Program
10. SwimAmerica Conference

Registration for Fall 2017 Regional Coach Clinics 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 to 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 participant by the entire coaching staff.



Clinic Location

Memphis, TN

August 18-20

Springhill Suites Memphis

Spokane, WA

September 8-10

The Davenport Grand, Autograph

Rochester, MN

October 6-8

Mayo Civic Center

Pittsburgh, PA

October 13-15

Marriott Pittsburgh Airport

Registration and full information can be found here:

ASCA 2017 World Clinic

Washington, DC- August 29-September 3, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you have enjoyed a marvelous and successful summer season. The ASCA World Clinic is now less than 6 weeks away and I want to remind you that our next price increase goes into effect on tomorrow, Saturday July 29, so all registrations that come in by July 28 or prior will save you at least $100 over delaying.

I think we have one of the most comprehensive clinics we have assembled in years, with plenty of content for the elite coach, the high school and college coaches and the majority of age group coaches from those working with novices to fast age groupers.

There is also the World Swimming Association Constitutional Convention where we take the first step to re-make Olympic Sport into what it should be.

All the Best,
John Leonard


Click Here to REGISTER:

Click Here for Hilton Hotel Reservations:

Clearing the Confusion on Fat

by Chris Rosenbloom, PhD, RDN, CSSD
July 19, 2017

When it comes to dietary fats, confusion reigns. Recently, the American Heart Association issued a Presidential Advisory on dietary fats and cardiovascular disease (abbreviated CVD, which includes heart disease, blood vessel disease like high blood pressure, peripheral vascular diseases, and stroke). The paper reviewed more than 100 published studies on a variety of dietary fats and their relationship to risk of CVD. (The entire paper can be found online at

The headline that got the most attention was on…

Learn more here:

Freestyle- Finding Resistance

by Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week
July 26, 2017

Video URL:

When reaching forward in freestyle, the hand needs to fly straight, not up or down, but just straight.

Why do it:

When setting up the stroke in front, some young swimmers allow the hand to rise up to create an early connection.  This is a natural desire that the swimmer should become aware of.

How to do it:

1 - Start by asking the swimmer to discover resistance by focusing their attention on the extended arm.

2 - While just kicking on the side, move the hand UP and feel the pressure of the water pushing under the arm.

3 - Move the arm down and feel the water pushing on the top of the arm.

4 - Continue to experiment with raising and lowering the arm to feel the resistance of your extension, gradually finding the position where the water releases the arm, and it just flies forward.

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

Most this to slow swimming, or alternate a length of discovery, with a length of swimming.  To make sure the focus is on discovery, and eventually driving the hand forward, we tried to stabilize the swimmer with a snorkel and fins.  This releases the pressure of trying to develop propulsion from the pull, and can help focus the athlete on what’s going on out front.

For more videos on Freestyle Extension, click here:

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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 - 5 reminders before your athlete heads to competition.

Get a glimpse of what can happen when the risks around dietary #supplements aren’t fully understood.

Curious about what happens after the results of your sample collection are received? Explore the process.

Unlock Your Coaching Potential

A series of articles from Dr. Cory Dobbs,, July 21, 2017

Getting a Grip on Reality to Unlock Your Coaching Potential

Unlock Your Coaching Potential Part 1 

Unlock Your Coaching Potential Part 2 

Unlock Your Coaching Potential Part 3 

Unlock Your Coaching Potential Part 4 

The Eight Best Leadership Lessons From 'Game of Thrones'

by Francis Bridges, Contributor to
July 21, 2017

In some aspects, Westeros is nothing like the real world: there are no dragons, no white walkers, no faceless people, wargs and political rivals are mysteriously murdered far less frequently.

Here are a few of the Leadership lessons from Game of Thrones:

A Message to Parents: Why It Bothers Me That You Coach From the Stands

by Mike Klinzing,
July 2017

When parents try to coach from the stands, Mike shares, it can be very detrimental for athlete performance. Kids often face enough challenges out on the court without a screaming parent, but adding a parent to the mix makes it very difficult and adds unnecessary pressure to the experience. Instead, Klinzing advises that parents cheer positively not just for their kid but for all kids.

Learn more here:

The Seven 'Cs' of a Successful Athletic Program

by Kevin Hoffman,
July 19, 2017

At this year’s National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) conference in East Peoria, Illinois, CMAA Doug Smith presented his seven Cs for coaching. The lesson was a good reminder of the critical ingredients necessary to establish a successful athletic program.

Smith has been a member of the Illinois Athletic Directors Association for more than 30 years and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2015. Here are his thoughts on what it takes to build a strong program foundation.

Learn more here:

SwimAmerica Conference

Washington, DC- August 30, 2017

The 2017 SwimAmerica Conference is Wednesday, August 30th, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Cost is $99 per person. To register, call 1 (800) 356-2722 or register online. Part of the 2017 ASCA World Clinic in Washington, DC

Rose Cholewinksi

Training Your Staff

Lori Klatt

Expanding Your Business (Including into other fitness activities)

Brian McGuire

Keys to SwimAmerica Success

Mike Koleber

The Top 5 (OK, maybe 6 or 7) "Must Do's" to Grow Your Program Daily, starting Today! and Between the First Hello &the Last "Thank You for coming in today"how many are you consistently doing?

Paris Jacobs

Using Technological Tools to Enhance Your Teaching &Your Business



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