Coach Connection Newsletter #31 - 8/4/17

Coach Connection Newsletter #31 - 8/4/17

 | Monday, August 28, 2017

1. Support Team USA at the FINA World Junior Championships – Get Your Tickets Today!
2. Sports Medicine Webinar Series
3. Starts - Bruno Dive & Glide
4. USA Swimming Creates First-Ever Safe Sport Activity Book to Engage Young Swimmers
5. Scholastic All-America Program
6. USADA Update
7. American Red Cross Update
8. Something To Ponder…
9. Christian McCaffrey: Playing Multiple Sports is ‘Worth It?’
10. Fight The Good Fight Against Parents

Support Team USA at the FINA World Junior Championships – Get Your Tickets Today!


Team USA needs your help!

Join us on August 23-28 at IUPUI to cheer on the American swimmers to gold at the FINA World Junior Championships.

Be sure to wear your Red, White and Blue!

Tickets can be found here:


Sports Medicine Webinar Series


With presentations by well-known sports doctors, our Sports Medicine Series is the place for coaches to learn the most important topics in sports medicine. Our sports medicine webinars feature topics such as sports massage, swimmer's shoulder, low back pathology, cupping and more!

Click here to watch!

Starts - Bruno Dive & Glide

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

Video:  or here:

To celebrate our friend Bruno Fratus two Silver medals at the World Championships, here is the worlds simplest drill... done really well.

Why to it:
Understanding a solid bodyline allows you to carry more speed from the start into your swimming.

How to do it:
1 - Dive in with a tight streamline.
2 - Glide for as long as you can.

How to do it really well (the fine points):
Notice the obvious streamline out front, but look at the feet. See how Bruno holds the feet together, creating a small signature at the back of his body. This helps make sure he slips forward through the water.

We also love how tight Bruno stays even as his body loses it's momentum. Even as he begins to slow, he stays in the rigid bodyline until he's completely stopped. It's that kind of commitment to the task that helped him go 21.2 in the 50 and split 47.1 on the 400 free relay. Congrats Bruno!

Watch Bruno’s Silver Medal 50 free here:

For our subscribers, check out our preview videos for Bruno’s upcoming series:

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


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.

Learn more and download here:

Scholastic All-America Program

Application Process closes August 15, 2017

2016-2017 Academic Standards

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.

Learn more 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

Supplement Warning: Reminder from USADA CEO Travis Tygart of the risks associated with ostarine in supplements

The Drug Reference Line is just one resource in your tool box to get answers to questions about the status of meds.

It’s important to remember the #antidoping requirements that go along with high-level sporting events. #CleanSport

American Red Cross Update


The deadline for the taking the free instructor updates to the 2017 programs for Lifeguarding and CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers is fast approaching.

An email has been sent to any eligible Lifeguarding Instructor or CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers Instructor who has not yet completed the update (of course, for anyone that has a current and accurate email address in the Red Cross profile).

If an eligible instructor misses this deadline, there will still be an opportunity to complete the instructor update through the end of the year, but a $35 late fee will be assessed.

Contact your local Chapter

Something To Ponder…

By Roy T. Bennett

Don't just learn, experience.
Don't just read, absorb.
Don't just change, transform.
Don't just relate, advocate.
Don't just promise, prove.
Don't just criticize, encourage.
Don't just think, ponder.
Don't just take, give.
Don't just see, feel.
Don’t just dream, do.
Don't just hear, listen.
Don't just talk, act.
Don't just tell, show.
Don't just exist, live.

Christian McCaffrey: Playing Multiple Sports is ‘Worth It?’

Posted by Mike Florio,, July 15, 2017

NFL running back Christian McCaffrey was a four-sport athlete in high school, something he believes was critical to his development as a pro football player.

McCaffrey, who was taken by the Carolina Panthers with the eighth overall pick in this year’s draft, made an appearance last week on the Dan Patrick Show. The former Stanford University tailback played basketball, football, baseball and ran track at his Colorado high school, and he said those experiences ultimately strengthened his abilities on the gridiron.

Learn more here:

Fight The Good Fight Against Parents

By Kevin Hoffman,, July 17, 2017

If you’re a longtime subscriber of Coach & Athletic Director, you’ve probably noticed we address the tumultuous relationships between coaches and parents at least a couple times each year. It’s no accident. Regardless of the amount of coverage we give to problematic parents, readers continue to reach out with questions or to describe confrontations they have with moms and dads.

There’s nothing more heartbreaking than seeing the coach, weathered and broken from the constant pressure, walk away from the job. That happened earlier this year in Michigan, when high school basketball coach Clayton Castor resigned from his position after leading his team to its most wins in 20 years and earning Coach of the Year honors along the way. Not everyone was satisfied.

Read more here:



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