Coach Connection Newsletter #32 - 8/11/17

Coach Connection Newsletter #32 - 8/11/17

 | Monday, August 28, 2017

2. Support Team USA at the FINA World Junior Championships – Get Your Tickets Today!
3. Club Communication Toolkit
4. Freestyle - Paddle Grab
5. Why Should YOU Host A Swim-A-Thon?
6.      USADA Update
7. The Art of Engaging Parents in a Winning Team Culture
8. Will Neuropriming Be A Game-Changer for Sport Performance?
9. Championship Values Leadership Tool
10. Sam Darnold Is the Realest


The following programs have deadlines on Tuesday August 15, 2017

Scholastic All-America Program
Due on TUESDAY 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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Disability Swimming Award Nominations Open
DEADLINE Extended to September 5, 2017

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 by email.

Nomination forms can be found here.

Question click here:

Safe Sport Impact Award Nominations Open
Due on TUESDAY August 15, 2017

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

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, in Indianapolis 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:


Club Communication Toolkit


USA Swimming wants to help you promote your team within your community and grow the sport at the grassroots level! To make this process easier USA Swimming has created a Clubs Communications Toolkit to provide some tips and guidance in your team’s communications and marketing efforts through 2017 and beyond.

The toolkit covers basic information on the following topics:
• Internal Communications
• Key Messages
• Local Media Relations
• Photography & Videography 101
• Social Media Best Practices
• Template Press Releases & Media Pitches

Each topic has its own file within the toolkit and discusses best practices, helpful tips and successful execution methods to better communicate with your team and in your community.

Freestyle - Paddle Grab

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, August 9, 2017


Keeping a straighter line from the fingertips through the forearm, can help developing swimmers understand the idea of creating a larger surface with their arm to pull with.

Why do it:
While advanced swimmers can initiate the catch with a slight wrist break, it's important for developing swimmers to understand that creating a surface, from fingers, through the forearm, and then biceps and upper arm, will give them the most effective push on the water.

How to do it:
1 - Instead of wearing the paddle like you typically would, grab the paddle over the top.
2 - Swim freestyle as you normally would, but FEEL if the base of the paddle is pushing into your forearm.
3 - Try to maintain a straight line from the top of the paddle, through the forearm.

How to do it really well (the fine points):
Exaggerate the wrist bend to feel the paddle pushing into your forearm. Then, try to see if you can keep the paddle touching only lightly. Always reach full extension on each stroke, to allow yourself the opportunity to learn a full pull.

Revisiting this drill today. For more videos on freestyle catch, click here:

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Why Should YOU Host A Swim-A-Thon?


Hundreds of clubs across the U.S. annually host a USA Swimming Foundation Swim-a-Thon
as the main fundraiser to support their club’s swimmers. In addition to assisting their local team, 5% of the money raised by Swim-a-Thons supports the U.S. National Swim Team and the USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash program, which provides the lifesaving gift of free or low-cost swim lessons to children across the country!

Raise money for your club by hosting a USA Swimming Foundation Swim-a-Thon today!

So what are you waiting for? Host a Swim-a-Thon now!

You can find it by following this path, or by clicking 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

Undeclared ingredients is just one reason to be careful with the supplements you are considering.

Learn more here:

The Art of Engaging Parents in a Winning Team Culture

By Reed Maltbie, Changingthegameproject, August 6, 2017

If an athlete’s inner dialogue is made up of the voices they hear most often and most intensely in their daily lives, what are we as parents and coaches saying that can form a champion’s mind?

Learn more here:

Will Neuropriming Be A Game-Changer for Sport Performance?

By Daniel Chao of Halo Neuroscience explains his start-up’s efforts to unlock athlete potential.

For all the advances in training and preparation, brain performance is still an area that can leave coaches stumped. Most in sport accept that the brain can be harnessed to accelerate learning and improve performance but there is little collective understanding of how. The neurological space represents a ‘greenfield opportunity’, according to Halo Neuroscience Co-Founder Daniel Chao, as the sport continues to comprehend the importance of the brain.

Learn more here:

Championship Values Leadership Tool

By Cory Dobbs, Ed.D.,, Founder, The Academy for Sport Leadership

Championship Values

Values are among the most stable and enduring characteristics of people. They are the foundation
on which attitudes and personal preferences are formed. Our core values are crucial in making vital
decisions, determining life directions, and behaving in social interactions. Values help define our
morality and our conceptions of what is “good” and what is “right.” Many of our behaviors are a
product of the basic values we have developed throughout our lives.

However, a problem with values is that they are generally taken for granted. Most of the time people
are unaware of their values and how they shape attitudes and behaviors. Unless a person’s value’s
are challenged they will remain largely undetected. People are not aware that they hold some values
as being more important than others. This unawareness leads to actions or behaviors that are
sometimes contrary to values, or even leads to confusion about values.

Learn more here:

Sam Darnold Is the Realest

By Jeff Pearlman,, August 2, 2017

USC's star quarterback and his parents do not live by the LaVar Ball theory of the universe. They let a multisport supernova grow up into his own man. And that's why this 20-year-old might be the No. 1 pick in next year's NFL draft.

Sam Darnold is boring.

We might as well get that out of the way.

He’s boring. Dull. Sorta lame.

His mother and father (who, interestingly, are anything but boring) refer to their boy as “Flatline,” and while this isn’t meant as an insult, it’s not exactly a compliment. Southern Cal’s redshirt sophomore quarterback doesn’t tweet. He doesn’t talk shit. He won’t bash UCLA’s Josh Rosen or promise a national championship. There are zero traces of tattoos or piercings or shirtless arm-crossed tough guy poses.

Learn more here:



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