Coach Connection Newsletter #35 - 9/1/17

Coach Connection Newsletter #35 - 9/1/17

 | Thursday, October 5, 2017

2. 2018 Club Excellence Program Announcement
3. United States Aquatic Sports Convention Information
4. How Kids’ Sports Became a $15 Billion Industry
5. USADA Update
6. A Tesla Customer Complained on Twitter. Less Than 30 Minutes Later, Elon Musk Promised to Fix It
7. 10 Strategies to Help Coaches and Athletes Defeat Adversity
8. The Winning Attitude
9. Big “We,” Little “me”
10. Coddling Kids is Killing Sports


On September 1, USA Swimming will launch LEARN, a new online learning management system! LEARN stands for Leadership Education and Resource Network and will become the online education hub in the coming months. Safe Sport is the first program to host its courses, and all APT requirements will be completed on LEARN.

The Athlete Protection Training requirement is good for two years. If your requirement expires this year (12/31/2017), please follow these steps to access the system and complete the APT requirement.
1. After September 1, go to or
2. Enter your first name, last name, and DOB into the fields and click “SEARCH”
3. Click on your name to access the LEARN site.
4. You must take two short courses to earn 75 points:
a. “Safe Sport: Ready, Set, Go” (50 pts.) and
b. EITHER: “Preventing Bullying” OR “What Would You Do?” (25 pts. each)
5. Once you have completed your courses, your membership record will update with a new APT expiration date within 24 hours.

As a member, you must always enter LEARN by entering your name and DOB at or If you make a non-member account on LEARN, you will not receive credit for the courses you take.

You talked, we listened! As the membership has embraced Safe Sport, you’ve requested educational materials that address the day-to-day efforts of cultivating a positive, healthy, and abuse-free environment on pool decks, during team travel, and during all swimming activities. By offering a variety of shorter courses on different subjects, we’re better able to meet this request.

In the coming months, more courses will be added that speak to using Safe Sport best practices on a daily basis. These courses can be taken at any time to count toward your next APT renewal.

In the coming months, new courses will be available for members. Safe Sport is the first program to host its content on the platform, however other programs will soon have courses available. Follow USA Swimming on social media and watch for announcements and newsletters regarding new offerings.

For the quickest response, please send questions to

2018 Club Excellence Program Announcement

USA Swimming is pleased to formally announce the 2018 Club Excellence program
and provide directions to all clubs regarding the application process.
For complete program information and the link to begin the application, please visit the Club Excellence page on the USA Swimming website.

In order to apply for the 2018 program, clubs must:
1. Complete the online application form available on the USA Swimming website.
2. Submit eligible pool performances using the Online Meet Entry (OME) system on the USA Swimming website.
Eligible open water performances are submitted using the online application.
3. Submit both components - the online application and the performance scoring - by the Oct 13, 2017 deadline.

Following is the complete timeline for the 2018 program:

09-01-17: Application period begins. Program announcement distributed to all USA-S clubs. Application form and info available on the USA Swimming website.
10-13-17: Deadline for submitting applications and the Online Meet Entry from clubs to USA Swimming.
12-15-17: Club rankings announced by USA Swimming and Grant applications sent to all qualifying clubs (Gold and Silver).
02-16-18: Deadline for qualifying clubs to submit grant applications to USA Swimming.
04-13-18: Grant awards announced by USA Swimming

Also, please note that the application requirement again includes Club Recognition Program participation. All clubs applying for the 2018 Club Excellence program must successfully complete at least Level 1 of the Club Recognition Program.
If you have previously completed Level 1, you don’t need to do it again.

As the entity that directly delivers services to athletes, swim clubs are vital to the ongoing growth and success of the sport. The Club Excellence program is one way in which USA Swimming recognizes our highest performing clubs and rewards them for a job well done.

United States Aquatic Sports Convention Information

Know what you need to know.

Learn more here:

Revised Schedule:

All convention materials:

A special webpage has been created to provide USA Swimming members with complete information regarding the proposed changes to the role, purpose, function, and composition of the National Board of Directors. These changes will be voted on by the House of Delegates at the 2017 USAS Convention in Dallas.

Over the past year, a task force and an outside consultant have conducted an in-depth governance review of the Board of Directors. In April, they presented their assessment and recommendations to the Board and received the Board’s overwhelming endorsement.
These recommendations have been reviewed by the Rules & Regulations Committee and will be presented to the House of Delegates as part of the legislation packet at the Convention.

The Board of Directors and the task force encourage you to carefully review the information provided and become familiar with the proposed changes and the rationale behind those changes.

Please direct all questions and comments to

Learn more here:


How Kids’ Sports Became a $15 Billion Industry

By Sean Gregory,, August 24, 2017

Joey Erace knocks pitch after pitch into the netting of his $15,000 backyard batting cage, the pings from his metal bat filling the air in the south New Jersey cul-de-sac. His private hitting coach, who's charging $100 for this hour-long session, tells Joey to shorten his stride. He's accustomed to such focused instruction: the evening batting practice followed a one-on-one fielding lesson in Philadelphia earlier in the day, which cost another $100.
Relentless training is essential for a top player who suits up for nationally ranked teams based in Texas and California, thousands of miles from home. But Joey has talents that scouts covet, including lightning quickness with a rare knack for making slight adjustments at the plate--lowering a shoulder angle, turning a hip--to drive the ball. "He has a real swagger," says Joey's hitting coach, Dan Hennigan, a former minor leaguer. "As long as he keeps putting in this work, he's going to be a really, really solid baseball player at a really, really high level."

Already, Joey has a neon-ready nickname--Joey Baseball--and more than 24,000 followers on Instagram. Jewelry and apparel companies have asked him to hawk their stuff. On a rare family vacation in Florida, a boy approached Joey in a restaurant and asked for his autograph. But Joey Baseball has yet to learn cursive. He is, after all, only 10 years old. They snapped a picture instead.

Learn more here:

USADA Update

Questions about Therapeutic Use Exemptions form (TUE’s) or substances and can't find the answers?
Questions: Talk to an expert on the DRL.

Current laws make it very difficult to identify & remove dangerous #supplements from shelves. Take a closer look.

Staying seated prior to a blood draw helps control changes in blood plasma volume that may affect lab measurements.

Considering the use of #supplements? Watch out for statements like "secret formula" & "new scientific breakthrough."

A Tesla Customer Complained on Twitter. Less Than 30 Minutes Later, Elon Musk Promised to Fix It

By Justin Bariso, Founder, Insight,, August 2017

Attention, all business leaders: This is how to use social media. (how to respond to parents?)

I've said it before, I'll say it again:

Nobody uses Twitter as skillfully as Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

On Friday evening, Tesla customer Paul Franks tweeted the following:

Learn more here:

10 Strategies to Help Coaches and Athletes Defeat Adversity

By Juan Pablo Favero,, July 15, 2017

It’s frustrating for athletes when they’re running on fumes, feeling like they have nothing more to give and that no matter what they do there is nothing left to push past a seemingly insurmountable wall. They can feel hopelessness, discouragement and defeat knocking at their door.

Whether the exhaustion is physical, emotional, mental or a combination of the three, we have all experienced what it’s like to “hit the wall.” While the wall is definitely not a good state to be in, there are two important facts we must remember for our own sake as well as that of the groups or teams we lead or coach.

First, athletes must understand that these moments can be overcome.

Learn more here:

The Winning Attitude

Taken from the coaching toolbox, August 2017

What makes one person a winner and other people losers? How they think! Your self image determines your ability and your success. You will be ready mentally if you are thinking success.

For instance:

A WINNER is always ready to tackle something new… a loser is prone to believe it can’t be done.

A WINNER isn’t afraid of competition… losers excuse themselves with the idea that the competition can beat them.

A WINNER makes a mistake and says, “I was wrong”… a loser makes a mistake and says, “It wasn’t my fault,” and blames someone else.

See more here:

Big “We,” Little “me”

By Dr. Cory Dobbs, Academy for Sport Leadership,, August 2017

Instructions: give a copy to every team member. Read alone. Answer discussion questions. Come together as a team and engage in a spirited conversation. When you’re done, identify two action items for your team.

Big “We,” little “me”

Thinking and Acting Like a Committed Teammate


Erin arrived late to her first class of the day. She was still brooding about not playing in last night’s game. Consumed with disappointment in her coaches, teammates, and herself, Erin was contemplating quitting the team. She reflected on the hours upon hours invested over the past two years simply to eke out a few minutes of playing time each game. She’d set high goals for herself, and she met most of them. She improved in the weight room and on the playing field. She always gave all she had in practice and the coaches were usually pleased with her as a member of the team. However, she seemed to be stuck on starting. Playing time. Seemed little else mattered to her. She wasn’t quite sure why she felt this way, she’d always thought of herself as a very good teammate. She enjoyed working alongside everyone, had not grudges and couldn’t muster a bad word about her teammates. She just wanted to play. And she’d just realized after last night’s game she really wouldn’t get much playing time this year—her senior season.

Questions for Discussion

Coddling Kids is Killing Sports

By Scotty Nichols,, Sports Editor Aug 16, 2017

This week, I’m going to re-visit something that I shared 15 months ago.

This has been, without a doubt, my most circulated editorial -it reached media outlets in Pennsylvania, Florida, Illinois, and Texas, to name just a few- and it is a timeless one. I still have people who come up to me and say that it changed their parenting, when it came to sports.

Sometimes, we just need a reminder. So, whether this is a refresher or you missed it the first go-round, here it is:

Note – The following editorial is a re-publish from the May 18, 2016 edition of The Times

As with any editorial, there will be some people who agree whole-heartedly and some who will fiercely dispute. But hey, editorials are opinions and that’s the point, right?

Today, I’m tackling a touchy subject. One that is sure to spark opinions, whether you agree with me or not.

To be blunt, I think parents who coddle their kids in sports are, ultimately, killing sports.

Learn more here:



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