Coach Connection Newsletter #39 - 9/29/17

Coach Connection Newsletter #39 - 9/29/17

 | Thursday, October 5, 2017

1. Do You Want To Serve on A National Committee?
2. Tim Hinchey Delivers 2017 State of the Sport Report at U.S. Aquatic Sports Convention
3. New Medley Rule Change Went Into Effect Sept. 21
4. Tips for Eating More Family Meals
5. Butterfly Tips and Turns
6. USADA Update
7. Upcoming Clinics
8. Butterfly - Dolphin Kick, Arms Up!
9. My Name Is Tom. I’ve Been a Teacher for 10 Years and I Still Get My *** Kicked Nearly Every Day.
10. Mental Toughness

Do You Want To Serve on A National Committee?

If you would like to apply for an appointment on a National Committee, please go here and complete the online application prior to October 1, 2017.

Tim Hinchey Delivers 2017 State of the Sport Report at U.S. Aquatic Sports Convention

Just 60 days into his new role as President and CEO of USA Swimming, Tim Hinchey delivered the annual “State of the Sport Report” to the 800-plus members attending the U.S. Aquatic Sports Convention this past Saturday in Dallas, Texas. This event marked the first time Hinchey addressed USA Swimming members as the face of the organization.

In his speech, Hinchey took the opportunity to shed some light on his experience in the sport, his 100-day listen and learn tour, early observations of the organization, a review of the 2017 FINA World Championships and share the opportunities he foresees for the future of the organization.

100-Day Listening Tour

More than halfway through his listening tour Hinchey has attended six USA Swimming events where he met with sponsors, FINA representatives, board members and other key influencers to discuss how the organization can work better together.

“I needed to get out in the field and familiarize myself with the volunteer structure and the coaching communities, and understand where we really are in terms of athlete development,” said Hinchey. “I can’t wait to visit more clubs and coaches across the U.S. and learn as much about the organization as I can so we can continue to grow the sport of swimming.”

Continuing his tour…

Learn more here:

New Medley Rule Change Went Into Effect Sept. 21

USA Swimming Rule 101.6 – 101.7 – Medley Swimming

1. During the July 21st FINA Swimming Technical Congress in Budapest, Hungary, the Congress adopted a change to medley swimming rules regarding required body position. For the freestyle distance, the change permits the swimmer to be past vertical towards the back when executing a turn - including after the feet have left the wall. The rule requires that the swimmer’s body must return to the breast before any kick or stroke.

2. Effective September 21, USA Swimming will modify USA Swimming rules as follows:

Tips for Eating More Family Meals

By Chris Rosenbloom, PhD, RDN, CSSD, September 19, 2017

We all know that swimming is a demanding physical sport that requires good nutrition to fuel the long workouts and long day competitions. Parents often ask how they can improve their children’s nutrition and here is an easy, overlooked way. Eat more family meals. In fact, research shows that there is 24% increase in healthy food consumption when families eat more than three meals together each week.

Learn more here:

Butterfly Tips and Turns

With Kelsi Worrell, Splash Magazine, September 2017

Watch video here:


USADA Update

The trifecta of Drug Reference Resources. Understand the status of your medication & risks assoc w/ #Supplements.

It's one of the popular FAQs - How does a substance get on the Prohibited List? #cleansport

When it comes to #supplements, avoid complicated products w/tons of ingredients or ingredients you don’t recognize.

#coaches help your athletes succeed both on & off the field by understanding their #cleansport responsibilities

Answers to your questions about TUEs & the status of medications is just a quick phone call away. #cleansport

Upcoming Clinics

Eastern States Clinic 2017
Sept. 28 - Oct. 1, 2017 | Cherry Hill, NJ

USA Swimming Regional Coaches Clinic 2017
October 6 - 10, 2017 | Rochester, MN
ASCA Level 2 Stroke School

USA Swimming Regional Coaches Clinic 2017
October 13 - 16, 2017 | Pittsburg, PA
ASCA Level 2 Stroke School

ASCA Level 3 Physiology School
October 15, 2017 | South Burlington, VT

Midwest High School and Senior Coaches Clinic 2017
October 20 - 22, 2017 | Rockford, IL
ASCA Level 2 Stroke School

Clinic for Coaches of 10 and Unders 2017
November 10 - 12, 2017 | Fort Lauderdale, FL

Butterfly - Dolphin Kick, Arms Up!

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, September 27, 2017

Video link:

Why Do It:
One of the most common ways to practice the dolphin kick is on your back...with fins...with your arms in streamline. This is great for learning how to dolphin, and provides a good workout for your abs. But if you want to kick it up a notch, and REALLY work your abs and thighs, try dolphin kick with your arms in the air.

How to Do It:
Put on your favorite pair of fins and push off on your back with arms in streamline.

Take one or two dolphin kicks to get started, then lock your hands together and raise your arms UP and out of the water. As you raise your arms, KEEP KICKING! You'll quickly realize that you have to kick faster, bigger, and more forcefully, just to keep your head out of the water.

Keep going to the end of the length, then take a break and start again.

This is a very intense drill! The goal is not to see how far you can go, but to see how WELL you can do the drill for a single length.

Can you hold your arms STRAIGHT above your eyes... or do you have to hold them at a 45-degree angle to keep your head above water?

Keep trying, and keep adjusting the speed and intensity of your kick until you can get your arms straight up.

Try several lengths, then take off the fins and try a few lengths of your favorite swimming activity that requires a dolphin kick. Try to take the intense feeling of the drill and put it into your swimming.

How to Do It If It's Just Too Hard:
There's a simple step you can take to learning this if two hands are just a bit too tough. Try raising one arm while keeping the other extended above your head. Switch arms on each length and, when you're more comfortable, and able, try both arms.

My Name Is Tom. I’ve Been a Teacher for 10 Years and I Still Get My *** Kicked Nearly Every Day.

Posted Apr. 20, 2017 in Better Conversation

Tom Rademacher (Mr. Rad to his students) is an English teacher in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2014 he was named Minnesota Teacher of the Year. His book, published by University of Minnesota Press, is called “IT WON’T BE EASY: An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching,” and you can order it now.

No, it won’t be easy.

It won’t be easy during your first year or your second. It won’t be easy in your 10th year or your 20th. It won’t be easy in fall, and definitely won’t be easy in winter, and absolutely won’t be easy in spring. Summer is pretty easy, but teaching won’t be easy and being a teacher isn’t easy.

The danger of pretending it’s easy, of pretending we have the right answers is that struggle too quickly feels like failure.

I went home every night with a pocket full of losses and a few wins slipping through my fingers.

I spent my first few teaching years sure that it wasn’t right for me because I was tired every day, because I went home every night with a pocket full of losses and a few wins slipping through my fingers. Everyone around me seemed to be doing fine. Everyone around me had the same sort of easy answers we wish were true.
We say silly things like, “Set high expectations and the students will meet them.” But we skip all the things between setting and achieving expectations that are the real work of teaching.

What we mean is, “Set high expectations, communicate them effectively and while simultaneously communicating concern and love and respect, and reinforce all those things while not enforcing your high expectations in a way that will damage your relationships or that tries to be too much of a buddy. Also, check yourself constantly to make sure your expectations are focused on students, are not reflections of your own Whiteness or experiences, and then some of your students will meet them, but not all, and not on all days.”

Learn more here:

Mental Toughness

By Amy Morin, Spencer Wood and Craig Sigl,, September 19, 2017

A few posts on enhancing the mental toughness for everyone in your program:

Mental Toughness for Your Players

Mental Toughness Plan of Action

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do



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