Coach Connection Newsletter #40 - 10/6/17

Coach Connection Newsletter #40 - 10/6/17

 | Tuesday, October 24, 2017

1.  Club Excellence Deadline Nearing
3. Time Standards For The 2018 Summer Championship Meets
4. 2017 USA Swimming Golden Goggle Awards Nominees
5. Freestyle - The New Hypoxic
6. USADA Update
7. Does Investing in Sports Science Actually Result In More Wins?
8. Delivering Criticism to Athletes
9. The Ultimate Win
10. If Coaches Do Their Job Right, Players Will Want To Come Back Forever


Club Excellence Deadline Nearing

Deadline for applications is Friday, October 13, 2017

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.



From Pat Hogan, Club Development Managing Director, October 2, 2017

Recently, we have received another complaint from a recognized swimming author that LSCs and USA Swimming clubs are posting copyrighted materials on their websites (or otherwise publishing the content) without permission. As a result, some LSCs and clubs have faced legal action regarding alleged copyright infringement.

USA Swimming reminds all member organizations and coaches that you are responsible for complying with applicable copyright laws regarding publication and distribution of printed materials, including internet content. If you have any concerns about whether material you seek to reprint is covered by copyright law, we encourage you to contact the author and obtain permission or otherwise seek appropriate counsel regarding the use of the materials. Simply citing the work’s author may be insufficient.

Thank you.

Time Standards For The 2018 Summer Championship Meets


At the senior development committee meeting in Dallas the time standards for the 2018 Summer Championship meets were approved. Shortly after the meeting the committee decided to change the bonus standards for the Junior Championships. The change made the bonus standards faster. The update has been posted to the USA Swimming website. Please note that the change does not at all affect who swims in the meet only the bonus event time standards.

See the standards here:

2017 USA Swimming Golden Goggle Awards Nominees


World champions Caeleb Dressel (Green Cove Springs, Fla./Bolles School Sharks/Florida) and Simone Manuel (Sugar Land, Texas/Stanford Swimming) lead the way with six nominations each for the 2017 USA Swimming Golden Goggle Awards, set for Sunday, Nov. 19 at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A.

The nation’s top swimmers and coaches are nominated in eight categories for the 14th Annual Golden Goggle Awards, the celebration and fundraising gala honoring the sport’s top performances of the year. This year’s event, emceed by actor, comedian and former swimmer Anders Holm and featuring entertainment from The Second City improvisational comedy group, will once again mix swimming stars with celebrities, business leaders and entertainment icons in vibrant downtown Los Angeles.

Dressel’s six nominations include Male Athlete of the Year, Male Race of the Year for the 100-meter freestyle and 100m butterfly at the 2017 FINA World Championships, as well was Relay Performance of the Year for the men’s 4x100m free relay, mixed 400m medley relay and mixed 400m free relay in Budapest.

Manuel is nominated for Female Athlete of the Year, Female Race of the Year for the 100m free at the FINA World Championships, as well as for anchoring four entries in the Relay Performance of the Year category.

Lilly King (Evansville, Ind./Indiana University) earned five nominations, while Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md./Stanford Swimming) and Mallory Comerford (Kalamazoo, Mich./University of Louisville) garnered three nods apiece.

Golden Goggle Award nominations are based on the year’s top accomplishments by U.S. swimmers, focusing primarily on the 2017 FINA World Championships. The Americans topped the medal table in Budapest with 41 total medals across pool and open water competition. The complete list of 2017 Golden Goggle Award nominees by category is below.

Online fan voting is now open and will continue through Friday, Nov. 10. A percentage of the fan vote will count towards the final ballot. Beginning later this week USA Swimming will highlight Golden Goggle Awards categories weekly and across its social media channels in the lead-up to the Nov. 19 event.

Proceeds from the Golden Goggle Awards benefit the USA Swimming Foundation, which has the mission to save lives and build champions – in the pool and in life. In addition to its Make a Splash initiative, a national, child-focused water safety campaign that stresses the importance of learning to swim, the USA Swimming Foundation supports the U.S. National Team and its development efforts aim to establish an endowment to strengthen the future of USA Swimming’s programs and services. The Foundation also serves as the home for our National and Olympic Team Alumni reunions and regional events.

2017 Golden Goggle Awards Nominees

Breakout Performer of the Year
Mallory Comerford
Madisyn Cox
Bethany Galat
Townley Haas

Perseverance Award
Elizabeth Beisel
Matt Grevers
Ashley Twichell

Coach of the Year
Jack Bauerle
Ray Looze
Greg Meehan
Gregg Troy

Relay Performance of the Year
Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay, 2017 FINA World Championships
Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay, 2017 FINA World Championships
Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay, 2017 FINA World Championships
Mixed 4x100m Freestyle Relay, 2017 FINA World Championships
Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay, 2017 FINA World Championships

Female Race of the Year
Lilly King, 50m Breaststroke, 2017 FINA World Championships
Lilly King, 100m Breaststroke, 2017 FINA World Championships
Katie Ledecky, 400m Freestyle, 2017 FINA World Championships
Simone Manuel, 100m Freestyle, 2017 FINA World Championships
Ashley Twichell, 5K Open Water, 2017 FINA World Championships

Male Race of the Year
Caeleb Dressel, 100m Freestyle, 2017 FINA World Championships
Caeleb Dressel, 100m Butterfly, 2017 FINA World Championships
Chase Kalisz, 400m Individual Medley, 2017 FINA World Championships

Female Athlete of the Year
Lilly King
Katie Ledecky
Simone Manuel

Male Athlete of the Year
Caeleb Dressel
Chase Kalisz


Freestyle - The New Hypoxic

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the week, October 3, 2017

Video link:

I have to say, I'm not a fan of hypoxic training for masters swimmer, but I am a fan of learning efficiency to the point of not needing air.

Why do it:
This drill, or sequence, can teach you how to monitor your efficiency in the water, as well as teach you a more effective breathing technique for your regular swimming.

How to do it:
1) Before starting this exercise, we like to show the swimmers just how easy it is to hold their breath for about :30 seconds. Typically much longer than it takes them to swim 25 yards.
2) We'll then start with a length of easy swimming, breathing every 3rd or 5th stroke.
3) Next, the swimmer will completely relax, and swim a length focusing on a stable head position, and good rotation. They breathe when they need to, but if done correctly, and if the focus is on the stroke, the swimmer may be at the other end before they realize they haven't taken a breath.
4) Now, have the swimmer slowly submerge in the water, allowing air to escape from their nose for as long as possible. Make sure any new swimmers are holding the wall for safety.
5) Next, have the swimmer push off the wall, exhaling through the nose as they just did in the previous step with a constant stream of air, breathing as necessary.
6) Finally, have the swimmer exhale slowly through the nose for many strokes, until they need a breath. Some may make it all the way to the other end.

How to do it really well (the fine points):
Think about how you breathe while sitting at your desk at work, or just watching TV. A constant, gentle exhale through the nose is very typical. This method of exhaling constantly, also means more C02 is out of the lungs prior to turning the head for air, so good oxygen can fill the lungs more effectively.

This "new" hypoxic has nothing to do with how far you can go without breathing, but serves more as a check system for how efficient you're swimming so you simply don't need air as frequently.

Hypoxic Training Recommendations & Video

If hypoxic training is utilized by coaches in the development of competitive swimmers, it must be conducted only when following appropriate principles and under the direct supervision of an experienced coach. These principles are:

1. Coaches should stress to athletes that they should never ignore the urge to breathe.
2. Hypoxic training should involve progressive overload, in line with the athlete’s physical and skill development – for example, beginning with efforts over 5m, 10m, then 15m etc. - as the swimmer develops the appropriate skills and physiological capacity.
3. Coaches should ensure adequate rest between hypoxic efforts to ensure full recovery.
4. Athletes should not hyperventilate (take multiple, deep breaths) prior to any underwater or other hypoxic efforts.
5. Hypoxic training should not involve competitive efforts of maximum duration, or distance covered.

Learn more here: 

USADA Update

The information below should be shared with your athletes and their parents. Please distribute it via email, a club newsletter, or link to the articles on your team webpage.

What are the three types of Prohibited Association and is there a penalty for violating the rule? #cleansport

Stand up for #cleansport. Report the abuse of PEDs in your sport. Protect your right to a fair playing field.

WADA publishes 2018 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods:

Does Investing in Sports Science Actually Result In More Wins?

By Ian McMahan, Sports Illustrated, September 15, 2017

Fergus Connolly and Jim Harbaugh can agree on this: they aren’t interested in sports science, only winning science. While that may be one of the made-for-TV recruiting statements we are accustomed to in college sports, Connolly—a performance expert who formerly worked with the San Francisco 49ers—actually focuses his scientific philosophies on earning victories.

“We work from the field to the weight room, not the weight room to the field,” says Connolly, who works with head coach Harbaugh as the University of Michigan football program’s performance and operations director. What does this mean? Connolly believes in working backwards from the game, isolating the factors that intertwine to influence performance.

Learn more here:

Delivering Criticism to Athletes

By Stu Schaefer,, September 21, 2017

I recently asked a group of coaches to give me their main challenges with athletes. Almost immediately, the majority of coaches agreed they see many athletes shut down upon receiving negative feedback or criticism. They believed the biggest influences were club sports and parents, but they still had no idea how to prevent athletes from getting upset.

Learn more here:

The Ultimate Win

Written and Submitted by Adam Bradley, Founder & President, Lead ‘Em Up,, September 22, 2017

Coaches want to win and in many cases, coaches ‘need’ to win.

The pressure, desires and urgency are all there and because of that, coaches make decisions that’ll impact today. Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed. We need to win now.
Unfortunately with leadership training, the process is cumulative. You see growth over time, little by little and the “time” will vary from player to player.

Coaches pour into their players despite the possibilities of never seeing and personally experiencing the fruit of their labor. Sometimes the light doesn’t go off for the player until a year after they’ve left their program. Perhaps longer. That’s not always the case but in many cases it is.

Learn more here:

If Coaches Do Their Job Right, Players Will Want To Come Back Forever

By Positive Coaching Alliance, September 2017

Tod Creneti (@CoachCreneti) is the PCA-Tampa Bay (@PCA_TampaBay) Training Manager. In this position, Tod oversees all things related to Tampa Bay trainers and workshop delivery. He is also the head football coach at St. Stephen's Cathlolic School. Since the early 1990s, Tod has been serving young people and their families as a school administrator, teacher, coach and minister. Tod has worked at the high school level in Virginia, South Carolina and Florida and spent two years at the college level at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

Don't get caught up in wins and losses, Creneti says, but understand as a coach that you are in the unique position to shape your athlete's life. Creneti wants coaches to realize that if they are successful, their players will want to come back and play for them in the future, and in twenty years, the player will want to come back and introduce his or her children to the coach. If a coach has done his or her job, the relationship will last a lifetime.

Watch the video here:



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