Coach Connection Newsletter #43 - 10/27/17

Coach Connection Newsletter #43 - 10/27/17

 | Monday, October 30, 2017

1. USA Swimming Coaching Disability Workshop
2. #SwimBiz: The 411 on Sponsorships
3. Top Good Questions from Swimmers and Parents
4. Positively Chart Your Players' Success
5. The Open Letter to the Sports Parent Who's Doing it Right
6. How Elite Athletes Get The Best Night's Sleep
7. USADA Update
8. Cut From The Team? Didn't Make The Grade? Keep Showing Up
9. Kids Are Not Mini-Adults
10. The “Power of Moments” in Youth Sports

USA Swimming Coaching Disability Workshop

February 2-3, 2018 in Colorado Springs, CO.

USA Swimming Disability Committee and the United States Paralympic Swimming National staff will be partnering in presenting the 2018 Disability Coaching Workshop in Colorado Springs on the United States Olympic Training Center Campus and pool.

Registration will take place on Friday February 2nd at 4pm at the USA Swimming Headquarters. Opening Welcome and presentation will start at 5pm in Dirks Room and presented by members of the USA Disability National Committee members.

Saturday February 3rd, participants will have a day long Pool and classroom experience at the USOC Aquatic Center working with some of the top National Coaches for Para Swimming and athletes in the water. Queenie Nichols, Director of Performance for USP Swimming will be leading this hands on experience.
This for any USA member Coach that wishes to participate and learn about training, inclusion to USA programs, Coaching and competition opportunities.

You will be asked to cover your transportation to Colorado Springs flying into Colorado Springs on the 2nd . USA Swimming will cover your cost using the USOC transportation to and from the Colorado Springs airport, your housing, food and cost of the course at the Olympic Training Center. If you choose to drive you will be provided a parking pass for the weekend stay. This course will run to 6pm on Saturday and departure for the airport is early Sunday morning, Feb. 4th.

All participants MUST be a current member of USA Swimming.

Dates: Feb. 2-3, 2018 for the clinic and check into your room on the 2nd.
Feb. 4 , 2018 check out of the rooms early morning.

Registration is online and the Deadline for Registration is January 19th.

#SwimBiz: The 411 on Sponsorships

Marketing Consultant Ellen Lucey talks about the best ways to approach companies about sponsorship opportunities they don't know exist and how this approach can potentially benefit your club.


Looking for more marketing tips? Be sure to register for the #SwimBiz 2018 conference in Colorado Springs, CO, April 8-10. Register before Nov. 15 and receive the early bird deal – 25% off!


Top Good Questions from Swimmers and Parents

By Chris Rosenbloom, PhD, RDN, October 20, 2017

As a former college professor, I told students there were no dumb questions, but that isn’t really true. One student asked me how Benjamin Button could grow younger each year and reverse aging. I replied that Benjamin Button was a fictional movie character. The student argued with me that it was a documentary, not a movie, and the main character could grow younger. So, that is an example of a dumb question. But, many of you write to me with really good questions, and here are a few of the “good” questions with – what I hope – are good answers.

Learn more here:

Positively Chart Your Players' Success

From the Positive Coaching Alliance

Coaches tend to focus on what players should do better, instead of positively reinforcing what they are already doing right. Both types of feedback are necessary for player skill development. Once players master a skill, or show great efforts toward mastery, they need positive reinforcement from the coaching staff to continue and maintain their effort and capacity for improving even more.

This also helps prepare them for necessary constructive criticism. When players have adequate positive reinforcement, they will be more emotionally open to coaches pointing out a flaw. At Positive Coaching Alliance, we call this Filling Emotional Tanks. A player with a full tank can handle setbacks and adjustments, whereas a player with an empty tank might feel frustrated and not be as adaptable to a coach's feedback.

Positive Charting makes it much easier to track what players are doing right, so you can provide positive feedback. It also can elevate the coaches mood to note all the progress players are making, which can lead to a more productive, upbeat practice session or post-game discussion. This is also a great task to assign an assistant coach. Use this resource to help guide your feedback to players and reinforcing good play whenever possible.

Watch a video and download a worksheet here:

The Open Letter to the Sports Parent Who's Doing it Right

By Becky Carlson, D-I NCAA Coach, Founder of The Fearless Coach, Published in LinkedIn, June 27, 2017

Dear Sports Parents,

It's me, your coach. I just wanted to drop you a line and let you know that I appreciate and recognize that you are among the group of "good parents" who support their child in athletics, the right way.

You may have noticed that you are a rare yet respected breed in this era of athlete entitlement which coaches of the world are slowly being swallowed by. The decision you have made to be supportive rather than critical of my leadership is something that radiates through your athlete. This gives me and many coaches like me, hope for the future of sports.

Read more here:

How Elite Athletes Get The Best Night's Sleep

By Nick Littlehales,, August 2017

After being in the sleep industry for over 30 years, it’s always been clear how important sleep is to our wellbeing and yet is still taken very much for granted. One recent research study - for example - revealed that poor quality sleep increases the risk of an early death by 12%. The risk of stroke, obesity, diabetes, memory loss, osteoporosis, cardiac disease, accidents, and a reduced resilience to stress are all increased. At the same time, poor sleep hygiene will reduce alertness, awareness, mood, motivation, decision-making and stamina.

So, the message driven by the demands of the global 24/7 world of today has never been clearer; sleep is vital to your health and wellbeing now and for the future.

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.

Supplements: Not available as a prescription, an increasing number of positive tests have been reported #cleansport #beinformed

Be aware of the ingredients in the products you use, including meds & #supplements. Resources for you to use.

Coach Resources:
Resources to help coaches understand their role in #cleansport

Cut From The Team? Didn't Make The Grade? Keep Showing Up

From Positive Coaching

Graham Betchart is the director of mental training for Lucid Performance Inc. (@trainwithlucid). He is also the mental skills coach for many elite athletes, including several collegiate and professional basketball players. He has worked with the No. 1 draft pick in the last three NBA Drafts ('14, '15, '16), the NBA Player’s Association, USA Basketball and many other organizations. Betchart passionately seeks to unlock the full potential in each of the athletes he trains.

Betchart says that people need to learn how to be persistent if they want to find success. Do not quit something because you did not succeed the first time you tried it. Keep trying until you find success, then find something new to fail at. "Fail your way to the top," as Betchart puts it. We learn and improve from failure and can only truly succeed after we have failed.

Watch the 1:42 minute video here:

Kids Are Not Mini-Adults

By James Leath, Leadership Coach at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL, October 2017

“Get the rebound!”

I scream at these athletes to be more aggressive under the basket, but it seems to fall on deaf ears. I have three of the tallest girls in the league and we are getting outrebounded! I slap my clipboard to get their attention, but it seems nothing is working.

Then, the plastic clipboard shatters into about ten pieces and falls to the court all around me.

I call a timeout. Embarrassed by my actions, I frantically pick up the pieces of my shattered clipboard. My sixth-grade girls basketball team walks toward me with their heads down. It is only the second quarter of the first game of the season.

Learn more here:

The “Power of Moments” in Youth Sports

By John O'Sullivan,, October 17, 2017

The Magic Castle Hotel is one of the top three rated hotels in Los Angeles. Of its nearly 3000 reviews, 93% rate it very good or excellent, putting it above properties such as The Four Seasons and the Ritz Carlton. Yet, as you flip through the photos online, you don’t see much that makes you think “I am staying there!” The pool is small, the furnishings are older, and the property isn’t even on the ocean. It charges high-end prices, but does not look like other properties in its category.

Yet year after year, people rate it as a top hotel in LA. Why?

According to the wonderful new book by brothers Chip and Dan Heath, The Power of Moments: Why Certain Moments have Extraordinary Impact, it is because the proprietors understand how to make a moment leave a lasting impression. Chip, a professor at Stanford, and Dan, a senior fellow at Duke, have written some fantastic books in the past, but this one is by far the best book I have read this year. As a coach, and as a father, I am acutely aware that every day I am leaving a lasting impact. I am making moments. Until reading this book, though, I simply did not realize how much control I had over when, where and how those moments happened. Now that I do, it has transformed my coaching.

Learn more here:



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