Coach Connection Newsletter #44 - 11/3/17

Coach Connection Newsletter #44 - 11/3/17

 | Tuesday, November 7, 2017

1. USA Swimming Revamps 2018 Pro Swim Series with New Title Sponsor TYR
2. New year! New material! for USA Swimming’s Regional Build & Program a Pool Conference’s
3. All-Strokes - Hands Down!
4. USADA Update
5. Building a Transformational Culture
6. Coaching Your Own Kid
7. Emmy Winning ESPN Reporter Tom Farrey on Creating Sport For All and Play for Life
8. A Couple of Video Insights This Week
9. Never Walk By a Mistake
10. 5 Social Media Strategies to Market Yourself to a College Coach

USA Swimming Revamps 2018 Pro Swim Series with New Title Sponsor TYR

2018 brings exciting format changes to the World's fastest racing series, now known as the TYR Pro Swim Series! The series will now feature 50-meter events for all strokes, 800m for men and 1500m free races for women, plus a mixed 400m mixed medley for National Team members.

Schedule for the 2018 TYR Pro Swim:

• Jan. 11-14, 2018: TYR Pro Swim Series at Austin
• March 1-4, 2018: TYR Pro Swim Series at Atlanta
• April 12-15, 2018: TYR Pro Swim Series at Mesa
• May 17-20, 2018: TYR Pro Swim Series at Indianapolis
• June 7-10, 2017: TYR Pro Swim Series at Santa Clara
• July 6-8, 2018: TYR Pro Swim Series at Columbus

For additional information click here:

New year! New material! for USA Swimming’s Regional Build & Program a Pool Conference’s

Did you know there are steps to follow when you want to Build A Pool? Do you know the right questions to ask; do you know the best aquatic professional to be involved with your projects?

Decision making is the process of making choices by gathering valid-information, and assessing options.
Using a step-by-step decision-making process can help you make more deliberate, thoughtful decisions that can save you thousands of dollars on a project and end up with better pools.

This is what the USA Swimming Regional Build & Program a Pool (BAP) conference is all about. Provide you with choices so you can make educated decisions. Nothing is worse in a project than having to take steps backward to correct something that went wrong

We start in January 2018 and offer 6 Regional BAP conferences. Check out the locations and dates to see what BAP you want to attend. Questions Email Sue Nelson  or Mick Nelson

You can either click on the specific link to register or click on sftest.usaswimming.org/Buildapool to register and find more information.

Once you click on the BAP of your choice the information page will appear and you can click on the tabs to learn more.

Greensboro, North Carolina – closing Friday January 12th 9PM
January 19th & 20, 2018
Click here to register for the BAP:
Hotel: Marriott Courtyard Greensboro
Deadline to book under the discounted BAP is block January 4th
Reservation Link: Book your group rate for USA SWIMMING BUILD GREENSBORO

St. Petersburg, Florida Closing Friday January 26th, 9PM
February 8th & 9th, 2018 -
Click here to register for the BAP:
Hotel: TradeWinds Island Resort
Deadline to book under the AOAP discounted block is January 19th, 2018
Reservation Link:

Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Closing Friday, May 25th at 9PM.
June 2nd & 3rd, 2018 - North Shore Event Centre -
Click here to register for the BAP:
Hotel: Residence Inn Milwaukee North/Glendale
Deadline to book under the discounted BAP block is May 18th, 2018
Reservation link: Book your group rate for Regional Build a Pool Conference

Anaheim, California – Closing Friday August 31st, 9PM
September 8th & 9th, 2018
Click here to register for the BAP:
Hotel: Anaheim Marriott
Deadline to book under the discounted ASCA block is August 14th 2018
Reservation link:

Charleston, South Carolina – Closing Friday October 5th, 9PM
October 13th & 14, 2018
Click here to register for the BAP:
Hotel: Charleston Marriott
Deadline to book under the discounted WAHC block is
Reservation link: (active in November 2017)

Houston, Texas – Closing Friday November 2nd,

9PM
November 10th & 11th, 2018
Click here to register for the BAP:
Hotel: Houston Marriott Westchase
Deadline to book under the discounted BAP block is: November 1, 2018
Reservation link: (active in November 2017)

All-Strokes - Hands Down!

By Glenn Mill, GoSwim Video of the Week, November 1, 2017

Video:

Article: First published December 18, 2008

What do the hands have to do with it anyway? When you look at the surface area of your hand, and compare it to the overall surface area of your body, you might get the impression that the hands aren't too important.
But when you consider that the hands are the leading edge of your propeller, of your pulling force, then you begin to understand how just a slight change in pitch can give you a better connection with the water, and can help you become a faster, more efficient swimmer.

At every point in the pull -- but especially at the beginning, the widest point, the narrowest point, and at the end of the pull -- it's important to understand what the hand is doing, and why. During these four critical points, the hand needs to be positioned in a way that makes the body move only FORWARD. Not up, down, or sideways... but FORWARD.

Why Do It:

While sculling can improve your swimming, this drill can help improve your sculling. It asks you to play with the pitch of your hands while maintaining the same sweep of the arms. It should make you aware that slight changes of hand pitch can impact which direction you're going, and it should give you new appreciation for how much impact the hands have on your swimming.

How To Do It:

1. Use a pull buoy to make sure you're using ONLY your hands and arms for propulsion. We are also showing this drill in the "head-up" position to encourage you to watch your hands.

2. Start by facing the wall and pushing off the wall with your hands, feet first and on your stomach. Move your hands as if you were the Queen, waving to the crowd. As you do this, make sure your fingertips are pointed UP. If you get it right, you'll be heading feet first down the pool.

3. Practice this for a while, and focus your attention on feeling the connection of your palms to the water.

4. Now start the same way but, this time, when you reach the 1/2 way point in your length, change the pitch of your hands so that the fingertips are pointing DOWN. Don't change ANYTHING except the pitch of your hands. Be patient until your initial momentum wears off and you begin to move in the opposite direction -- back to the original wall. Try not to start pulling breaststroke during the shift in momentum. Instead, keep your arm movements the same, and change only the pitch of the fingers.

How To Do It Really Well (the fine points):

Focus on the fingers. While this type of drill can be a bit tough on the forearms at first, you'll also be learning why STRONG hands are just as important as correctly pitched hands.

When you really get into it, see how well you can relax your fingers to get a better flow with the water. Try not to be too TENSE with the hands. When you're heading backwards, wave as if you were the Queen, to awaken the palms. Then, when you're moving forward, point the fingers down, while maintaining the same connection to the water with your palms.

USADA Update

Resources:

Experts on the Drug Reference Phone Line are ready to answer your questions about medications & TUEs. #cleansport

TUE Expiring? Still need to use the medication? Obtain updated medical notes from your doc and follow the steps.

Staying seated for 20 minutes prior to a blood draw controls for posture changes in blood plasma volume.

Supplements:
The Internet makes it easy for anyone to distribute unsafe #supplements.

Building a Transformational Culture

By J.P. Nerbun of Thrive On Challenge Sports, coachingtoolbox.net, October 2017

Forget about setting uncontrollable mid-level goals this season. Instead make the necessary commitments to build a transformational culture that values people.

Learn more here:

Emmy Winning ESPN Reporter Tom Farrey on Creating Sport For All and Play for Life

By Reed Maltbie, Changingthegameproject.com, October 22, 2017

Did you know only 1 in 5 youth coaches are properly trained in motivational techniques and only 1 and 3 are properly trained in skills and tactics? The big reason for this fact is the myth that volunteers can’t or don’t want to be trained. In this episode, Tom Farrey, of The Aspen Institute’s Project Play, discusses how untrained coaches lead to the decline in youth sport participation, how vital this participation is to the viability of our communities, and some simple opportunities to get more trained coaches. Listen in to hear more from Tom.

Learn more here:

A Couple of Video Insights This Week

Ted talk on Growth Mindset and Learning Zone versus Performance Zone:

Katie Ledecky on evaluating her race with race stats:

Never Walk By a Mistake

By Jeremy Anderberg, Theartofmanliness.com, October 23, 2017

General Ann Dunwoody was walking down the street when she saw a soldier in uniform walking with his hands in his pockets. Anyone who’s spent time in the military knows that this is a big no-no. Dunwoody could have literally walked by the mistake and not addressed it. It’s something small, it wasn’t impacting anyone at the time, and the kid probably just forgot. It wasn’t anything overtly heinous. As a general, though, she knew that if she didn’t correct the error, she would be, by the sin of omission, setting a new lower standard for that soldier. So rather than letting it slide, she approached him, kindly addressed the problem (rather than yelling at and demeaning the young guy), and reinforced the ideas of discipline and attention to detail.

Since then, General Dunwoody has used the phrase “never walk by a mistake” as one of her guiding principles. I’ve extrapolated that idea to encompass three roles of one’s life: consumer, leader/parent, and individual.

Let’s explore how the mantra plays out in each of these three areas.

Learn more here:

5 Social Media Strategies to Market Yourself to a College Coach

By Renee Lopez, Blogger,Speaker, Author, Coach, Oct 24, 2017

While almost every high school student-athlete is on social media multiple times a day, often they do not realize how many college coaches evaluate their sites during the recruiting process. We have all heard of the many athletic scholarship dollars lost when recruits demonstrate their immaturity on social media.
However, we want to discuss the flipside and not just discuss all of the mistakes student-athletes make on social media. We want to provide ways for you to get a positive head start on the recruiting process and offers the specific types of posts college coaches are looking for from their future athletes.

Learn more here:


 

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