Coach Connection Newsletter #45 - 11/10/17

Coach Connection Newsletter #45 - 11/10/17

 | Friday, November 10, 2017

2017 Silent Auction at Golden Goggles

The 2017 Golden Goggle silent auction has autographed memorabilia, athlete experiences, luxury vacation packages, and so much more! Bring a piece of the Olympics and/or the 2017 World Championships into your home, or back to your team. The site goes live on November 13th at 8:00 am EST. 

Happy bidding! Bid 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.


Reduce your risk by avoiding muscle-building, weight-loss, sexual-enhancement & 'energy' #supplements. #cleansport


Anti-Doping 101: When do I get the results of my recent test? #cleansport 

3-Point Entry

The Arizona Swimming operational risk chair, Alex Farlow, produced a 3-point entry video which is available to teach swimmers the proper technique to enter the pool.

Watch Here

The Fragile Generation

Bad policy and paranoid parenting are making kids too safe to succeed.

By Lenore Skenazy & Jonathan Haidt, December 2017 issue (Digital Edition)

One day last year, a citizen on a prairie path in the Chicago suburb of Elmhurst came upon a teen boy chopping wood. Not a body. Just some already-fallen branches. Nonetheless, the onlooker called the cops.

Officers interrogated the boy, who said he was trying to build a fort for himself and his friends. A local news site reports the police then "took the tools for safekeeping to be returned to the boy's parents."

Elsewhere in America, preschoolers at the Learning Collaborative in Charlotte, North Carolina, were thrilled to receive a set of gently used playground equipment. But the kids soon found out they would not be allowed to use it, because it was resting on grass, not wood chips. "It's a safety issue," explained a day care spokeswoman....

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The Latest on Finding Mastery

By David Epstein, Author of Sport Gene, Curiosity, Self-Discovery, November 1, 2017

This conversation is about curiosity. It’s about having the courage to seek the truth. It’s about the commitment to share the truth with sensitivity.

We get into the topic of self-discovery and how valuable “having space” can be when it comes to innovating and pushing boundaries.

Listen to the Podcast

Learning Like Scientists

By Trevor Ragan,, October 2017

Talking about outcomes and goals is a MESSY subject...

But by following the lead of great learners we've found an effective approach to navigating the topic.

(4 minute read + 3 awesome videos about learning)

Learn more here

Faster Swimming Tips

An Interview with Bill Sweetenham,

Read the interview with Bill Sweetenham regarding elite swimming and faster swimming tips.

If you aren’t familiar with Bill, he is one of the top coaches in the sport of swimming. The link below are some of his career highlights and the interview...

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Lessons For Athletes From Patriots Super Bowl Win

By JmHerrick, PowerSource, February 25, 2017

For those of you who know me, it should be obvious that this post isn’t coming from a big Patriots fan. In fact, despite being from New England I’m actually quite indifferent to all the success the Pats have had in the last 15 years.

But in watching this year’s Super Bowl, I couldn’t help but be amazed at the comeback this team made at a time when very few athletes at any level would have been able to pull off.... 

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Study: Group Ex More Beneficial than Working Out Alone

By Courtney Cameron, Athletic Business, Journal of the Osteopathic Association, October 2017

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association reveals that exercisers who work out in a group setting showed a significant reduction in physical, emotional and mental stress compared to those who work out alone.

Researchers at the University of New England tracked 69 medical students, divided into three groups: one group met to complete a core and strength-training regimen for a minimum of 30 minutes each week for 12 weeks. A second group committed to working out alone, while a third “control” group abstained from purposeful exercise....

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A Better Boss or a Pay Raise? What Would YOUR Employees Choose?

By Randy Conley, Leading With Trust, October 29, 2017

Ask yourself this question: If I gave my employees a choice between receiving a pay raise or me becoming a better boss, which would they choose?

Chances are you’d probably say your employees would choose a pay raise, right? I mean, after all, who wouldn’t want more money? Taking a few liberties with the classic song Money by Barrett Strong, your employees are probably saying “Your leadership gives me such a thrill, but your leadership don’t pay my bills, I need money!”...

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