Coach Connection Newsletter #46 - 11/17/17

Coach Connection Newsletter #46 - 11/17/17

 | Monday, November 20, 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. Click here to see items and bid. 

Happy bidding!

Back Kick Eyes

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, November 15, 2017

We've focused on backstroke kick before, but this is a small detail that can also help your entire body position.

Why do it:

Making sure you're practicing a balanced bodyline when you opt to kick on your back during training, can help you not only work on fitness, but also learn the position it's easiest to rotate from. The better the bodyline, the easier to rotate when you swim.

How to do it:

1) Start in the streamline position and kick flutter on your back.

2) Lean in to the water enough so that your goggles are under water, but you're still able to grab some air.

3) Continue to press in, monitoring the water coming over your goggles and feel your hips rise up to the surface.

How to do it really well (the fine points)

Play with the pressure, and try not to just tilt your head back to get your goggles under the surface. If you tilt, you'll also run the risk of having water go up your nose. It's also easiest to first practice this in smooth water.

Finally... always maintain your stability of the head to allow for the focus on both goggles going under.

Reach Extension

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, November 15, 2017

Revisiting one of our favorite videos from a couple years ago.

Learning to reach your goals, starts with learning to reach in the pool.

Why do it:

Reaching full extension in freestyle is a necessary foundation for swimmers at every level. Learning to create a slippery line to glide through the water, which requires balance, and a sense of flying, will allow you the ability to make decisions later on efficiency or speed.

How to do it:

1 - Swim slow, smooth freestyle, focusing the attention on extending the fingers as far out front as possible.

2 - Focus ONLY on extending the hand as far forward as possible, and not on the pull, finish, or recovery of the stroke.

3 - Feel what part of the hand has the most pressure on it. It should be the relaxed fingers out front, not the palm.

How to do it really well (the fine points):

If you're true to the goal of extension, other parts of your stroke will fall into line. By trying to push the hand forward with a bit of intensity, you'll create a better, more direct pull. Focusing on the pull can lead you to shorten the extension, and start you down a path of instinctual reaction to moving through the water.

When the focus is only on extension, there are other aspects of the stroke that start to come together. Better balance will help you drive the hand forward in a more direct line. You'll also connect the arm to the body rotation, which will ultimately give you a more powerful pull.

Youthful exuberance leads swimmers to focus on fast turnover and the pull. Age and wisdom know that it's better to start with the understanding of a full stroke as early in the learning process as possible, then make adjustments as the swimmer grows older.

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 does a supplement label really tell you? Learn more about the parts of the label. 

Seven new #supplements were added to the High Risk List. Is your product on the list? 

What exactly is a dietary supplement? According to the DSHEA Act of 1994, #supplements have 4 key characteristics. 

The High Risk List is a list of #supplements that pose an #antidoping risk to athletes and a health risk to consumers. #beinformed 

Is your athletic career worth it? Some weight-loss and exercise #supplements contain banned and experimental stimulants #beinformed


Substances on the 2018 Prohibited List explained. Athlete Guide to the 2018 List is now available.

5 Ways To Think Like A Champion

By Jon Gordon, Weekly Newsletter, November 13, 2017

I meet and learn from Champions every day. Not just in locker rooms but in classrooms, hospitals, homeless shelters, homes and office buildings. I've learned that to be a champion you must Think Like a Champion. Champions think differently than everyone else. They approach their life and work with a different mindset and belief system that separates them from the pack.

1. Champions Expect to Win - When they walk on the court, on the field, into a meeting or in a classroom they expect to win. In fact they are surprised when they don't win. They expect success and their positive beliefs often lead to positive actions and outcomes. They win in their mind first and then they win in the hearts and minds of their customers, students or fans.

2. Champions Celebrate the Small Wins - By celebrating the small wins champions gain the confidence to go after the big wins. Big wins and big success happen through the accumulation of many small victories. This doesn't mean champions become complacent. Rather, with the right kind of celebration and reinforcement, champions work harder, practice more and believe they can do greater things.

3. Champions Don't Make Excuses When They Don't Win - They don't focus on the faults of others. They focus on what they can do better. They see their mistakes and defeats as opportunities for growth. As a result they become stronger, wiser and better.

4. Champions Focus on What They Get To Do, Not What They Have To Do - They see their life and work as a gift not an obligation. They know that if they want to achieve a certain outcome they must commit to and appreciate the process. They may not love every minute of their journey but their attitude and will helps them develop their skill.

5. Champions Believe They Will Experience More Wins in the Future - Their faith is greater than their fear. Their positive energy is greater than the chorus of negativity. Their certainty is greater than all the doubt. Their passion and purpose are greater than their challenges. In spite of their situation champions believe their best days are ahead of them, not behind them.

If you don 't think you have what it takes to be a champion, think again. Champions aren't born. They are shaped and molded. And as iron sharpens iron you can develop your mindset and the mindset of your team with the right thinking, beliefs and expectations that lead to powerful actions.

How Coaches can Create Extraordinary Moments for their Athletes

By Reed Maltbie,, November 2017

In July of 2000, in an incident that focused widespread attention on the growing problem of parental violence in youth sports, one suburban hockey dad killed another during an argument over rough play involving their 10-year-old sons. 

Editorial writers and TV talk shows hosts, psychologists and sports officials urged a stunned nation to make the Commonwealth of Massachusetts vs. Thomas Junta a wake-up call for fanatical parents whose behavior was ruining children’s sports.

The call went unheeded. Sports rage has become increasingly prevalent. In the years since Junta was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, another Massachusetts dad, whose sixth grader’s team had just lost a Catholic League basketball championship, flew into a rage and bit off a piece of the coach’s ear.

Learn more here

Build Your Confidence

By Christen Shefchunas,, 2017

Watch the Three minute video below

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Working with Parents in Sport
A Helpful Resource

‘Working with Parents in sport’ is a U.K. based company designed to inform parents in a human way of the best way to support their child through their early ...

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Perspective Deserves a Second Look

By Harvey MacKay,, Nov 6, 2017

A woman hired a bricklayer to build a wall outside her upscale home. Talking with him while he worked, she was amazed to discover he was the brother of a brilliant concert violinist whom she’d recently seen perform. 

“Oh, you’re so lucky to have such a talented brother,” she said. Then, fearing the man might misinterpret her remarks as being…

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