Coach Connection Newsletter #48 - 12/1/17

Coach Connection Newsletter #48 - 12/1/17

 | Monday, December 4, 2017

2018 Junior Pan Pacific

USA Swimming announced that Allison Beebe of Santa Clara Swim Club and Dan Flack of Baylor Swim Club have been named the United States’ head coaches for the 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Championships, slated for Aug. 23-27 in Fiji.

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USA Swimming Coaching Disability Workshop

February 2 -3 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.

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.

Text LinkRegistration:  Must be online and the Deadline for Registration is January 19th

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Tips for Choosing Plant-Based Protein Foods

By Chris Rosenbloom, PhD, RDN, November 22, 2017

Many athletes are choosing a plant-based diet and still want to get quality protein to build and repair muscle after hard workouts.

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Reading the Clock

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, November 29, 2017

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Coaches will understand the importance of this week's video, especially when working with younger swimmers.

After you watch the video, take a quick quiz and see how you do.

Why do it:

Learning how to read the clock, knowing when to push off, and how to prepare for your interval before you get back to the wall, allows for a well-organized practice. The less chaos during training, the more focus can be placed on swimming... rather than avoiding others.

How to do it:

We're going to go through a few scenarios here... using both the standard sweep clock, and the digital clock.

1 - Leaving on the "top", or "zero". This means the first swimmer in the lane leaves when the clock reaches what would be the 60 second mark, or 12 o'clock, or when the digital clock gets to :00.

2 - Leave "5 seconds apart". The 2nd swimmer in the lane will leave 5 seconds after the person in front of them... so the 5 - 10 - 15 - and so on.

3 - It's standard practice to leave on the number that ends in either 5 or 0... but you'll always see those swimmers who leave at some random time. This makes it more difficult to maintain a good distance behind the person in front, and more difficult to get your actual time of the swim. Stay organized.

During a set, while you're swimming, you should not just be thinking about your stroke technique, but also, when you're going to have to leave for your next swim. We'll use the example that these swimmers have to leave on the :40.

1 - Sometimes you get a lot of rest, so you'll have time to prep for the :40, or the sendoff, when you get in. This swimmer has about :10 seconds.

2 - When sets get more difficult, it's best to KNOW you have to leave on the :40 before you come in, that way, you can grab a quick breath, and get ready for a good push off.

3 - REALLY tough sets, or "short rest" sets... well... it's pretty much a "touch and go". These may seem like an open turn, when you JUST get enough time to see the clock. There is no time to calculate when you have to leave... so you better know it before you touch the wall.

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

This is a simple fine point... stay engaged and thinking during practice. Know when YOU are supposed to leave, and don't depend on the person in front of you to know the intervals. The clock serves are your own personal tracker... to tell you when to start, how fast you went on the swim, and when to leave again. Treat the clock as if you're the only one using it, and know your times.

Text LinkGreat swimming is more than going back and forth... it's an organized, thoughtful, engaged approach to your training. Start young, and it's easy.

Ten Business Truisms That Apply to Sports Coaching

By Dawn Redd,, November 25, 2017

We should always try to learn and get better. I’m always scouring the internet for anything that makes me a better coach, and I once read an article about business truism that can improve your life. I discovered that many of those principles apply to athletics.

Here are 10 practical lessons that will change the way you coach.
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6 Lessons I Learned Teaching Leadership With a 4-Star General at West Point

What I learned teaching leadership with a four-star general at West Point.

By Joshua Spodek , Author, 'Leadership Step by Step, November 2017

Who is America's greatest leader?

Longtime readers of my column will remember Six Lessons I Learned at Lunch With the Best Leader in America, where I called Frances Hesselbein the nation's best leader.

It wasn't just my opinion. Several leadership gurus named her the best. She earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom and more.

But Frances herself will tell you

My historic greatest leader is Abraham Lincoln. My contemporary greatest is General Lloyd Austin III.

If America's greatest leader calls him the greatest, I won't argue.

I've been to lunch with Frances and General Austin. It's like a polite debate of each saying how much more each has learned from the other.
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The Power of A Positive Team

By Jon Gordon, Author, Weekly Newsletter, November 27, 2017

Many think that you have to choose between positivity and winning. But the truth is you don't have to choose. Positivity leads to winning. 

Michael Phelps was recently interviewed by Bob Costas where he described his approach to building a positive team before the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
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Leadership Lessons

By Bob Starkey, Basketball coach, November 2017

There was a leadership quote from Vince Lombardi on one of his leadership posts.

“Leadership is not just one quality, but rather a blend of many qualities; and while no one individual possesses all of the needed talents that go into leadership, each person can develop a combination to make him or her a leader.”

With that thought in mind, here is a list of some of the takeaways that I have collected from Coach Starkey’s posts on leadership that have resonated with me. I hope you find a few that have value to you as well!
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