Coach Connection Newsletter #49 - 12/8/17

Coach Connection Newsletter #49 - 12/8/17

 | Monday, December 11, 2017

Freestyle - Straight Arm Extension

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, December 6, 2017

We’ve been focusing on this next skill so intently after our cross country trip, please make sure you’ve got this as instinct.

Why do it:

Allowing the arm to RISE during extension can cause resistance, slow your ability to catch quickly, and potentially hurt your shoulders as you push through to the catch.

How to do it:

It really is simple, so let’s not over complicate this. For a great example, let’s take a quick look at James Guy, Great Britain Olympian and World Championship Medalist.

You need to start to associate and feel the arm flying through the water out front. Watch how James gets his arm parallel to the surface of the water, so that the entire arm flies through the water, rather than pushes though it.

Here’s the simple fix. Lower your arm. Drop the hand a couple inches in the water, but focus on the fly... the pierce... the driving of the hand through the water.

Now the details (or the “fine points):

For those focused on “closed fingers”, look at how relaxed James’ hands are. The arm is rigid, but the hands are relaxed. Feeling the water for the next connection. Don’t get hung up with closed fingers, focus on connection after you’ve driven the hand forward.


Build And Program a Pool Conference

Be prepared and registered before the holidays

As of December 1st, 2017, you will have 49 days until the first 2018 BAP Conference.

You might want to register soon being the holidays are upon us. 

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:

Club Leadership & Business Management School (CLBMS) 101

Online course

CLBMS 101 is an introduction to Club Leadership. This course is a great primer for good team governance practices. Use 101 as part of your new Board member orientation program. The online course takes about one hour to complete. 

The 101 course is divided into four lessons:

1.  The Big Picture

2.  Starting a Club

3.  Leading and Running Your Club

4.  Evaluating Your Club 

Upon completion, a printable certificate is available.

Top 5 Benefits of Mental Preparation for Youth Athletes

By TrueSport

How well athletes perform has much to do with how well they prepare beforehand, both physically and mentally.

While it’s easier to stress the physical aspects of preparation (like dynamic stretching, warming up, and staying hydrated) coaches should not underestimate the impact that good mental preparation can have on athletic performance.

Learn More

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


New research highlights the risk of finding unapproved SARMs in #supplements sold on the internet. Even worse, those ingredients aren’t always listed on the label.

 Bodybuilding products sold online may be mislabeled or unsafe


In addition to education and testing, USADA investigations are often assisted by tips stemming from the Play Clean Tip Line. How are you helping to keep sport clean? #cleansport 

#Antidoping resources for health professionals working with elite athletes subject to USADA doping control. Available for CME credits through @StanfordMed #cleansport 

As part of the World Anti-Doping Code, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) publishes an annual Prohibited List of Substances and Methods. The updated List is published by October 1 each year, giving atletes and support personnel three full months to ensure that they are educated on and compliant with the updated List before it goes into effect on January 1 of the new year.

In 2018, there are a number of changes that athletes and their support personnel need to be aware of, and the main changes are highlighted here.

How to Overcome Fear

By Trevor Regan,, December 3, 2017

Fear is the biggest enemy of learning (that we have control of).

Which means, if we want to become a great learner, we have to figure out how to beat fear*

Our newest video shows us how it's done!

Click Here- (new video + free poster)

Performance and Learning

Please take the 30 min to listen to Dr. Mark Williams. Opening with skilled players spend 60% of their time on things they are not good at yet, but lower skilled players spend 60% of their time on things they are already good at... add in the difference between performance and learning, blocked vs random training (and retention) and you have a MUST listen audio thanks to USA Volleyball's Arizona Region Director of Outreach Eric Hodgson.


How Body Language Affects Motivation And Performance

By Mark West, Vice President of Player Programs NBA, PCA, November 2017

West talks about how important body language is to the motivation and performance of teammates on the court.

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Be Present for Your Child/Athlete

By James Leath,, November 23, 2017

How do you do that?

•        Put down your phone.
•        Turn off the television.
•        Go for a walk together.
•        Ask them to explain their favorite toy.
•        Watch them play.
•        Look them in the eyes, and delight in them. 

Kids don't need more presents, they need more presence.

Walking the Talk: How Self-Reflection Can Make You a Better Coach

By Cory Dobbs, Ed.D., The Academy for Sport Leadership

In 1953 New Zealand mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary and his Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Mount Everest—the first to do so. Conquering Everest was and is one of man’s greatest challenges. The grinding mental, emotional, and physical aspects of the climb along with intellectual problem-solving are the heart of the challenge.

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