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2018 Club Excellence Results Announced
Monday, December 18, 2017
Gold, Silver, Bronze recognition awarded to 200 clubs for performance excellence.
Nation’s Capital Swim Club of the Washington, D.C., area continues its reign as the top performing club earning the No. 1 spot in the USA Swimming Club Excellence program for the fourth year in a row. Each year, the Club Excellence program recognizes the organization’s highest-performing clubs in the development of athletes 18 years and younger.
2018 Club Insurance Now Available
The 2018 club insurance renewals are completed. Clubs can issue 2018 certificates of insurance to their facilities via the Certificates Now System. More information is available at sftest.usaswimming.org/insurance - insurance certificates for your team.
Legislation That Goes into Effect on January 1st
2017 HOD Legislation effective January 1, 2018
By Glenn Mills, GoSwim video of the Week, December 15, 2017
Want FAST flip turns? Try overloading the legs as you spin around.
Why do it:
Staying TIGHT through the turn will allow you to spin faster, to get off the wall quicker. This teaches you just how much you're opening up.
How to do it:
1 - As Olympic Joao DeLucca demonstrates, submerge as you come into the wall, deep enough to make sure you're not going to allow the feet to come in contact with the surface.
2 - Approach the wall and do a flip turn like you normally would. That's it.
How to do it really well (the fine points):
Even Olympians will slow down the spin as they go through this. This drill will show you just how much you slow, and will awaken the need to stay as tight as possible.
Look at how close Joao's thighs get to his chest as he tries to create the smallest ball possible to spin in. Compare that to his regular turn, and you'll see as the feet escape the resistance of the water, they get even tighter. You'll also notice that Joao places his feet a bit higher on the underwater turn than the regular turn. This is due to the slowing of the flip. If you can get the underwater turn fast, then the regular turn, with he feet coming OUT of the water, is going to be fantastic!
See much more of Joao de Lucca at this link
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Age-Based Guide to Goal Setting
By Roberta Kraus, TrueSport, December 2017
Goal setting changes as kids mature in age and experience. Roberta Kraus, Ph.D. has important advice about how to help all kids set and achieve their goals.
Top Tips for Nutrition Gifts for Swimmers
By Chris Rosenbloom, PhD, RDN, December 19, 2017
Still looking for a special holiday gift for your swimmer? When it comes to food and nutrition, all swimmers could use a little help, so give your swimmer a competitive edge with these gift ideas.
Opportunity is NOWHERE
By James Leath, Formerly with IMG, December 13, 2017
If you could only say one thing to a group of athletes, what would you say?"
My friend Ed came to town visit and talk teaching leadership to athletic teams. After a few hours of great conversation, he sat back and said, "Alright, we have talked about a lot of stuff. But if you If you could only say one thing to a group of athletes, what would you say?"
Being a Dependable Teammate
By Bill Belichick, Coachad.com, December 5, 2017
Five-time Super Bowl champion football coach Bill Belichick returned to his hometown of Annapolis, Maryland, this summer. While there, he stopped by his former high school and offered some words of advice to the football team.