Coach Connection Newsletter #52 - 12/29/17

Coach Connection Newsletter #52 - 12/29/17

 | Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2017 Highlight Video Now Available Online!

USA Swimming is pleased to distribute our annual highlight video, Inside the Lane Lines, which includes footage from the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary! The link to the video library below includes medal-winning performances and World & American records by USA National Team members. Also included are several promotional videos produced by and for USA Swimming.

You may recall this resource coming to you in previous years in a DVD format. This new digital format will allow access on multiple devices and create the ability to share these videos with other coaches on your staff and your swimmers.

We encourage you to use these videos as a tool to inspire and to teach swimmers of all ages.

The footage of the 2017 FINA World Championships is owned by the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) and is used with its permission. This 2017 FINA World Championships footage is intended for educational use only. This footage may not be used for any commercial purpose, or duplicated, distributed sold or put online without the express written consent of USA Swimming and NBC. These videos cannot be saved or downloaded to your devices, but have unlimited playback capability*.

*The link will remain active until 12-31-18. 

If you wish to access these videos after this date contact Morgan Weinberg directly.

To access videos

Regional Coach Clinic

Registration for the Jacksonville Regional Coach Clinic is now open! 

The clinic will run from February 9-11 at the Ponte Vedre Inn & Club in Jacksonville, FL. 

The Regional Coaching Clinic program brings affordable clinics directly to teams in their own LSCs. These clinics are designed for the entire coaching staff from the novice coach to the senior level coach.

The clinic cost is $75 per coach or $200 for a coaching staff of 3 or more. Our clinics are priced to encourage participation by the entire coaching staff. 

Registration & full information can be found 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.
On January 1, 2018, the 2018 WADA Prohibited List goes into effect and athletes will be responsible for understanding and complying with those rules. To get a better understanding of how the rules about prohibited substances and methods impact athletes, take some time to review the Athlete Guide to the 2018 Prohibited List, which includes advisories on key substances and methods in each category of the Prohibited List.

2018 Athlete Handbook:

2018 Pocket Guide:

2018 Wallet Card:

Year-End Reflection: Why Kids Benefit From Reviewing the Past 12 Months

By Leslie Rutberg, TrueSport, December 2017

Self-reflection is a valuable skill that promotes brain development in young kids and teens. Learn how to lead your kids through this important exercise.

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Freestyle Position-11 with Mirrors

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, December 23, 2017



Our 2nd Most Popular video of 2017 with over 400,000 views uses one of our favorite tools... MIRRORS!

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With a new/old facility, we've tried to make some small adaptations to make sure the swimmers have every opportunity to learn better swimming.

Why do it:

The focus on this drill is to get the swimmer to understand the complete extension of the lead arm, and to drive it forward while maintaining their kick.

How to do it:

1 - Put as many mirrors on the bottom of the pool as you can. We've lined up all six of ours in one lane to give the most viewing opportunity possible.

2 - Use a snorkel if you can, but if not, have the swimmer push off short and swim with the eyes down, not breathing for a few strokes.

3 - Have the swimmer perform Position-11 Freestyle, pausing in Position-11 to see BOTH arms fully extended and straight.

4 - When they take a stroke, have them focus on a continuous kick to DRIVE the non-pulling hand forward.

How to do it really well (the fine points)

Have the time spent in Position-11 reduce, to the point it feels like normal swimming. During this time, tell the swimmers to focus their eyes on the LEAD HAND. Does it push forward more? Does the arm bend or does it stay STRAIGHT?

The IMMEDIATE feedback of the mirrors will save the coach time in explaining concepts, and will empower the athlete to the discovery and feel of what great swimming is.

Upcoming Clinics


Learn More and/or Register

Pacific Swim Coaches Clinic
January 4 - 7, 2018
Napa, CA

USA-Swimming Regional Clinic & ASCA Level 2 Stroke School
February 9 - 11, 2018
Jacksonville, FL

ASCA Legends of Texas
April 5 - 8, 2018
Fort Worth Area, TX

USA-Swimming Regional Clinic & ASCA Level 3 Physiology School
April 13 - 15, 2018
Denver, CO

USA-Swimming Regional Clinic & ASCA Level 2 Stroke School
April 13 - 15, 2018
Wichita, KS

USA-Swimming Regional Clinic & ASCA Level 3 Physiology School
April 20 - 22, 2018
Selden - Long Island, NY

September 4-9, 2018
Anaheim, CA

Five Characteristics of Teams Intent on Success

By Dawn Redd, Volleyball coach at Beloit College,, December 2017

“The road to achievement takes time, a long time, but you do not give up,” John Wooden once wrote. “You may have setbacks. You may have to start over. You may have to change your method. You may have to go around, or over, or under. You may have to back up and get another start. But you do not quit. You stay the course. To do that, you must have intentness.”

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Mental Toughness and Excuses

Found in, December 2017

IMO, one of the skills involved in mental toughness is not making excuses. I have assembled some quotes in this article that I hope will help as you work with your players to develop and improve their mental toughness.

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Winner’s Mentality

By Alan Stein of Pure Sweat Basketball,, December 2017

A winner’s mentality is a focused form of confidence. And confidence must be earned through demonstrated performance, discipline, effort, and consistency. A winner’s mentality comes from a daily commitment to excellence. You can’t just wake up and have a winner’s mentality, you have to earn it.

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