Coach Connection Newsletter #2 - 1/12/18

Coach Connection Newsletter #2 - 1/12/18

 | Tuesday, January 16, 2018

2018 Manager’s List Now Open

Interested in becoming a head or assistant manager for USA Swimming events, trips, or camps in 2018? Fill out the 2018 National Team and Club Development Manager Application to add your name to the managers pool and express your interest in specific events. You must be signed in to register. 

Application is now open and closes February 5, 2018. 

Please contact Carli Brashier with any questions or call (719) 866-3560.

2018 Long Course Meets During Short Course Season

In recent weeks the Program Development Department has received several inquiries concerning long course meets during the short course season. In response, we will develop a list of long course meets that are open for teams to consider. We need your help to compile this list. 

If your club is hosting a long course meet during the short course season,(January – May) please email Jeff Allen with the following event information. 

As the meet information is received, we will post the meet listings on the USA Swimming Web Page as well as on several social media outlets. 

Thank you in advance for your assistance and GO USA.

Meet Date:
Meet Description:
Meet Eligibility Requirements: (time standards/entry restrictions or requirements)
Meet Contact:
Link to Meet Info:
Meet Format (prelim/final) (senior/age group)
Facility Info:
Warm Up/Warm Down Availability:

2018 Diversity Select Camp

Each spring, USA Swimming invites 48 athletes from underrepresented populations to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs to participate in a three-day camp program which includes pool training, motivational/educational sessions and team-building activities. 

Selection is based on times swum at USA Swimming sanctioned events.

The National Diversity Select Camp athlete application is OPEN. The application window will close on Friday, February 9, 2018 at 5pm Mountain Standard Time. 

Athlete Application: 

Camp Staff Application:

How to Talk to Your Young Athlete About Weight Loss

By TrueSport

There are many reasons an adolescent might want to lose weight.

Unfortunately, many of them come from a place of stigma or peer pressure rather than a genuine desire to improve one’s health for the sake of doing so.

Some adolescents may feel self-conscious about their bodies when changing in the locker room. Others may want to fulfill some idealized standard of beauty, or have a body like their favorite athlete. But for the majority, wanting to lose weight comes from a stigma they have felt either directly (in the form of being teased by their peers) or indirectly (such as through media).

The effects of this are well-documented: 

Turns - Fin Open Turns

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, January 3, 2018

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Whether you do your open turn coming off on your side...

Or you do your open turn coming off toward your stomach...

It’s still incredibly important to keep the feet TIGHT to make either of them fast.

Why do it:
Staying tight on your spin will help you achieve the quickest turn for breaststroke or butterfly.

How to do it:
1 - Go grab a big pair of fins.
2 - Start swimming and doing your regular open turns.
3 - After you’ve done a few, or a set with them... take them off and see how it feels. You’ll spin faster.

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

By increasing the surface area of the feet, it’s much tougher to draw the feet to the wall. The feet will need to be dragged in, slid in, rather than hooked. Our swimmer initiates the feet draw with a slide, hiding the face of the fin from the water and then slices the fins sideways to get them to the wall.

After a few turns, taking off the weight of the fins will make the swimmer feel much quicker, and more aware of their feet.

For more open turn videos, click here


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You can learn a better flip turn from Olympian Joao de Lucca starting here:

This drill features for USA National Team Member, Pan American Games Champion and 18 time Masters World Record setter, Jerry Frentsos.

Keeping your head down at the beginning of the flip turn helps you to flow through the turn faster.

Many swimmers try so hard to get through their turns, they take the longest path through the turn by looking, or popping up prior to the wall.

From your coach’s perspective, there is a HUGE difference in the way you approach the wall. They know if you’re lifting the eyes, or head, or staying down and having a great turn.

Here’s what it looks like when you’re not keeping your head down.

Here’s what it looks like when you dive down to come back up to set up your turn.

Here’s what it looks like when you approach the wall with a neutral head position.

Finally, here’s the submerge into the turn. This is what you want to show your coach as often as possible.

Stay low as you approach and flow through the turn. Make it quick and don’t who your coach your head as you initiate your flip.

A Clean Start

By BMW Swimtech, January 2018

Watch the video: 

USADA Updates

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.

A reminder of the importance of understanding the risks associated with dietary supplements.

Athlete Reminder: 2018 Prohibited List Now In Effect. Tools and Resources to you navigate the updates to the list.

Two Downloadable Resources

By J.P. Nerbun,, January 2018

As I’m sure all of you can attest, coaching is about more than just coaching. You must be on top of your athletes’ grades, venture out into the campus community, serve on various committees, and be an administrative assistant to make sure all the I’s are dotted and T’s crossed.

A well prepared coach is ready for the call from their athletic director saying, “Come down to my office with a list of your program needs.” But for every well prepared coach, there’s a weak coach. A weak coach is afraid to rock the boat, so they’re afraid to ask for things that would improve their program. Are you worried that this might be you?

Here are five signs that you might need to take more control and initiative in your program.
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