Coach Connection Newsletter #3 - 1/19/18

Coach Connection Newsletter #3 - 1/19/18

 | Monday, January 22, 2018

USA Swimming Podcasts

USA Swimming has launched Kick Set, a new Podcast series! Kick Set will feature coaches, athletes and staff members who will share their perspectives on various topics in the swimming world. 

Episode One features Greg Meehan, Director of Women's Swimming at Stanford University, as he touches on the impact sports had on his life growing up in Philadelphia, the importance of relationship building and mentorship and other topics coaches are dealing with in and out of the pool today.

To listen to Kick Set download the episode from iTunes or your favorite RSS feed! New episodes will launch monthly!


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 with great information 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 and Full Information

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 into the website 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 Club Development Division 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 SWIMMING. 

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
Staff Application

Mental Health Newsletter

“An Athletes Perspective” 

As an athlete who has been diagnosed with depression, I was constantly asked why I continued to swim. What many did not understand is that swimming was not the cause. What I felt at the time, but couldn’t get out in words, is that swimming was saving my life. I feel it’s important to help those reading this to better understand how swimming helped me cope with what I was experiencing:

Important Reading

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.


#TeamUSA 2018 #antidoping publications now available. #beinformed 

Answers to some of the most commonly asked questions for athletes new to drug testing. #antidoping101 #cleansport 

Cold and flu season is here!! Feeling under the weather , but coming up to an important competition? Be sure to choose your cold medicine carefully. Some products contain stimulants like pseudoephedrine which are banned in-competition. 


The new year is a great time to educate yourself on the risks #supplements pose to athletes. Have you checked your #supplements against the High Risk List? 

With #supplements, you can never be 100% sure of the ingredients just by looking at the label. Take steps to reduce your risk.

Is it a food, a drug, or a supplement? Understanding labels is key to understanding your risk associated with #supplements.

How Coaches Build Cohesive Teams

With Sports Psychologist Roberta Kraus, Ph.D., TrueSport

One of the confusing and challenging conversations in education and youth sports centers on whether teaching and coaching should be gender-blind, or whether there are scientifically valid reasons girls and boys should be coached differently.

Sports psychologist and TrueSport Expert, Roberta Kraus, Ph.D., says that when it comes to building cohesive youth sports teams, girls and boys take different paths to success.
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Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty

By Harvey MacKay, Syndicated Column, January 11, 2018

If I had to name the single characteristic shared by all the truly successful people I’ve met over a lifetime, I’d say it is the ability to create and nurture a network of contacts.

Although I never met David Rockefeller, he certainly would have fit in this category. When he passed away in March 2017 at the age of 101, “Bloomberg News” revealed that he had an “electronic Rolodex” of 150,000 people. “The Wall Street Journal” recently reported it was 200,000. He was a master networker during his 24 years as the head of Chase Manhattan Bank and 60 years of being involved with the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Psychological Resilience for Athletes – A Demystification…

By Heather Hunter,, January 2018

“Difficulties in life are intended to make us better, not bitter.” – Dan Reeves (Former NFL athlete and head coach)

Resilience. It has become a buzzword of modern self-help inside and out of the sporting world. It is touted as necessary for success; but has been criticized heavily for the use of ill-defined terminology and unqualified results. The term seems to have become disingenuous, with every organization and leader claiming to be building resilience. The whole murky business needs demystifying. What is resilience?

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