Coach Connection Newsletter #7 - 2/16/18

Coach Connection Newsletter #7 - 2/16/18

 | Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Zone Select Camp Coach Applications

Don’t miss out!

The Zone Select Camp assistant coach application in now open! The deadline to apply is March 1st. 

Central Zone
University of Cincinnati      
Cincinnati, OH        
May 24-27, 2018

Southern Zone 
University of Louisville       
Louisville, KY         
May 24-27, 2018

Western Zone  
Arizona State University    
Tempe, AZ   
May 31- 3, 2018

Eastern Zone   
University of Virginia         
Charlottesville, VA  
June 7-10, 2018

To access the app and learn more about our camps click here

#SwimBiz Conference and Flex Membership Workshop

Join us at the 2018 #SwimBiz Conference including the Flex Membership Workshop on Sunday, April 8, 2018. Want to learn how to implement the new Flex membership and better promote it through social media, sponsorship and marketing? Stick around for the 2018 #SwimBiz Conference April 9-10.

Learn about the following at the Flex Membership Workshop:

• What is the Flex Membership & What It Means to your LSC & Club

• A Case Study on Running a Pre-Team Program

• Ways Your Club Can Successfully Implement the Flex Membership

• Sneak Peak: Messaging, Creative Elements & Tool Kit to Promote the Flex to Your Community

DISCOUNT: One Registration FREE for each Local Swimming Committee


Promo Code: FlexWorkshopLSC

For more information about the Flex Membership Workshop and #SwimBiz conference

Important Survey

By Keenan Robinson, USA Swimming National Team Sports Medicine and Science Director and the Sports Medicine Committee

Last summer, two of our athlete reps brought to USA Swimming’s attention that understanding age group swimming injuries is still a big issue. We created a task force to create a survey based study to answer these questions. We have been given IRB approval, which is huge, as it means a review board has vetted our study design, intended statistical analysis, and publication value for preventative medicine. This is a similar process to the concussion study we started three years ago, which lead to two published papers and most importantly a return to swim guideline.

Dear Coach,

On behalf of the USA Swimming Sports Medicine Committee, I would like to thank you for considering participation in this short (it should take less than 7 minutes) anonymous survey aimed at collecting information to better understand injuries in the 18 and under swimming population. A small group comprised of leading physicians, athletic trainers, physical therapist and chiropractors in the swimming community formulated this questionnaire with the primary goal of better understanding how injuries occur in the swimming community and how USA Swimming can better provide resources and services to educate and reduce the probability of swimming related injuries.

We have a goal of discussing the preliminary results in September of 2018 at the USAS Annual Convention in Jacksonville, FL. This presentation will then be made public on the USA Swimming website to help coaches, swimmers, and parents gain a better understanding of training volume, workout frequency, stroke specialization, dryland activities, and other factors that may impact the occurrence of injuries among swimmers.

We feel that feedback from the USA Swimming coaching community is critical, as you know best the issues related to injury and illness in competitive swimmers. We intend to use the information generated from this survey in a directed manner to help all our registered members. The results of this survey will also help inform the USA Swimming Sports Medicine Committee about future directions for educational programs and areas for further research.

Most importantly, we will publish our findings to better educate the health care providers who will have the opportunity to provide medical services to your swimmers in the future.

This will truly lead to some vast improvements in understanding swimming injuries at the youth level. 

Take Survey

Controlling Your Concentration Before and During the Race

By Dr. Alan Goldberg,, February 12, 2018 

As your championship meets approach and your hard, physical training winds down, the mental side of your swimming takes on an added importance. In fact, at those big meets, your success in the water is almost entirely dependent upon your pre-race and during race focus of concentration.
Learn More Here

Fellows 2018: Call for Applications

From ASCA, February 12, 2018

The application is now available for the 2018 class of ASCA's Fellows program.

Each year the American Swimming Coaches Association selects a small group of coaches to serve a year of fellowship, working on a mentor-lead project: the Fellows. The program's aim is to identify and begin educating the future coach-leaders of our sport. As such, ASCA Fellows are typically young coaches with a passionate interest in improving American Swimming.

The fellowship year is a year of education and action. The education portion begins in early September with an intensive "clinic within the clinic" at the annual ASCA World Clinic. The action portion of the program consists of working on and completing a project. Each selected candidate, under the direction of the ASCA staff and Board of Directors, completes a project during the Fellows year (from the 2018 World Clinic to the 2019 World Clinic).

The 2018 invited class will do face-to-face interviews with National Team coaches in their area. They will also do an underwater filming at that time. The interview will brief:

• What is the most impactful leadership book you have read and why?

• Could you describe a difficult leadership problem you encountered and how you dealt with it?

• Would you demonstrate a stroke drill or drill progression that you are using with one of your National Team members or prospects, and talk ASCA members through what you are doing and why? (on film)

The results should be a comprehensive leadership reading list, a set of interesting leadership podcasts, and a good set of 3-5 minute (post-editing) stroke drill videos.

To be considered: Coaches interested in the Fellows 2018 class need to submit an application for the program. The application may be obtained by contacting ASCA staff member Matt Hooper or by phone at 1-800-356-2722.

Questions on the program can also be directed to Matt.

Application deadline for the 2018 Fellows class is: Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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.

Five Anti-Doping Highlights for 2018

The more athletes know, the better they can manage the risk of a positive test. Athletes and athlete support personnel should take the time to read through a short

list highlighting just a few of the top 2018 WADA Prohibited List changes and prohibited substances that impact athletes. Keep reading here.

Learn More Here

I See You, Less-Than-Perfect Kid, and It’s Time We Ease the Pressure on Your Stressed-Out Soul

By Rachel Macy Staford,, February 2018

“It’s been a long, cold and lonely winter, little darlin’ It feels like years since you’ve been here. Here comes the sun, little darlin’ Here comes the sun, I say It’s all right It’s all right.” –George Harrison, Here Comes the Sun I have it in me to look over my daughter’s shoulder and make sure she stays on top…

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Adopting An Olympian's Mindset

By Dr. Colleen Hacker, Positive Coaching Alliance, February 6, 2018

With the 2018 Winter Olympic Games here, it’s easy to forget about the years of preparation and the thousands of hours of practice that go into performing well on the World’s biggest stage. As the great painter Michelangelo cautioned, “If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.” He’s essentially reminded us all that Olympians aren’t born Olympians, but rather are developed through passion, perseverance, practice, and purposeful preparation.

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What Can Sled Dog Teams Teach Us About Team Culture?

By J.P. Nerbun,, February 12, 2018

Sled Dog Teams

Ever read “The Call of the Wild” or see the film? If you don’t know much about sled dogs, let me tell you they are awesome. They have been around since before 1000 BC and are still used today; not just for racing, but in the place of snowmobiles and helicopters for rescue operations. They are even able to travel for 6-8 hours across the roughest arctic conditions in the Iditarod Dog Sled Race.

Typically, the sled dog team ranges from 12-16 dogs, each with a very specific role and sequence. Each team has 2 lead dogs, 2 swing dogs, 2 team dogs, and 2 wheel dogs.
Continue Reading Here

Tips for a Positive Parent/Coach Partnership

By Positive Coaching Alliance, February 2018

Coaches and parents both play an important role in the development of youth athletes. To ensure a positive experience for the child, and to avoid parent/coach conflict, parents should recognize the part they play in making the season a success. This is often hard for those parents who want to involve themselves as much as possible but have stopped short of volunteering to coach. However, it is best for the athletes if parents can provide support in a different way than the coaches do during practices and games.

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