Coach Connection Newsletter #8 - 2/23/18

Coach Connection Newsletter #8 - 2/23/18

 | Friday, February 23, 2018

Create a Safe Environment in Three Steps

Set. Direct. Protect

Here are three ways you can help your team create a safer environment for your children:

1. Set: Be intentional. Learn how to make your team a Safe Sport team.

2. Direct: Use enthusiastic and frequent communication to teach your team’s members about Safe Sport. Talk about your team’s values and the behaviors that support and reinforce them.

3. Protect: You have spent time and energy to create a culture of safety – Protect it! When something comes up, address it and correct it right away.

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USA Swimming Presents... Kick Set!

Podcast Alert!

The USA Swimming podcast series, Kick Set, will feature coaches, athletes and staff members who will share their perspectives on various topics in the swimming world.

Our next episode will be released on February 21, 2018 and will feature Allison Beebe who is the High Performance Coach at Santa Clara Swim Club. Allison will talk about her creative coaching ideas, mentorship in the sport and her experience coaching elite athletes like Olympian Simone Manuel.


2018 Splash Magazine Reader Survey

By USA Swimming, February 16, 2018

Please share with athletes and Parents
Splash Magazine would like your input to help us make a more excellent publication for our members. Please take a couple minutes to fill out the following survey, which will help us shape the future of Splash.

2018 Reader Survey

Dispelling Protein Myths

By Chris Rosenbloom, PhD, RDN, February 21, 2018 

Swimmers often ask about protein, and while protein is a hot topic in sports nutrition for good reason, some lingering myths remain. This is especially true for vegetarian athletes who know they need protein but don’t eat the usual sources of eggs, milk, meat or seafood. Here are the top concerns I hear from vegetarian swimmers and some facts to set the record straight.

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How Youth Sports Develop Ethical Men and Women

By TrueSport

One of the most prominent conversations over the past year has revolved around the pervasiveness of poor – and sometimes criminal – behavior from men toward women, and sometimes women toward men.

As society grapples with this crisis, youth sport can play a role in changing the culture for the next generation. While many factors contribute to the ways men and women interact as adults, a positive youth sports experience may teach values and interpersonal skills that help both boys and girls develop into ethical and honorable adults. 

Here's How


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.

Information: Do you REALLY know who is in your corner? Make sure you are keeping good company when it comes to your anti-doping responsibilities. 

Resource: The 2018 Athlete Pocket Guide is a condensed, portable resource for athletes and their support personnel. 

Lake Oswego Butterfly Progression

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, February 10, 2018

Watch over 30 chapters of Step-by-Step teaching of age-group butterfly.

While visiting the Lake Oswego Swim Club in Oregon, we really enjoyed their age-group butterfliers. They shared some of their drills with us.

Why do it:

Teaching age-group swimmers a logical progression of steps for butterfly, simplifies the overall process.

How to do it:

1 - To teach the dolphin movement, they use a snorkel with body dolphins.

2 - By varying the speed of the body dolphins, and the amount of press, the swimmer is best able to find the rate that's correct for them.

3 - Next, the swimmers will move on to skipper drill, which focuses them on sending their energy forward as they progress to the propulsive part of the pull.

4 - In this abbreviated sequence, the swimmers then move to swimming smoothly prior to picking up the pace.

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

There are many aspects to teaching a great butterfly, but by limiting the focus of each step, and slowing the process down enough for the swimmer to feel and understand each step, you may end up with 9-year olds that look like this.


Breaststroke Kick on Your Back

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, February 20, 2017


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Cleaning up the old standby drill of breaststroke kick on your back, can add more direction and line to your swimming.

Why do it:

Besides the obvious benefits of learning to recover the legs BEHIND the body, rather than tucking the knees up, by focusing on the finished bodyline and direction of the press, your kick can become more effective.

How to do it:

1 - If, when focusing on "touching the heels", the body goes out of line, put a pull buoy on the swimmer to show him the correct line, or encourage him to NOT "touch the heels".

2 - Encourage the swimmer to hold a short glide at the completion of each kick.

3 - This is a simple drill, but shouldn't be rushed. Focus on turning the feet out at the top of the kick, and finishing to a balanced body with pointed toes.

4 - Move the hands to a streamline position and repeat.

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

From above the water, watch for any "bob", or bouncing of the head when the kick pushes back. When the head is flat during the recovery, and press of the kick, the swimmer is using a more productive kick, but in the recovery and press.


Today’s World of Distraction

From Ruth Sova MS, ATRIC

The average human attention span in 2000 was 12 seconds; by 2013, it was 8 seconds (1 second shorter than a goldfish's), according to a 2015 Microsoft study (Gausby et al. 2015). Media consumption, social media usage, a high technology adoption rate and multiscreening behavior all influence attention. With mobile devices proliferating, people are living digital lifestyles from an increasingly early age.

"The thrill of finding something new often makes connected consumers jump off one experience into another," noted Microsoft study authors. "The 'feel good' neurotransmitter, dopamine, is released when consumers do something they find rewarding. Nineteen percent of online viewers defect [from what they're viewing] in the first 10 seconds" (Gausby et al. 2015). Interestingly, frequent social media users and high–tech adopters have developed a new style of paying short–term attention. Tech–savvy subjects can concentrate intensely for 3–30 seconds, then move to the next activity. While this shows that some people can improve their concentration in bursts, most people suffer from a lack of long–term attention.

Concentration loss affects productivity, happiness and potentially health. Back in 2008, cellphone calls and redundant emails took 28% of U.S. workers' day and created a $650 billion annual loss in productivity, reported Forbes (Van Dusen 2008). In 2010, Harvard University researchers found that 47% of the time, people think about something other than what they're doing—and feel unhappy. Lead study author Matthew Killingsworth said, "How often our minds leave the present and where they tend to go is a better predictor of our happiness than the activities in which we are engaged" (Killingsworth & Gilbert 2010).

Other studies suggest our happiness levels are related to our disease risk—more positive people have less risk of heart disease and other chronic conditions—as well as how likely we are to adopt health–enhancing behaviors (Steptoe, Dockray & Wardle 2009). Perhaps our lack of attention, which leads to losses in productivity and happiness, may also be related to greater disease risks.

Helping Coaches Create Social Media Guidelines for Their Teams

By Derek Fulwiler,, June 2014

As coaches, we all feel comfortable teaching offensive and defensive fundamentals to our student-athletes. We don’t think twice about offering them guidance on how to excel academically, and we do not hesitate to intervene if we see or hear about poor behavior in the hallway or the classroom.

But what do we do about the world of social media?

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