Coach Connection Newsletter #10 - 3/9/18

Coach Connection Newsletter #10 - 3/9/18

 | Monday, March 12, 2018

#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


One Registration FREE for each Local Swimming Committee


Promo Code: FlexWorkshopLSC

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

Volunteer Month

March is #1VolunTeam month and USA Swimming needs your help recognizing volunteers throughout March! Each year USA Swimming dedicates the month of March to celebrating the thousands of volunteers that make our events possible on social media using the hashtag #1VolunTeam.

The success of #1VolunTeam is dependent on teams celebrating the volunteers from their area across the U.S. We've created a toolkit (link below) that explains #1VolunTeam month and how you can get the word out to the clubs in your LSC. Please take a look at the link below and let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you in advance for your help.

Learn More Here 

17,000 Referees Reveal The Real Problem With Sportsmanship in Youth Sports

By TrueSport

Sportsmanship is one of the values adults hope children learn from youth sports, but new data suggests that kids might understand sportsmanship better than adults.

According to a 2017 survey of more than 17,000 referees, parents and coaches cause the majority of problems with sportsmanship. When asked “Who causes the most problems with sportsmanship?” only about 10% of respondents cited players, but nearly 40% cited parents, and nearly 30% cited coaches.

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Regional Coach Clinics 

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. 

To register, click the date you wish to attend in the table below.

Schedules are posted when registration opens.

Denver, CO 
April 13-15
Sheraton Denver Tech Center Hotel

Wichita, KS
April 13-15
Hughes Metro Complex, Wichita State University

Long Island, NY 
April 20-22
Courtyard Long Island MacArthur Airport

Nashville, TN
August 17-19

Scottsdale, AZ
August 24-26
Marriott Scottsdale McDowell Mountains

Providence, RI
September 14-16

Milwaukee, WI
September 21-23
Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel


Clinics are open to all swimming coaches. We encourage all coaches, both USA Swimming members and non-members, to attend.

If you have any other questions, please contact Morgan Weinberg


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.


Reduce your risk when choosing dietary #supplements - review the ingredient list carefully.


Unlike medications, supplements are regulated post-market, which means that no regulatory body evaluates the contents listed on the Supplement Facts label before they are sold to consumers. Protect yourself. #cleansport #supplements #truth


USADA's Drug Reference Phone Line is your personal resource for better understanding prohibited substances and the TUE process. 

Bruno Water Polo Drill

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, March 7, 2018


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Bruno Fratus made the finals in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics in the 50 Freestyle. 2014 Pan Pacific Games Champion. Best long course 50 free - 21.37

Sure, we've all seen water polo drill before, but how does a double Olympic Finalist do it?

Why do it:

When Bruno thinks SPRINT, he imagines staying on TOP of the water. This drill helps him isolate that LIFT at the front of his stroke.

How to do it:

1 - Bruno likes to use fins, as he has a thing for going fast!

2 - Keep your head out of the water the entire time.

3 - Swim freestyle, making sure the initial connection of the hand is firm... immediately, holding the head high.

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

Sure, for many of you, this is going to go against the "low head" and "never push down on the water" ideas of swimming. However, when talking to some of the greatest sprinters in the world, we keep hearing the term "lift", or trying to stay on top of the water.

This drill, done this way, with straight arm recover, isn't for everyone. It's to illustrate that those select few who have swum 21 seconds in the 50 long course freestyle, have different needs and focus points. We all have to find the details that allow us to achieve our particular goals.

Finding Focus During Your Practices

By Jeff Janssen, Team Leadership Seminars,, March 2018

Trying to figure out a way to focus your team for better performances and more quality practices?

Focused athletes are essential to your success. You need to have athletes who can concentrate fully on the task at hand for an extended period of time to get the job done. While all coaches understand the importance of focus, just how can you train and develop this critical skill with your athletes during your practices?

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Age Group Injury 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 lack of understanding age group swimming injuries is still a big issue. We created a task force to create a survey-based study to answer some of the questions that have been presented. We have been given (Institutional Review Board) IRB approval, meaning 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. USA Swimming can better provide resources and services to educate and reduce the probability of swimming related injuries.

Dear Coach,

On behalf of the USA Swimming Sports Medicine Committee, I would like to thank you for considering participation in this short (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 therapists and chiropractors in the swimming community formulated this questionnaire with the primary goal of better understanding how injuries occur in the swimming community.

We have a goal of discussing the preliminary results this September 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.


2018 Winter Nationals and Juniors Time Standards

These are the time standards for the 2018 Winter Nationals and Juniors. 

Time Standards

Safe Sport Resources

Below are some useful tools and resources to use to talk about Safe Sport with your team and learn more about the program at USA Swimming

Survivor Support:         

Program Timeline:        

Safe Sport Authorization Act:    

Club Resources:         

Safe Sport Club Checklist: 

Activity Book:               

Safe Sport Mondays: 

Do you have questions about Safe Sport? Write to us here.


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