Coach Connection Newsletter #13 - 3/30/18

Coach Connection Newsletter #13 - 3/30/18

 | Monday, April 2, 2018


USA Swimming Podcast March 2018

Check out this month's podcast release featuring Lindsay Mintenko who is the USA Swimming National Team Managing Director. Lindsay will talk about her experience in the sport as an athlete from the age group level to the 2000 & 2004 Olympic Teams, the importance of a work-life balance for everyone, especially coaches, and the exciting changes we can expect as we move forward to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
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Building Underwater Dolphins

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, March 28, 2018



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During our travels, we get the opportunity to work with many teams. This past week in Lexington Kentucky, we visited the Swimchester Sailfish and saw a simple progression for developing better underwater dolphins.

Why do it:

Teaching proper underwater dolphins at a young age gives an increased potential for any swimmer.

How to do it:

1 - For this nine year old swimmer, they start with single-arm extended dolphin kick with the breath being taken to the side when necessary.

2 - Using short, cut-off fins, the swimmer makes a slightly better connection through the entire body.

3 - Move the swimmer underwater to a streamline position for her next series of underwaters.

4 - Vary the tempo and amplitude until a flowing body dolphin begins to appear.

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

Make sure the swimmer has a "target", or breakout point so she doesn't go too far. After a while and some testing on rate, remove the fins. Repeat this drill frequently and make sure the swimmer is connecting the chest and hips, and not just kicking from the knees down.

We love watching the youngest swimmers understand and build these processes. This young swimmer was most impressive. Great job by all!

Advice To Young Coaches (and some old coaches who need to be reminded)

By Vern Gambetta, March 21, 2018

Here is some advice for young coaches from my experiences. I originally posted this in 2012 but it demands to be reposted. This advice reflects lessons that I learned, no need to make the same the same mistakes I made.

•Be prepared to pay your dues, you don’t enlist the army as a general.

•Practice humility – No matter what your athletic or academic accomplishments you are going to have to prove yourself as a coach. Check your ego at the door.

•Keep Learning – Keep a notebook of your ideas and observations. Write in it as often as possible. It will be an invaluable reference as you progress through your career. I have filled Moleskin notebooks in my 49th year of coaching.

•Listen and watch – You have two eyes, two ears and one mouth for a reason.

• Dress Professionally – That should not need explanation.

•Be fit, look the part.

•Learn the culture of the sport(s) you are working with ASAP. Do your homework.

•Be the first to arrive and the last to learn – Earn your stripes.

•Never let anyone outwork you. Forget what you are being paid get the job done.

•Do the grunt work, in fact volunteer for it.

•If you are working with athletes that don’t speak English learn the language, it will open doors for you.

•File the theoretical peer reviewed stuff you learned in class. You are in the real world now, on the job it is about producing results, make the athletes better.

•Maintain professional distance from your athletes you are not their friend you are their coach.

•Rome wasn’t built in a day learn patience it takes time.

•Coaching is a profession – Never lose sight of that.

•The head coach is the boss. Be loyal and respectful.

•Never forget coaching is not about sets and reps or X’s and O’s it is about people.

•If you want respect then show respect.

•When it is all said and done be sure that you have had as many experiences as possible not one experience many times. 

Thriving or Surviving: Signs Your Kid Is Stretched Too Thin

By TrueSport

There are so many extracurricular activities available for young people now, including youth sports, art classes, religious schools, STEM activities, music lessons, language, and the list goes on. What educators have learned over the years is that young people stay out of trouble when they are involved in co-curriculars. They learn new skills, become physically and mentally stronger, and discover their passions. As parents, we want our children to thrive and find their passions, as well as learn social skills and build strong relationship with people who have common interests.

As the seasons move from winter to spring and warmer weather makes more outdoor sports opportunities available for children, parents need to make sure we can help them find a balance between schoolwork and all of those fun activities they are interested in and driven toward. 
Here's a way to do that:


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.


Studies show that coaches are ranked as the top positive influence on today's young athletes. Coaches have their own rights and responsibilities when it comes to preserving a level playing field.

Help protect the rights of clean athletes and clean competition. #cleansport

USADA FAQ: What are some of the #antidoping education programs available through USADA?

Do you need a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) form?  Check out the TUE Pre-Check form

The 37th Annual Central States Swim Clinic

Club Leadership Business Management School

May 17th and 19th 6:30-9:00 pm

Both nights

$20 registration fee through the clinic website

Take advantage of our group discount and pre-registration pricing and make your plans to attend the Central States Swim Clinic in Oak Brook, IL on May 19-20 at the Oak Brook Marriott in Oak Brook, IL. Pre-registration and our special clinic hotel rate ends May 7.

All information about the clinic, including online registration, is available here:

Don’t delay – register NOW! 

Don’t forget to make your hotel reservations at the same time — call (630) 573-8555 for special clinic rates.

The 2018 Clinic proudly offers the following prestigious line-up of speakers

and the special opportunity to meet and work with Olympic swimmers Elizabeth Beisel and Tyler Clary.

Bob Bowman: ’16 Head Men’s Olympic Coach, ’04, ‘08 & ’12 Asst. Olympic Coach, long time coach of Michael Phelps

Eddie Reese: 3x Olympic Head Coach, 4x Olympic Asst. Coach, 13 NCAA Team Titles & Head Coach U of Texas

Dave Salo: Olympic Coach ‘08, ‘04 & ‘00, Head Coach USC Men & Women, Author

Alan Goldberg: Sports Performance Consultant & Author

Elizabeth Beisel: 3x Olympian ‘08, ‘12 & ‘16, Silver & Bronze medalist, ‘13 World’s Bronze medalist

Tyler Clary: Olympic Gold medalist ‘12, American Record Holder & NCAA Record Holder

Come learn from some of our country's best coaches and athletes! We hope to see you there.

How to Make Coaching a True Profession

By John O'Sullivan,, March 21, 2018 

“It ain’t what you know that gets you in trouble. It’s what you know that just ain’t true.” – Mark Twain

“What makes you a professional?”

That was the question Dr. Richard Bailey, Head of Research at the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education, posed to myself and 250 PGA instructors in Orlando this past January at the PGA Youth and Global Summit.

"Does getting paid to do something make you a professional? I don’t think so,” he continued, as he displayed the image above.

“Does belonging to a professional association of coaches or instructors make you a professional?” he asked. “Can’t we do better than that? Don’t we expect more of our professional doctors and lawyers and accountants than to simply be paid for their work or belong to a trade association?”
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Quotes for Coaches From A-Z


A collection of quotes coaches can use listed alphabetically by source.

The Culture Code Podcast with Daniel Coyle

By Brett McKay,, March 15, 2018

Have you ever been part of an organization where everyone and everything just seemed to click? People are motivated and things get done. Contrast that experience with being part of an organization that feels toxic. Demoralization, cynicism, and infighting emotionally drain the people who work within it, and dysfunction reigns.

Why do some organizations thrive and others flounder? My guest today argues that it all comes down to culture.
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Finding Mastery: Conversations with Bob Bowman

By Michael Gervais

I’ve been in the trenches with some of the best performers in the world – some who shift how we conceive what’s possible — others who have pushed their own boundaries — ranging from hall of fame athletes to action sport game-changers, entrepreneurs, Mixed Martial Artists, to musicians who influence the rhythm of the world. I’m Dr. Michael Gervais, and I’m excited to decode the many paths toward mastery and provide applied practices that we can all use to be and do more in our lives.
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