Coach Connection Newsletter #14 - 4/6/18

Coach Connection Newsletter #14 - 4/6/18

 | Monday, April 9, 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.

Full article on 3 steps is below:=


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 at

Full article in 3 steps

National Open Water Select Camp Assistant Coach Application

Now open until May 2, 2018

The camp will run from August 23-26, 2018 in Pleasant Prairie, WI. The deadline to complete the application is Wednesday, May 2nd.

To apply click here. 

USA Swimming’s Diversity & Inclusion Bi-Lingual pages

USA Swimming’s Diversity & Inclusion programming has added numerous new and updated resources to our Bi-Lingual page, including:

•Engagement Postcard in Spanish

•Meet Ad in Spanish

•Swim Essentials YouTube Link

•USA Swimming D&I Newsletter in Spanish

•Updated Hispanic/Latino Resource Guide in Spanish

Please feel free to share these materials and others with the members in your LSC and as always, our Diversity & Inclusion page can be found here.

USA Swimming ofrece los siguientes recursos bilingües para el uso de equipos.

•Postal de competencias en español

•Anuncio de encuentro en español

•Enlace a YouTube sobre los fundamentos de la natación

•La versión en español del boletín de diversidad e inclusión

•Guía actualizada para hispanos y latinos en español


Warning Signs Your Teen Athlete is Abusing Steroids

By TrueSport

The effects of steroids aren’t always obvious.

Not all users look like bodybuilders, and especially given how much we now know about effective sport nutrition and training, putting on lean muscle quickly isn’t necessarily a sign of steroid abuse. Instead of just one telltale sign, learning that a teen is taking something they shouldn’t will likely come through a combination of clues. What makes this especially difficult is that many of these symptoms often coincide with symptoms of simply being a teenager.

But, knowing what to look for can help you separate the odd physical occurrence or two from a larger issue at hand, allowing you to then address the situation and get help for the athlete.

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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.


Performance-enhancing drugs have the potential to drastically alter the human body. We answer common questions about the health and safety risks associated with banned substances and methods.

Need an on-the-go reference of the WADA Prohibited List? Download the 2018 USADA Wallet Card.


Donating plasma (or plasmapheresis) is prohibited under the 2018 WADA Prohibited List. 

Finding Mastery: Conor Dwyer

By Michael Gervais, March 28, 2018

This week’s conversation is with American swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Conor Dwyer.

You wouldn’t know it looking at him, with his 6’5” athletic frame, three Olympic medals and four World Championships titles to his name, but success in the pool didn’t come easy for Conor.

He was a multi-sport athlete throughout his youth, settling into swimming as his main focus late in high school. He was good but never quite great and the self-described ‘very late bloomer’ struggled to get any collegiate coach to look his way as graduation approached.

Unlike most of his teammates now on the U.S. National Swim Team, there were no red carpet swim scholarships rolled out in his direction. But what Conor may have lacked in head-turning results early in his career, he made up for with a gut-wrenching work ethic.

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The Role of Assistant Coaches

By Don Kloth,, March 19, 2018

A characteristic of good athletic programs is that they have great assistant coaches on all levels. Assistants play a vital role in a team’s success.

There were certain qualities I looked for in assistants, and it’s imperative to have a meeting prior to the season to outline expectations. While serving as a head coach, I always remained as an assistant coach in another sport. This may not be something that you want to do, but I believed that being an assistant coach in another sport allowed me to become a better head coach. I also believed that being a head coach allowed me to become a better assistant. It gave me a different perspective of both positions.

An assistant coach once said at a coaching clinic that his main objective was to make the head coach “Coach of The Year.” That concept had a major impact on me about the role of an assistant.

There are six keys to being a great assistant coach — loyalty, working hard, knowledge of the game, teaching schemes, developing players and sending quality individuals to the next level in the program. Here are some thoughts on each.

Roles of Asst. Coach

The Relationship Between Quality Sleep and a Growth Mindset

By Harold Penn,, March 13, 2018 

The benefits of quality sleep go way beyond physical health. Getting quality sleep helps you develop and strengthen a growth mindset, which is vital to maximize your potential. While it may seem easy to forgo sleep for work or school, studies have shown that sufficient rest can actually help your learning abilities and skill development.

One example is a study published in the Scientific Reports Journal, which established a correlation between sleep and students’ school performance. The researchers found that students with irregular sleep schedules were more likely to get low grades. What’s remarkable was that a gradual increase in sleep resulted to cumulative improvements in GPA.

Having quality sleep consistently will enable your mind and body to function properly as well as absorb new information. In turn, absorbing new information and becoming smarter provides evidence that intelligence is malleable and can be changed through our own actions. Here are some other ways sleep is important for learning and development.

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Why It's Important To Play With Other Kids That Are The Same Age

By Mike Brown, Associate Head Coach of the Golden State Warriors, Positive Coaching Alliance, March 21, 2018

With more than twenty years of coaching experience, including being named the 2009 NBA Coach of the Year, Brown brought his knowledge of the game to the Warriors in 2016 as an Assistant Coach. He brought his knowledge of the game and coaching experience when he stepped in as acting Head Coach in 2017 to lead the Warriors to a best postseason winning percentage in NBA history with a 16-1 record and NBA Championship.

As a parent, Mike Brown understands why parents want their student-athletes to play with older athletes and play against older competition. However, he urges parents against this idea. He explains how accelerating your student-athletes athletic career means the potential that they miss out on important life lessons that can be learned from playing with kids the same age; life lessons like leadership, teamwork, and work ethic can all be emphasized when you play with kids the same age. He encourages parents to allow their student-athletes the opportunity to learn these lessons by giving them the chance to compete with kids their own age.

For more on Positive Coaching Alliance click here

What is Loyola basketball's 'Wall of Culture'? It's a guide to team's remarkable season

By David Haugh, Contact Reporter, Chicago Tribune, February 18, 2018

In the middle of the Loyola basketball locker room, Aher Uguak sat quietly dressing for practice until his coach put the player on the spot.

“Shadow,’’ Porter Moser shouted to Uguak, a transfer from New Mexico sitting out this season. “What does that mean, Aher?”

The Wall of Culture



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