Coach Connection Newsletter #16 - 4/21/18

Coach Connection Newsletter #16 - 4/21/18

 | Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Flex Membership

USA Swimming has an exciting opportunity for families, clubs and LSCs with the new FlexSwim membership going into effect on September 1, 2018. This is the most progressive new membership category developed in years and is designed to make entering the sport more attractive for today’s busy families. It is a great complement to existing membership options such as the Premium Membership (Annual)!

FlexSwim provides the opportunity to try team swimming, or bridge programs, in a cost-effective way and encourages swimmers to stay involved in life’s other activities.

It also allows clubs the FLEXibility to secure insurance coverage at great prices, keep many of the benefits of being involved in USA Swimming and provides a product more competitive in the youth sports market. Plus, it allows families to earn a credit toward a Premium Membership (Annual) when they have a great experience in the sport!

For more information about Flex and to see a comparison between the Flex Membership and the Premium (or Annual) membership click on the clink below: 

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2018 Board of Directors Call for Nominations

By USA Swimming, April 5, 2018

The USA Swimming Board of Directors and Nominating Committee invite qualified candidates to apply for nomination for election to the Board of Directors.

In September 2018, the USA Swimming House of Delegates will elect six (6) individuals to be At-Large members of the USA Swimming Board of Directors. The Nominating Committee will select and place a minimum of 12 on the ballot , and not more than 18, vetted nominees.

This process is new, and a key element of the transition to the new governance structure approved by the House of Delegates in 2017. Interested candidates are encouraged to thoroughly review the information below, and the application form, to verify their understanding of the nominating criteria, and to ensure their willingness to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of Board membership.

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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. 

Click here to apply

ASCA Survey For Athletes

Please forward to your athletes

Every year, a group of coaches are selected to conduct a year long research project. This year our project revolves around coaching your generation. How do you like to learn? What kind of technology do you use? How do you communicate? What is important to you?

There is nobody better suited to answer those questions than you, the athlete! 

This survey represents a partnership between USA Swimming and the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) with the goal to promote best practice coaching of all our athletes.

The survey is confidential and will be reported in aggregate format. Open responses are greatly appreciated.

Please complete the survey no later than the DEADLINE: May 15, 2018.

This survey should take less than 10 minutes. Your input and cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Thank you for participating!

Athlete Survey

Turns - Plant Hand Push

By Glenn Mill, GoSwim Video of the Week, April 11, 2018



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Using the wall for leverage can help some swimmers develop a faster open turn.

Why do it:

Using the plant hand to help you spin into a fast turn can get you ready for a great push more quickly.

How to do it:

1 - Have the swimmer kick in to the wall with the plant hand extended.

2 - When they make contact with the wall, allow the arm to collapse and have the head move close to the hand.

3 - Push back on the hand causing the body to push backward. This is also a good body stabilization exercise.

4 - After the swimmer feels the press of the hand, have the swimmer use the plant hand to help SPIN the body into the turn.

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

Obviously, you'll move this forward to a two hand touch, but with the same focus. Start to increase the speed of the spin, and eventually move to a breaststroke or butterfly full stroke turn.

What Youth Sport Parents Need to Know About Muscle Cramps

By TrueSport

Muscle cramps affect athletes of all ages, sizes, shapes, and experience levels, yet the exact cause of muscle cramps is still not fully understood.

In the past decade, sports science has revealed information that challenges long-held beliefs and offers new hope for kids who are prone to cramps. If you still believe muscle cramps are caused by dehydration and electrolyte imbalances, we have some important news for you.

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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.


The long-term consequences of using SARMS are largely unknown, and people who purchase products marketed as them cannot be entirely sure what they are putting in their bodies.”

REALIZE it is possible to consume a toxic level of vitamins, minerals, or other ingredients commonly found in #supplements.

Twenty one new dietary #supplements have been added to the High Risk List. Find out if your supplement is on the list 

Safety Issues

Actionable Ideas: How to Recruit and Retain Volunteers

By, May 2013

Athletic director and coaches provide insight for increasing involvement in athletic programs

We asked readers to share their best ideas and practices for recruiting and retaining volunteers to help staff various sporting events.

More than 80 coaches and athletic directors responded, and here is what they had to say.

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Getting Your Players to Show You the Answers

By John Kessel, USA Volleyball, April 6, 2018

The most important influence on a player’s development is feedback.

This should start with the player’s own feedback, called intrinsic feedback. The second-most important form is from you as the coach, which is extrinsic feedback. The true player-whisperer (confirmed by motor learning science) knows that the best remembered and creative options come from when the players figure things out themselves, and the worst remembered (retained) information comes from the coach telling them what to do.

The key feedback role/impact as a coach comes with guiding the players’ discovery, as this form of learning/teaching is almost as well retained, and it develops creative players as well as intrinsic learning.

We need to become the guide on the bench who in the end is not really needed, rather than the sage on the court in practice or games. Grant Wiggins (thanks Troy Sherman of VCT) wrote this excellent article on “What Feedback Is and Isn’t” that is worth the read.

The kids play every point, not the coach. The more you empower the players, the better they will be able to play. Our U.S. Olympic Men’s National Team won the 2008 gold medal, yet they did not have their head coach for their first three matches due to a family tragedy. Head coach Hugh McCutcheon had done his job over the quad, and they performed when it mattered.

Before I get any further, I want to remind all Growing the Game blog readers that this, like so much in sport and teaching, is not about being right or wrong…it is simply about being more effective and efficient. You can keep coaching the way you were taught, and as the game teaches the game, your players will still learn in the most game-like possible way: competing in tournaments. What these GTGT ideas are about is maximizing the transfer from practice to competition, and not just looking good in practice.

Show don't tell

The 45 Qualities Every True Leader Must Have

By Brett & Kate McKay,, April 5, 2018

The Qualities of a Leader

What are the qualities which a leader should possess? There have been many attempts at listing the many good qualities which a leader should possess, and cataloging those undesirable characteristics which he should not possess or should minimize or eliminate. Such a listing often serves only to discourage the aspirant to leadership, because, in summation, they seem to describe an unattainable ideal. However, a goal toward which to aim is necessary, if one is to shape his efforts in self-development so as to gain a satisfactory measure of accomplishment in preparing himself to lead, to guide and direct the efforts of others in any field of common endeavor.

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