Coach Connection Newsletter #17 - 4/27/18

Coach Connection Newsletter #17 - 4/27/18

 | Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Backstroke Start Teaching Protocol and Certification

Effective May 1, 2018

In 2018, the Operational Risk Committee’s recommendations for Backstroke Start Teaching Protocol and Certification were adopted. The recommendations took care to keep this process as streamlined as possible for coaches. This new certification is now combined with the Forward Start Certification adopted in 2009. The new requirement (Backstroke Start certification) is to be effective on May 1, 2018.

Learn Protocol Here

Freestyle - 3-Position Release

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, April 25, 2018


Article -

Check out 3-dozen more videos dealing with Freestyle Recovery.

Developing a great freestyle sometimes means focusing on the FINISH, not the extension.

Why do it:

Learning exactly where and how you should END your stroke can help you adapt to various challenges in your swimming. Sometimes a quicker release allows you to get forward into the catch faster. Sometimes a deeper release allows you to drive the lead hands further into extension. There is no right way for everyone, so the discovery process is important.

How to do it:

1 - We use a saying, SUIT - SEAM - THIGH.

2 - On the first few lengths, hit your thumb against your side and make sure you're hitting your suit solidly on exit. If you're a male swimmer, this would be finishing the stroke ABOVE the suit.

3 - Next, hit your thumb against the SEAM of the suit where it sits on your thigh. For a male swimmer, this would be solidly hitting the suit about in the middle.

4 - Finally, for all swimmers, hit the thumb further down below the suit on your thigh.

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

Some of the positions will seem very constricting, or way too long. This is where you need to force a bit to make sure you're reaching the limits of your range of hand exit points. Chances are NEITHER the first or the LAST will be just right, but somewhere in the middle. However, without the search to the extremes, you may never discover where your correct exit point for your specific race and skill is.

A Proven Way to Raise Money for Your Team!

Have you ever heard this before: “Do we have enough money for this?”

Next time, arm yourself with a solution: “Let’s host a Swim-a-Thon!”

For years clubs across the country have hosted USA Swimming Foundation Swim-a-ThonsTM to raise money for their clubs. Last year, teams raised more than $7 million dollars with teams on average earning $11,150! You can host a Swim-a-Thon through the USA Swimming Foundation’s online fundraising platform, TeamUnify,

to make hosting your event even easier. Sign up today and start raising more money for your team!

Four Build & Program A Pool Conferences left in 2018

Click here to learn more and to register. Seats are filling up quickly, check out the BAP of your choice

Sample Schedule

You will notice the BAP is sometimes held on different days of the week. It might be on Friday and Saturday or Saturday and Sunday.

The time line is the same for either set of days. See below for help in scheduling your trip.

Day one:

7:30am – sign in and light breakfast (included with registration)

8:00am – 12:30pm – morning program

12:30pm to 1:30pm – lunch (included with registration)

1:30pm to 5:30pm – afternoon program

5:45pm – BAP gathering – social

Day two:

8:00am – Q & A with light breakfast

8:30am – 12:30pm – morning program

12:30pm to 1:30pm – lunch

1:30pm to 4:30pm – afternoon program

Conference ends at 4:30pm

Who attends the Build a Pool Conference?

The average attendance for the Build a Pool Conferences is 25 to 30 attendees.

People who attend are coaches, parent boards, city council, architects and engineers who want to start developing a plan for their dream pool. 

Attendees will get ideas on how to program facilities for sustainability plus learn about innovative ideas and examples for new buildings and renovations. 

ASCA Certified Coaches will receive 10 credit hours for attending.

Questions please email Sue Nelson

What to Look For in a Great Summer Sports Camp

By TrueSport

Spring is time for cleaning, tax refunds, and making plans for summer!

There’s no better place for young athletes to stay active, learn new skills, and make new friends than at a summer sports camp. And for parents, sports camps provide an alternative to having the kids hang around the house, surf YouTube, and complain that there’s nothing to do.

Summer camps are big business ($18 billion, according to the American Camp Association) and the number of choices in sports camps can be overwhelming. Not only do camps exist for every sport (and even specific positions) imaginable, they vary wildly in intensity, cost, and objective.

In order to pick a camp your young athlete will enjoy and learn from, parents should ask themselves the following questions.


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Whether it’s after surgery or a tough workout, pain relievers are a part of life. For athletes, it’s important to know which products are prohibited and which are permitted. #antidoping

The field of regenerative medicine has advanced in recent years. The effectiveness of biological treatments is still being investigated. Important information athletes need to know about orthobiologics, including stem cell therapies.

The next time you visit the drug store, be sure to visit Global DRO to check the prohibited status of your medication. #cleansport 

Introverted Leadership

By Cory Dobbs, Leadership expert,, April 13, 2018

The effective introverted leader turns what might be considered weakness into a strength. Introverts tend to be more empathetic, humble, and focus on relationships.

The Introverted Team Leadership

Unlock Your Coaching Potential 

Big "We," little "me" 

4 Customer Service Lessons From … An Airline?!

By John G. Miller, QBQ author, April 11, 2018

When it comes to the airline industry, there is so much negative stuff. How ’bout we share a positive airline piece on customer service and commitment? 😎

Enjoy this outstanding customer service story from QBQ! reader, Spencer Werness, of the Twin Cities, Minnesota airport …

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Regret is the Worst Emotion in Sports

By Dr. Jim Taylor, Sport Psychologist, Author, April 2018

Over the last few decades, I have worked with many athletes, from juniors to Olympians and professionals. The most powerful work I do with athletes isn’t your typical mental training where I teach them about positive thinking, mental imagery, routines, and how to stay intense and focused (though these mental tools are important).

Instead, the most valuable work I do involves the attitudes that athletes have toward their sport. No matter how strong your mental muscles are and no matter how filled your mental toolbox is, if you don’t have the right attitudes, you aren’t going to perform your best and get the results you want.

This article is going to focus on a key attitude you should develop about your sport to not only perform your best, but, just as importantly, to enjoy your participation and gain the most benefits from your competitive experiences.

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The Two Traits of the Best Problem-Solving Teams

By Alison Reynolds and David Lewis,, April 02, 2018 

Imagine you are a fly on the wall in a corporate training center where a management team of 12 is participating in a session on executing strategy. The team is midway through attempting to solve a new, uncertain, and complex problem. The facilitators look on as at first the exercise follows its usual path. But then activity grinds to a halt — people have no idea what to do. Suddenly, a more junior member of the team raises her hand and exclaims, “I think I know what we should do!” Relieved, the team follows her instructions enthusiastically. There is no doubt she has the answer — but as she directs her colleagues, she makes one mistake and the activity breaks down. Not a word is spoken but the entire group exude disappointment. Her confidence evaporates. Even though she has clearly learnt something important, she does not contribute again. The group gives up

What Happened?


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