Coach Connection Newsletter #20 - 5/18/18

Coach Connection Newsletter #20 - 5/18/18

 | Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Concussion Training Required to Attend Meets in California, May 2018

California has modified existing school concussion law to apply the concussion requirements to youth sports organizations in which athletes participate, including swimming.

These requirements apply to out of state coaches whose swimmers are attending any meets in California including Sectionals, Futures, Junior Nationals, Phillips 66 Nationals or TYR Pro Swim Series meets in California

Go here to read details and fill out required paperwork!

Backstroke - Overreach Fix with Video

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, May 16, 2018


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To learn the best way to film your swimmers, check out this entire course with all the secrets.

If you have a backstroker who habitually overreaches into their catch, here’s a quick and simple way to help them understand what they’re doing.

Why do it:

Overreaching is typically the athlete searching to grab the most water, so they send their arm over their head toward the opposite shoulder. It slows down rate and puts the arm in a non-productive position... so it needs to be fixed!

How to do it:

1 - You can tell the athlete to move their arms out further, but typically, it’ll look pretty much exactly the same.

2 - What we like to do is hold the iPhone over the swimmer and film them straight down. We meet them at the end of each length and ask them how wide it felt, then we show them the video.

3 - We continue the process until they actually move their hands out into a productive position.

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

Have the swimmer show you where they feel their arms are entering the water. Chances are, they feel they’re putting their hands in a LOT wider than they actually are.

The goal here is to associate the FEEL for the location of entry, with the VISUAL of the location of entry. Until they know how wide it has to feel before it starts to look correct, they’ll continue to focus on force rather than the quick catch. This typically only takes a couple lengths to help them fix the overreach.

FINA Releases Initial Qualification Times For The 2020 Olympics 

FINA Olympic qualification explanation. 

Comparing 2020 vs. 2016 Standards

5 Ways Youth Sports Coaches Can Encourage Teamwork

By TrueSport, May 11, 2018

While we praise youth sports as a great way to develop teamwork, figuring out how to actually teach it isn’t always obvious as a coach.

Preaching the importance of working together often falls on deaf ears at the youth level, as it’s the kind of advice that has become cliché, like ‘play hard’ or ‘give 110%.’

But while teamwork might seem like an abstract and over-killed concept, it can be taught in ways that aren’t so overt, such as through games, goal setting, or simply through modelling team-first behavior.

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Ignore the Critics; Do the Work

(Excerpt from The Power of Positive Leadership by Jon Gordon)

All material is copywritten@2018

Positive leaders don’t lead because they want recognition or enemies. They lead because there is something they must do, build, create, transform, and change. They lead because it’s who they are and what they are meant to do. However, with leadership comes scrutiny, praise, critics, and attacks. A leader could find a cure for cancer and would still have some people criticize them for it. There was even once a leader who transformed the world by feeding the hungry, healing the sick, and loving the unlovable, and yet he was killed for it. If you are a leader, expect to be attacked. Positive leadership doesn’t mean you won’t be criticized. It means you have the grit and belief to overcome it. Positive leaders don’t lead in a tranquil sea of positivity, but through the storms of adversity and negativity.

Leadership is knowing that the critics will criticize you while still saying what needs to be said and doing what needs to be done. History doesn’t remember the critics. It remembers the one who withstood criticism to accomplish something great.

In our modern social-media–driven world, you will have more fans and critics than ever. The keys are: Don’t let praise go to your head and don’t let critics into your head. Be so invested in your craft that you don’t have time to listen to the naysayers. No time for negativity. You’re too busy creating the future. If I would have listened to the naysayers and critics, I would have stopped working on my craft years ago. I want to encourage you to never let the opinion of others define you and your future. Your identity doesn’t come from what the world says about you. It comes from who you are on the inside. Your work, leadership, and mission are too important to allow others to define your destiny.

No matter what anyone says, just show up and do the work.

If they praise you, show up and do the work.

If they criticize you, show up and do the work.

If no one even notices you, just show up and do the work.

Just keep showing up, doing the work, and leading the way.

Lead with passion.

Fuel up with optimism.

Have faith.

Power up with love.

Maintain hope.

Be stubborn.

Fight the good fight.

Refuse to give up.

Ignore the critics.

Believe in the impossible.

Show up.

Do the work.

You’ll be glad you did.

True grit leads to true success.

Steph Curry's Secrets to Success: Brain Training, Float Tanks and Strobe Goggles

By Brandon Sneed,, February 22, 2017

Steph Curry and the world's elite athletes are using deep science and cutting-edge tech to study and train their brains, and the results have been profound—not only in their games, but also their lives.

Steph Curry dribbles a basketball with one hand and with his other tosses a tennis ball back and forth with his trainer. This is just one in a long series of his typical, elaborate dribbling drills—only he’s also wearing some sort of goggles, the lenses of which seem to be flashing black. Curry uses them through all kinds of different drills; they’re a favorite tool for his trainer, Brandon Payne, who says that the goggles are one of the biggest reasons why Curry smashed the three-point record and became the first unanimous league MVP in history.

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Are You Setting Up Practice Wrong? Understanding Movement and Action

Taken from The Science of running website

The running back takes the handoff and the hole that is supposed to be right in front of him isn’t there. He instantly darts to the right, squeezing between the tackles before shifting to the right to avoid the incoming linebacker. How did the running back decide to change his plan?

How does a runner in the middle of the pack decide to shift to his right and avoid being trapped on the inside just before the big surge occurs? Does our runner speed up or slow down, or in the words of Danny Mackey and Alex Hutchinson do they “feel and anticipate the move before it happens.”

Sport is about decision making in the moment.

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Why So Many Boys Today Don’t Become Men

By Chase Scheinbaum,, May 08 2017
Boys being boys is okay unless they never become men. And Dr. Leonard Sax is one of the leading authorities on why certain adolescent males remain stunted. A physician and psychologist whose books, including Boys Adrift and The Collapse of Parenting, are brimming with insight and academic citations, he’s extremely concerned with the future of the American male. Sax sees a steep decline in the motivation of young men, which he blames on video games, over medication, and a rise in parents who don’t want to be true authority figures. Here, Sax explains his thinking as well as what moms and dads can do to make sure their parenting doesn’t add to the epidemic.

By what measures are boys stunted? 

High School Sports Specialization Hurts Athletes in the Long Run

By Bob Gardner and Ty Jones, For The Spokesman-Review, May 2, 2018

One of the responsibilities that parents take most seriously is protecting their children from injury, whether it is buckling seat belts in a car or wearing a helmet while riding a bike.

When their kids become teenagers and want to participate in sports or other activities, parents do everything they can to keep their sons and daughters from getting hurt.

But not all injuries are caused by a twist, fall, collision or accident. Many are caused when young athletes repeat the same athletic activity so often that muscles, ligaments, tendons and bones don’t have time to recover – especially among middle school and high school students. These injuries can end promising careers, cost families tens of thousands of dollars, squash dreams and literally change lives.

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