Coach Connection Newsletter #22 - 6/1/18

Coach Connection Newsletter #22 - 6/1/18

 | Monday, June 4, 2018

Concussion Training Required to Attend Meets in California

Please do not delay!

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.

Go here to read details and fill out required paperwork.

Important Survey on Injuries in Swimming

By Keenan Robinson, USA Swimming National Team Sports Medicine and Science Director and the Sports Medicine Committee

Last summer, two of our athlete reps brought to USA Swimming’s attention that there is still a lack of understanding of age group swimming injuries. We created a task force to create a survey-based study better understand this topic. We have been given IRB approval, meaning, a review board has vetted our study design, intended statistical analysis, and publication value for preventative medicine. This is a similar process to the concussion study we started three years ago, which lead to two published papers and most importantly a return to swim guideline.

Dear Coach,

On behalf of the USA Swimming Sports Medicine Committee, I would like to thank you for considering participation in this short (it should take less than 7 minutes) anonymous survey aimed at collecting information to better understand injuries in the 18 and under swimming population. A small group comprised of leading physicians, athletic trainers, physical therapists and chiropractors in the swimming community formulated this questionnaire with the primary goal of better understanding how injuries occur in the swimming community and how USA Swimming can better provide resources and services to educate and reduce the probability of swimming related injuries.

We have a goal of discussing the preliminary results in September of 2018 at the USAS Annual Convention in Jacksonville, FL. This presentation will then be made public on the USA Swimming website to help coaches, swimmers, and parents gain a better understanding of training volume, workout frequency, stroke specialization, dryland activities, and other factors that may impact the occurrence of injuries among swimmers.

We feel that feedback from the USA Swimming coaching community is critical, as you know best the issues related to injury and illness in competitive swimmers. We intend to use the information generated from this survey in a directed manner to help all our registered members. The results of this survey will also help inform the USA Swimming Sports Medicine Committee about future directions for educational programs and areas for further research.

Most importantly, we will publish our findings to better educate the health care providers who will have the opportunity to provide medical services to your swimmers in the future.

This will truly lead to some vast improvements in understanding swimming injuries at the youth level.

Take Survey

Application for Scholastic All-America

We have opened the 2018 SAA Application. Freshman are eligible for the team for the first time.



Freestyle - de Lucca Catch

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, May 30, 2018


Article -

Watch more Joao de Lucca freestyle videos here.

Why do it:

Don't miss the beginning of the catch, and this drill will help you focus on the initial step.

How to do it:

1 - Start by making sure you're head is in the neutral position, eyes looking downward, both hands forward.

2 - Initiate a catch by dropping the hand and forearm into the catch position.

3 - Keep the elbow very high, close to the surface as you initiate this catch.

4 - As soon as you feel the catch, let go and send the hand back forward back to position 11.

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

Don't depend on the power of the catch to move you forward, but keep your kick consistent to create momentum.

Keep the head down, but when it's time to grab a breath, quickly turn the head at the initiation of the fingers dropping, get some air, and turn back to the head down position.

Breaststroke - Separation Drill

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, May 23, 2018



We’ve just published a detailed five video progression to really teach Separation Drill. To look way back on the origins, we’re showing the original drill from over eight years ago. You may even be surprised who the swimmer is. ;)

To see the latest updated progression, follow this link.

Why Do It:

The later you initiate your kick in breaststroke, the less likely you are to create unnecessary resistance with the recovery of the kick.

How to Do It:

1. Start by totally separating the pull and the kick in breaststroke. Pull with your legs held together through the entire phase of the pull, until the arms are completely back out front, and the body is sinking back into the water, with the head between the shoulders.

2. Only after you've gone back to the streamline position, do you initiate the kick. Each move is completely separate. Remember, think of this as a drill; don't try to swim breaststroke. First you pull... then you kick.

3. Now have less separation between the two, making sure you keep your feet together through most of the pull, allowing the action of the pull to draw the torso, hips, then thighs up into the recovery of the kick. Reach full recovery with your hands long before the kick is initiated.

4. Finally, merge these two moves together a bit more closely. Again, make sure the pull has completely finished out front prior to initiating the kick.

How to Do It Really Well (the Fine Points):

The trick to this is fighting instinct. Treat it as two drills: a pull drill, then a kick drill. Then slowly merge them together. It helps to keep the feet together, with toes pointed, during the pull. This keeps the legs long, and helps to avoid an early draw of the feet.

50th Annual ASCA World Clinic

Anahiem, California, September 4th-9th 2018

2018 is the 50th Anniversary of the ASCA World Clinic! Check out the full program of world-class speakers at this year's event!

Click here to register early and save money! 

aSCA World Clinic Changing?

The ASCA Board is considering a CHANGE in the time of year the ASCA World Clinic is scheduled. This could not take place because of contractual agreements prior to 2023.

Your input is important! We ask you to take part in a 40-second survey so we can best serve you!

How to Teach Accountability In A Positive Way

From TrueSport, May 30, 2018

Running sprints for being late to practice. A “no-excuses allowed” policy. Giving equal amounts of critique to every player on the team.

In terms of sports, being accountable is often thought of in punitive contexts like these.

But accountability can be taught in ways that don’t involve scaring or softly threatening kids into doing what they’re told. Instead, it’s something that can be taught in a much more positive and empowering light, especially when coaches and parents do the following.

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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.


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Too Many Kids Leave Sports Because Of The Car Ride Home

By Brad Frost, Head Coach for the University of Minnesota Women's Ice Hockey team, Positive Coaching Alliance, May 2018

Frost believes it is in the best interest of youth athletes if their parents support their athletic experiences no matter the level of competition they play in. If a youth athlete is not playing for a top-tier team, that is not a good reason to be less supportive because the ultimate goal should be for a kid to have fun in any youth sports league. Essentially, it is more important to enjoy time with your kid than critiquing everything they did wrong in a game.

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