Coach Connection Newsletter #25 - 6/22/18

Coach Connection Newsletter #25 - 6/22/18

 | Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Women’s Leadership Opportunities

Registration is now open for our two fall Women’s Leadership events! Our Women's Leadership opportunities are designed for every level coach to grow both personally and professionally. The structure of the summit or conference changes from event to event, but is sure to leave you feeling recharged in your life and career.

San Diego, CA: August 12-13

Hendersonville, NC: September 7-9

More info and registration 

Off The Blocks

A USA Swimming Video

Featuring Lilly King and the Indiana Swim team.

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Butterfly Catch

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, June 13, 2018 

One of the most important aspects of developing a great catch, it making sure the hands stay HIGH during the extension.

A quick test is to use kickboards in the process.

Have the swimmer place a kickboard under each hand. Do not grab the kickboard, but lay each hand on each board.

Start with Position 11 kick, floating the hands on top of the boards.

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What College Coaches Look For In High School Athletes

By TrueSport, June 19, 2018

On the surface, it might seem like the college recruiting for high school athletes is simple:

Play well at your sport.

Get offered a scholarship.

In reality, the process is not quite that simple. College coaches look at much more than just box scores when building their rosters, especially when a coveted scholarship is on the line.

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How Soccer’s Minnows Got to the World Cup

By Matthew Futterman,, June 16, 2018

Dagur Sveinn Dagbjartsson, coach education coordinator, said the country’s soccer federation realized that with so few players, it needed to make sure not a single one slipped through the cracks. The association decided the best way to do this was to give every player the best possible training from the youngest age by making sure he had as many coaches as possible available to him.

Also, the Iceland Football Association flipped the coaching hierarchy — some of its best coaches work with the youngest players to support the philosophy that if a child doesn’t have a quality coach early on, he won’t be prepared to reach his potential in his teenage and adult years.

Today, Iceland has some 700 active coaches with its top two professional training licenses, which require hundreds of hours of training. That is roughly one elite coach for every 100 children under the age of 14. And every coach that children work with from age 5 is a professional who is paid at least a part-time salary.

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Rickie Fowler Still Hasn’t Won a Major, But He Learns From Every Loss

By Sally Jenkins, The Washington Post, April 9, 2018

Rickie Fowler is as constant of a presence as a clubhouse doorman, always standing by the 18th hole to shake the winner’s hand. He is golf’s most prominent backslapper, extending that generous palm. There he was again Sunday on the veranda of Augusta National, offering up his congratulations to the man to whom he had just lost in the Masters by a single stroke, Patrick Reed. It was an interesting gesture, and not quite the magnanimous one that it seemed. Actually, it was a form of self-torture, a goad.

Fowler is the best loser in golf right now, and that’s a compliment, not an insult. No other player is studying so very closely how to use the wearying repetitive experience of losing in the quest to become a great. Fowler has stood by, in those electric colors that beg for iconic status, and watched his friends Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Justin Thomas and now Reed win majors. As they marched past him and hoisted trophies, he made himself stand by the finishing hole and consciously absorb the sting. He didn’t do it just to be a good sport.

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This 3-Minute Habit Changed My Life

By Laura Vanderkam,, June 18, 2018

“Tracking my time has changed how I think about my time. Knowing exactly where my hours go has helped me feel like I can slow time’s ceaseless ticking.”

It seemed mundane at the beginning. On Monday, April 20, 2015, I opened a new spreadsheet on my laptop. I put the days of the week along the top. I put half hour blocks, from 5 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. along the left side. I began recording what I was doing on this time log: work, sleep, drive to train station, make kids breakfast.

I kept this up for the next week–168 hours–and archived the log. I opened a new one and kept tracking.

I then continued doing this for the next three years.

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The entrepreneurial Mindset: How We Can Rewire Our Brains for Success

By Johanna Björk,, June 5, 2018

Successful small business owners often share a set of common characteristics — things like fearlessness, thinking outside of the box, willingness to fail, drive and determination. Some of us are born with these entrepreneurial instincts. For others, they are acquired skills. The good news is that the latest neuroscience shows that things like conscious habits and mindfulness training can help rewire our brains to be more conducive to entrepreneurship.

We used to think of our brains as fixed and in-regenerative in nature. Lately, research into the concept of neuroplasticity has shown that our brains are capable of much more than scientists originally thought. The right kind of stimulation can help repair and heal damage from conditions like Parkinson's disease, and even enhance cognitive function by forming new neural connections.

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The 'Sleep Doctor ' Puts Your Worries to Rest

By Harvey MacKay, National Columnist, May 29, 2018

When I am asked what I would like on my tombstone, my standard reply is, “He couldn’t sleep fast enough.”

For my entire life, I’ve been afraid that I will miss something, so I cheat on sleep. I can’t tell you how many years I’ve been getting by on five to six hours of sleep.

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