Coach Connection Newsletter #26 - 6/29/18

Coach Connection Newsletter #26 - 6/29/18

 | Friday, June 29, 2018

USA Swimming Convention 2018

September 25-30, 2018

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, Jacksonville, FL 

The United States Aquatic Sports annual convention provides an opportunity for USA Swimming to gather all of its delegates together for the purpose of making decisions that will affect the future of our sport. We elect our officers, vote on rules and legislation, and discuss and plan programs that will continue our tradition of excellence in the sport of swimming.

This year's theme is NAVIGATING THE COURSE AHEAD. Make plans now to chart your course.

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SafeSport Resources

Find all these resources here:

Policies and Guidelines:


Electronic Comm.


Locker Room


Athlete Electronic Communication

Safe Sport Best Practices

Peer on Peer Resource Guide

Inclusion of Transgender Athletes

Safe Sport with Athletes with Disabilities

Model Code of Conduct for coaches, athletes, and parents

Safe Sport at Events:

Venue Evaluation

Meet Admin Safe Sport Resource Guide

Pre-Meet Risk Assessment

Meet Referee Check list

Resource Guide for Meet Administration

Safe Sport Announcements

Safe Sport at meets Scenarios

Tabling Kit

Team Resources:

Activity Book

Safe Sport Mondays

Materials Order Form

Swim Staff Select

Club Checklist

Safe Sport Recognized Club

Parent Safe Sport Introduction (Power Point)

Pre-Season Parent Orientation Handout

Safe Sport Parent Tip Card

Safe Sport Overview and Scenarios for Club Leaders (Power Point)

“Why Bullying is the New Little Boy Who Cried Wolf” (article about bullying- Rude, Mean, Bullying)

Healthy Sexual Development Chart

Art Templates:

Bag Tag

Header Logo

Heat Sheet Ads

Locker Room Poster

Coach Poster

Electronic Communication Poster

No Cameras Poster

Talking about Safe Sport:

Legislation Comparison

In-Depth Timeline

Overview Timeline

Survivor Support

Safe Sport Champions

Build on Swim-a-Thon Success Year After Year

By USA Swimming Foundation

Swim-a-Thon™ arrived at Houston-area Katy Aquatics Team for Youth (KATY) in 2014 and quickly became a staple. Since an excellent first year haul of $61,548, they’ve boosted annual donations by 71%, pushing past the $100,000 mark for the first time this year. KATY credits authentic member engagement and consistent communication for their Swim-a-Thon™ fiscal success. They do this through consistent communications with fundraising tips to parents and sponsors including asking your employer about matching donations, how to get the most from social media, and how to draft a letter asking for donations from friends and families.

Ready to be like KATY and host a successful Swim-a-Thon™ this year?

Sign up here! 

Avoid the Crash: Fueling Young Athletes for Long Summer Days

By TrueSport, June 21, 2018

For youth athletes, the longest days of the year involve day-long tournaments, two-a-day practices, tough conditioning camps, and generally being out in the heat from sun up to sun down.

Long summer days make an athlete’s food and fluid demands much different than during colder, less active months. Insufficient nutrition in a hot and demanding environment can lead to poor performance and recovery, as well as cramps, nausea, or even heat illness.

Thankfully, preventing these ailments and keeping an athlete properly fueled isn’t rocket science. With a combination of the below methods (and some experimentation) you can help your athletes avoid a dog-day crash.

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While inhalers are often prescribed, it is important for athletes to know whether or not they are allowed in sport. Check out our new FAQ to understand the #antidoping rules of inhalers:

Taking an over the counter or prescription medication or substance via eyes, ears, nose, mouth or skin? It needs to be checked first!

“Global DRO not only allows you to check the status of a medication, but also the ingredients it contains. Check it out”:


There are more than 30 products on the High Risk List that contain ostarine. Read more on the SARM here:

“Low Risk” Supplements may be riskier than they appear: 

Stroke Count

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, June 27, 2018


Article -

Counting strokes is a simple way to check your technique in the middle of a set.

For more "stroke count" videos, follow this link.

Why do it:

The simple combination of the number of strokes, combined with your time, gives you an idea if you're holding proper technique when things get tough. Some strokes are easier to manage than others.

How to do it:

1 - First, this isn't about more or less being better, you have to find the optimum count at the optimum rate that gives you the best chance of going to optimum speed based on your goals.

2 - This is about how to adjust your count and where to focus if your stroke count starts to vary too much.

3 - Breaststroke and freestyle are the simplest. Both strokes offer the opportunity to GLIDE more, or change rate more simply by adding additional extension in the front of the stroke.

4 - Backstroke and butterfly typically have pretty set stroke rates and lengths, which means you'll need to make adjustments to stroke count off the walls.

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

If you want to adjust your stroke counts on freestyle and breaststroke, try to breakout at the same spot, and either lengthen or shorten the amount of time you spend in extension.

If you want to adjust your stroke counts for backstroke and butterfly, count the number of underwater dolphins off each wall, and either add or subtract from that number to impact the overall number of strokes per length.

Remember, everything you do will have an impact. The further you go off the wall, the less strokes you take, the less air you'll get. Less air can have a harsh impact on the overall swim... so be careful to not just focus on LESS, but rather, discovering that perfect balance for each stroke... that allows you to go the speed you need to. Then check every few lengths to make sure you're sticking to the plan.

Adolf Kiefer

Taken from The Swimming Hall of Fame Newsletter, July 27, 2018

The swimming community continues to celebrate the life and legacy of the Olympian, War Hero, Businessman, Inventor, Pioneer, and American Icon, Adolph Kiefer – who would have turned 100 years old yesterday June 27th.

A member of the 1936 U.S. Olympic team, Kiefer was a man of many firsts throughout his long and storied life. As a 16-year-old he became the first man to break the one-minute mark while swimming in the 1935 Illinois High School Championships, posting a top showing of 59.8 in the 100 yard backstroke. The following year he lowered that time to a 58.5, which stood as the Illinois State High School record for 24 years, until 1960.

Those records were just the beginning for Kiefer, who went on to break 23 more records in his lifetime.

American Olympian At age 17, Kiefer was the youngest U.S. Olympian to go to the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany. He shared the stage there with Jesse Owens.

“When we got to Germany, there were swastikas all over the place. Millions of them,” Kiefer once said. “I remember the Germans drove us out where they were making all of their guns. They wanted everyone to know that Germany was big and strong. Anyway, one day Hitler came to the village where we were staying to take some pictures, and I was pretty well known over there because I was breaking records. We got introduced, through an interpreter of course. I’ve always said, I should’ve thrown him in the pool and drowned him. It would have saved everyone a lot of trouble.”

Keifer went on to win gold in the 100-meter backstroke. But racing in the pool was only a small part of Adolph Kiefer…

American War Hero

Kiefer served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, reaching the rank of Lieutenant and pioneering an intensive learn-to-swim program for soldiers that he initiated himself.

“I remember a chief came through and I asked him, ‘Can you swim?’ He said, ‘No.’ I asked another chief, and he said the same thing,” Keifer explained in and interview with Brad Bodkin with Team USA Awards back in 2014. “These guys were in the Navy and they didn’t know how to swim. I did my own study on all the shipwrecks in World War II and it turned out that there were more deaths from drowning than from bullets. It took a while to put the program together, but we got the best instructors and before anyone could go aboard a ship they had to go through our class and learn about safety and survival in the water.”

His “Victory Backstroke” became the outline of a program that included a heavy focus on water survival, including a requirement of 21 hours of water survival training for sailors. He relocated to Bainbridge, Maine during his time with the Navy where he oversaw the training of more than 130,000 naval swimming instructors. They would go on, in turn, to teach more than two million navy recruits how to swim and survive a sinking ship. He was instrumental in saving thousands of American lives during World War II.

American Businessman

Following his years at Bainbridge, Kiefer established the company Adolph Kiefer & Associates, based out of Chicago. The company is credited for developing the first nylon swimwear in the 1940s and in the 1960s, quickly replacing the wool suits worn by many swimmers.

American Inventor

Kiefer continued to branch out his business, developing the first non-turbulent lane lines, of which he was awarded a patent. The lane lines were inspired by Yale’s legendary coach Bob Kiphuth. He also became the first to distribute Duraflex Diving Boards for his friend Ray Rude, now the leading competitive diving board used world-wide.

American Icon

The International Swimming Hall of Fame presented Adolph Kiefer with the Gold Medallion Award, ISHOF’s highest honor, during the 2007 United States Aquatic Sports Convention banquet.

In a surprise, USA Swimming also presented Kiefer with a gold medal from the 1936 Olympic Games, to replace the one that had been stolen shortly after he returned from Berlin 71 years ago. The medal was specially cast from the original mold for the occasion by the International Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.

“What a tremendous surprise,” said Kiefer, after receiving the medal from Dr. Sammy Lee, 1948 and 1952 Olympic Gold medalist in Diving, and Rowdy Gaines, 1984 Olympic Gold medalist in swimming. Gaines, President of the USA Swimming Foundation, served as master of ceremonies for the banquet.

This Gold Medallion is conferred annually upon an individual who has been a former competitive swimmer and who has achieved international recognition for accomplishments in the fields of science, government, entertainment, business or education – and whose life has served as an inspiration to youth.

Past recipients of the Gold Medallion include: US President, Ronald Reagan, US Senators Barry Goldwater and Paul Tsongas, US Ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young, Entertainers Art Linkletter and Buddy Ebsen, Sportscaster and Women’s rights pioneer Donna deVarona, businessmen William Simon, Jim Moran and Fred Kirby to name a few. The two most recent recipients have been businessman Jim Press, former CEO of Toyota North America and Hollywood legend, Esther Williams.

At the 2017 United Sports Aquatic Sports convention in Dallas, the Kiefer was honored with the R. Max Ritter award.

American Medal of Freedom Nominee

Join with ISHOF and Swimming World Magazine to support the nomination of Adolph Kiefer for the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a recognition that can still be bestowed posthumously and one we believe is long overdue as a role model for generations who aspire to live a meaningful life.

If you would like to support our nomination of Adolph Kiefer for the Presidential Medal of Freedom, contact: Executive Office of the President, The White House, Attn: Executive Clerk’s Office, Washington, DC 20502. Phone: 202-456-2226; Fax: 202-456-2569.

Long Time former Editor and Chief for Swimming World Magazine, Phillip Whitten, articulated the motivation and reasons behind awarding the Medal of Freedom to Adolph Kiefer in an editorial first published in December of 2013.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the USA’s highest civilian award. Created by President Harry S. Truman, it rewarded war-related acts or services during World War II. In 1963, President John F. Kennedy expanded its scope to honor individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the security of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant endeavors.

Unquestionably, Kiefer is a deserving candidate for the award. His greatest accomplishment–and the one of which he is most proud–was having created a survival curriculum for downed U.S. airmen during WWII that saved at least 4,000 lives.

This was his greatest service to the United States, and for this alone, Kiefer should be awarded the medal.


* He is the most successful swimmer in history, losing only once in more than 2,000 races.

* He was the only American male swimmer to win Olympic gold at the 1936 Games in Germany.

* He set world records at every distance in the backstroke, some of which lasted for two decades.

* He also coached a U.S. Navy team to a national title in 1948, placing four of his five swimmers on the U.S. Olympic team.

His accomplishments as an inventor are equally impressive. Kiefer is the proud owner of 14 U.S. patents, including the first kickboard, non-turbulent racing lane lines and the nylon swimsuit (replacing woolen suits).

This Is How To Write A Follow-Up Email That’s Not Annoying

By Anisa Purbasari Horton, Fast Company, July 10, 2017

A 5 minute Read

As a journalist who frequently reviews and edits submissions, I often find myself switching between writing and reading follow-up emails. And if there’s anything that being on the sending and receiving end of these have taught me, it’s that many of the tactics people use aren’t very effective (and are really annoying at best).

As a sender, I’ve learned that it’s best to work from the assumption that whoever I’m writing to probably has more pressing matters to attend to than answer my emails. This forces me to make sure I articulate why it’s in the receiver’s interest to reply. As a receiver, there’s nothing more annoying than getting an email that assumes I’ll work to the sender’s timeline, even when it’s clear that it’s extremely inconvenient to mine, or when there’s no benefit to me whatsoever.

Of course, this is just one of the many dos and don’ts to think about when writing a follow-up email. Here are others you might want to consider before sending your next one, particularly if you need a response urgently.

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Public Speaking Help

By David Priestly, Venture Team, 2014

I was talking to some coaches recently about how important it was to give an effective presentation especially to their board or public officials. Here are some tips on how to do this.

How to prepare for a presentation:

How to deliver the presentation:

Controlling your nerves:

Notre Dame Has Lost in the Women’s Final Four, But Never Lost Heart

By Sally Jenkins, Columnist, Washington Post, April 3, 2015

The age-old question in any sport is, do you learn more from winning or from losing? Maybe the reason we have such a hard time answering it is because we look at the experiences as separate instead of related. Muffet McGraw and Notre Dame are in their fifth straight women’s NCAA Final Four, and on four previous occasions they’ve suffered defeat. But here’ s the thing about finishing second: It means you could have been first.

Each loss is its own brand of pain and has its own cause. McGraw and the Irish have become connoisseurs of heartbreak. They’ve lost in three of the last four national championship games; sometimes it was a nervous collapse, or a catastrophic injury, or an unforgiving rim that made the difference, and sometimes they just met an unstoppable adversary.

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