Coach Connection Newsletter #28 - 7/13/18

Coach Connection Newsletter #28 - 7/13/18

 | Friday, July 13, 2018

Registration for the Nashville & Scottsdale Regional Coach Clinics are now open! 

The Regional Coaching Clinic program brings affordable clinics directly to teams in their own LSCs. These clinics are designed for the entire coaching staff from the novice coach to the senior level coach.

The clinic cost is $75 per coach or $200 for a coaching staff of 3 or more. These clinics are priced to encourage participation by the entire coaching staff.

Location                  Dates                 Clinic Location

Nashville, TN        August 17-19      Vanderbilt University

Scottsdale, AZ     August 24-26    Marriott Scottsdale McDowell Mountains

Registration & full information can be found here:

The 2018 National Select Camp Assistant Coach

Application Is now open! 

Each fall, USA Swimming brings 96 of the top USA Swimming member athletes in the nation for a once-in-a-lifetime camp experience. During the camp, these swimmers will learn about post-race recovery, drug and supplement rules, psychological training skills, nutrition, race strategy and more.

We will be selecting assistant coaches for the Girls’ camp October 11-14 and the Boys’ camp October 25-28. The deadline to submit an application is August 10th.

For more information about the camp & to access the application, click here.

Video: Off the Blocks, Episode 2: Going for Gainzz

The Path to the Phillips 66 National Championships

Watch here: 

5 Ways Kids Gain Independence Through Sport

By TrueSport, July 5, 2018

A modern concern of parents and teachers is that kids are becoming less and less capable of thinking and acting for themselves.

Here are five ways youth sports remain one of the best ways to foster confidence and independence in children and young adults.

USADA Update

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.


#Doping is not only cheating. It's also dangerous. Be aware of the negative health affects of anabolic agents, peptide hormones and other PEDS.

TUE applications for prohibited stimulant medications used to treat ADD/ADHD require detailed medical documentation. Read more on why this documentation is necessary and what's required:

Athletes: #BeInformed about clenbuterol and meat contamination.

It's important that athletes tell their doctors they're subject to #antidoping rules. If a doctor doesn't take these rules into consideration, that's a #cleansport red flag

Our experts are here to answer your questions on prohibited substances, TUEs, and more. Give them a call!

Always check the status of your medication on #GlobalDRO to see if it contains a prohibited substance.

Check out our Nutrition Guide for tips on foods and drinks that can fuel your body and help you reach peak performance. #FoodFirst

Coaches: Take a look at these 5 steps that will help your athletes #competeclean.


#Supplement411 has all the info you need to better understand the risks of taking dietary #supplements and ways to reduce these risks. 

The only way to have zero risk is to use zero #supplements. Read how even a low risk supplement might still contain prohibited substances.

Athlete warning! Do not take any supplements that list Higenamine or DMBA in ingredients. FOR MORE: 

Butterfly - Eyes Up

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, July 11, 2018


Article -

For more videos focus on butterfly eye position, click here.

Sometimes teaching great butterfly means keeping the swimmer shallow rather than pressing deep.

Why do it:

A shallow press on butterfly can help to increase rate by creating less amplitude in the stroke, plus it can help build the ability to breathe on every stroke.

How to do it:

1 - Have the swimmer look slightly forward as the hands enter the water.

2 - When the body rises on the recovery of the stroke, have the swimmer lift their eyes just above the surface on ALL strokes, breathing and non-breathing strokes.

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

The goal is to create the most similar stroke possible, whether you’re breathing or not. It’s also to make sure you’re not diving the head down into the water so far that it takes you too long to come back up. Try to create a rhythm with the stroke, and a head position that allows you to feel like you’re bouncing the chest down the pool. 

How to Be a Great Assistant Coach

From, March 2017

Take some time to think about and write out answers to these questions:

1) Why did I get into coaching?

2) What do I love about coaching?

3) What do I dislike about coaching?

4) What are my present and future goals?

5) Why am I in coaching now?

Learn More

5 Signs You May Be Dehydrated — Besides Thirst

From United Health Care, July 2018

How can you tell if you’re not as hydrated as you should be?

Thirst is a clue — but it’s not the only one. Some other signs of dehydration may include

1. Dark yellow urine or not urinating much.

2. Dry, cool skin.

3. Dry or sticky mouth.

4. Headache.

5. Muscle cramps.

If you’re severely dehydrated, you may also feel dizzy, light-headed or confused or have a rapid heartbeat. You could even lose consciousness. Severe dehydration is a medical emergency — in some cases it may be deadly.

Learn More

4 Ways to Make Anxiety Work for You

Don’t let anxiety drive you into overwhelm or procrastination. Here are four ways to beat it and take back your focus.

By Gwen Moran,, July 11, 2018

We’re getting more anxious.

A March 2018 survey from the American Psychiatric Association found that 39% of Americans report being more anxious than last year.

Worries about everything from health to finances have us feeling more on edge.

But the word “anxiety” is one that people tend to throw around casually—and, sometimes, problematically. For some, anxiety is a debilitating condition that keeps them in “fight or flight” response and affects their ability to function. For others, anxiety is an edgy sensation that can be harnessed to improve performance, says Washington, D.C.-based licensed clinical psychologist Alicia H. Clark, author of Hack Your Anxiety.

If anxiety is unrelenting and chronically interfering with daily life, it’s a good idea to consult a doctor or mental health profession. But moderate anxiety can be useful, Clark says. “It’s always trying to tell us something that we care about. Alert us to things that we might not be noticing or tending to,” she says.

Try these four ways to harness that anxious feeling and make it work for you.

Shorter Meetings, Better Results

By Ruth Nicholson, GO!, July 10, 2018

The key to shorter meetings with better results is taking the time to think through the purpose, activities and people related to the meeting before the meeting so that it is set up for success.

Coaches know that one of the keys to a good game is in the preparation of players and their ability to make good decisions on the field. The secret to an effective meeting also lives in the preparation for the event and lives in the word WHY.


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