Coach Connection Newsletter #29 - 7/20/18

Coach Connection Newsletter #29 - 7/20/18

 | Friday, July 20, 2018

Concussion Training Required to Attend Meets in California

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! 

Application for Scholastic All-America

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



Build & Program A Pool Conferences

There are three Build & Program A Pool Conferences left in 2018.

Seats are filling up quickly, check out the BAP of your choice

Who attends the Build a Pool Conference?

People who attend are coaches, parent boards, city council, architects and engineers who want to start developing a plan for their dream pool. 

Attendees will get ideas on how to program facilities for sustainability plus learn about innovative ideas and examples for new buildings and renovations. 

Click on dates to learn more and register

September 8th & 9th, Anaheim, CA in conjunction with ASCA World Clinic

October 3th & 14th , Charleston, SC in conjunction with WAHC (World Aquatic Health Conference) 

November 10th & 11th, Houston, TX – “learn to swim” workshop on Friday the 9th (must sign up limited seating)

Sample Schedule

Day one:

You will notice the BAP is sometimes held on different days of the week. It might be on Friday and Saturday or Saturday and Sunday.

The time line is the same for either set of days

7:30am – sign in and light breakfast (included with registration)

8:00am – 12:30pm – morning program

12:30pm to 1:30pm – lunch (included with registration)

1:30pm to 5:30pm – afternoon program

5:45pm – BAP gathering – social

Day two:

8:00am – Q & A with light breakfast

8:30am – 12:30pm – morning program

12:30pm to 1:30pm – lunch

1:30pm to 4:30pm – afternoon program

Conference ends at 4:30pm

ASCA Certified Coaches will receive 10 credit hours for attending. AEA Certified Fitness Instructors will receive

Questions please email Sue Nelson 

Bad Call: The Best Ways for Coaches and Parents to Respond to Bad Calls

By TrueSport, July 13, 2018

Bad calls happen. They happen in youth sports, high school sports, professional sports, and the Olympics. Of all the places where officiating mistakes happen, youth sports are probably where they matter the least. But, it’s on the sidelines of kids’ games that we often see parents and coaches losing their cool.

Before we look at three categories of bad calls and how to deal with them, it is crucial for all parents and coaches to remember that the referees in youth sports are often volunteers. Even those who are paid are likely refereeing out of their love of the sport rather than the compensation. They are human. They make mistakes. They have feelings.

Making accurate calls is important, but if we are looking to youth sports to teach kids valuable lessons about sportsmanship, responsibility, competition, and handling adversity, then it is important to realize that missed calls play a necessary role in teaching those lessons.

Let’s look at three categories of officiating errors and how parents and coaches can best respond to them.

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.


Coaches: You know you play a critical role in your athletes' lives. Check out the resources we provide so you can help them #competeclean!

What is the IV Rule and why are some IV infusions prohibited in sport? Find out:

Athletes: If you have an upcoming surgery, check out these steps to find out if you need to apply for a TUE or not.


Questioning a supplement you've purchased? Our High Risk List can help

2018 Swim America – Learn to Swim Conference

September 5-6, 2018 Anaheim, CA

Learn to Swim…

Where the MAGIC Begins!

All Learn to Swim Business Owners, team coaches, program administrators, instructors, program directors, coaches and

all interested aquatic professionals interested in gaining practical information and tools for all aspects of their aquatic programs

and businesses are invited to attend the value packed, two day conference.

Staff training is the backbone of workplace success, safety and performance which serves as the catalyst for employee skills improvement and development. 

Some of the Conference highlights

• Full day LTS conference track

• ASK the Expert Discussion Groups

• ASCA Welcome Party & 50th World Clinic Celebration

• 13 industry leader presenters

• And much more!

The Swim America LTS conference does require a separate registration from the ASCA World Clinic.


Questions email Lori Klatt l or Sue Nelson

Why more Physical Education and Recess are the Keys to Better Students in Schools

Podcast with Paul Zientarski, TED Speaker and 40-year veteran Physical Education teacher

By Reed Maltbie,, July 8, 2018

What if there was a simple solution to getting better academic performance, reducing discipline problems, and greater engagement of our children at school? There is a simple solution, and instead of adding more of it, we’ve been eliminating it from schools altogether! Paul Zientarski shares how he has transformed school districts by simply adding more PE and recess to the daily schedule.

Listen to the Podcast here:

How to Consistently Perform Your Best During Practice, Competition

By Kelsey Griffith,, July 9, 2018 

Let’s look at the idea of “when it matters most.” In essence, it all matters. If you think about the days and hours you spend practicing, chances are the time spent training and preparing far outweighs the time spent in competitive performance.

So, how do you make the most of all the moments, including outside of competition?

Here are three ideas. 

The Brain-Changing Benefits of Exercise

By Wendy Suzuki, Neuroscientist, TedTalk, 2017

What's the most transformative thing that you can do for your brain today? Exercise! says neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki. Get inspired to go to the gym as Suzuki discusses the science of how working out boosts your mood and memory -- and protects your brain against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's.

Listen to Podcast here:

Once a Coach, Always a Coach

By James Leath,, July 13, 2018

“Hey, Coach!”

The voice on the phone is a deeper version of the one I remember from 10 years ago.

“Matty? It’s good to hear from you. How are you doing?”

“Good, coach. I'm good. You?”

Thanks to caller ID and Facebook, I knew three things about the situation. One, he is using the same number he had back when he played 6th-grade football for me. Two, he is a nationally ranked wrestler in his second year of college. And three, it’s his birthday.

“I’m great, bud. It’s great to hear your voice. Happy birthday! I see you are doing well.”

“Thanks, Coach, appreciate it. I’m having fun.”

I’m always excited to see where calls from my former players will go. A scholarship offer, relationship advice, a baby.

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