Coach Connection Newsletter #31 - 8/3/18

Coach Connection Newsletter #31 - 8/3/18

 | Monday, August 20, 2018

Registration for the Fall 2018 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

Providence, RI September 14-16 Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel

Milwaukee, WI September 21-23 Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel

Registration & full information can be found here:

Application for Scholastic All-America

Application Process closes August 15, 2018

The 2018 SAA Application is about to close.

Freshman are eligible for the team for the first time.



The 2018 National Select Camp Assistant Coach Application

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.

Four Tips for Teaching Accountability in Individual Sports

By TrueSport, July 29, 2018

Team sports and individual sports both provide excellent opportunities for young athletes to learn about accountability, sportsmanship, resilience, and respect. But, athletes who compete individually in sports like swimming, track & field, cross-country, wrestling, and tennis learn these lessons differently than those athletes who participate in team sports like basketball, football, soccer, and volleyball.

Athletes involved in individual sports are typically part of a team, with their individual results contributing to the team’s overall performance. Success in individual sports can provide a great sense of accomplishment and illustrate the direct relationship between hard work and positive outcomes. Because they are competing for both individual glory and their team’s success, individual sports place a high premium on accountability.

Here are four ways you can help your athletes hold themselves accountable.


please share this information with your athletes, parents and staff.


A supplement that claims it's an alternative to prescription medication is a #cleansport red flag. #BeInformed of other 🚩🚩:


TUE applications for prohibited stimulant medications used to treat ADD/ADHD must include detailed medical documentation. Read more on how you can stay compliant with #antidoping rules if you've been prescribed this type of medication:

Therapeutic Use Exemptions are not a one-time thing. If you have a TUE and your expiration date is approaching, follow these steps to renew

Paralympic Swimming Clinic

There will be a FREE clinic on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at Clovis North High School Pool for para-swimmers, coaches, and parents.

Peggy Ewald is a consultant for U.S. Paralympics Swimming. Her mission focuses on connecting, educating and recruiting more Para-Swimmers and Coaches for U.S. Paralympics Swimming.

Click on this link to register!

To learn more about a meet near you offering National classification, click on this link, then click on California Classic Meet in Yucaipa, CA Sept. 15-16, 2018. 

Teach Your Young Athletes Healthy Values: Part II

By Dr. Jim Taylor, Prime Sports, July 31, 2018

In Part I of my two-part series on values in sports, I explored the essential importance of values as the foundation of your children’s sports experiences. I also described what I consider to be healthy and unhealthy values. In Part II of this series, I discuss how you can ensure that your young athletes embrace healthy values that will shape their sports and personal development in the most positive way possible.

Where Do Your Children Get Their Sports Values? 

The Business Challenge of our Time is Creating Meaningful Work

By Sebastian Buck, FastCompany, July 30, 2018

There are a lot of challenges facing CEOs and leadership teams today. There’s the fact that a minority of millennials believe in capitalism; there’s the pressure to innovate to compete with low-cost disrupters; pressure to improve environmental and social practices; pressure to improve stagnant productivity; pressure from regulatory upheaval. And on and on. A multiplicity of threats and challenges.

Learn More

Breaststroke - Kick Recovery Awareness

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, July 31, 2018



For more breaststroke kick videos, follow this link.

When working with developing swimmers on their breaststroke kick, it’s important that they focus as much on the resistance they create as the propulsion they produce.

Why do it:

By focusing on reducing the resistance, you can build a more efficient stroke.

How to do it:

These steps can be done as a progression, or a quick one off just to remind the swimmer to think about the recovery angle of the thighs.

1 - Wall Kick.  Keeping the body as flat as possible against the wall recovering the feet behind the body line.

2 - Kick on Back with Board. Holding the board on the surface of the water and having the swimmer avoid hitting the board too hard with the recovering legs.

3 - Streamline Kick on Back. Maintain the focus of recovering the feet behind the body and not allowing the knees to pop too much out of the surface.

4 - Head Lead Breaststroke Kick. Only for short distances underwater, try to get the swimmer to recover the feet until they touch the hands, but keep them focusing on the feeling of resistance of the thighs. This drill is to build the awareness of the thighs coming forward.

5 -Head Lead Breaststroke Kick, Hands in Front. Same as above, only for short distances underwater. Have the swimmer move the hands to the front of the thighs to become more aware of the act of tucking the thighs rather than drawing the feet up behind.

6 - Thigh Kick to Position 11. Use the previous step to get the swimmer thinking about the recovery of the thighs, and then move the arms to position 11 for a few more kicks. Keep thinking about the recovery of the thighs when the hands move forward.

7 - Position 11 Kick to Swim. Take a few kicks underwater in Position 11 focusing on the resistance of the recovering thighs. Allow the body to float up to the surface and swim a few strokes of breaststroke thinking of the leg recovery.

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

Keep playing and remind the swimmers that avoiding resistance is sometimes MUCH more important than focusing on propulsion. Especially when they get tired at the end of a race.

Dealing With The Effects Of Digital Dementia

By Tony Bradley, Contributor Forbes, June 19, 2017 

Mobile devices like smartphones and tablets come with a wide variety of features and benefits. The consistent use—and dependence—on those mobile devices may also come with some negative consequences, though. Reliance on devices can lead to issues with memory and cognitive skills dubbed “digital dementia”.

When I was younger—in the dark ages before the internet and smartphones—I knew every phone number relevant to me by heart. In fact, I can still tell you right now off the top of my head what my home phone number was 30 years ago when I was in high school. I knew the birth dates and wedding anniversaries of every member of my family—including aunts, uncles and cousins—by heart. I knew how to get from Point A to Point B, and what day and time my favorite shows were on TV.

I knew these things because there wasn’t really any option. I mean, I could have written it all down in a journal or day planner and carried that around everywhere, but for all practical purposes my own brain was all I had to rely on for information like this.

Learn More about Digital Dementia


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