Coach Connection Newsletter #32 - 8/10/18

Coach Connection Newsletter #32 - 8/10/18

 | Monday, August 20, 2018


Just as important as the development of educational abuse prevention programs, we recognize our responsibility to provide support and resources to survivors of abuse wherever possible. No one should ever experience abuse while participating in sport, including swimming. Any member who has experienced abuse in connection with their participation in USA Swimming may qualify for the organization’s SwimAssist program.

What is SwimAssist?

SwimAssist is USA Swimming’s assistance fund for survivors of abuse. Established in 2014, the goal of SwimAssist is to support survivors with the financial burden of seeking counseling, therapy, or other healing treatment. SwimAssist is available to any current or former USA Swimming member who has suffered abuse perpetrated by an individual who at the time of the harm was (1) a member of USA Swimming and (2) participating in the activities of USA Swimming. 

How Does SwimAssist Work?

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.



Back-to-School: How to Find Balance for Your Student-Athlete

By TrueSport, August 3, 2018

Summer is a time to be outside, go to camp, swim, play sports, sleep in, and shake off nine months of tough academic and sports schedules. For young athletes, this is some well-earned relaxation and fun. Heading back to school can be an exhausting return to alarm clocks, homework, sports schedules, co-curricular activities, and other responsibilities.

Here are some ways parents and coaches can help student-athletes find the balance that works best for them.


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.


Anti-Doping 101 is a great resource for athletes who may be competing in a USADA-tested event for the first time. Check it out!

Although energy drinks are advertised to help you fuel up, they can potentially damage an athlete's health and are #risky for young athletes. #BeInformed:

Share with Athletes & Parents:

There are currently three inhaled beta-2 agonists that are permitted in #sport under a certain dose. Read more on what they are and how you can stay compliant with the rules if you’re prescribed an inhaler. #cleansport


Our #Supplement411 Reduce Your Risk Checklist is a great resource to keep on hand whenever you're considering using a dietary supplement. Check it out!

Athletes: Our #HighRiskList is a great resource to use whenever you want to check if a supplement has been known to contain a prohibited substance. Reduce your risk and give it a look! #cleansport 

2018 Swim American Learn to Swim Conference

September 5 & 6, 2018 

Learn to swim “where the MAGIC begins”

Has it been a long summer swim season for you? Are you looking for some motivation, check out the lineup of speakers for the Swim America Learn – to – Swim Conference being held in conjunction with the ASCA World Swimming Clinic. Swim America

Coaches you will get 12 units for attending.

Along with all of the experienced speakers we are offering a Lunch and Learn Q & A (Leadership Excellence) led by the Keynote presenter, Joel Noel. You can sign-up for the L & L at the same time you register for conference. Click on the link to learn more about the two day conference.

Don’t miss the opportunity to sign up for the ASCA Awards Reception and Banquet on Thursday night.

How Do I Balance My WHY with the Demands of the Youth Sports Culture?

By Reed Maltbie,, July 31, 2018 

“This season was a disaster.” A former colleague of mine said to me recently.

“We had a ton of fun, the kids learned a lot of new skills and gelled as a team, but we didn’t win as many games as last season.”

“Fun and learning are the two primary things we always wanted out of the experience.” I reminded him.

“Yes, but tell that to my parents. The parents of my best players basically staged a revolt. They came to me at the end of the season and demanded I do away with the equal playing time rule, let a few of my weaker kids go for more experienced players, and do whatever it takes to win more ames.

They’re 11-years-old.”

Learn More Here

Coaches Remind Athletes of Social Media Perils

By David Lee, Athletic Business, August 2018

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All Rights Reserved

The Augusta Chronicle (Georgia)

It's a message often found on Twitter that serves as a reminder to athletes who are active on social media.

An assistant coach at a Texas high school tweeted that a college coach told him he pulled four scholarship offers. The players who lost the offers had tweeted derogatory comments about women.

A Twitter account called Social Media Athlete, which focuses on social media's part in athletics, picked it up and spread the word. The South Carolina High School League followed by sharing it and added: " media is not a toy."

There are constant reminders from parents, coaches and administrations aimed at young athletes who use social media.

Social Media Perils

Jason Lezak - Train for Speed

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, August 8, 2018




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A lot of times you’ll hear that to swim fast, you have to spend a lot of time swimming slow.

While that’s true... and while I do spend a lot of time swimming at a slow pace to work on technique... it’s also true that to swim fast, you have to train fast.

My coach is always telling me, “Don’t be afraid to be fast.” So we train for speed, both in the pool and out of the pool.

In the weight room, I do things that build strength, because strength is a big component of speed.

But I also do things that work on race-pace speed. When I lift weights, I try to mimic the tempo I use during the 50 free. Instead of trying to lift as much weight as I can, and taking 5 seconds to do one rep, I’ll go with lighter weights and train for speed.

My stroke rate for the 50 free is around one cycle every 1.2 seconds. So, I’ll try to lift weights at a rate of one cycle every second -- like I’m doing a sprint. For example, I’ll try to do 20 reps in 20 seconds.

In the pool, I use the same philosophy. I do things that build strength...

... and things that will help me swim at race pace and actually faster than race pace.

I use a variety of tools to build strength. Anything that makes it harder to swim is obviously going to build your speed, strength, and tolerance for hard work.

Parachutes are a great tool for making you work on balance and body position, and for helping you connect your catch to your core.

Swimming with closed fists is another form of strength training that leads to faster swimming. You might be going pretty slow when you do this, but it will build strength in your shoulders... and muscle memory for a high-elbow catch and a catch that connects with your hips and core.

To build your kicking speed, you can use ankle bands, which restrict your range of motion.

Stretch cords are excellent for working on the catch. When I get to the end of the cord and I’m pretty much holding in place, I forget about working on rotation and focus instead on keeping my elbows high and grabbing water on my catch. Obviously, there are times to work on one thing... and times to work on other things.

Stretch cords are a great example. When you swim with the cord, you’re training yourself to swim at above race pace. You’re learning how to deal with the extra resistance that comes with greater speed.

But I think the best way to train for speed is simply to swim fast in practice. A lot of people are afraid, in practice, to swim as fast as they would in a race. hurts, both mentally and physically. But if you want to go fast when you race, you have to know what it feels like in practice. Speed won’t happen at a meet unless you train for speed at practice.

Time Out, or Pause?

By James Leath, Unleash the Athlete, August 6, 2018

“Time out!”

With 2:15 left in the game, and down by seven, my players walk towards me, exhausted.

The crowd is ecstatic. It is any team’s game.

The young men are expecting directions, but that is not why I called a timeout.

They don’t need instruction—they need a pause.


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