Coach Connection Newsletter #33 - 8/17/18

Coach Connection Newsletter #33 - 8/17/18

 | Monday, August 20, 2018

Katie Ledecky Crosses Into the World of Pro Sports

By Karen Crouse, NY Times, August 9, 2018

A great article to pass onto athletes and parents.

It Feels Like Home.

Ledecky will keep training at Stanford even though she is no longer eligible for college swimming, and she plans to work in the university’s Mind and Body Lab as she seeks a psychology degree.

Katie Ledecky was not angling to become the face of American swimming when she joined the Palisades Porpoises as a 6-year-old. Her grand goal was to make it to the other side of the 25-yard pool without having to stop and rest on the lane line.

“Swimming is really just for me still a hobby,” Ledecky said. Then she caught herself. “It’s more than that now, I guess.”

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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 (Starts Today)

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: 

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!

Resources listed below can be found here.

SCHED - Online Schedule (mobile version)

SCHED - Online Schedule (regular browser)

2018 Proposed Amendments to Rules and Regulations

R-19 in Legislative Format for the Required LSC Bylaws Proposal

Pre-Convention Tips for LSC Delegates

FAQ for Athlete Delegates

Zone Director Election Information

United States Aquatic Sports Convention

Convention Registration

Hotel Reservations

Exhibitor Information

Four Ways to Foster Teamwork

By TrueSport, August 9, 2018

The ability to work together as a team is crucial for success in life, and youth sports are one of the best ways for kids to learn the value of teamwork. Most kids readily pick up the concept and generally get better at working as a team as their skills develop.

Sometimes, however, you may encounter a team that doesn’t function well together. Maybe your team has athletes with various skills levels. Or, maybe your seasoned athletes aren’t welcoming the new kids. Whatever the case may be, here are four ways you can help your athletes play as a team.

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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.


Even though most of the opium is removed from poppy seeds during processing, research shows that morphine and codeine can sometimes be detected in the urine up to 48 hours after ingestion of poppy seeds. Learn more about poppy seeds and drug testing:

Doctor recommends a medication. 2. You both check its status on #GlobalDRO. 3. If it contains prohibited substances, talk to your doctor about permitted alternatives or apply for a TUE.

Inhalation of volumes of concentrated gases like hydrogen sulfide and xenon, even with medical supervision, may lead to serious health risks. Read more:


When it comes to #supplement labels, you CAN'T believe everything you read. #BeInformed of the tricks and loopholes that some supplement companies take advantage of when trying to sell their products:

It's important athletes recognize #cleansport red flags in order to help protect their health and reputation. Here are the most common ones 

A Coach’s Influence: Using Undistracted Time with Athletes

By Mike Walker,, August 3, 2018 

Coaching in the 21st century has its challenges. On an almost daily basis, articles are published about a coach who is worn out by the pressure of winning or beaten up by complaints about playing time. Despite the pressures that assail coaches, these leaders must keep this in the forefront of their minds: In today’s society, they’re the most influential person in the lives of young athletes. This is largely due to the fact that coaches are the last people who get to interact with teenagers uninterrupted by technology.

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Are you a Leader or a Manager?

By Lisa Evans,, August 14, 2018

Here’s the difference

Leaders inspire people, while managers have people who do work for them.

Here’s how to figure out which you are, and how you can change.

If you have a management title, you may think of yourself as a leader. However, there are some stark differences between how leaders and managers motivate people toward common goals.

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Turns - Stretch Cord Walls

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, August 15, 2018


Article -

For more videos about developing great turns, click here 

To set up your free account to GoSwim and get new videos every day, click here 

If you want to have great push offs on all your walls, you need to focus on the push off... on all your walls.

Why to it:

Sometimes, adding a bit of resistance focuses the mind on just how much force you need to get your ultimate speed on every wall. Our good friend Gordy Westerberg of Vipers of Albuquerque shows us how he helps his swimmers stay focused.

How to do it:

1 - Tie a stretch cord around the swimmer.

2 - Have them set up outside the flags.

3 - The coach holds on to the other end of the cord, always keeping it somewhat tight.

4 - Have the swimmer come into the wall fast, while the coach is continuing to tighten the cord.

5 - Keep the cord tight as the swimmer pushes off.

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

Don't bring the swimmer in TOO fast. The real goal isn't to pull them into the wall, it's to create enough resistance so that as they push off, it's much more difficult to get back past the flags.

They won't be able to glide leaving the wall, as the real focus is the intensity of the push, and the transition into the dolphins or flutter kick. It's best to avoid backstroke on this drill, as the stroke count may change, and it would be a bit more dangerous if a mistake is made.

We’re Terrible at Planning our Time. Here’s How to Fix It

By Jory MacKay, Work Smart on, August 12, 2018

We work a lot less hours than we think. Here are some tips on how we can make the most of that time.

How many hours do you work each day? If you’re like most of the U.S. working population, you probably think you get a solid eight hours in. That’s 40 hours a week. Around 1,800 a year (minus 2 weeks’ vacation). Not too bad.

The problem with this kind of thinking is that just because we’re at work for eight hours a day doesn’t mean we’re doing eight hours of work. (In fact, pretty much every statistic puts that number significantly lower.) Assuming you have more time than you do is the quickest route to stress, overwork, a lack of productivity, and eventually, burnout.

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Creating an Athletics Hall of Fame

By Liam Frawley,, August 11, 2018

High school gyms across the nation are filled with banners and plaques noting memorable events in school history — championships, All-State performances, 1,000 point and 100 goal careers. Schools take pride in their athletic past, and rightly so.

At some point, a school may decide that it would like establish its own hall of fame to permanently recognize the best of what their program has to offer. While it’s not an easy task, establishing a hall of fame for your school can be one of the best ways to connect your program with its history.

Here are some step by step suggestions to get you moving in the right direction


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