Coach Connection Newsletter #34 - 8/24/18

Coach Connection Newsletter #34 - 8/24/18

 | Monday, August 27, 2018

Disability Swimming Award Nominations Open 

The Nominations for the Trischa Zorn Athlete, Disability Committee Service, and the Jimi Flowers Coaching awards are now open. Nominations are due in by September 10, 2018. Please submit this nomination (cover page + attached sheet with nominee’s qualifications) to Randy Julian by email or the contact information below. Nomination forms can be found here.

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Mental Training Tips: The Five Performance Priorities

By Will Jonathan, USA Swimming Contributor, August 20, 2018 

“What separated me from everyone else throughout my career was my mental game. It was everything between my ears.” -Michael Phelps

Ultimately, without doubt, the mental side of the sport of swimming is the difference maker. The fact is, you train as much as you want, you can receive world-class training, you can go hard in the gym, you can eat a pristine diet, you can taper perfectly, and you can have the most modern, hi-tech suit in the world. However, when you show up on the day to perform, if your mind is not in the right place, none of that stuff is going to count for anything. You simply won’t be able to be your best.

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Freestyle - Building Core Balance

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, August 22, 2018


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Watch more Freestyle Balance Videos here.

Making sure you're bodyline is as balanced as possible can help build a faster and more efficient freestyle.

Why do it:

Energy used to hold the hips and legs in line in freestyle is wasted energy. Understanding the core stability needed for great freestyle is a must!

How to do it:

1 - The goal will be to do all of this without a pull-buoy, but starting out with younger swimmers, the buoy will be a big help.

2 - Have them hold the buoy between then ankles (or hips to start) and hold an absolutely straight line in the water from fingertips to toes. Make sure the hips are held at the surface.

3 - After they've learned the solid line, have them rotate slightly from side to side using nothing but their core for rotation.

4 - After a few slight turns of the body, start a very slow pull, maintaining the bodyline.

5 - Eventually, drop the pull-buoy and initiate a small kick, holding the body in the same position as in the initial step.

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

Again, the goal will be to do this without the buoy but give the athlete the feeling of the stable line first. You can also use a snorkel to allow the swimmer to spend more time learning the line.

Be careful to hold the line and don't allow the bend or drop of the hips. Again, our swimmers are just learning so they will get much better very soon.

There will be many more of these great stability exercises coming in our upcoming Kristian Gkolomeev video series on

Four Goals Young Athletes Should Never Make

By TrueSport, August 16, 2018

Young athletes with big dreams of sport success are often quick to set large goals.

However, these goals sometimes fall well outside the bounds of being SMART goals – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. This could lead to more frustration than progress, or even end up harming others.

Help your athletes avoid goal abandonment by being on the lookout for these four common pitfalls with your youth athletes.

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.@TrueSport Releases New Resource on Dietary Supplements for Athletes and Parents    

Why should athletes be skeptical if a supplement label says "all natural?"

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At the end of 2017, there was a total of 400 products on our #HighRiskList . Using #supplements? Make sure to check the list today!! 

resourcefulness = “Of Coursefulness”

By Harvey Mackay, Nationally Syndicated Column, August 16, 2018

A firm needed a researcher. Applicants were a scientist, an engineer and an economist. Each was given a stone, a piece of string and a stopwatch and told to determine a certain building’s height. The scientist went to the rooftop, tied the stone to the string and lowered it to the ground. Then he swung it, timing each swing with the watch. With this pendulum, he estimated the height at 200 feet, give or take 12 inches.

The engineer threw away the string, dropped the stone from the roof, timing its fall with the watch. Applying the laws of gravity, he estimated the height at 200 feet, give or take six inches. 

The economist, ignoring the string and stone, entered the building but soon returned to report the height at exactly 200 feet. How did he know? He gave the janitor his watch in exchange for the building plans. He got the job.

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10 Things Teammates Don't Let Teammates Do In CHAMPIONSHIP CULTURES

From Janssen Leadership

1. Cut Corners

2. Complain

3. Make Excuses

4. Act Selfishly

5. Disrespect Each Other

6. Divide the Team

7. Trash the Coaches

8. Embarrass the Program

9. Give Up

10. Let Teammates Down

Criticism Challenges Creativity

By Harvey Mackay, Nationally Syndicated Column, August 2, 2018

The great American filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille said, “Creativity is a drug I cannot live without.”

As I’ve said in the past, I always try to start each day with a healthy dose of vitamin C – Creativity. I believe that creative ideas and actions are what make life interesting.

More important than drugs and vitamins is having a thick skin and being unfazed by criticism. Even the most unstoppable ideas in history have been criticized. Here are some of the more memorable ones.

“Mr. Bell, please remove that silly toy from my office. There is no room in the market for a telephone.”
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I Finally Achieved Inbox Zero, and it Totally Changed How I Work

By Stephanie Vozza,,August 8, 2018

Secrets of the most productive people

“One day I did something drastic. I deleted or moved all 457 of the messages that were sitting in my inbox. It was liberating.”

The average person sends and receives about 235 emails a day and spends between 2.5 and 4.1 hours a day in their inboxes, depending on which study you believe. Either way, that’s a lot of time—and what do you do with all those messages?

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Kids Always Answer That They Want To Hear Nothing From Sideline Parents

By John O'Sullivan, Changingthegameproject, PCA, August 1, 2018

Parents yell and scream from the sidelines because they love them and want to help them. In this video, John O'Sullivan explains how you can love your kids in a more helpful way.

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