Coach Connection Newsletter #35 - 8/31/18

Coach Connection Newsletter #35 - 8/31/18

 | Friday, August 31, 2018

2019 Club Excellence Program Announcement

USA Swimming is pleased to formally announce the 2019 Club Excellence program and provide directions to all clubs regarding the application process. For complete program information and the link to begin the application, please visit the Club Excellence page on the USA Swimming website.

In order to apply for the 2019 program, clubs must:

1. Complete the online application form available on the USA Swimming website.

2. Submit eligible pool performances using the Online Meet Entry (OME) system on the USA Swimming website.

   Eligible open water performances are submitted using the online application.

3. Submit both components - the application and the Online Meet Entry - by the Oct 19, 2018 deadline.

Following is the complete timeline for the 2019 program:

09-04-18: Application period begins. Program announcement distributed to all USA-S clubs. Application form and info available on the USA Swimming website.

10-19-18: Deadline for submitting applications and the Online Meet Entry from clubs to USA Swimming.

12-14-18: Club rankings announced by USA Swimming and Grant applications sent to all qualifying clubs (Gold and Silver).

02-15-19: Deadline for qualifying clubs to submit grant applications to USA Swimming.

04-12-19: Grant awards announced by USA Swimming.

Also, please note that the application requirement again includes Club Recognition Program participation. All clubs applying for the 2019 Club Excellence program must successfully complete at least Level 1 of the Club Recognition Program. If you have previously completed Level 1, you don’t need to do it again.

As the entity that directly delivers services to athletes, swim clubs are vital to the ongoing growth and success of the sport. The Club Excellence program is one way in which USA Swimming recognizes our highest performing clubs and rewards them for a job well done.

Protein: How Much is Too Much?

By Chris Rosenbloom, PhD, RDN, August 22, 2018

A parent of 16-year-old swimmer asked how much protein is too much? He is concerned about the amount of protein that his son is consuming, based on recommendations that he read in a body-building magazine. The article recommended eating 200 to 250 grams of protein a day to build muscle. In addition, the swimmer wants to add pea protein powder and hemp hearts to his post workout recovery shake, as also suggested by the magazine article.

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Save These Important Dates!

National Committee Applications Accepted beginning September 4, 2018

The form to apply for a national committee will be available on the USA Swimming website on Tuesday, September 4th.

WHERE? Go here to access the form, see the convention schedule, read candidates’ bios, review legislation, etc.

WHO? Anyone interested in serving on a national committee. Current committee members don’t need to reapply unless their term ends this year.

Leadership Summit, Thursday, April 25-28, 2019

WHERE?  United States Olympic Training Center; Colorado Springs, Colorado

WHO?       Each LSC is invited to send one athlete and one coach. USA Swimming will provide airfare, hotel and meals. LSCs can send additional representatives if space is available; travel costs for additional attendees are the responsibility of the LSC. Based on feedback received from this year’s Summit, the 2019 event will begin Thursday at 5:00 p.m. and end Sunday at noon.

2019 Zone Workshops

Southern & Western Zone

WHEN?    May 9-10-11

(Thursday night thru Saturday noon so people can be home for Mother’s Day)

WHERE?   Denver, Colorado

Eastern & Central Zone

WHEN?     May 17-18-19 (Friday night thru Sunday noon)

WHERE?   Chicago, Illinois


General Chairs, Admin Vice Chairs, LSC Office Staff

Safe Sport Chairs, D&I Chairs, Safety Education Chairs

Registration Chairs, Times Officer, Official (level/position TBD)

USA Swimming will provide hotel and meals. LSCs will be responsible for travel costs. Each workshop will have a keynote speaker and several different sessions conducted by experts in their fields. More details will be available in December.

Attending the United States Aquatic Sports Convention in Jacksonville?

Don’t miss the first-ever Keynote Address – Thriving in Transformational Times with Rishad Tobaccowala, Chief Growth Officer at The Publicis Groupe.

Open to all USA Swimming members.

Wednesday, September 26, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. EDT.

To learn more about Rishad:

How to Spot Your Next Team Captain

By TrueSport, August 22, 2018

Becoming captain of a sports team can be a great leadership experience for young athletes, particularly when coaches work proactively to prepare them for success. Rick Swan, Head Volleyball Coach at Colorado College, has been coaching for more than 20 years. With 20 consecutive NCAA appearances as coach, he knows what it takes to be an outstanding leader on the court.

Here are Coach Swan’s top four tips on how to prepare student-athletes to be great team captains.

Look for Key Leadership Traits

Some athletes are more inclined to become leaders than others, and that is okay. The key traits Swan recommends in potential team captains include:

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USADA Information to Pass on to Athletes, Parents and Staff


Thinking about purchasing a supplement online? Be cautious. The internet makes it very easy to distribute unsafe and illegal products.

There is now a total of 495 products on the #HighRiskList. Reduce your risk by checking your dietary #supplements today! #cleansport #Supp411


Be cautious of IV infusions received through home visits, urgent care offices, after-hours clinics, and boutique IV and rehydration services. They aren't considered hospital treatments under the WADA rules. Read more on the IV rule and this #cleansport :

Athletes: Unsure if the medication you've been prescribed is prohibited or permitted in sport? #GlobalDRO can help!

Eastern States Swim Clinic And CLBMS 201

USA Swimming Club Leadership and Business Management School (Oct 4th & 5th: 6-9pm) $20.00

Required for all new USA clubs for club registration Course 201. Club coaches & board members will learn strategies to improve club governance, management, & leadership. Included are the basic models for swim teams, responsibilities of nonprofit boards, staff/board responsibilities, roles of the Head Coach, governance versus management, financial development, recruiting volunteers, evaluation, & assessment. Attendance at both sessions is required to fulfill the requirement. Either the Board/Booster Club president or Head Coach must attend (both are encouraged). This is required for new clubs, but all are welcome. You must attend both sessions.

Take advantage of the group discount and pre-registration pricing and make your plans to attend Eastern States Swim Clinic in Cherry Hill, NJ on October 6 and 7 at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill, NJ. Pre-registration and the special clinic hotel rates end Sept. 21.

All information about the clinic, including online registration, is available here: Don’t delay – register NOW!  

Don’t forget to make your hotel reservations at the same time — call (888) 233-9527 special clinic rates.

The 2018 Clinic proudly offers the following prestigious line-up of speakers and the special opportunity to meet and work with Olympic swimmers Tyler Clary and Caeleb Dressel.

Mark Schubert: 8x Olympic Head Coach, ’09 USA National Coach, Head Coach Mission Viejo

Gregg Troy: Olympic Head Coach ‘12, Olympic Asst. Coach ‘08 & ‘96, former Head Coach Florida Men & Women

Chris Plumb: Head Coach Carmel Swim Club, Boys’ & Girls’ High School State Champions

Carol Capitani: Head Coach Univ of Texas Women, Big 12 Coach of the Year

Jackie Berning Ph.D: Nutrition Consultant, Author & Educator

Tyler Clary: Olympic Gold medalist ’12, American record holder & NCAA record holder

Caeleb Dressel: 2X Olympic Gold medalist ’16, NCAA, American & World record holder

Come learn from some of our country's best coaches and athletes! We hope to see you there. 

Adopt These Four Speaking Habits to Boost your Leadership Presence

By Anett Grant,, August 23, 2018

I recently worked with the CFO of a large oil and gas company on a major presentation. He began by going through his PowerPoint slides, reading chart after chart.

“Stop,” I said. “You’re presenting like an accountant, not a leader.” Going over every little detail might have made him a great CFO, but it wasn’t going to win him points when it came to public speaking. To convey his leadership skills, he needed to shift his mind-set from educating his listeners to influencing them with his presentation.

To boost your leadership presence, start by developing these four speaking habits:

Those Who Can Do, Can’t Teach

By Adam Grant, organizational psychologist,, August 25, 2018

If you want to be great at something, learn from the best. What could be better than studying physics under Albert Einstein?

A lot, it turns out. Three years after publishing his first landmark paper on relativity, Einstein taught his debut course at the University of Bern. He wasn’t able to attract much interest in the esoteric subject of thermodynamics: Just three students signed up, and they were all friends of his. The next semester he had to cancel the class after only one student enrolled. A few years later, when Einstein pursued a position at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, the president raised concerns about his lackluster teaching skills. Einstein eventually got the job after a friend vouched for him, but the friend admitted, “He is not a fine talker.” As his biographer Walter Isaacson summarized, “Einstein was never an inspired teacher, and his lectures tended to be regarded as disorganized.”

Although it’s often said that those who can’t do teach, the reality is that the best doers are often the worst teachers.

Two decades ago, I arrived at Harvard as an undergraduate excited to soak up the brilliance of professors who had won Nobels and Pulitzers. But by the end of the first month of my freshman year, it was clear that these world-class experts were my worst teachers. My distinguished art history professor raved about Michelangelo’s pietra serena molding but didn’t articulate why it was significant. My renowned astrophysics professor taught us how the universe seemed to be expanding, but never bothered to explain what it was expanding into (still waiting for someone to demystify that one).

It wasn’t that they didn’t care about teaching. It was that they knew too much about their subject, and had mastered it too long ago, to relate to my ignorance about it. Social scientists call it the curse of knowledge. As the psychologist Sian Beilock, now the president of Barnard College, writes, “As you get better and better at what you do, your ability to communicate your understanding or to help others learn that skill often gets worse and worse.”

I’ve come to believe that if you want to learn something new, there are three factors that you should keep in mind when choosing a teacher — whether it’s a professor or mentor or soccer coach.
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ALL-STROKES - Tempo Trainer Underwater Dolphins

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, August 29, 2018


Article -

For many more videos on Underwater Dolphins, follow this link

There's no denying underwater dolphins are one of the most important skills for competitive swimming. Using the "original wearable", you can start to hone in on the perfect size and rate of your underwater dolphins.

Why do it:

Too big, too small, too slow, too fast... are all problems with learning proper race rates for underwater dolphins. This simple method will help you determine just the right combination.

How to do it:

1 - Set the Tempo Trainer at a base rate to start. We're using 1:00. Have the swimmer match the rate with a forward kick on every beep. We'll do a set of 25s for this test.

2 - Give the swimmer a number of kicks for each length for consistency.

3 - Have the swimmer match the rate as they transition to swimming. It may be too slow but will add some additional teaching for the swim.

4 - Reduce the time of the Tempo Trainer by 5/100ths every few lengths. We go from 1:00 to 0:95 to 0:90... all the way down to 0:75.

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

Watching the swimmer, as well as the swimmers, feel will be your first indicator of the best rate, but ultimately, time will be the most important.

Time each length, and determine when the swimmer starts to break down with too fast of a rate. Back the Tempo Trainer back a step or two or increase the length of the swim. Experimenting and keeping track of the times will be key.

Four Famous Failures That Became Massive Successes

By Michael Grothaus,, August 20, 2018

From Apple to Disney to KFC, the shared thread among these companies is massive failure before massive success.

Throughout my years as a journalist, failure is probably the most frequent subject I’ve talked about with entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and tech industry CEOs. It’s a subject virtually all of them have admitted to being personally familiar with. In fact, most of the VCs and CEOs I’ve spoken with say they would be loath to invest in someone, either through funding or offering them a job, if that person hasn’t personally experienced failure before.

Failure is fundamental to our growth. If we can learn from what went wrong and why we know what to avoid or alter in the future to avoid a repeat. Or as Bill Gates once put it: “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.”

Of course failure is no fun when you are living through it, and it’s often months or years before we can look back at it and recognize it for the great teacher it is. To find examples of this look no further than the four examples below of famous “failures” who would not have achieved massive success had they given up.

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