Coach Connection Newsletter #39 - 9/28/18

Coach Connection Newsletter #39 - 9/28/18

 | Tuesday, October 2, 2018

2018 State of the Sport

By Tim Hinchey, USA Swimming President & CEO, September 19, 2018 

The year 2018 has been a transformative one for every major industry, including sports. It has created awareness and urgency of important issues and required everyone to reassess and refocus their priorities. At USA Swimming we have embraced this wholeheartedly, knowing that our memberships’ positive experiences are the lifeblood of our organization.

State of the Sport Report

2017-2018 Scholastic All-Americans Announced

For full results click here

Mental Toughness Toolbox: Make Your Goals Your Own

By Dr. Alan Goldberg,, September 24, 2018 

As the new season begins, you want to make sure that you're headed in the right direction! What's the “right” direction?

To answer that, we have to talk about the concept of goals, or exactly why you're swimming.

As you know, competitive swimming is not a sport for the fainthearted! To get good as a swimmer, you have to be willing to sacrifice your time, energy and social life. You have to be willing to physically suffer! As an endurance sport athlete, you have to be willing to consistently move towards the pain and fatigue of oxygen debt in order to improve. This means that when the going gets rough, you have to get in the habit of moving yourself towards this physical and emotional discomfort. This is not an easy thing to do given that most of your non-swimming peers organize their lives around avoiding discomfort!

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4 Ways to Treat Pain without Prescription Medications

By TrueSport, September 20, 2018

For athletes, even young athletes, a sports injury is something that can have a life-long impact, especially if athletes rush to return to play and take shortcuts during the recovery process. If not treated properly, injuries may lead to years of decreased mobility, weakness, pain, and other issues that impact both their participation in sport, and their quality of life. If not managed properly, pain can also lead to more serious issues, as seen from the accounts of high school superstars and promising young athletes whose lives have been lost or threatened after a prescription pain medication for a sports injury spiraled into an addiction.

That’s why a treatment plan specific to the athlete, the injury, the stage of pain, and the recovery progress is critical.

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United States Anti- Doping Agency (USADA)

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.


#Doping is not only cheating. It's also dangerous. Be aware of the negative health affects of anabolic agents, peptide hormones and other PEDS.

You know the saying: "It's better to be safe than sorry." Check your medications on #GlobalDRO to make sure they are permitted in sport. #cleansport

Substance Profile: Spironolactone is Prohibited in Sport

Medications are prescribed for a wide range of reasons and they may be prescribed for conditions that seem unrelated to performance-enhancement. But even if a medication is prescribed for a diagnosed medical condition, such as acne or fertility, that’s seemingly unrelated to athletic performance, athletes subject to anti-doping rules must always check the prohibited status of medications. Medications may have other uses or effects that athletes don’t know about that do pertain to sport performance.

To learn more about one of those medications, called spironolactone. 


It is illegal for dietary #supplements to claim they fight a disease. If a product treats a disease, it's a drug, not a supplement. #Beinformed and recognize red flags

Do you know that #supplements aren't approved by the FDA before they go to market?

Learn more facts about supplements that you may not already know about! 

Team engagement is a key to a successful Swim-a-Thon

2017 Swim-a-Thon contest winner NOVA of Virginia Aquatics of Richmond, VA attributes part of their annual Swim-a-Thon success to engaging their entire team during their Swim-a-Thon. Not only do senior swimmers and younger kiddos cheer each other on throughout their Swim-a-Thon day, but coaches are actively involved as well (complete with wacky costumes)! Their parents, friends and community all come together to make one outstanding event – which results in more funds being raised for their program! In 2017, NOVA raised $116,039 and this year they surpassed that impressive total and raised more than $119,000!

Read more about NOVA’s Swim-a-Thon success here and sign up to host a Swim-a-Thon here.

Lawnmower Parents Are the New Helicopter Parents & We Are Not Here for It

Taken from We are, August 30, 2018

Recently, I was called down to the main office in the middle of my planning period. I needed to pick up an item that a parent dropped off for their child. Thinking it was something like an inhaler or money for dinner, I was happy to go retrieve it.

When I got to the front office, the parent was holding out a S’well bottle for me. You know, one of those 17-ounce insulated water bottles, barely bigger than a regular bottle of water.

“Hi, sorry,” the parent said sheepishly. He was in a suit, clearly headed to work (or something work-like). “Remy kept texting me that she needed it. I texted back, Don’t they have water fountains at your school?, but I guess she just had to have it out of the bottle.” He laughed, as if to say, Teenagers, am I right?

I took a deep breath through my nose. “Oh, I have one of those—I love mine, too,” I said. But I’m pretty sure my eyes were saying, WHAT ON THIS ACTUAL EARTH.

We’ve all heard of helicopter parents. But you may not have heard of the latest term for a troubling trend recently identified in parenting: lawnmower parents.

Lawnmower parents go to whatever lengths necessary to prevent their child from having to face adversity, struggle, or failure.

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The Greatest Customer Service Strategy

By Jon Gordon, Author, speaker, September 17, 2018

Smiling is important. Eye contact matters. Patience is essential. Being warm and friendly is a must. And providing a positive emotional experience for your customers is a priority.

But these are not the greatest of customer service strategies. Ironically the greatest of all strategies has nothing to do with customers and everything to do with employees.

The Greatest Strategy is this: Great customer service begins with being employee focused first and customer focused second. If you treat your employees well, they will treat their customers well.

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A Father's Love

By James Leath, Unleash the athlete, September 14, 2018

I opened the door and pause before I climb in.

“Hey, buddy.”

I avert my eyes, not wanting my dad to see me cry.

“Where is your gear?”

“In the shed. I didn’t make the team.” Tears make everything blurry again. I wanted to make the team so damn bad. I was mad I didn’t make it, then sad. I get to my dad’s jeep, now embarrassed because I wanted my dad to be proud of me.

“Did you have fun?”


"Are you going to try out again next year?”


My dad smiles, being wise enough to know this is a moment that will help define me later in life.

“Proud of you, son.”


“Let’s go get some ice cream.”


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Be Like Edgar: CHOOSE To Be Outstanding!

By John G. Miller, Author, September 19, 2018

As we write in the Outstanding! book, employers must begin to “hire character over credentials.” Organizations would do well to focus less on college degrees and more on candidates with strong character.

Edgar has character.

We get our vehicles serviced at our local Les Schwab Tire Center. Schwab is conveniently located only two miles from our home but the main reason we always go to Schwab?

Edgar, age 22, is a shining example of what a young person can do and become. Yes, the entire Les Schwab staff is courteous and helpful, and store manager, Jeremiah, gets credit for that. However, Edgar stands out.

Which makes him … outstanding.

...and now the rest of the story...


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