Coach Connection Newsletter #40 - 10/5/18

Coach Connection Newsletter #40 - 10/5/18

 | Monday, October 8, 2018

USA Swimming Convention News

USA Swimming, the national governing body for the sport of swimming in the United States, today announced the newly elected members of its restructured Board of Directors. The organization’s more than 600 House of Delegates members elected six At-Large Directors, while the Athletes Committee yesterday elected three Athlete Directors, at the yearly convention in Jacksonville, Fla.

The House of Delegates also approved amendments to the Rules and Regulations, including banning technical suits for swimmers 12 & Under at any Sanctioned, Approved or Observed meet, with the exception of National events and the Olympic Trials, and allowing host clubs and LSCs the ability to include sponsorship from alcohol brands for non-swimming competitions.

The nine newly-elected voting members of the 15-member USA Swimming Board of Directors include:

Chris Brearton* – 4-year term

Natalie Coughlin Hall – 4-year term

Maya DiRado – 3-year term

Dr. Cecil Gordon – 3-year term

Jeanette Skow* – 3-year term

Davis Tarwater – 2-year term

Jay Thomas – 3-year term

Tom Ugast – 2-year term

Robert Vincent – 2-year term

The following individuals will remain on the Board of Directors, based on existing term schedules:

Jim Sheehan, 2014-2018 Chair of the Board

Dale Ammon, Western Zone (Non-Coach)

John Bradley, Central Zone (Coach)

John Roy, Southern Zone (Coach)

Mary Turner, Eastern Zone (Non-Coach)

Jim Wood, National Team Steering Committee Chair

*Semi-independent representatives are individuals with a demonstrable connection to the sport, but who have not previously been members of the House of Delegates. USA Swimming President & CEO Tim Hinchey III and General Counsel & Vice President of Business Affairs Lucinda McRoberts will continue to serve as ex-officio, non-voting members.

The Board will elect its own officer positions, including Board Chair, Vice Chair and Vice Chair Fiscal Oversight, from among its members, in late October.

Technical Suits

Early Saturday morning, the House of Delegates voted to ban Technical Suits worn by 12 & Under USA Swimming athlete members at any Sanctioned, Approved or Observed meet, with the exception of the following National events: Junior Nationals, US Open, National Championships, as well as the Olympic Trials.

A Technical Suit is one that has the following components:

1.      Any suit with any bonded or taped seams regardless of its fabric or silhouette; or

2.      Any suit with woven fabric extending past the hips.

(Note: WOVEN FABRIC – A suit with woven fabric and sewn seams that does not extend below the hips is permitted.)

(Note: KNIT FABRIC – A suit with knit fabric and sewn seams not extending below the knees is permitted.)

The legislation will be implemented in September 2020, allowing adequate lead time for the suit manufacturers to update current suit styles, develop relevant new styles, manage existing inventory and planned production, and incorporate the appropriate identification on the suits.

Alcohol Sponsorship

The assembled House of Delegates members also voted to approve alcoholic beverages or the recognition of alcohol sponsors at USA Swimming National Championships, Trials class meets, U.S. Open Championships, USA Swimming Open Water National Championships and the TYR Pro Swim Series events, or others as approved the USA Swimming’s Chief Marketing Officer.

The approved rule allows more flexibility for a team to enter a sponsorship with companies around adult-focused activities – not youth swim meets. 

This rule proposal shifts the decision making from the Board of Directors to the staff to grant exceptions for clubs or non “senior, national-level events.” This shift from Board to staff is consistent with the philosophy of the new governance structure.

Disaster Relief Resolutions

Due to recurring extraordinary and monumental devastation and destruction of hurricanes and other natural disasters in the U.S, USA Swimming recognized that member athletes have been displaced from not only their homes but their swim clubs as well. USA Swimming believes enabling displaced athletes to be included as part of a team is also part of the recovery process. To support this, the House of Delegates passed the resolution that will grant a temporary exception to the 120-day representation rule to allow swimmers to swim with other teams. Typically, swimmers must wait 120 days in order to switch teams for competitions. The House also granted staff and the Rules & Regulations Committee Chair the authority to authorize a similar procedure in future instances. 

USA Swimming Unveils Qualifying Standards for 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Swimming

By USA Swimming, September 28, 2018 

American swimmers’ road to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 began in earnest today, as USA Swimming announced the qualifying time standards for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Swimming, which will be held June 21-28, 2020, in Omaha, Nebraska, at the CHI Health Center Omaha.

Once again, the electrifying eight-day competition will serve as the sole qualifier for pool swimmers on the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team.

The 2020 Olympic Trials qualifying time standards are as follows:

Mental Toughness Toolbox: Make Your Goals Your Own

By Dr. Alan Goldberg/ | Monday, 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.

Learn More

Youth Sport Injuries and Pain Management: Avoiding Shortcuts During Injury Recovery

By TrueSport, September 27, 2018

Kids and teenagers are not typically known for their patience, and after injuries, they may be tempted to cut how long they need to sit out of their favorite activities. However, taking shortcuts during the recovery process can delay healing and increase the risk of re-injury. If you are the parent or coach of an injured young athlete, here are recommendations for keeping recovery on track.

Learn More

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.


Athletes: 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

Why is it important for athletes to be accurate when declaring medications and supplements on #doping control forms? Find out 

Coaches: Take a look at these 5 steps that will help your athletes #competeclean.

Energy drinks can contain up to six times as much caffeine as soda If you're looking for ways to stay hydrated, #beinformed that energy drinks aren't the best and healthiest choice for hydration:


Oranges , yogurt and eggs are great foods that can provide more nutrients than #supplements? Learn more on dietary #supplements and a #foodfirst approach in @TrueSport's Supplement Guide. 

Freestyle - Single-Arm

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, September 27, 2018


Check out more videos with Australian sprint legend Matt Targett

We were inspired this past week with a visit from retired medalist Matt Targett. After spending a couple days with Matt, we convinced him to hop in the pool to see if he still "had it”. From the views on Facebook and Instagram... seems like he does! 

Here's an old drill featuring Matt -

When done correctly, the old standby drill of single-arm, can really teach a lot about your freestyle.

Why do it:

Single-Arm freestyle will work your kick, your head position, your catch, and even your breath timing... all while training.

How to do it:

1 - Start by swimming freestyle, only in this version of Single-Arm, one of the arms stays back, by the side.

2 - Initiate a recovery and pull through with one arm.

3 - Focus on keeping your head stable.

4 - Make sure you reach YOUR full extension on each stroke.

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

Many swimmers will end up leaning to one side on this drill, while you can see Matt Targett rotating completely to both sides.

You'll also notice, that Matt keeps his feet moving in a continuous kick, this will be very important to accomplish this drill.

Breathing can also be improved as you won't have a lead arm to lead on during the breath, so you'll need to have a well balanced, rotating body to get your air.

Freestyle - Side Glide Swim

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, September 27, 2018


Check out some new vids of NCAA Champ Kristian Golomeev which deals extensively with balance.

Make sure you set up your free account for our weekly themes. Each week is filled with multiple videos focusing on the same skill.

Building a solid freestyle means you should focus on core stability and learning to send your energy forward.

Why do it:

Mastering core balance means that all your propulsive efforts will be more effective.

How to do it:

1 - Start by taking a few strokes, and then pausing in the extended/rotated position to see how far you can glide. 

2 - Do your best to stay close to the surface and try not to let the legs sink.

3 - When you feel confident if your line while paused, restart your swimming with a slow, stable stroke.

4 - Build to a high speed again, and then drive your hand and body forward to another pause... the keep repeating.

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

Don't forget the kick. During the initial stage of this progression, it's good to try to stabilize without the use of the legs. Moving forward in the drill, as you get to the repeating phase, make sure you're driving everything forward, through the entire drill, with a steady and strong flutter kick.

Walking the Talk: How Self-Reflection Can Make You a Better Coach

By Cory Dobbs, Ed.D., The Academy for Sport Leadership, August 2018

In 1953 New Zealand mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary and his Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Mount Everest—the first to do so. Conquering Everest was and is one of man’s greatest challenges. The grinding mental, emotional, and physical aspects of the climb along with intellectual problem-solving are the heart of the challenge.

In 1996, Rob Hall and Scott Fischer led a commercial expedition team attempting to climb Everest. Hall and Fischer were considered expert climbers, both having scaled the summit of Everest. The two highly talented climbers were hired by a motley crew of inexperienced hikers who made the trek to Nepal to attempt the climb under the guidance of the esteemed Hall and Fischer.

Learn More

The Inspirational Leader

By Dr. Cory Dobbs, The Academy for Sport Leadership

Jane Albright, Former WBB Coach, University of Nevada

The coach-athlete relationship can be an intense interconnection that ignites change in both parties. In the case of Jane Albright and her players this certainly holds true. Albright doesn’t necessarily set out to change her student-athletes, but it happens because of the ways in which she goes about building relationships.

Relational leadership begins with a fundamental belief that people are more important than processes, strategies, and tactics.  The best leaders truly care about people.  And while it might be a cliché, it’s true that when people know they’re cared for, they willingly bring the best of their talents and gifts to a relationship. More than most of us realize, care and concern for others can make all the difference.

Learn More

Setting Expectations with Parents

By James Leath, Unleash The Athlete, August 16, 2018 

It is that time of year again when we as coaches get to meet our new athletes (exciting)…and their parents (not exciting). It is my experience that the more intentional I am about my expectations regarding the parent’s behavior, the fewer problems I have during the season. I have to remind myself to remember parents react because they want the best for their child, so they don’t see (and in some cases, even care!) that I have an entire team to take care of.

Parent Expectations Meeting

At the beginning of every season, I sit down with the parents and let them know what they can expect from me as the coach of their child.

Learn More


    Show More

    This is used as a workaround to display Twitter feeds properly. Please do not modify or remove - Michael C