Coach Connection Newsletter #41 - 10/12/18

Coach Connection Newsletter #41 - 10/12/18

 | Monday, October 22, 2018

Club Excellence Deadline Nears

October 19th is the last day to submit your application for the 2019 Club Excellence program. For more information and to access the applications, please click here or go to

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

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

2. Submit the performance scoring information using the Online Meet Entry (OME) system on the USA Swimming website. Instructions for using OME are included in this packet.

3. Submit both components - the online application and the performance scoring information (Online Meet Entry) - by the Oct 19, 2018 deadline.

If you have any questions, please email Sydney

National Committee Applications

If you would like to be considered for a National Committee appointment, you must complete the online application form by Oct. 14.  

Top Tips from a Coach on Nutrition

By Chris Rosenbloom, PhD, RDN, October 9, 2018 

Getting emails for swimmers, coaches and parents is one of my favorite things about writing on food and nutrition for athletes. I’ve gotten questions from one coach, Coach Allan Kopel, throughout the years and I asked him what tips he has for working with youth swimmers.

Coach Allan has been coaching for almost 40 years and has a great appreciation for the role of nutrition in performance. He has seen good, and not so good practices, on food and fueling for swimmers. He wants to make it clear he is not a nutritionist and is aware of not overreaching scope of practice in all aspects of working with athletes – from nutrition to physical therapy or psychology. He knows when to refer to specialists. But, as a lay person who is a coach, a fitness advocate, and life-long athlete, he reads about all aspects of swimming and taps into experts to get questions answered.

“I like to keep things basic when it comes to nutrition,” he says, and he offers these tips:

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2019 TYR Pro Swim Series Events Announced

Swimmers from around the globe will be making five stops in the United States next year on the newly unveiled 2019 TYR Pro Swim Series competition calendar. Part of the USA Swimming Championship Series, the events will travel coast to coast, stopping in Knoxville, Tenn., Des Moines, Iowa, Richmond, Va. and Bloomington, Ind. between January and June 2019. The June 2019 event location will be announced at a later date.

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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.


The 2019 Prohibited List is now available. It goes into effect on January 1, 2019. Until then, 2018 rules are in place.

2019 Prohibited List Major Changes 

2019 Prohibited List Monitoring List 

Athletes must keep the collection vessel and sample in their possession and in the view of the Doping Control Officer at all times. Read more on athletes' responsibilities during the sample collection process.

It's important that athletes tell their doctors they're subject to #antidoping rules. If a doctor doesn't take these rules into consideration, that's a #cleansport red flag


What is a supplement facts label really telling consumers? Find out #Supplement411

If a company sells a supplement that lists a prohibited substance on the label, it's possible that substance can be found in some of their other products. Recognize this risk and others when it comes to dietary supplements. 

Don't Miss Out: Early Bird Registration is Open for 2019 #SwimBiz 

The fifth annual #SwimBiz: Social Media, Sponsorship & Swimming conference will be held in Colorado Springs, Colo. on April 28-30, 2019. The schedule and presenters will be announced in the upcoming weeks. Don’t miss out on the early bird registration discount available now until November 30, 2018. For more information, please visit here.

Warning Signs of Bullying in Youth Sports

By TrueSport, October 4, 2018

Youth sports are a great environment for learning teamwork, developing confidence, and building character, but unfortunately it is not an environment immune to bullying. Despite increased awareness and education about bullying, coaches may not always notice it and kids may not want to talk about it.

Here are seven signs your young athlete is experiencing bullying in youth sports. 

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Developing as an Assistant Coach

By Dr. Chris Croft & Dr. Pete Van Mullem,, October 2018

To be a successful athlete, a player seeks the guidance of a good coach. Likewise, for a coach to find success, they need the support of an experienced and knowledgeable coach.

Working as an assistant coach can be a powerful learning experience in developing as a coach. A head coach can provide insight on how to handle various situations, ranging from planning game strategy, motivating players, organizing practice sessions and dealing with potential distractions. Therefore, to grow and develop under the guidance of a head coach, an assistant coach may want to consider the following eight strategies.

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Are Athletes Really Getting Faster, Better, Stronger?

By David Epstein, TedTalks

When you look at sporting achievements over the last decades, it seems like humans have gotten faster, better and stronger in nearly every way. Yet as David Epstein points out in this delightfully counter-intuitive talk, we might want to lay off the self-congratulation. Many factors are at play in shattering athletic records, and the development of our natural talents is just one of them.

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Breaststroke - Turns - 3 Simple Points

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, October 10, 2018



Watch more breaststroke videos with Sara Katsoulis here.

When teaching young swimmers breaststroke turns, keep it simple, and focus on just a few key points.

1 - Keep the head low on the turn. Whichever way you get around to the push, keeping the head down will also keep the torso low and compact through the rotation.

2 - Point the toes as you draw them behind the body. Keeping the feet streamline as they draw in can help speed up the rotation of the entire body.

3 - Use the arm to push off the wall. Allowing the arm that remains in contact with the wall, to collapse a bit, can give a bigger push off, which can also spin the body a bit quicker

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