Coach Connection Newsletter #42 - 10/19/18

Coach Connection Newsletter #42 - 10/19/18

 | Monday, October 22, 2018

Important Survey!

USA Swimming’s Sport Development Division would like your feedback regarding programs & services that we offer to clubs.

We’d really appreciate you taking 10-15 minutes to fill out a survey about what programs & services you currently use and any that you’d like to see be developed.
Sport Development Survey

USA Swimming Wants to Hear What You Have to Say

Your feedback from this survey will help USA Swimming better understand our members. This survey should take around 12-15 minutes to complete and at the end you can have a chance to win 1 of 3 USA Swimming prize packs including a backpack, swim gear and autographed items! All answers are anonymous.

Take the survey:

Thanks for your help in promoting the sport!

Winter Nationals Women in Leadership Luncheon

November 28th, 1-3pm at the Greensboro Marriott Downtown

Please join us in building familiarity and camaraderie among fellow female coaches on deck at Winter Nationals. Susan Teeter will lead discussion and give updates on her task force as well as provide opportunity for everyone to socialize over lunch. We encourage you to bring at least one coaching friend! Please email Kelsey Floyd to RSVP.

7 Ways to Help Your Athlete Be Confident

By TrueSport, October 11, 2018

Confidence is the ability to rely on your skills and strengths to overcome challenges. Youth sports play an important role in childhood development of confidence, as they give youth athletes an opportunity to overcome new challenges, while further developing their interpersonal skills.

Coaches and parents cannot make a young athlete confident, but there are important steps they can take to help kids develop their own confidence.

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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.


Be ready to #competeclean in 2019 by learning more about the 2019 WADA Prohibited List, which goes into effect on January 1. #cleansport #antidoping


“It’s crucial for consumers to realize how little the FDA can actually do to remove tainted products from the market or to prevent unethical companies from selling their products. Consumers have to be wary!” -Dr. Amy Eichner #Supplement411 #cleansport

Thinking about purchasing a supplement online?

Be cautious. The internet makes it very easy to distribute unsafe and illegal products. #Supplement411 

Mental Toughness Toolbox: Moving Up to the Next Level Blues

By Dr. Alan Goldberg,, October 15, 2018 

In my one-on-one, mental toughness coaching practice with swimmers from around the world, I see “IT” happening to younger athletes when they age up. Overnight they go from being a “big fish in a small pond” to being a minnow among sharks. No longer are they the oldest, strongest or fastest and the transition to this next level, racing those older kids is emotionally difficult for some and quickly strips them of their confidence.
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Top Tips for Increasing Strength – Through Nutrition

By Chris Rosenbloom, PhD, RDN, October 16, 2018 

What does strength mean to you? Most athletes think of muscle. That is a logical connection as muscle powers swimmers through workouts and competitions. But, at a recent conference called the “Strength Summit: The role of strength in optimizing health and well-being,”* we were encouraged to think about strength in bigger terms.

Dr. Heather Leidy, Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition Science at Purdue University, talked about the importance of mental, emotional, cognitive, and physical strength for young people. Of course, training supports your ability to swim, but does your food intake support your ability to be strong in all aspects of your life?

There are many challenges faced by swimmers to make healthy food choices.

Do any of these challenges sound familiar?
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These 3 Common Beliefs About Memory Aren’t True

By Stephanie Vozza,, October 16, 2018

From your passwords to where you parked your car, there’s a lot to remember every day. If you struggle with your memory but shrug your shoulders and accept it as is, you’re holding yourself back, says Nelson Dellis, author of Remember It! The Names of People You Meet, All of Your Passwords, Where You Left Your Keys, and Everything Else You Tend to Forget.

“You need to start thinking differently about how your memory works and how to better utilize its best qualities,” he says. “Some horrible anti-memory notions exist that need to be dispelled.”

Here are the three misconceptions about memory that you need to forget: 

The Aspen Institute (Project Play) Released a Very Interesting New Study Looking at the 10 most Popular High School Sports

For each sport, the study looked at three areas:

• Physical Activity

• Safety

• Psychosocial

Swimming fared very well in this study:

There’s a lot of content, so I want to highlight some of the pages you might find of use:

What parents say they want for their kids in sports: 

New Neuroscience Reveals 7 Secrets That Will Make You Persuasive

By Eric Barker, Author, October 8, 2018

You can painstakingly show somebody tons of bulletproof evidence and present flawless logical arguments but often they still won’t change their mind. What gives?

The problem is that the human brain is not a purely rational computer. And when we ignore that, even the best of efforts to convince others can fall flat.

From The Influential Mind: 


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