Coach Connection Newsletter #43 - 10/26/18

Coach Connection Newsletter #43 - 10/26/18

 | Wednesday, October 31, 2018

US Center for SafeSport

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Our goal is to provide timely and valuable updates to you on training and prevention resources for coaches, athletes, and parents. We’ve provided two new, free resources you can download by just clicking below, and a quick link to our free Parent SafeSport Training.

Please be sure to share these with your networks.

  • Parent Toolkit provides age-appropriate content on what parents need to know about abuse

Our next interactive toolkit specifically for Youth Athletes will provide an array of educational tools and videos, and will be available in late November 2018.

We would love to continue the dialog with you and send periodic, timely updates and news as together, we can make a positive impact in sport. 

Build A Pool 2019 - SAVE THE DATE 

Did you miss out on attending the 2018 Regional Build A Pool Conference? Don’t’ worry it is time to register for the 2019 Regional Build A Pool Conferences. The first BAP conference will be in Greensboro, North Carolina. The conference will be held at the beautiful Greensboro Aquatic Center. You will have the opportunity to take a tour of the pool and the equipment room as well as other supporting areas in the aquatic center.

Click on this link for more information and to register

DATE: January 4th & 5th, 2019

WHAT: Regional Build A Pool Conference

WHERE: GAC – Greensboro Aquatic Center


Freestyle - Floating Hand

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the week, October 24, 2018



For more videos focused on freestyle extension, click here.

Here’s a drill we’ve been revisiting with certain athletes. It was dug up from our archives from back in 2007. It’s not easy, but give it a try.

This fun quick drill helps you to work on extension and challenges you to really direct your energy forward. Most fun drills come to you by accident, and this one is no exception. When swimming with paddles, you may sometimes feel this drill whether you want to or not.

Why do it:

This adds a new dimension of thought when swimming with paddles and makes you acutely aware of how your hand is extending forward. You may think you're reaching directly forward when, in fact, you're reaching up or down. This is a quick way of watching what you're doing without the use of underwater video.

How to do it:

Start by taking your favorite paddles and loosening the straps. Our swimmer has only one strap over his middle finger and that has been quickly loosed enough so that the paddle can easily move away from the hand just a bit.

Swim freestyle, focusing on your forward extension. During this extension, feel the paddle start to separate from your hand. The goal is to have it fly directly parallel to your hand. Play with it, and feel the paddle floating just beneath your hand.

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

This entire drill is really a fine point. To reach a level of mastery where the paddles don't rip away from your hand is quite a trick. You'll want to do this drill while swimming at a fairly relaxed pace.  If you go too fast, you won't have time to really feel what's going on up front. When loosening the paddles, they should be just tight enough to stay connected with your hands during the recovery.

Sport Performance Anxiety in Youth Sports

By TrueSport, October 18, 2018

Youth sport advice tends to focus on improving athlete nutrition and training. But even in a “fun” league, sometimes the most harmful stressors aren’t in athlete’s bodies, but in their heads.

For many kids, sports provide their first taste of anxiety: the stress of taking a game-tying free throw, the tension of running the anchor leg of a relay, or just butterflies in the stomach before a big game.

Anyone who has played sports has probably experienced sport performance anxiety, sometimes called ‘choking,’ at one point or another. But with their brains and self-awareness still developing, sports can be particularly stressful on the minds of youth athletes. This also means it can be especially challenging for parents and coaches to try and soothe these nerves.

The most serious sport anxiety can also make kids lose interest in playing sports altogether. Thankfully, the growing field of sport psychology has given parents, coaches, and athletes ways to understand and calm the pre-game jitters.

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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.


Prescribed a medication that you aren't sure is permitted in sport? You can: Check the status on #GlobalDRO Call our Drug Reference phone line

Coaches: Helping check the status of your athletes' medications is just one way you can help them prepare for competition. Take a look at the other steps in our pre-competition checklist. #cleansport #antidoping


We often get asked "How do I get my supplement USADA-approved." Read why that's not a possibility. 

Freestyle - No Kick Stability

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the week, October 17, 2018

Video: or here. 

Watch over 50 more Freestyle Balance videos here.

Here’s an exercise you can do to any practice, that will help your athletes learn balance.

Why do it:

A great freestyle is based on a solid body line. Sometimes swimmers MASK that line by using their arms and legs for support. This exercise can help focus on the core.

How to do it:

1 - Swim freestyle with your legs together and toes points.

2 - Don’t kick.

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

This works on a few things;

- In order to keep the legs up, there needs to be SOME velocity to keep things in line, so they can’t go too slow.

- When the legs start to fall, the swimmer will need to tighten their core to keep the line rigid.

- When they’ve mastered keeping the legs in line, when they start to add the kick back in, the goal is that the kick is now more propulsive than supportive.

What Do You Value in Sports?

By J.P. Nerbun,, October 2018

When the Unthinkable Happens

Just two days after Christmas, my team was boarding a bus as we headed for an eight-hour journey to a basketball tournament in Florida. As players were loading the bus, I started to hear some quiet murmurs.

Read more here or listen here. 

How to Purposefully Define Your Coaching Core Values

By J.P. Nerbun,, October 2018

Unintentional Consequences

“Sports can team with ethics and character and spirituality; virtuous coaching can integrate the body with the heart, the mind, and the soul. But, as my first memory shows, sports can also beat up young people and break them down so profoundly that they barely recover as adults.”

—Joe Ehrmann

I never intended for it to be like this. And, I don’t think many coaches intend for sports to be the way they currently are. Our problem is that we aren’t intentional, and if we want sports to be a platform for good, then we have to be intentional.

Now, if you had asked me what I valued most in coaching, I would have named…

Read more here or listen here;

11 Ways To Build Trust

By Jon Gordon, Author, October 22, 2018

Without trust you can't have engaged relationships and without engaged relationships you won’t be a successful leader, manager, sales person, team member, principal, teacher, nurse, coach, etc.

In this spirit I wanted to share some thoughts about how we can build the trust that is essential for great relationships. Many of the suggestions you are already know. Many ideas I share are common sense. However, I've found that so often amidst the chaos of life and work we forget the simple and powerful truths that matter most. So here are 11 thoughts about trust. Feel free to share these simple reminders with your leaders, colleagues and team.
The 11 Ways

Why Hire the Swimmer Who Swam All Four Years of College?

By Ben Fisher,, February 11, 2017 

Search "hire a student-athlete” and within seconds you’ve found dozens of articles to why they can make a great addition to any organization, which is almost always true. A student-athlete is focused, organized and has a drive for excellence that can’t be competed with. There is a certain breed of student-athlete though that is elite compared to others, and that is a swimmer.

Full disclosure, the swimmer I speak of is not one that swam for a handful of years, or just in high school. The swimmer being described is one that has committed not only most their life, but four years of their college career to competitive swimming.

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