Coach Connection Newsletter #44 - 11/2/18

Coach Connection Newsletter #44 - 11/2/18

 | Friday, November 9, 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.

Coaching Resources

Safe Sport Recognized Club Program

The Safe Sport Recognized Club Program is now live! This program allows clubs to demonstrate their commitment to creating a safe, healthy, and positive environment for all their members through the development and implementation of athlete protection policies, Safe Sport best practices, and Safe Sport education. Safe Sport Recognized Clubs will earn a badge to display on their website, and these clubs will be designated as Safe Sport Recognized in the USA Swimming's Find-a-Club online tool. Using an online assessment, clubs will detail procedures, upload policies, and verify educational efforts in order to achieve Safe Sport Recognized Club status. This designation will expire and is eligible to be renewed every two years.

More information can be found here. 

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 here to RSVP.

# Breaststroke - Pullout Timing Step 4

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, October 31, 2018



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Underwater Pull Progression - Step 4

The most resistive position in all of swimming is the recovery of the arms and legs during the breaststroke underwater pull.

IF done without the proper timing, you can count on slowing down, or stopping... or even the dreaded GOING BACKWARDS!l. Recovering the arms and legs at the exact same time will lead to most of not all of these problems.

To practice the proper timing, go through all the steps, to the pull down.

Now, recover the arms back to streamline WITHOUT KICKING.

There will be much instinct in this with your legs, so fight the feeling of kicking too soon.

Check the bottom to make sure you're still moving forward after you extend the hands back out front.

While learning, pausing in each step before you move to the next one, allows you to think about what just happened, and what's about to happen. However, when polishing this to a competitive skill, remember that pausing too long in any position will cause you to slow down a bit.

Coaching Your Athlete Through Positive Self-Talk

By TrueSport, October 25, 2018

As coaches and parents interact with athletes, the way they provide feedback and instruction can influence how athletes approach any new challenge. Coaching through positive self-talk is an opportunity to teach kids to approach new situations with optimism and confidence.

According to sport psychologist Dr. Roberta Kraus, Ph.D., there is a four-step process for learning new skills: think, feel, perform, and create habits. Here are five ways Dr. Kraus says parents and coaches can help athletes learn new skills and perform at their best through positive self-talk.

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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.


Trying to figure out if you need a TUE? Our TUE Pre-Check form can help make that process easier. Give it a look!


#Supplement411 has all the info you need to better understand the risks of taking dietary #supplements and ways to reduce these risks. 

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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All Interview Questions are Trying to Figure Out One of These Three Things

Decoding the motivation behind an interview question will help you figure out how you should answer it.

By Stephanie Vozza,, October 31, 2018

Going on a job interview is really about answering a series of questions. While many of the questions revolve around what you’ve done and what you can do, some questions are designed to operate on another level, says James Pyle, coauthor of Control the Conversation: How to Charm, Deflect, and Defend Your Position Through Any Line of Questioning.

“Your resume is a ticket to ride; it gets you in the door,” he says. “That information qualifies you to find out more. Other questions are designed to find out how you do what you do, and how you’ve done in the past. It’s more than just the experience you have in the field.”

Most questions will have one of three main types of motivation, and each one requires a different response, says Pyle, a former U.S. Army human intelligence training instructor who taught Department of Defense interrogators and debriefers how to ask questions.

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Our Children Become the Messages They Hear the Most

By John O'Sullivan,, October 26, 2018

Picture the young swimmer stepping up to the starting blocks in a championship race. What is he thinking in that moment?

Visualize the soccer player, stepping up to take the deciding penalty kick. What is going through her head?

Think of the basketball player, standing on the free throw line needing to make two free throws to send the game into overtime. Is he thinking about making the shots, or worried about missing them?

Each of these athletes has a voice in her head, a voice telling her she is strong enough, she is calm enough, she is brave enough, you ARE enough for this moment.

Or, that voice may be saying something completely different. That he is not enough. That he is not prepared. That he chokes in big moments. Who determines what that voice is saying?

We do.

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Overbearing Parents Can Scare Off College Recruiters

By Kevin Hoffman,, October 27, 2018

Parents have a tendency to meddle in their children’s high school teams, lobbying for playing time and preferential treatment. It’s typically part of a campaign to earn a college scholarship for their young athletes, but their efforts may be counterproductive.

While college recruiters are interested in talent, size and grade point averages, it turns out they’re also mindful of a prospective athlete’s parents. A parent’s reputation among the varsity coaches and school provides some insight about the type of person college coaches are recruiting into their program and the potential headaches that might come with it.

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