Coach Connection Newsletter #45 - 11/9/18

Coach Connection Newsletter #45 - 11/9/18

 | Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Behind the 2020 Olympic Trials Cuts: Business, Performance and Analytics

By Tom Slear, Contributor, November 5, 2018 

When looking over the newly released Olympic Trials standards for 2020, you should keep three words in mind: business, performance, and analytics
Business, Performance and Analytics 

Mastering Negative Thinking and Doubts Before and During Your Races

By Dr. Alan Goldberg,, November 6, 2018 

Swimming fast when you're under BIG meet pressure is all about controlling your focus of concentration both before and during your races. Your mental task, concentration-wise, is to discipline yourself to keep your focus on what you're DOING and away from what you're THINKING. But let me state the obvious here: This is far easier said than done.

So how do you learn this master skill of keeping your concentration AWAY from your thoughts?
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Swim-a-Thon is a Staple at NOVA of Virginia Aquatics

By USA Swimming Foundation

Ann McGee, Executive Director of NOVA of Virginia Aquatics, assists in the creation and execution of NOVA’s annual Swim-a-Thon. Over the past three years, NOVA has raised more than $100,000 at their annual Swim-a-Thon – a feat that empowers NOVA’s swimmers. “NOVA hosts a Swim-a-Thon every year because it is a great way to involve our swimmers in making a difference for our club and the USA Swimming Foundation,” said NOVA Executive Director Ann McGee. “We are proud to make an impact through our annual Swim-a-Thon.” Last month, Olympian and 2017 Swim-a-Thon Ambassador Katie Meili visited NOVA as part of their 2017 Swim-a-Thon contest win – read more about her awesome visit to Richmond! 

5 Reasons Why Energy Drinks Aren’t the Answer

By TrueSport, November 1, 2018

This is really Important to read and pass on!

It’s easy to see why a youth athlete might think energy drinks are the answer to get them through those long days of school and practice…popular drink brands sponsor exciting and big-time sports events, professional athletes endorse them, and the advertisements promise better focus, energy, and performance.

But the reality is these beverages can cause serious harm to young athletes’ bodies and minds.

Teaching young athletes the truth behind flashy drink labels and marketing that features high-profile athletes is the first step in keeping energy drinks out of their hands. Here are five important facts that don’t show up in advertisements that you should share with your athletes

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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


Here are 5 things athletes need to know about cannabidiol

Athletes: 2019 is right around the corner and we're here to help you compete clean. Check out 5 key things to remember as the new year approaches #antidoping #cleansport

15 Greatest Motivational Quotes by Athletes on Struggle and Success

From Fearless Motivation, September 13, 2017

Being a top athlete takes a lot of grit and perseverance. Because just when you gave your best and thought you will rise to the top is exactly when you might fall flat on your face. Not everyone can deal with such a level of competition. That’s why top athletes have a great amount of wisdom to share with others.

Here are the greatest motivational quotes by athletes on struggle and success: 

How Your Email Habits Might Be Making You A Worse Boss

By Stephanie Vozza,, October 22, 2018

The average worker receives 124 emails a day, but if you’re a leader, you may want to back away from your inbox. Keeping up with your messages can prevent you from achieving your goals and being a good leader, according to new research from Michigan State University published in the Journal of Applied Psychology.

Managers spend at least 90 minutes a day recovering from email interruptions, and this distraction can be harmful, says Michigan State management professor Russ Johnson. “In some ways, managers are the nerve center of the organization,” he says. “All information comes through them and is disseminated to teams. On days when they’re overloaded by email, they scale back leadership behaviors, such as motivating and inspiring their team, talking optimistically about the future or explaining why work tasks are important.”

Stress narrows your attention, and managers who feel overwhelmed and unproductive because of email demands recover by focusing on smaller tactical duties like assigning tasks or setting goals, says Johnson.

“They focus on what’s happening right now…

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Dealing With Parental Interference in Coaching

By Dr. David, January 2017

There is a segment of parents who try to coach children during games. You’ll often see them standing near the sidelines, barking instructions across the field or gym floor. This causes a major problem for athletes, because instructions by the parent may not mirror what’s being taught in practice by the coach. As a result, there is a major conflict with respect to expectations.

Why do parents attempt to coach from the sidelines? Perhaps they served as youth league coaches, and when their child moved on to the high school level they never surrendered that role.

Or, it could be that they are former players themselves who believe they have a better understanding of the game than the varsity coach.

Another theory is that the parent has no awareness and self-control. Whatever the reason, parental coaching can be a problem for coaches and athletes.

The athlete is oftentimes stuck in the middle this tug of war between the parent and his or her high school coach. Because the parent and coach are rarely on the same page, this causes a conflict as the athlete tries to determine who to listen to.

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Do Your Behaviors Align with Your Values?

By J.P. Nerbun,, November 1 2018

Early on, I had an obsession with Coach John Wooden, the legendary UCLA basketball coach. My obsession equated to me reading every book written both by him and about him. He was known for his “maxims”—witty sayings like: “Be quick, don’t hurry,” “You handle things; you work with people”, and “Peaks and valleys belong in the Alps, not in the temperament and emotions of a leader.”

So, I’d pace around in practices, sprinkling these maxims in where I saw fit, to motivate the team and build character.

At the start of every year, I would even hand out Coach Wooden’s famous “Pyramid of Success” to every player on the team, which contained his 15 values and virtues, like enthusiasm, self-control, poise, and competitive greatness. Over the season, I would spend time “teaching” these values by giving the team talks on each value—though if you asked the players, they might have called them “sermons”!

If you asked whom I modeled my coaching after, I would have, without hesitation, said, “Coach John Wooden.” With his “Pyramid of Success” hanging above my bed and pasted inside my practice-planning notebooks, I thought I was on my way to become the next Wooden.

Except, I wasn’t.

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What’s Wrong With Youth Sports Today?

By Dave Baldwin,, October 26, 2018

Coaches brawling on the 50-yard line. Parents fighting in the stands. Young athletes pushed to the point of burnout, or worse, injury before they’re even in high school. To say that youth sports have changed over the last few decades is an understatement. What started as a way for kids to have fun has been co-opted into a $15 billion a year industry in which parents are obsessed with college scholarships, elite-level clubs turn big profits, and a win-at-all-cost mentality threatens to undercut many of the positive lessons sports are designed to teach kids.

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