Coach Connection Newsletter #46 - 11/16/18

Coach Connection Newsletter #46 - 11/16/18

 | Monday, November 19, 2018

The Golden Goggles Silent Auction is now LIVE!

USA Swimming Foundation 

The USA Swimming Foundation #GoldenGoggles silent auction is now open! Support a good cause and treat yourself or someone you love to a vacation, sports memorabilia and other items up for grabs!

Some cool items up for bid this year for the USA Swimming Foundation #GoldenGoggles silent auction. Help support the USA Swimming National Team as well as efforts to provide children with the life-saving skill of learning to swim.

Even if you're not able to join us in New York for the Golden Goggle Awards, you can still get in on the bidding action! You could win feature items such as:

• Autographs from Olympians

• Exclusive travel packages

• Once in a lifetime experiences 

Bidding closes Monday, November 19 at 8:45 PM ET.

See more items here

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 to RSVP.

Grit: How to Get Back Up After Failure

By TrueSport, November 8, 2018

Failures are guaranteed in life and in sport, but often times, the way coaches and parents respond to failure will either crush a young athlete’s confidence or inspire them to take advantage of a valuable learning moment.

To help kids develop greater resilience, perseverance, and grit, it is important to incorporate the following practices to encourage young athletes to fail forward and use failures as a catalyst for learning and positive change.

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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.


Reducing the risks associated with dietary #supplements has always been one of our top priorities to ensure athlete and consumer safety. Check out the legislation and efforts we've supported on this front:

Using a third-party testing agency is one way athletes can reduce their risk of supplement contamination. What are some others? Find out:


A win-at-all-costs mentality can negatively impact athletes and sport. Here's more about this #cleansport red flag: 

Breaststroke - Head Position

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, November 8, 2018



See many other videos on breaststroke body position here.

So many young swimmers, with their tremendous flexibility and effort, can sometimes try too hard to get in to the right breaststroke position. This can cause the head to create more resistance than it needs to.

Why do it:

Learning a better head position allows you to travel farther, faster, with less effort.

How to do it:

1 - During the breaststroke pullout, it’s very common for swimmers to focus on the “shrug”, but mistake this for a chin tuck.

2 - When doing your breaststroke pullout, focus on the head position in the streamline, and instead of allowing the chin to tuck as the arms pull down...

3 - Make sure the head remains in the exact same position as when you’re in the streamline. 

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

This also carries forward to your swimming breaststroke. Sometimes, if the tendency of tucking the chin in set up at the beginning of the length, it carries through to every stroke. By learning where the proper position of the head is, hopefully the swimmer will carry that better position forward into each stroke.

No Excuse for the Abuse: Don’t Tolerate Negative Coaching

By Reed Maltbie, Changingthegameproject, November 7, 2018

“Where did we ever get the crazy idea that to get children to do better, first we have to make them feel worse?” – Jane Nelsen

Early in my coaching career, I was speaking with a parent of an athlete about the methods employed by her daughter’s coach. The parent explained how the coach ruled by fear and demeaned the children, but they won a lot of games and the kids were getting exposure to great opportunities. The parent didn’t seem alarmed by this behavior.

I asked if the Coach’s behavior was acceptable.

“Not really, but he gets results.”

A year later, that same parent brought the athlete to one of my soccer camps and asked me to use the week to help “fix” the athlete.

“Fix what?” I asked.

“I need you to undo all the damage the coach has done. She is lacking confidence, playing tentatively, and seems to not be enjoying the experience at all.”

What good would I do in one week to undo all the damage done by a coach who has had years with her? I was furious. The parent had to see the damage this coach was doing.

“You need to find a new coach.” I said. I couldn’t “fix” her in a week. Besides, the coach would simply unravel all I did with his first practice.

“I understand, but he is our best shot at getting into a good college, and he gets great results.”

This girl was 12.

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Underwater Dolphins - Increasing Rate

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, November 14, 2018


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For more videos featuring Underwater Dolphins, click here.

When working on your underwater dolphins, experimenting with rate may be the big change you've been looking for.

Why do it:

You can't work on your underwater dolphins enough, but only working on how many you take off each wall may limit your ability to really find that perfect underwater. Experimenting with how quickly you take your kicks can also make big changes.

How to do it:

1 - We use a Tempo Trainer to determine the regular rate of the swimmer, matching the rate to the swimmer.

2 - Next we start to increase the rate of the Tempo Trainer, making the swimmer match the rate of the beep to each dolphin kick. By increasing the rate, we will also reduce the amplitude, or wave size of each kick. This can also help to reduce resistance introduced by younger swimmers who are just trying to create BIG kicks.

3 - Time yourself to a mark on the bottom of the pool to see just what mix of kick rate, or size of kick, and number of kicks gets you to that spot the quickest.

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

To add to this challenge, once you get to a rate that gets you to that mark the quickest, put on a pair of fins. Match the new rate with the fins. The increased surface area of the fins will make it more difficult to match that rate. It will either require more power, or again, experimenting with reducing the size of the kick to match the rate. This searching, and ability to adapt by the swimmer, will continue, or introduce subtle variations athletes will need to learn to maximize their performance.

When adding resistance at high speeds, as we're adding fins, be careful to focus this "fine point" on more mature and physically ready athletes. These intense parts of drills are not intended for athletes that are too young, or too old. They are, however, sometimes a necessary part of training high level athletes. Use common sense and if you're the athlete, listen to your body to protect against any potential injury. If it hurts in a bad way, stop doing it.

Top Nutrition Tips from the Pros

Monday, November 12, 2018 

High school-aged swimmers may not always have the chance to seek nutrition information from sports dietitians, so I asked two pros to share their top tips to help young athletes perform at their best while juggling school and an active social life.

Here are their tips:

From Lisa Money, Registered Dietitian and Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics with Apex Athletic Performance in Columbia, South Carolina:

There are three main hurdles to good nutrition for high school athletes: 

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8 Keys to Coaching Millennial Athletes

By Jeff Janssen, Author, educator,, November 2018 

Are today’s athletes different than years past? Do you at times feel a little disconnected from the current generation? If you are like many coaches, teachers and parents, you sense that today’s generation is a bit different.

Fortunately, you don’t necessarily need to be up on all the latest catch phrases, yet you must understand what makes today’s generation of athletes tick and coach them accordingly.

According to authors Neil Howe and William Strauss of a book called Millennials Go To College, today’s Millennial generation is significantly different than years past in seven primary ways.

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