Coach Connection Newsletter #47 - 11/23/18

Coach Connection Newsletter #47 - 11/23/18

 | Thursday, November 29, 2018

2019 TYR Pro Swim Series Meets


Please note the OME dates below for the 2019 TYR Pro Swim Series Meets.

A reminder that if you have a swimmer on the cap exempt list and you would like to enter your team during the early entry period, please send Jaime Lewis an email with your Club Code and your LSC and she will add you to the list to have access to the early OME. Each meet will be capped at 450 swimmers. If the meet reaches 450 swimmers the OME will be closed. At that point those athletes that are on the cap exempt list may enter the meet using the late entry policy.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Meet Date Location Facility OME Opens (Cap Exempt; US Teams) OME Closes

Qualifying Standard/ Bonus

January 9-12 Knoxville, Tennessee Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center 10/9/18; 10/16/18 January 2, 2019 Summer Juniors/ Futures

March 6-9 Des Moines, Iowa MidAmerican Energy Aquatic Center at the Wellmark YMCA 12/11/18; 12/18/18 February 26, 2019 Summer Juniors/ Futures

April 10-13 Richmond, Virginia Collegiate School Aquatics Center 1/15/19; 1/22/19 April 2, 2019 Summer Juniors/ Futures

May 16-19 Bloomington, Indiana Counsilman Billingsley Aquatics Center

2/12/19; 2/19/18 May 7, 2019 Summer Juniors/ Futures

June 12-15 Clovis, California Clovis North High School Aquatics Complex

3/12/19; 3/19/18 June 4, 2019 Summer Juniors/ Futures

International OME opens 24 hours after the OME opens for US teams. (10/17/18; 12/19/18; 1/23/19; 2/20/19; 3/20/19)

Meet Information Posted:


Des Moines

Meet Information Coming Soon!




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.

2019 USA Swimming Foundation Grant Applications Now Open to Make a Splash Local Partners

By USA Swimming Foundation, November 15, 2018 

The 2019 USA Swimming Foundation grant application for Make a Splash Local Partners is now open. Applications will be accepted until Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 5 p.m. ET.

The USA Swimming Foundation will provide more than $600,000 in grants in 2019 through two rounds of grant awards, Spring and Fall, to help Make a Splash Local Partners provide swim lessons to children in their local communities. Individual grant awards will range from $1,000 to $15,000, dependent on the service category

To be considered, applicants must be a USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash Local Partner in good standing and provide a detailed project budget and program narrative within the grant application. The 2019 USA Swimming Foundation Grant Guidelines can be found below and the application can be found HERE.

Funding will be provided to programs directly benefiting children who would not otherwise receive the opportunity to learn to swim.

Interested swim lesson providers who are not yet Make a Splash Local Partners will need to complete the Local Partner application before December 31 to be eligible to apply for 2019 grant funding. The Local Partner application can be found HERE. 

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How to Use Gratitude to Build Stronger Teams

By TrueSport, November 2018

Being thankful isn’t exactly a new idea. But the latest research shows that gratitude can have a profound impact on our everyday lives.

Recently, there’s been much in the news about how practicing gratitude can make you happier, more charitable, mentally stronger, and even help you sleep better.

As many coaches at all levels of sport know, athletes and teams can also benefit from practicing gratitude.

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Clean Sport

By United States Anti- Doping Agency (USADA) November 2018

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.


With the new year right around the corner, we made a list of 5 key things to remember. Check them out to ensure you're ready to compete clean in 2019!   


Thinking about taking #supplements? Be aware of the risks and learn about certain prohibited substances that may be found in supplement products. #Supplement411 #cleansport 

LSC Para Motivational Times for Championships

Click here 

Purpose and intended use of the USA Swimming Disability Motivational Time Standards

Click here 

Skill Acquisition

By Harjiv Singh, Science of Sport, November 18, 2018

This article describes what skill acquisition is in a simple manner, including best practice.

What is Skill Acquisition?

Skill acquisition, also referred to as motor learning and control is the interdisciplinary science of intention, perception, action, and calibration of the performer-environment relationship. In particular, skill acquisition is an umbrella term specific to the knowledge of and knowledge about what behavioural and neurological variables influence central nervous system adaptation in response to the learning or re-learning of a motor skill [5]. In simplified terms, skill acquisition refers to voluntary control over movements of joints and body segments in an effort to solve a motor skill problem and achieve a task goal.

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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

Registration to open soon.

Freestyle - Flutter From the Hips

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, November 21, 2018


Article -

Developing the proper flutter kick starts to teach swimmers about how less is more, and focusing during kick sets can help make you a better swimmer.

Why do it:

Flutter kick is the most used kick in swimming, so you can consider this a foundational aspect of competitive swimming. Learning how to harness the power of your body, while not over kicking will be an important lesson when learning the details of the other strokes.

How to do it:

1 - Start from the front, not the kick. Push off with your kickboard, and focus on keeping the hands in a near streamline, with the head low and looking forward. Don't be looking around at your friends.

2 - Move your focus to your hips, try to make sure they're just touching the surface of the water. Body alignment is very important when using equipment.

3 - Now shift your focus back to your legs. If you feel any muscles tiring, make sure it's in the hips and not the thighs first. Try to discover which muscles tire initially, and that can help you learn if your kick is on it's way to being productive.

4 - Finally, shift your focus to your feet. Try to keep them low to the surface of the water. The foot should only come out a bit, not high above the surface.

How to do it really well (the fine points)

Keep the toes pointed, and the kick narrow. The knees should bend, but not too much. You can see that the legs appear to barely bend at all, and certainly not at any drastic angle. You have to keep in mind that you're not only trying to develop an effective kick, but you're also trying to hide your legs behind the hole that the body in front of it cuts through the water.

This is where "less is more" becomes very evident. By keeping the kick smaller, you create less resistance, and require less power. Understanding these concepts of swimming at an early age can lead to come other great discoveries in how to swim FAST when you get older, and bigger, and stronger.

The Four Stages of Achieving Perfect Team Chemistry

By Jeff Janssen, UNC Professor and Leadership Trainer, July 11, 2016

While chemistry class is not required for most coaches, it’s typically one of the most important subjects to comprehend. One of the best ways to build team chemistry is to have a clear understanding of the typical stages of team development.

Much like a child growing up, every team progresses through certain developmental stages throughout the course of a season. Your role as a coach is to use the following stages of team development as a guide and facilitate your team’s natural progression through them.

It’s important to remember that not all teams automatically progress sequentially through these stages. However, this model — developed originally by a group dynamics expert named Bruce Tuckman — serves as a good guide for developing your team’s chemistry. Most problems arise when coaches are not familiar with the stages of team development, or when they try to push a team to peak too soon.


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