Coach Connection Newsletter #48 - 11/30/18

Coach Connection Newsletter #48 - 11/30/18

 | Monday, December 3, 2018

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:

Overcoming Limiting Beliefs in Your Swimming

By Will Jonathan, Contributor, November 26, 2018 

As human beings, our behaviors and the things that we do are very much dictated and determined by our beliefs. Every single day, and in everything that you do, the decisions you make, the actions you take, and the way you train and perform in the pool are all greatly influenced by what you believe about the world around you, the sport of swimming, and most importantly, who you think you are and what you think you’re capable of as a swimmer.

For today’s article, my objective is simple – To help you dispel and rid yourself of some of the harmful, limiting beliefs that could be holding you back and keeping you from being the best version of yourself that you could be. Let’s jump into it.

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Planning For Your Pool Projects – Now is the TIME 

Want to learn how to make your dream pool be functional and sustainable ?

Pools are for more than Learn to Swim and competitive swimming – what other programs can you offer?

What new equipment and aquatic product are available?

Have a conversation with USA Swimming’s Professional Providers 

USA Swimming Facilities Department has held 4 National Build a Pool Conferences and 67 Regional Build a Pool Conferences across the country. 

The 2019 Regional Build a Pool Conferences are ready for you to register and we anticipate hotel rooms to fill up quickly.

Pick your conference date and location and If you have any questions email Sue Nelson 

2019 list of dates and locations - Click on the date to register for the BAP and click on the hotel to book your guest room

January 4 & 5 – Click here to register for the BAP Conference is being held in Greensboro, NC at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in the Special Events Center – ACC Hall of Champions Boardroom

Hotel: Click here for hotel guest rooms have been blocked at the Courtyard Greensboro at $82.00 a night ( hotel is 6.9 miles from the Aquatic Center)

February 28 & March 1 – Click here to register for the BAP Conference that is being held in conjunction with AOAP

Hotel: Click here for hotel guest rooms: Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas Frisco Hotel Convention Center & Spa at $169.00 a night. This conference fills fast register soon

Click here for more info on the AOAP conference (Association of Aquatic Professional)

April 13 & 14 – Click here to register for the BAP Conference that is being held in conjunction with the National Drowning Prevention Educational Conference. 

Hotel: Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter at $155.00 a night         

Click here for more info on the NDPA Educational Conference


September 15th & 16th - St. Louis, Missouri

Hotel: Renaissance St. Louis Airport room block at $99.00 a night

October 19th & 20th – being held in conjunction with the World Aquatic Health Conference

November 8th & 9th – being held in Denver 

TrueSport Education

TrueSport aims to give youth athletes the skills necessary to succeed in both sport and life. But teaching those lessons requires the help of you—the parents, coaches, and other influencers in a child’s growth. To join the movement, learn from our TrueSport experts and guides about how to inspire future generations to excellence through sport participation.

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Clean Sport

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.


  1. Doctor recommends a medication.
  2. You both check its status on #GlobalDRO.  
  3. If it contains prohibited substances, talk to your doctor about permitted alternatives or apply for a Theraputic Use Exemption(TUE).
  • Even though CBD oil is permitted under the WADA Prohibited List, athletes should still be cautious because CBD oil products might contain prohibited cannabinoid components like THC.
Planned and emergency hospital treatments happen. That's why we made a
checklist to help you easily understand your #antidoping responsibilities during that time: 

5 Habits That Turn Off College Coaches

By Sam Allen,, November 2018

Whether you are a high school or a college coach, perhaps your players could benefit hearing this message from another voice.

I have seen it all when it comes to recruiting. I coached college basketball for almost a decade and then ran a NCAA certified recruiting service that had college coaching subscribers from all levels so, to this day, I often get asked by athletes, parents and high school coaches about college recruiting. The recruiting process can be daunting and confusing, at times. However that process could be over before it begins if you allow these 5 habits to be a part of who you are.

While collecting my thoughts to write this article, I reached out to 15 male and female college coaches, from across the country. At every level, from Division 1 to Junior College, here is what they had to say.

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Turns - Slow Down to Go Faster

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, November 28, 2018



The ultimate fast turn isn’t for everyone. While we tend to only focus on how to achieve the fastest rotation, or spend the shortest amount of time on the wall, that may not be the fastest way to finish your race.

Why do it:

Who would this be for? Think of young swimmers and masters swimmers who are attempting a 200 butterfly for the first time. While it’s not the fastest turn, we have to remember, the ultimate goal is finishing comfortably and with good form. One way to do that is to NOT swim so much.

How to do it:

1 - Practice your breaststroke or butterfly turn the way you normally do, staying very low and tight.

2 - Now start to slow down.

3 - Try various speeds, looking to discover the perfect balance between getting enough air for a great push off, and not stopping on the wall!

4 - The goal of a slower turn is to get more air for a better push off. 

5 - When you’re approaching the wall, think about making sure all of your air is out, so you can completely fill your lungs with air prior to the push.

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

For this plan to make ANY sense, you HAVE TO HAVE A GREAT PUSH OFF! You can’t have a slow turn AND a short push off. You’re sacrificing the quickness of the turn to get more air so you can spend more time in your underwater dolphins or a proper underwater breaststroke pull.

Turn slower but be AMAZING on your push off!

Resilient Kids Come From Parents Who Do These 8 Things

By Lizzy Francis, Fatherly, November 26, 2018

When you’re a kid, everything is a tragedy. Your grilled cheese has the crust on? The horror. Can’t assemble that Lego set? Might as well stomp up and down. You can’t change this. What you can do, however, is arm your kid with the techniques that teach them how to bounce back from their daily struggles so that, later on in life, when the stakes are higher, they know what to do. Because resilience is a behavior learned through explicit lessons and examples, one that teaches kids how to, among other things, better handle stress, understand that rejection is not a comment on their entire existence, and view setbacks as things that don’t need to sideline them for good. But how, exactly, should you do to teach this lesson? According to Amy Morin, LCSW, a psychotherapist and the author of 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do, here are eight common practices of parents who raise…

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How Multitasking Affects Productivity and Brain Health

By Kendra Cherry,, October 30, 2018

Multitasking seems like a great way to get a lot done at once. While it might seem like you are accomplishing many things at once, research has shown that our brains are not nearly as good at handling multiple tasks as we like to think we are. In fact, some researchers suggest that multitasking can actually reduce productivity by as much as 40 percent!

What is it that makes multitasking such a productivity killer? It might seem like you are getting multiple things done at the same time, but what you are really doing is quickly shifting your attention and focus from one thing to the next. Switching from one task to another makes it difficult to tune out distractions and can cause mental blocks that can slow you down.

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The 2018 Sports Books of the Year

By John O'Sullivan,, November 27, 2018

Editors note: Each year I look forward to this list.  A great read for all coaches.

Yes, it is that time of year again, time for our favorite books of 2018, and time to get the coaches, parents and athletes in our lives some good holiday reading material. The Changing the Game Project team is always reading, always listening, and always learning, in order to help you take your coaching, parenting, and performance up a notch. This year is no different, as we read and listened to so many great books. As a bonus, we were able to interview almost every author on this list on our podcast, and I have provided a link to the interview as well. Ready to go?

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