Coach Connection Newsletter #2 - 1/11/19

Coach Connection Newsletter #2 - 1/11/19

 | Monday, January 14, 2019

2019 Safe Sport Leadership Conference 

We are thrilled to have finalized the speaker lineup for the 2019 Safe Sport Leadership Conference, and registration slots are filling up!

We will have a keynote and reception starting at 5:00pm on Thursday, January, 31st, followed by a full day of sessions on Friday, February 1st.

To register:

If you have any questions about the conference, speaker line-up, or logistics, please feel free to reach out to Maggie, Trish or Liz.

Thank you all for your support of the Safe Sport Program and the difference that we make in Childrens’ lives!

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.

How to Support Your Athlete’s Commitment to a Team

By True Sport, January 3, 2019

Four weeks into basketball season your kid comes home and says, “I want to quit.”

What now?

Parents often look to youth sports to teach athletes the value of sticking with a task or job even when it gets difficult.

Instead of relying on power of authority or fear of punishment to keep kids from quitting, it is better to address the underlying problems that create the urge to quit.

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Teamwork: How to Make the Most of The Coach-Parent Dynamic

By True Sport,December 28, 2019

To many youth sport parents, practices don’t look or sound like they did 20 years ago. There’s less screaming, kids aren’t running wind sprints after making mistakes, and parents are expected to take a more active role. Some see this shift as a sign coaches have become too soft and kids too coddled, but research does show that kids learn more and perform better when coaches, parents, and athletes work together harmoniously.

Frank Smoll, PhD, a sport psychologist at the University of Washington, says, “There’s more awareness now, compared to 20 years ago. Parents are a big part of the equation. Parents and coaches each have responsibilities to one another.”

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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.


Energy drinks can contain up to six times as much caffeine as soda If you're looking for ways to stay hydrated, #beinformed that energy drinks aren't the best and healthiest choice for hydration:

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Coaches: You know you play an important role in an athlete's life. Check out our coaching brochure to see how you can help your elite athletes compete clean and visit @TrueSport's for tips on coaching youth athletes.

11 Tips For The First-Time Coach

From Positive Coaching Alliance, January 2019

Youth sport organizations often rely on parent volunteers to coach the league’s teams. Despite the lack of experience many of these volunteers have, without their generosity of time and spirit kids would not have the opportunity to learn and play a sport.

If you are in this position, avoid overwhelm and instead focus on the 11 tips found in this document for first-time coaches. These may be the difference maker for you to enjoy the experience!

Tips include pre-season advice like letting your child know you’re considering coaching and being clear on your own goals. Putting some thought in before the season begins will help direct your strategy for practice and game planning.

This list also includes tricks of the trade like welcoming all kids to practice by name to make them feel important, and facing the sun when you talk in team huddles. These may seem like small adjustments, but they make a big difference when you’re dealing with young impressionable players, with short attention spans.

Finally, don’t forget that this can be hard! First-time coaches are often confronted with a harder-than-expected experience. Don’t get discouraged, give yourself a break and remain positive with yourself. Find other coaches and workshops to learn from, and remember how important a role you’re playing in the lives of young athletes.

For the full list of 11 tips, download here.

How To Set (and Achieve) Goals Based on Your Personality Type

By Gwen Moran,, January 8, 2019

Hard-charging, Type-As may need a different goal-achievement approach than people who approach goals more methodically and analytically. Here’s how to best set yourself up for success based on your personality traits.

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Five Things You Should Stop Saying to Yourself

By By Art Markman, FastCompany/WorkSmart, January 7, 2019

These are things we say to ourselves that are setting us up to fail at work–or your habitual mode of looking at the world can make you act as if you did.

Much of what we encounter at work is ambiguous. We have a lot of latitude in deciding how to interpret things that happen around us, how to react to events, and how to interact with people. The choices we make affect our success in many different ways.

Which is why it’s important to be aware of the way you frame your view of your workplace, because it might lead to self-fulfilling prophecies.

Here are five types of things we say to ourselves about both ourselves and those we work with that are setting us up to fail.You may not literally say these things to yourself, but your habitual mode of looking at the world can make you act as if you did.

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Swimmer's Ear: What You Should Know

Swimmer’s ear is an infection of the outer ear canal usually caused by different types of bacteria commonly found in water. The water gets trapped in the ear, and the moisture softens the ear’s protective wax and allows the bacteria to grow, eventually infecting the ear canal.

Despite its name, you don’t have to be a swimmer or even go in the water to get swimmer’s ear. In fact, you can develop it when your ear is exposed to other types of moisture, including sweat or even being out in the rain or humid weather for long periods of time. You can also develop it by damaging the skin that lines the ear by putting foreign objects into your ear, like cotton swabs, your finger, or even ear buds.

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USA Swimming Regional Build a Pool Conferences for 2019 

2019 will be a great time to start planning your dream pool project

Check out the agenda and if you have questions email Sue Nelson

or learn more here.

Day One – Check in and breakfast 7:30 AM – session starts at 8AM

Day One morning –

  • Important stats and information – Mick Nelson
  • Programming Precedes Design – Mick & Sue Nelson
  • The 4 Pillars of Aquatic Programming and CAAP – Sue Nelson
  • Marketing and Brand Development – Kevin Post
  • TAD and programming pools – Mick & Sue Nelson
  • Facilities Development process – Mick Nelson

Day One afternoon –

  • Project design – pools – cost to build and operate – Mick Nelson
  • Income potential – Mick & Sue Nelson
  • Aquatic Facility design challenges – design your project – Kevin Post

Day Two morning – Breakfast 7:30 AM – Q&A and start session between 8 AM and 8:15 AM

  • Styles of pools and future plans – Mick Nelson
  • New technologies available – Mick Nelson

Day Two afternoon -

  • Planning and timelines – Kevin Post
  • Pitfalls and good business – Mick & Sue Nelson
  • Case study – Kevin Post
  • Enterprise Plan – Mick Nelson
  • Take Home – Power point – Mick & Sue Nelson



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