Coach Connection Newsletter #4 - 1/25/19

Coach Connection Newsletter #4 - 1/25/19

 | Monday, January 28, 2019

New Athlete Protection Training

Required Reading!

Regular and frequent training reminds us about the impact that we have on our athletes and the kids in our sport. No matter your role in the organization, your work and connection with our athletes is incredibly important, and we are all responsible for ensuring their experience is safe, positive and free of abuse.

You will notice some changes this year to the USA Swimming required Athlete Protection Training (APT). The U.S. Center for SafeSport (“the Center”) is the separate, independent, organization that responds to reports of abuse in the Olympic and Paralympic movements. In addition to that responsibility, the Center also sets policies for national governing bodies (NGBs) such as USA Swimming to follow and provides educational tools and resources. As a policy, the Center is requiring every USA Swimming member or individual with authority over, or frequent contact with, athletes to annually compete its “Core Center for SafeSport Training” educational resource or its refresher course. Starting February 4, 2019, the Core training will be live on the USA Swimming LEARN platform.

This will be a change from how APT was completed in previous years both in substance and in the annual requirements. First, while each member’s current APT training expiration date will be honored, members will no longer have a two-year USA Swimming APT certification. In the first year following expiration or upon new registration, only the Center’s Core training course will be required to obtain APT certification. Thereafter, every year, every non-athlete member will be required to complete the Center’s refresher course and also to take a USA Swimming elective APT course in order to obtain the required number of points for APT certification.

If you have any questions regarding this change, please contact us

Thank you for your continued commitment to Safe Sport.

Regional Coaching Clinics 2019

Registration is live and here is the link to the page:

Charleston, SC: Feb. 8-10—St. Julian Devine Community Center (room block at the Courtyard by Marriott Charleston Waterfront)

Albany, OR: April 12-14—Phoenix Inn Suites (room block at the Courtyard Corvallis)

Sioux Fall, SD: April 12-14—Sheraton Sioux Falls & Convention Center

Rochester, NY: May 3-5—Rochester Marriott Airport

The National Diversity Select Camp

The application process is now open! 

The camp will be held from May 2-5, 2019 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. The purpose of this camp is to instill a vision of success and inspire athletes from ethnically under-represented populations to become leaders in the sport of swimming. For more information and selection criteria click here.

Both the athlete & assistant coach applications will be open until February 8, 2019 and are available here

Women’s Leadership and She LEADS

Registrations are open!

Register now for our April summits! Don't miss your chance to grow yourself personally and professionally, while connecting with other women in Colorado's Rocky Mountains.

Learn More

USA Swimming Podcast 

Check out this month's podcast release featuring USA Swimming National Team Technical Advisor Jon Urbanchek. Jon is an exceptional storyteller and takes you through his timeline working in the sport of swimming. He also provides insight into our prospects for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Listen Now! 

Is Your Overparenting Ruining Your Athlete’s Experience?

By TrueSport, January 17, 2018

We value youth sports for many reasons: from the lessons taught and the friendships formed, to the health benefits gained and the self-expression learned through play.

However, at times, these benefits are muted when sport and play is influenced by overparenting.

“Overparenting has become an increasingly common occurrence within out-of-school settings, such as youth sports. Many program providers are challenged to find ways to engage those who over-parent in ways that build positive relationships, while also supporting the needs of youth athletes,” says Clemson University’s Dr. Barry Garst, who has been studying overparenting for the past five years alongside Dr. Ryan Gagnon.

Visit Our Website

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.


The Prohibited List can seem like a long and complicated list of chemical compounds. So we've explained various categories and substances on the List that might be relevant for you as an athlete #cleansport                         


We have some great resources on prescription medications and #supplements. You can check your medications for prohibited substances on #GlobalDRO and minimize your risk of supplement contamination by visiting our #Supplement411 #HighRiskList.      

A supplement that claims it's an alternative to prescription medication is a #cleansport red flag. #BeInformed of other:   

TrueSport Expert Series

The TrueSport Expert Series is an in-depth look at youth sports from experts, ranging from coaches, to doctors, to nutritionists, to sport psychologists, on topics examining the performance, values and health of youth athletes.

Roberta Kraus on Mental Toughness

Do you know how to best support your athlete? Roberta Kraus, PhD, shares how you can start the conversation with your athlete about what they need to perform at their best.

Learn more about Roberta Kraus.

Travis T. Tygart on Sportsmanship

Creating a competitive youth sport culture that prioritizes sportsmanship is a challenge in today’s society where winning seems to be everything. Travis T. Tygart, CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and TrueSport Parent, talks about the benefits for young athletes who practice the Golden Rule at all levels of competition.

Learn more about Travis T. Tygart.

All Strokes - Practice Push-offs

By Glenn Mills, GoSwimVideo of the Week, January 23, 2019



For many more videos focused on the push off, click this link. 

When working with new swimmers, it's very important they start to understand that everything they do in practice has a purpose. 

Why do it:

No matter which turn you're doing, you'll leave the wall in a very similar fashion. You'll either be on your side, or on your back, you'll never be on your stomach (or shouldn't be). When you practice a proper pushoff, you're building the skill of balance and rotation into the first stroke.

How to do it:

1 - Hold on to the wall with one hand, eyes will be looking at the hand on the wall, and the other hand is directed to the other end. The feet will be even with the hips.

2 - Without pushing off, let go of the wall, raising the releasing hand over the shoulder. Allow your body to fall back into the water.

3 - Let go of the wall, lift the hand over the shoulder to meet the other hand in a streamline position, push off and rotate toward your stomach.

4 - Let go of the wall, lift the hand over the shoulder to meet the other hand in a streamline position, push off on your back.

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

When you look at your turns, you'll see these positions nearly every time. See how similar the start of each movement is, and when practicing, make sure the first part of your push is the same, no matter if you're going to be doing free, fly or breast... or backstroke.

Practice with purpose, and make sure what you do in practice, is something that you'll use in a meet. 

You Can’t Be Productive Without Routines And Rituals. Here’s Why…

By Jory MacKay,, January 22, 2019

There are few things that impact your daily productivity, career trajectory, and overall well-being as much as your routines. As Will Durant writes in The Story of Philosophy (a quote often misattributed to Aristotle): “We are what we repeatedly do.”

Today, we know the true extent of those words. According to research, up to 40% of our daily actions are powered by habits–the unconscious actions and routines we’ve developed over time.

Yet our routines aren’t the only thing we need for a balanced life. Most of us spend our days bouncing between tasks.

Learn More


    Show More

    This is used as a workaround to display Twitter feeds properly. Please do not modify or remove - Michael C