Coach Connection Newsletter #6 - 2/8/19

Coach Connection Newsletter #6 - 2/8/19

 | Monday, February 11, 2019

Zone Select Camp

Assistant Coach application now available! 

Interested in being an assistant coach at one of our Zone Select Camps? Applications are now available until Friday, February 15th and can be found here.

Coaches must apply to the camp in the zone which they are currently coaching.

Zone Site Location Dates

Central Zone University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH May 23-26, 2019

Southern Zone University of Louisville Louisville, KY May 23-26, 2019

Eastern Zone University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA May 30- 2, 2019

Western Zone S D State University San Diego, CA June 6-9, 2019

State of the Sport Report

A Couple of Powerful Messages

From the 4th Annual SafeSport Leadership Conference (Kidpower talk) 

Put Safety First Commitment

“I WILL put the safety and well-being of young people ahead of anyone’s embarrassment, inconvenience, or offense!”

Kidpower Protection Promise (Suggested to be read by staff to athletes and parents)

You are VERY important to me!

If you have a safety problem, I want to know-even if I seem too busy, even if someone we care about will be upset, even if it is embarrassing, even if you promised not to tell, and even if you made a mistake.

Please tell me, and I will do everything in my power to help you.

The Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC)

Do your facilities have this FREE resource?

The Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) is a voluntary guidance document based on science and best practices that can help local and state authorities and the aquatics sector make swimming and other water activities healthier and safer. States and localities can use the MAHC to create or update existing pool codes to reduce risk for outbreaks, drowning, and pool-chemical injuries. The MAHC guidelines are all-inclusive and address the design, construction, operation, maintenance, policies, and management of public aquatic facilities.

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How to Avoid Athlete Burnout in Youth Sports

By True Sport, January 31, 2019

The increasingly competitive nature of youth sports can result in athlete burnout. Previously associated with adults who are exhausted and disillusioned with their jobs, burnout has now spread from offices to youth sports courts, fields, and rinks everywhere.

Ongoing work by researchers like East Carolina University’s Dr. Thomas D. Raedeke is revealing not only the real causes of burnout in youth athletes, but also how it can be prevented.

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Clean Sport

By 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.


It's important athletes recognize #cleansport red flags in order to help protect their health and reputation. Here are the most common ones #Supplement411


What is the IV Rule and why are some IV infusions prohibited in sport?

Find out:

Sport Parent Expectations: How to Be a Successful Youth Sport Coach

By TrueSport, January 30, 2019

Youth sports culture has shifted. The days when parents were just glad that kids were out playing with their friends have been replaced with a more outcome-based measurement of success.

The pressures to excel as a student-athlete are at an all-time high. The rising cost of travel teams and private lessons have contributed to the high expectations parents place on young athletes to be the star on the field. Parents now expect a return on their investment in the form of college scholarships, sponsorships, and professional sports.

Unfortunately, those parental expectations end up on many coaches’ plates as well.

“I want kids to have goals and to strive for more, but at the same time, I don’t want them setting unrealistic expectations for themselves and feeling that kind of pressure so early in the process,” said Brandon Buchanan, Head Varsity Baseball Coach at Air Academy High School in Colorado Springs.

“It’s a game in the end and it needs to be fun, but you see a lot of unrealistic expectations turn young athletes against the game due to such high pressures placed upon them,” he added. “Eventually, we see sport participation and interest drop completely.”

Recognizing the consequences that come along with the overwhelming pressure parents put on coaches, Coach Buchanan shares practical ways coaches can manage expectations from team parents.

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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. Click each image to play the videos.

New Expert Advice

John Kessel on Character Building

Youth sports provide a learning environment where young athletes can develop and improve both their athletic skills and life skills. John Kessel, USA Volleyball Director of Sport Development, explains how creating a coaching culture of guided discovery that embraces failures can help athletes continue to grow.

How To Train Your Brain To Go Positive Instead Of Negative

By Loretta Breuning,, December 21, 2016

Our brain is not designed to create happiness, as much as we wish it were so. Our brain evolved to promote survival. It saves the happy chemicals (dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin) for opportunities to meet a survival need, and only releases them in short spurts which are quickly metabolized. This motivates us to keep taking steps that stimulate our happy chemicals.

You can end up with a lot of unhappy chemicals in your quest to stimulate the happy ones, especially near the end of a stressful workday. There are a number of reasons why your brain goes negative. The bad feeling of cortisol has its own survival purpose. It alerts you to an obstacle on the path to meeting your needs so you can navigate your way to good feelings. But once you do that, your brain finds the next obstacle. You will feel bad a lot if you follow your survival brain wherever it leads. Fortunately, there’s a simple way to rewire this natural negativity.

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Free Webinar For Parents

from Growing Champions for Life by David Benzel

 “Teaching Kids to Manage Their Thoughts”

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019

Time: 9:00 PM Eastern Time, 45-minute live webinar plus Q & A. 

Topic: “Teaching Kids to Manage Their Thoughts”

Your child’s brain is very busy. It’s cranking out thousands of thoughts per day at lightning fast speed. Perhaps you’ve learned how to control your thoughts as an adult, but most children find themselves reacting to thoughts minute by minute and suffering needlessly from their own negativity. We must teach them that they are capable of managing those thoughts. This webinar is designed to help you teach some fundamental strategies to your children on this important topic.

You will learn how to:

  • Become the observer to your thoughts
  • Understand the relationship between thoughts and feelings
  • Replace unwanted or unproductive thoughts with healthier ones
  • Teach your children to choose powerful thoughts for sports and school

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Backstroke - Nose Clips

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, February 6, 2019



Here are many more videos dealing with Backstroke Underwater Dolphins.

A quick video talking about nose clips.

Holding on to your oxygen on your underwater dolphins can change the overall dynamics of your backstroke races.

If you’re unable to hold the oxygen during your backstroke underwaters, nose clips can help you hold your oxygen for use in your race, rather than to just make sure water doesn’t go up your nose.

This will also help you maintain a better bodyline as you can hold your head back for a longer period of time.


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