Coach Connection Newsletter #9 - 2/22/19

Coach Connection Newsletter #9 - 2/22/19

 | Monday, February 25, 2019

2019 #SwimBiz: Social Media, Sponsorship & Swimming Conference

Register Today! 

The fifth annual #SwimBiz: Social Media, Sponsorship & Swimming conference will be held April 28-30 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The event focuses on social media, advertising, branding, communications and sponsorship. Our expert panels features elite marketing professionals who will offer insight to improve your promotional efforts for your team and brand. This is an incredible chance to learn from and network with some of the industry-leaders in swimming.

Featured Topics:

  • Business Intelligence: Lessons from the Professional Sports World
  • How Your Club Can Be Prepared to Capitalize on an Olympic Year
  • A Guide to Engage & Pitch to Local Businesses
  • Social Media: The Fads, the Fears & the Future
  • USA Swimming's Flex Membership: Findings & Next Steps
  • How to Coach Athletes About Social Media

More than 15 sessions planned!


Time Standards Adjusted for TYR Pro Swim Series at Des Moines

The time qualification standards for the 2019 TYR Pro Swim Series at Des Moines, set for March 6-9 at the MidAmerican Energy Aquatic Center at the Wellmark YMCA, have been adjusted.

Revised Standards

Focus on Nutrition to Boost Your Winter Immune System

By Jill Castle, MS, RDN

Winter means hard training and illness for many young swimmers. Any illness is a setback, pulling the swimmer out of the pool for days, a week, or even longer.

Some factors hurt the immune system’s ability to function well, such as lack of sleep, poor nutrition, getting exposed to new germs, mental stress, and even weight loss. When the immune system isn’t working well, the swimmer may be more susceptible to illness.

One area swimmers can focus on is nutrition. Fruits, vegetables and whole grains are essential to an immune-boosting, healthy diet. Whole foods offer a complex array of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals, and more, helping to ward off illness year-round.

Add some of these immune-boosting foods in your daily eating routine
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Anti-Doping 101: What Parents Need to Know Before Their Child is Tested

By TrueSport

Anti-doping efforts, which include in and out-of-competition testing, are critical to the delivery of a level playing field for athletes at all ages and levels of competition, from the Olympics to junior championships. While an anti-doping program helps ensure that sport is fair and safe, the testing process can be daunting for many young athletes, as well as the parents who support them.

Read to find out what you need to know to prepare yourself and your young athlete for testing.

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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.

Dr. Matt Fedoruk on Energy Drinks

Do you know the difference between an energy drink and a sports drink? U.S. Anti-Doping Chief Science Officer Dr. Matt Fedoruk explains the difference between the two and why young athletes should be cautious about consuming energy drinks.

Swimmer, Sophia Herzog on Sportsmanship

Sportsmanship unites people at all levels of sport. Sophia Herzog, two-time World Champion and Paralympic silver medalist in swimming, explains how sportsmanship and positivity can keep young athletes committed and enjoying sports, while also teaching them valuable life lessons.

Watch the Video

Clean Sport

From United States Anti- Doping Agency (USADA)

The information below should be shared with your athletes and their parents. Please distribute via email, club newsletter, or link to the articles on your team website.


While cannabidiol (CBD) is permitted in sport, some CBD products might actually contain prohibited cannabinoid components like THC. Here are 5 things you should know about CBD.

Do you have a runny nose or sore throat? Check out our 2019 Wallet Card for examples of prohibited and permitted substances if you need to take a medication for a common cold.

We're already about a month and a half into 2019! Have you checked out 5 things to keep in mind when competing this year? If not, it's worth the read.


MYTH: “The label has a testing seal on it, so it’s fine.” Fact: Some companies invent a pretty seal that “guarantees” a product is safe and free of prohibited substances. Realize all the myths of dietary #supplements.

How to Help Teenage Girls Reframe Anxiety and Strengthen Resilience

By Deborah Farmer Kris, mindshift

In the last decade, rates of anxiety-related disorders in teenagers have steadily risen, particularly in girls. Researchers and psychologists posit several hypotheses about why these rates are on the rise -- from digital hyperconnectivity to heightened external pressures to simply a greater awareness, and therefore diagnosis, of mental health concerns.

Whatever the causes, Dr. Lisa Damour has hopeful news for parents and teens: first, some degree of stress and anxiety is not only normal but essential for human growth. And if those levels become untenable, there are tested strategies for reining anxiety back in.

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5 Reasons You’re Still Sleeping Terribly

Your phone is not always the culprit to terrible shut-eye.

By Kaleigh Moore,

You probably know that poor sleep habits hurt productivity during waking hours, yet Americans still have endless excuses for not prioritizing sleep. As a result, employees and leaders both end up taking more sick days throughout the year, and, in general, get less done at work when they’re in the office.

For some, poor sleep is merely a matter of too much screen time before bed. For others, it’s stress and anxiety that keeps them from falling asleep at night. But what if other culprits are impeding your sleep–and you’ve never even stopped to think about them? Let’s dive into some of the often-ignored factors that contribute to sleeplessness, as well as some fixes that can help you get back into a solid sleep routine.

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