Coach Connection Newsletter #10 - 3/8/19

Coach Connection Newsletter #10 - 3/8/19

 | Monday, March 11, 2019

The Zone Diversity Select Camp

Athlete and assistant coach applications are now open! 

Each year two Zones host a camp. In 2019, the Southern and Eastern Zones will host their camps. Although USA Swimming supports these camps, each Zone is encouraged to develop a camp plan that reflects the goals of the Zone.

Zone            Site                        Location                 Dates

Southern     U of S Carolina       Columbia, SC         June 13-16, 2019

Eastern       U of Maryland         College Park, MD   June 6-9, 2019

For more information & to apply click here. 

Women’s Leadership Summit And SHE LEADS

The Women's Leadership Summit provides female coaches with an opportunity to grow both personally and professionally. The Summit will be a weekend retreat designed for amazing women to convene, connect, brainstorm with others and grow their network. This summit will recharge your life and career with focus on your development both on and off the deck.

Where: La Foret Conference & Retreat Center in Black Forest, CO

When: April 12-14, 2019

Cost: $225- includes summit fee, lodging, meals and ground transportation (to/from Colorado Springs Airport)

Register here:

She LEADS Summit with National Team Athlete Leah Smith!

Our She LEADS Summits are designed to inspire leadership in our female athletes and build their confidence to achieve success both in and out of the pool. These summits are open to 10th, 11th and 12th grade female swimmers.

Where: La Foret Conference & Retreat Center- Black Forest, CO

When: April 5-7, 2019

Cost: $225- includes summit fee, lodging, meals and ground transportation (to/from Colorado Springs Airport)

Register here:

Last Call: #SwimBiz Club Marketing Award Nominations

Due Friday March 15

We want to hear about the best and the brightest promotional efforts in 2018 from the swimming community. Be sure to nominate your Club or LSC for the ‪#‎SwimBiz Club Marketing Awards by March 15th!


  • Best Use of Social Media (Club Award)
  • Best in Sponsorship (Club Award)
  • Best in Fundraising (Club Award)
  • Best in Multicultural Marketing (Club Award)
  • The SwimToday Award (Club Award)
  • Marketing Club of the Year (Club Award)
  • Marketing LSC of the Year (LSC Award)

Nomination Form

Deadline: Friday, March 15

For more information about the #SwimBiz conference, please visit

Helping Children Manage Stress in Sports

By David Benzel, founder of Growing Champions for Life, March 2019

Note: USA Swimming has a partnership with David Benzel and his Growing Champions for Life organization. Coaches, you should let your parents know about this free webinar from David.

Register Now to reserve your spot for this FREE event

This month’s Teaching Life-Skills Webinar is hosted by David Benzel, founder of Growing Champions for Life.

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019

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

Topic: “Helping Children Manage Stress in Sports”

All athletes endure stress in sports, but why do some children have less, or handle what they have so much better than others? Identify the primary stressors in your child’s life, at school, in sports, and socially. Learn about the hidden resources your children already have available. Discover how to use three strategies for coping with sport-related stress and greatly reduce the side effects of not dealing with stress properly. Your child’s body, mind, and spirit will thank you later!

You will learn how to:

• Identify primary stressors.

• Use effective strategies for coping with stress and reduce the negative effects.

• Gain the necessary skills for embracing stress so as to live a productive, satisfying, and happy life in a complex world.

David will connect the key life skills of the lesson with winning on the field, and in life. 

Register Now to reserve your spot for the event. 

Learn More

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.

Please Notice:

Primatene Mist is a new over-the-counter inhaler to treat shortness of breath. The active ingredient is epinephrine, a stimulant prohibited in-competition. Make sure to check the status of all medications on #GlobalDRO.


Our 2019 Athlete Handbook has the info you need on #antidoping to help you #competeclean. Give it a look! #cleansport


It's important to realize that current laws make it very difficult to identify and remove dangerous supplement products from shelves and stores. Know all the risks with dietary #supplements #Supplement411    

#Supplements, especially those intended for pre-workout and fat burning, may contain the stimulant octodrine. Read more on this substance and why it's prohibited in-competition under the WADA Prohibited List:   

What You Need to Know About E-Cigarettes and Vaping

By TrueSport, February 28, 2019

After decades of declines in tobacco use by teenagers, vaping and the use of e-cigarettes is surging in high schools and middle schools nationwide. According to a November 2018 advisory from the U.S. Surgeon General, e-cigarette use increased 78% among high school seniors and 48% among middle school students from 2017 to 2018.

As they have before, parents, teachers, and coaches must once again help kids understand the risks and learn to reject nicotine and tobacco

Visit Our Website

Camp Elevate 2019 

Join the most unique approach to coaching development you'll ever experience.

Camp Elevate is an event that brings coaches of all sports together in beautiful Colorado Springs, CO to learn, grow and connect. It's a time for you as a coach to reflect, learn, grow and rejuvenate your coaching spirit!

Camp Elevate- All Coaches- All Sports- ONE Team!

May 28-31, 2019

University of Colorado-Colorado Springs

Hosted by: True North Sports

Discount Code: Love2019 ($25 off registration until April 1st)

Learn More

How Much Sleep Do Swimmers Need?

By Olivier Poirier-Leroy, contributor, March 6, 2019

Being properly rested has always been recognized as a fundamental part of our performance in the pool. Here is what you need to know about how much swimmers should sleep.

When it comes to being a better and faster swimmer there is no easier—and dare I say more enjoyable—way to do so than by sleeping more.

You Coach a Child, Not a Sport

John O’Sullivan Conducts an Interview with Sport Sociologist Dr. Martin Toms, March 6, 2019

We had the opportunity to interview Dr. Martin Toms, a Sport Sociologist and Ethnographer from the university of Birmingham in the UK. Dr. Toms has heavily influenced our work through his philosophy "You Coach a Child, not a Sport."


These Are The Salary Trends You Need To Know Before Your Next Negotiation

By Gwen Moran,, February 25, 2019

Even as the job market breaks records, wage growth has remained sluggish in the U.S.–and employers don’t seem too anxious to change their penny-pinching ways. Two-thirds of employers reported retention as a top concern in PayScale’s “2019 Compensation Best Practices Report,” up 7% from 2018. But of the 81% that are planning base pay increases, slightly more than two-thirds are estimating an increase of 3% or less.

So if you’re seeking a higher number on your paycheck, it’s likely up to you to make it happen. Before you go into a salary negotiation for a new job or a bump in pay for the position you already have, here is the information you should seek out to make your case.

Learn More


    Show More

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