Coach Connection Newlsetter #13 - 3/29/19

Coach Connection Newlsetter #13 - 3/29/19

 | Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Safe Sport Recognition Program

Congratulations to the teams that have achieved Safe Sport Club Recognition!!!! 

Between the close of the USAS Convention and March 27, 2019, twenty-five teams have achieved Safe Sport Recognition. Well done! Those teams are:

  • Aces Swim Club - CO
  • Bloomington Normal Swim Club - IL
  • Boise Swim Club – SR
  • Buffalo Area Aquatic Club – NI
  • Cape Fear Aquatics Club – NC
  • Elevation Aquatics – CO
  • Fairfax Foxes Swimming - PV
  • Jets Aquatic Club - AR
  • Lakeside Aquatic Team – LA
  • Lawrence County Aquatics – IN
  • Lehigh Valley Aquatics – MA
  • Maryland Suburban Swim Club - PV
  • Mundelein Mustang Swim Club – IL
  • Paseo Aquatic Swim Team – CA
  • Sailfish Swim Team – NE
  • Salt Lake Swim Legends – UT
  • Sarpy County Swim Club – MW
  • Sea Dragon Aquatics - FL
  • South Florida Aquatic Club - FG
  • Splash Club, Inc. - OK
  • Swim Fort Lauderdale – FG
  • Thames Aquatic Club – CT
  • The FISH – PV
  • Town Wreckers Swim Team - NI
  • Tri-City Channel Cats – IE
Thank you for your commitment to providing a safe, healthy, and positive environment at your clubs. Find more information about the Safe Sport Recognized Club Program.

Build A Pool Conferences

The Regional Build-a-Pool Conference series offers comprehensive education in building, renovating and programming both new and existing facilities. This information is cutting edge about the process of building and programming pools to be community centerpieces for safety, health & wellness while still being financially sustainable. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Developing your committee and professional team.
  • Understanding programming for your community and the four pillars of aquatics.
  • New technologies and build options.
  • Facility design from Learn to Swim and therapy pools to large competition pools.
  • How USA Swimming’s Professional Providers can help make your project a reality.

Over 1,600 people have attended these workshops with approximately 150 new facilities being commissioned and a supporting role in over 100 additional projects.

We provide you with information that helps you make the best choices in assembling your team of architects, engineers and other professionals to form your team of planners. The right people involved with the best plan for programming and design gives the project the best chance for success. Our professional providers have played a major part in these successes.

Attendees will gain information about:

  1. Planning and building your facility for Total Aquatic Programming
  2. Validating the needs to explore possibilities for aquatic centers
  3. Figuring costs to operate and programming income potential
  4. Programming pools for financial sustainability
  5. Renovating and upgrading existing pools
  6. Designing and building new facilities
  7. Understanding and identifying adversaries and advocates for the project
  8. Have a better understanding on pool and building size options and cost to build
  9. Other management options and value received pricing
  10. New building technologies
  11. Enterprise plans to help with business plans and feasibility studies

USA Swimming member clubs and private and public organizations are encouraged to take advantage of this educational resource. This two day workshop style events are conducted by USA Swimming Facilities Development staff.


The Build a Pool Conferences is a 2 day workshop. To facilitate your travel plans, we will make every effort to be finished by 3:00 PM on day 2. 

The last 2 hours of day 2 of the conference has some very important information you will not want to miss.

Regional Build-A-Pool Conference Schedule- Confirmed dates & locations below:

Click on date to register for the conference:

Dates of Regional BAP



April 13-14, 2019

New Orleans, LA

Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter (hotel rooms limited, register soon)

September 15-16, 2019

St. Louis, MO

Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel

October 19-20, 2019

Williamsburg, VA

Williamsburg Lodge

November 8-9, 2019

Denver, CO

Denver Airport Marriott at Gateway Park 

Nutrition Tip: Top Foods for Fighting Inflammation

By Chris Rosenbloom, PhD, RDN, March 25, 2019

Jenny, a 19-year old swimmer, trains hard in the pool and on land. After an intense workout, her muscles ache and she want to know if there is a natural anti-inflammatory remedy to help her recover.

While many athletes think of ibuprofen as a chemical remedy, have you ever considered the power of food?

Learn more

5 Nutritional Strategies Young Athletes Should Avoid

By TrueSport, March 2019

Jenny, a 19-year old swimmer, trains hard in the pool and on land. After an intense workout, her muscles ache and she want to know if there is a natural anti-inflammatory remedy to help her recover.

While many athletes think of ibuprofen as a chemical remedy, have you ever considered the power of food?

Learn more

5 Nutritional Strategies Young Athletes Should Avoid

By TrueSport, March 2019

From after school sport practices, to full-day and weekend tournaments, young athletes need a lot of energy to power them through their days.

According to Sport Dietitian Mackenzie White, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, CSCS, young male and female athletes need adequate energy daily to fuel their bodies for their sport, reach growth potential, and prevent injuries.

Nutrition requirements for young athletes are determined by the type, intensity, and duration of the sport along with age, height, and weight. The type of food and timing of consumption is also necessary for young athletes, as well as their parents and coaches, to consider.

“Good nutrition is essential in the development of their bodies and brain function. It can potentially aid in the prevention of major health issues like diabetes, obesity, heart disease, cancer, and osteoporosis, so how young athletes fuel their bodies is extremely important,” adds White.

Here are five nutritional strategies your young athlete should avoid to ensure they aren’t deprived of the fuel and nutrients they need to compete at their best.

Learn more

Clean Sport

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.


There has been a consistent increase in individuals diagnosed with ADD/ADHD. If you've been diagnosed and need to take a prohibited stimulant medication, here's what athletes need to know about complying with #antidoping rules and applying for a TUE:

Our Pocket Guide is a quick summary of the #doping control process, athlete rights and responsibilities, and more that can help non-national level athletes comply with #antidoping rules. Download it in English or Spanish here

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.


Need a pick-me-up after that morning workout? You might want to think twice before you crack open an energy drink. #cleansport 

Never Forget: Learning Equals Change

By John G. Miller, Author, speaker, March 27, 2019

There’s a movement toward greater self-awareness by understanding one’s personality. In general, this is healthy and good — but is it making a difference?

My wife, Karen, and I have been reading The Road Back to You to learn about the Enneagram, a personality-type system that can lead to self-discovery and greater understanding. Doing so has generated a lot of conversation. From these chats, I have a thought to share that I’ll set up with a key passage from the QBQ! book.

Excerpted from Ch. 37 titled, “We Buy Too Many Books” —

We attend too many seminars. We take too many classes. We buy too many books. We listen to too many podcasts. We engage in too much training.

Yes, it’s all a waste! A waste, that is, if we’re unclear on what learning really is. Learning is not attending, listening, or reading. Nor is it merely gaining knowledge. Learning is really about translating knowing what to do into doing what we know. In other words, it’s about changing.

Never forget: Learning equals change. If we haven’t changed we haven’t learned.

Now on that thought … 

Yes, I Do Play My Favorites

By James Leath, Mental Performance Coach, March 26, 2019

At times I have been accused of playing my favorites. Let me be very clear:

Yes, I do play my favorites.

Here is the reality. I am a youth coach. Before you stop reading let me also say I believe it is very important everyone plays in youth sports. But this is not the NBA, and I do not have to play my best players in order to keep my job. A benefit of coaching youth sports is there is less pressure to win, and as a coach I can focus on player development without worrying about getting fired. Ask the average youth athlete why they play sports and I bet they would say because it’s fun. Maybe they will say because they get to hang out with friends. Maybe they like the coach. Rarely will they say it’s because they like to win.

If I have a win-less season as a 5th grade football coach and every athlete wants to play again the next year, was I successful? That actually happened to me. In 2013, we lost every game; we were defeated. Every game, we made sure every player played before the first half. Despite losing, every Monday the whole team showed up ready for another week. At the end of the year party, I was brought to tears when I asked the team who was going to play the next year and every single athlete raised his or her hand. Years later, when I ran into a player, you know what we didn’t talk about? Losing every game. I asked him what he remembered about the season and he said,

“It was a lot of fun, and you let us play tag at the end of practice.”

Is Creativity the Enemy of Productivity?

By Anisa Purbasari Horton,, March 27, 2019

My creative process is long and messy. When I need to come up with great ideas, I know that inspiration won’t come to me if I’m sitting on my desk staring at a screen. It’ll come to me later that evening when I’m out for my run, in the shower, or on my commute home from the office. It never comes when I need the ideas to appear. Producing the work itself is no less painful. Sure, I have bursts of “flow” states here and there, but most of the time it’s a frustrating process of staring at a screen, standing up, sitting back down, and walking around. It often feels like the opposite of being productive.

Learn more

Position-11 Mirrors

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, March 27, 2019


Article: See other creative ways you can use mirrors in your practice.

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With a new/old facility, we’ve tried to make some small adaptations to make sure the swimmers have every opportunity to learn better swimming.

Why do it:

The focus on this drill is to get the swimmer to understand the complete extension of the lead arm, and to drive it forward while maintaining their kick.

How to do it:

1 - Put as many mirrors on the bottom of the pool as you can. We’ve lined up all six of ours in one lane to give the most viewing opportunity possible.

2 - Use a snorkel if you can, but if not, have the swimmer push off short and swim with the eyes down, not breathing for a few strokes.

3 - Have the swimmer perform Position-11 Freestyle, pausing in Position-11 to see BOTH arms fully extended and straight.

4 - When they take a stroke, have them focus on a continuous kick to DRIVE the non-pulling hand forward.

How to do it really well (the fine points)

Have the time spent in Position-11 reduce, to the point it feels like normal swimming. During this time, tell the swimmers to focus their eyes on the LEAD HAND. Does it push forward more? Does the arm bend or does it stay STRAIGHT?

The IMMEDIATE feedback of the mirrors will save the coach time in explaining concepts, and will empower the athlete to the discovery and feel of what great swimming is.

The Power of Positive Summit

Free Online Event, April 22 - 28, 2019

I'm excited to announce our 2019 Power of Positive Summit! It's a free online event featuring 30+ leading experts sharing strategies on how to stay positive, overcome challenges and make a greater difference.

These are a series of uplifting talks to inspire.

You can sign up now here.

Each speaker will share a short video message (5-15 minutes in length) that includes their tips and actionable advice.

The event is free online, April 22-28 but sign up now to make sure you get in.

2019 Speakers Include:

Jon Gordon, John Maxwell, Coach Dabo Swinney (Clemson), Ed Mylett, Tony Dungy, Sean McVay (LA Rams Coach), Roma Downey, Kim Perell, Trent Shelton, Michael Hyatt, Inky Johnson, Erwin McManus, Joel Marion, DeVon Franklin, Niki Spears, Julie Nee, Remi Adeleke, Rick Rigsby, Ben Newman, Amy P. Kelly and more!

See the full speaker list and sign up today.


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