Coach Connection Newsletter #15 - 4/12/19

Coach Connection Newsletter #15 - 4/12/19

 | Monday, April 15, 2019

The Five Best Ways to Resolve a Conflict

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

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019

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

Create an atmosphere in your home where it’s safe to disagree. Develop new attitudes within your family that help everyone handle conflicts constructively. This session will teach you how to resolve conflicts without destroying morale or relationships. Discover how to teach the "win/win" principle to your children. Learn how to preserve the balance in the emotional bank account of family members in conflict.

You will learn the:

•Primary causes of conflict;

•Five specific strategies that work, when you pick the right one at the right time;

•Healthiest attitude to have about conflicts at home, work, school, and sports;

David will connect the key life skills of the lesson with winning in the pool, in the gym, on the field or court, and in life. The PowerPoint materials are loaded with practical information.

Register Now to reserve your spot for the event. 

Safe Sport Recognition Program

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

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

Gulf Coast Swim Team – FL

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


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.

TrueSport Expert Series

Learn from John Kessel on Leadership, April 10, 2019

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.

As a coach, developing great leaders often starts with empowering athletes. John Kessel, USA Volleyball Director of Sports Development, explains how coaches can create a self-reflective learning environment that enables leadership development in all players.

Learn more

How to Help Athletes Navigate Between Sport Seasons

By TrueSport, April 4, 2019

Serious student-athletes are being pulled in so many directions now: from academic responsibilities, to school and club sports with seasons that often overlap. Everyone wants those teams to do well, but this can often come at great cost to the student-athletes, who may encounter burnout, overtraining, and mental stress from trying to juggle multiple teams at the same time.

As a coach who focuses on collegiate sports, Celia Slater, former college basketball coach and Founder of True North Sports, often sees athletes coming to college burned out from trying to balance club and school sports. Here she explains how coaches can work together to create stronger, more resilient athletes by sharing the training load, not doubling (or tripling) it.

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.


A third-party testing agency should be free from conflicts of interest and evaluate #supplements for overall safety and quality. Read more about this important way to reduce your risk of using a contaminated supplement #Supplement411   

Natural is not always safe. Here are four reasons why you should still exercise caution if you see “all natural” on a supplement label #Supplement411


Athletes: Do you ever wonder who is on the other end of the Athlete Express Line when you ask #antidoping questions? Click this link to meet our Athlete Services Team! #cleansport

Athletes: Do you have even just a hint of uncertainty on your medication's prohibited status in sport? #GlobalDRO can help!    

Higenamine has been on the WADA Prohibited List since 2017 and is classified as a beta-2 agonist that's prohibited at all times. What more do athletes need to know? Find out #TheMoreYouKnow #cleansport

Sleep and Learning

From Trevor Ragan,, April 9, 2019

Sleep is one of the most important, yet underrated components of the learning process. We brought in Dr. Marcos Frank – neuroscientist from Washington State University – to explain his research and show how sleep affects neuroplasticity and our capacity to grow.

Listen to the 22 minute Podcast: 

Mr. Rogers Had a Simple Set of Rules for Talking to Children

By Maxwell King,, June 8, 2019

For the millions of adults who grew up watching him on public television, Fred Rogers represents the most important human values: respect, compassion, kindness, integrity, humility. On Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the show that he created 50 years ago and starred in, he was the epitome of simple, natural ease.

Learn more

Central States Swim Clinic and CLBMS 201

Do you need to take the Club Leadership & Business Management School 201 Course?

On May 16-17, 2019 in Oak Brook, Illinois from 6:30-9:00 pm (prior to the start of the Central States Clinic.)

Where: Oak Brook Marriott Hotel

1401 West 22nd Street, Oak Brook, IL 60523

Register on Central States Clinic Website - cost $20 per person 

Clinic information:

Take advantage of our pre-registration pricing and group discount! Make your plans to attend the Central States Swim Clinic in Oak Brook, IL on May 18-19 at the Oak Brook Marriott in Oak Brook, IL. Pre-registration ends May 6.

All information about the clinic, including online registration, is available here: Don’t delay – register NOW! 

Don’t forget to make your hotel reservations at the same time — call (630) 573-8555 for special clinic rates.

The 2019 Clinic proudly offers the following prestigious line-up of speakers and the special opportunity to meet and work with Olympic swimmers Aaron Peirsol and Breeja Larson.

Eddie Reese: 3x Olympic Head Coach, 4x Olympic Asst. Coach, 14 NCAA Team Titles & Head Coach Univ of Texas Men

Dave Salo: Olympic Coach ’08, ’04 & ‘00, Head Coach USC Men & Women & Author

Carol Capitani: Head Coach Univ of Texas Women, Big 12 Coach of the Year

Kate Lundsten: Head Coach Minnesota Aquajets & Coach of Olympian Rachel Bootsma

Aaron Peirsol: 3x Olympian (‘00, ’04, ’08) 5 Gold, 2 Silver Medals

Breeja Larson: Olympic Gold medalist ’12 & American record holder

Come learn from some of our country's best coaches and athletes! We hope to see you there. 

Felipe Lima - Breaststroke Band Kick

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, April 10, 2019



Watch over a dozen more videos like this of Felipe at our site. 

When kicking breaststroke with a band, be careful to focus on the details of the kick, and don’t use the band as a crutch. Use the band as a training device to remind you of the narrow kick, the narrow finish, and pay attention to the amount of tension you create on the band.

Are You an Over-invested Sport Parent?

By Dr. Jim Taylor, Prime Sports, April, 2019

One of your most essential goals as a sport parent in your children’s lives as athletes is to have them gain ownership of their participation. They need to feel that their sport is their thing. But ownership isn’t just something that they can gain on their own. Rather, it is a gift you give them that offers so many wonderful benefits to their development as young athletes and, more importantly, as young people. It is also something that you can take away from them with ease.

Perhaps the greatest obstacle to your children gaining that ownership of their sport occurs when you commandeer that ownership to meet your own needs. There are a variety of red flags that you should look for in yourself and your spouse to judge whether either of you is putting your own needs ahead of those of your children, whether you are stealing your children’s athletic life.

To learn more about the red flags of over-invested sport parents and to read the rest of the article, click here. 


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