Coach Connection Newsletter #16 - 4/19/29

Coach Connection Newsletter #16 - 4/19/29

 | Friday, April 26, 2019

American Development Model For Swimming 

The American Development Model (ADM) is a concerted effort between the United States Olympic Committee and its National Governing Bodies of sport to apply long-term athlete development principles in a way that resonates with the culture of sport in the United States.

The American Development Model for Swimming comprises six levels of development, which encompass four critical areas to help a coach guide the journey for each and every athlete. When an athlete has "graduated" from the sixth level they should be competing at USA Swimming's Sectional swim meets.

The four areas are:

  • Bio-mechanical Progressions
  • Physiological Progressions
  • Character Development & Life Skills
  • Psychological Skills
In addition to the four critical areas above, there are suggested training and competitive performance areas to help guide a coach.

More ADM Info

Join for Monthly Online Coach Clinics

USA Swimming and American Swim Coaches Association present the Online Clinic Series. The clinics are a way for coaches to supplement existing education opportunities and hear from a range of speakers throughout the year. If you cannot attend the webinar live, we will always post a recording for you to view at your leisure after the clinic.

See Clinic Schedule

Top Nutrition Tips: Dietitian Approved Processed Foods

By Chris Rosenbloom, PhD, RDN, April 15, 2019 

Processed foods have a bad reputation, but how many of us grow our own wheat, mill the flour, and bake bread? Processed foods shouldn’t scare us; we could all do with less ultra-processed foods that are loaded with saturated fat, added sugar, and excess sodium, but many processed foods can be part of a healthy diet for swimmers. Parents of athletes want convenience and quality; flavor and nutrition, and minimally processed foods. So, here are a few that are approved by this dietitian to provide needed calories and nutrients with the triple benefits of convenience, quality, and good taste.


Recognition and Appreciation: Keeping Kids in the Game

By TrueSport, April 11, 2019

Mike Robbins, author of Bring Your Whole Self to Work and Focus on the Good Stuff, writes and speaks on how we can use positive psychology to appreciate our children’s efforts versus their victories, and here, he shares a few tips for how to re-frame your praise to promote healthier, happier happier athletes. 


Clean Sport

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.


Coaches: Is one of your athletes taking a new medication? Make sure they know how to check it's prohibited status on Global DRO.


Unfortunately, some dietary supplement manufacturers illegally put the prohibited substance ostarine in their products and even omit it from the label. Learn more about the risks of ostarine and supplements. 

Eye Contact Over Noise

By James Leath, UT, April 11, 2019

My dad came to most of my games growing up. Even when he knew I wouldn't be playing, he would still be in the stands. I heard him sometimes, but I could never understand what he was saying over all the other friends and family members in the crowd. However, what he was saying was not as important as where he was looking. When I looked up into the stands from the field, I always knew one thing for sure, he would be looking at me.

Sometimes, he even waved. I miss him.

In the film Avatar, the Na’vi race express their affection for each other not by saying “I love you,” but by saying, “I see you.” Words are nice, but to be seen by those you love is truly what we all desire.

We can love someone and still be less than present at times. But to “see” someone requires us to be fully engaged and present. My dad saw me. No yelling was required. He didn't need to encourage me to run fast or hit hard. He didn't need to throw love bombs at me from the stands to make sure my ego was okay from the bad pass I just threw or the tackle I missed.

When I messed up, and my pity party was over, I would look up in the stands and make eye contact with my dad. He would smile, give me a thumbs up, and that is all I needed from him.

That is all the kids need--your presence. The rest is just noise.

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Stop Apologizing And Say These Things Instead

By Donna Moriarty, Career Contessa, April 14, 2019

If you’re someone who knows the value of a good apology–not just for mending fences but also for strengthening relationships in every area of life–you’re way ahead of most people.

But if you apologize constantly for every little thing–whether or not it’s warranted–listen up. You may be standing in the way of your own success.

The habit of injecting the word “sorry” into every other sentence you utter might seem harmless on the surface. But it can undermine your authority and your confidence, portray you as weak and indecisive, and even damage your credibility.

Worst of all, over-apologizing can desensitize your listeners when you want to deliver a sincere and necessary apology. The more you say you’re sorry, the less power it has. Remember the boy who cried wolf? If everything rises to the need for an apology, then nothing does.

Recognizing the problem

Do these casual (and unnecessary) apologies sound familiar? 


Success, Are you Willing?

By Nick Saban, NCSA Athletic Recruiting, March 2019

"So many people want to succeed, but they’re not willing to do the things they have to do to succeed. Things that are worth having - don’t come easy.”

~Nick Saban

Watch the 2:18 minute video here

How to Find Your Coaching True North

By Celia Slater & Jerry Lynch, Way of Champions Podcast, Mar. 31, 2019

Each week The Way of Champions Podcast will connect you with the top minds in sports, coaching, leadership, and building championship programs so you can take your athletes and teams to the next level. 

Listen to the Podcast

How Virginia's Kyle Guy Dealt With Historic Loss, Anxiety Issues to Become A National Champion

By Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, April 9, 2019

Kyle Guy has a tattoo on his right thigh from his favorite movie, “The Lion King.”

The tattoo has the Swahili words, Sisi ni Sawa, written across his leg. That translates to one of Guy’s life mottos of humility and servanthood: “We are the same.”

“My whole goal in life is to help somebody,” the Virginia All-American shooting guard says. “I always say, motivation is short-term, inspiration is long-term.”

That’s why Guy opened up publicly last April, posting on social media a pair of letters baring his soul about the crippling anxiety he experienced leading up to and in the aftermath of No. 1 seed Virginia’s historic loss to No. 16 seed Maryland-Baltimore County.

He wrote, in part: "Not everyone knows, but you’ve been taking medication for your anxiety attacks all season. You’ve kept it a secret because you didn’t want to be viewed as weak. You were worried people might think you aren’t built for this. …They can think that. They weren’t with you when you burst into tears in the middle of practice and you didn’t know why. Everyone isn’t a part of your story, because they don’t know your story.

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