Coach Connection Newsletter #17 - 4/26/19

Coach Connection Newsletter #17 - 4/26/19

 | Monday, April 29, 2019

Registration is now open for the first-ever We LEAD Summit!

The We LEAD Summit is designed to inspire leadership in male and female athletes and build confidence to achieve success both in and out of the pool. These summits are open to 10th, 11th and 12th grade swimmers.

Where: Norcross, GA

When: June 28-30, 2019

Cost: Includes summit fee, lodging, meals and ground transportation (to/from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport)

Standard Registration:

  • $300 per person before May 2 ($350 after May 2)
  • Bring a Buddy! Register 2 or more people and get 10% of total cost

LSC Registration:

  • $300 per person if registering 2 swimmers
  • $275 per person if registering 4 or more swimmers

Questions? Email Sydney Pinello or check out our We LEAD FAQ

Register Now!

U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Swimming Ticket Information

By USA Swimming, April 23, 2019 

July 1, 2019 – All-Session tickets open for general public via Ticketmaster

November 15, 2019 – Launch of 4-day ticket package (based on availability; date subject to change)

February 15, 2020 – Launch of Daily and Single-Session tickets (based on availability; date subject to change)

Visit our website

Four Myths Parents Need to Know about Supplements

 By TrueSport, USA Swimming Partner, April 23, 2019

Dietary supplements are omnipresent in sports. When youth athletes see their professional idols or peers using supplements, they may feel supplementation is necessary to keep up with the competition. Since they are so readily available, it’s also easy for parents to think there’s no harm in letting athletes use them.

Unfortunately, the supplement industry is one of smoke and mirrors. Although they might seem appropriate for young athletes trying to stay healthy and competitive, there are many myths surrounding supplements that parents should be aware of before choosing to buy these products.

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Ditching One-Upmanship: How to Create Sportsmanship in the Stands

By TrueSport, April 18, 2019

We all know the stereotype of the ‘hockey dad’ or ‘soccer mom.’ The red-faced screaming parent in the stands at every game, viciously berating refs, coaches, and even other people’s children as the game goes on. That behavior might seem simply annoying, or even comical, but it can have serious negative impacts on young athletes.

Joseph Burgo, PhD, author of The Narcissist You Know, explains how competitive parenting can be more damaging than you might realize—and offers some practical suggestions for how to recognize, defuse, and deal with bad sportsmanship in the stands.

“I look at competitive parenting as narcissism by proxy,” he says. “The whole narcissistic view is to look at the world as winners and losers, and a narcissist is driven to show the world that he or she is a winner. And as parents, they use their kids to do the same thing: their kids have to be winners, so that the parents can be winners by having produced winning offspring.”

If you’re reading this and worrying that you’re overly-invested in your child’s results and may be suffering from narcissistic tendencies, Dr. Burgo is quick to add that parents can be competitive without being narcissists. “Most of us are competitive to some level—you have to have that competitive edge. You don’t enter into things not wanting to win,” he explains. “But often, those parents aren’t seen yelling at the ref.”

So how can you avoid the trap of being “that parent” in the stands—or deal with other parents who aren’t as gracious?

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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.


Are you new to the testing pool or competing in a USADA tested event for the first time? Our antidoping 101 covers the basics of what you'll need to know!    

Athletes: Our 2019 Athlete Handbook has the info you need on anti-doping to help you compete clean. Give it a look!

Doping is not only cheating. It's also dangerous. Be aware of the negative health effects of anabolic agents, peptide hormones, and other PEDs.


Did you know: Supplements that advertise unrealistic health claims or fit into certain categories, such as weight loss, tend to be riskier than others? Click the link for more on high-risk dietary supplements. Look for Clean Sport Red Flags.


By Sophia Herzog, TrueSport Expert Series, April 18, 2019

Youth sports provide a training ground for athletes to develop mental toughness. Sophia Herzog, two-time World Champion and Paralympic silver medalist in swimming, explains the importance of learning how to deal with setbacks and shares how a positive team environment can change an athlete’s outlook on success.

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How To Get Teens To Give Up Junk Food: Tell Them They’re Victims of Corporate Manipulation

By Ben Paynter,, April 23, 2019

Before it was defaced, the original McDonald’s advertisement featured a towering Big Mac with the all-caps message “THE THING YOU WANT WHEN YOU ORDER SALAD” superimposed over it. Then someone scribbled in an extra clause. It now reads: “THE THING YOU WANT WHEN YOU ORDER SALAD SHOULD BE SALAD,” with the graffiti covering up a golden arches logo.

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An Open Letter to the Out of Control Sports Parent Sitting Next to Me in the Stands

By John O'Sullivan,, April 20, 2019

Dear Out of Control Sports Parent,


Yeah, you.

The one shouting “Get the rebound!!!” to your kid. The one with the heart palpitating so loudly that you cannot contain yourself. The one yelling and complaining about the coach. The one hollering at the 13-year-old referee. The one angry at my kid for making a mistake. The one hollering at the kids who made a mistake running the scoreboard in a recreational tournament in a meaningless pool play game.

Yeah, you, the one whose spouse won’t sit next to you during the game. The one who is micromanaging every aspect of the game and turning what would be a pleasant normal Saturday into a heightened state of anxiety for all of us, including your fellow parents stuck next to you for today’s game, this season, and our kids’ childhoods.



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10 Steps To Correct A Problematic Program

By Jeff Janssen,, April 6, 2019

If you find yourself faced with the daunting task of resuscitating and resurrecting a problematic program, you obviously have a big challenge on your hands. You likely need to make some major overhauls to your programs talent, culture, attitude, commitment, chemistry and team leadership. That is a lot to do, but the key is to break it down into a manageable process and prioritize.

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The Key to a Better Learning Culture

By, April 21, 2019

If we want more effective teams we need to invest in creating a better culture. If we want a better culture we have to build psychological safety. Featuring Amy Edmondson: Harvard Business School Professor, Daniel Coyle: New York Times Bestselling Author, Eric Ragan: Grinnell College Women’s Volleyball head coach, Norah Hill: Grinnell College Women’s Volleyball team co-captain

All teams are not created equally

Some teams add up to more of the sum of their parts, others do not. Research that shows that more important than who is on the team, it’s really about how the team works together.

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