Coach Connection Newsletter #18 - 5/3/19

Coach Connection Newsletter #18 - 5/3/19

 | Monday, May 20, 2019

USA Swimming Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP)

Required Reading! 

Join us in continuing to keep our athletes safe from abuse. Start the steps of implementing the new required Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP). This is a new requirement that every USA Swimming team must execute by June 23rd. It encompasses current required Safe Sport policies and best practice guidelines into one.

All the information about MAAPP can be found here

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!

Need More Water?

Running out of water space? Can’t depend on aquatic facility staying open? Maybe it is time to attend a Regional Build A Pool Conference and start planning for the future.

Before thinking about what the aquatic facility will look like, one needs to think about how “programming precedes design”

plays into creating the dream pool. Creating programs to meet your community needs will be the key to operating a sustainable

aquatic facility of any size


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 learn more and to register for any of the three conferences left in 2019 :

Dates of Regional BAP

St. Louis, MO

Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel

Williamsburg, VA

Williamsburg Lodge

Denver, CO

Denver Airport Marriott at Gateway Park 

How to Create Sportsmanship in the Stands

By TrueSport, April 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.

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.


Coaches: help your athletes succeed in our anti-doping program by checking out our Coach's Brochure. It has info on the doping control process, antidoping responsibilities, and more!  

Athletes must keep the collection vessel and sample in their possession and in the view of the Doping Control Officer at all times. Read more on athletes' responsibilities during the sample collection process.

Trying to figure out if you need a TUE? Our TUE Pre-Check form can help make that process easier. Give it a look! Antidoping! 

Dietary Supplements

By Dr. Matt Fedoruk, TrueSport, April 2019

It’s always important to be an informed consumer, especially when it comes to dietary supplements. U.S. Anti-Doping Agency Chief Science Officer Dr. Matt Fedoruk explains why supplements are so risky and how you and your athletes can minimize the risks of supplement use.

Watch the 4 minute 20 second video: 

Why Leaders Need to be Positive Thinkers

By Jon Gordon, Author/speaker,, August 2017

It takes a lot of work to create a world-class organization. It’s hard to develop a successful team. It’s not easy to build a great culture. It’s challenging to work toward a vision and create a positive future. It’s difficult to change the world.

As a leader, you will face all kinds of challenges, adversity, negativity, and tests. There will be times when it seems as if everything in the world is conspiring against you. There will be moments you’ll want to give up.

Learn more

Central States Swim Clinic and CLBMS 201


On May 16-17, 2019 in Oak Brook, Illinois from 6:30-9:00 pm

Where: Oak Brook Marriott Hotel

1401 West 22nd Street, Oak Brook, IL 60523

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

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. 

Children Should Not Stop Playing Sport in Run Up To Exams As It Has No Impact on Results

By Camilla Turner, Education Editor The Telegraph, April 24, 2019 

Parents should not stop children playing sport in the run up to exams because it has no impact on results, a new study suggests.

Taking part in competitive team games in the run up to GCSE and A-level exams will have no negative effects on a teenager’s grades, according to research commissioned by The Headmasters’ & Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC).

The study analysed the GCSE results of 1,482 male and female students from 19 independent schools, and examined the effect that participation in sports such as badminton, cricket, hockey, netball, rugby and tennis had on their results. 

Learn more

Fortnite is Not Sport’s Enemy — Outdated Coaching Is

By Kieran Shannon, Sports Correspondent, April 27, 2019

Coach educator Wayne Goldsmith says ‘we’ve identified four types of talk by coaches during games’

The world-leading coach educator Wayne Goldsmith has worked with everyone from the All Blacks to the US Olympic swimming team of Phelps and Lochte and the top sides in the AFL, but his driving passion as he visits Ireland is that parents and coaches at the grassroots help keep kids playing and enjoying sport.

Wayne Goldsmith shares both a dream and a nightmare he has for Irish sport.

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