Coach Connections Newsletter #23 - 6/7/19

Coach Connections Newsletter #23 - 6/7/19

 | Tuesday, June 11, 2019

MAAPP: Look At The Mini-Webinars, Forms and Templates 

USA Swimming has posted webinars to assist you in understanding the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP.) There are templates and forms to assist you on implementation.

MAAPP sample forms:

  • Language for meets
  • Acknowledgement of Policy
  • Permission for a Licensed Massage Therapist or Other Certified Professional or Health Care Provider to Treat a Minor Athlete
  • Permission for a Mental Health Care Professional or Health Care Provider to have One on One Interaction
  • Permission for an Unrelated Adult Athlete to Share the Same Lodging with a Minor Athlete
  • Permission for an Unrelated Applicable Adult to Provide Local Transportation to Minor Athlete
  • Permission for an Unrelated Applicable Adult to Travel to Competition with Minor Athlete
For sample forms and webinars click here: 

Scholastic All-American Application



  • Grade completion requirement – applicant must have completed 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade
  • GPA Requirement – minimum 3.5 GPA for the current academic year
  • A=4, B=3, C=2. If numerical grades are used, the following scale will be used unless the school’s letter grade conversion is given on the transcript: A=90-100; B=80-89; C=70-79
  • Honors, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and dual credit college level academic courses will earn one half (.5) extra Grade Point. Grades for academic subjects only are calculated – history/social studies, English, mathematics, sciences, foreign languages, computer sciences, visual and performing arts if indicated as an academic subjectA grade lower than a C in an academic subject will mean automatic rejection of the applicant. Grades for non-academic courses will NOT be calculated - art, band, choir, orchestra, home economics, health, driver education, physical education, shop, and any other class marked non-academic on a transcript.
  • There will be no special status designation for a 4.0 GPA other than for a national champion who also has a 4.0 GPA.
  • Pool Requirements
  • Applicants must have swum an individual pool time equal to a 2018 Winter Junior qualifying time in any individual event during the SAA qualifying period (August 16, 2018 – August 15, 2019) with qualifying times in SWIMS – list of times are posted on the USA Swimming website. A qualifying time will be available for selection from the SWIMS database during the application process. Only ONE time is necessary and only ONE application is necessary.
  • Disability or Open Water Requirements (for athletes without pool requirements)

2018 U.S. Para National Championships – December 14-16, 2018, Tucson, AZ

2019 World Para Series – April 4-6, 2019, Indianapolis, IN

2019 Can Am Para Swimming Championships – July 12-14, 2019, Vancouver, BC

2019 World Para Championships - July 29 - August 4, 2019, Kuching, Malaysia

         2019 Open Water National Championships - May 3-5, 2019, Miami, FL

Details and Application

Women’s Leadership Summit

Join us for our second Women’s Leadership Summit of the year in Clearwater Beach, FL!

Reenergize yourself and connect with other female coaches during this 1.5 day summit at in Clearwater Beach, August 24th- 25th. Register today to secure your spot! Questions? Check out our FAQ

or contact Sydney Pinello.

Where: Residence Inn Clearwater Beach

When: August 24-25

Cost: $175 per person and includes:

  • Summit Fee
  • Social on Saturday night
  • Breakfast on Sunday
  • Lunch on Sunday

Bring a Buddy: If two or more coaches register together, then you'll receive a 10% discount off your total registration cost!

Link to registration:

Register for the first-ever We LEAD Summit!

10 Spots Left!

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
  • 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!

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: Understanding, complying with, and positively accepting antidoping rules are key to a level playing field. Coach's Advantage is an online tutorial that can help

Athletes: 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!

Why does USADA hand out 90 ML stickers at antidoping education presentations? Because that's how much urine an athlete must provide during sample collection. Learn more about the process:

How to Hydrate Your Athlete if They Don't Like Water

By TrueSport, June 4, 2019 

If you have a picky athlete who doesn’t love the taste of water, or just one who’s constantly on the go and bad at remembering to regularly sip from a water bottle, it can be tricky to make sure that he or she is staying consistently and properly hydrated.

Brianna Elliott, MS, RD, LD, shares a few tips for getting young athletes to consume more water throughout the day—even if they claim to ‘hate’ water.
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Youth Sports Parenting

From Positive Coaching Alliance, June 5, 2019

As a leading expert in youth sports, Fox News recently asked PCA to be featured in a segment focused on youth sports parenting and the effects it has on a child's youth sports experience. This was part of a three-piece segment on youth sports focusing on the rise of injuries, increasing costs, and "out of control" parents and coaches. PCA President Tina Syer appeared in the third segment about parent and coach behavior in youth sports.

View this clip (that reached 1.4 million viewers) featuring Tina and PCA-NYC Chapter Board Member Linda Flanagan by clicking below.

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How to Engage Volunteers

From Best Practices and Guide,

Could your nonprofit achieve its mission without volunteers? For most nonprofits, the answer is “No.” With limited manpower and tight budgets, most charitable organizations depend on volunteers. Therefore, doesn’t it make sense to actively engage your volunteers?

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Mel Marshall: About Her Coaching Career

Taken from, March 8, 2018

Five-time Olympic finalist and multi-world, European and Commonwealth medallist Melanie Marshall spoke to the Swimming Times magazine about her coaching career and working with Olympic gold medallist Adam Peaty.


Obviously, I get asked about Adam Peaty a lot


He’s definitely the best swimmer I’ve ever seen. And I have seen some incredible swimmers. I was in Beijing when Phelps won his eight golds – phenomenal.

And I watched Becky Adlington win her Olympic golds; the 400m was so exciting, I had a headache for two days afterwards.

And being on camps with her beforehand and seeing her train and appreciating where her body was allowing her to go. Phenomenal.

But for me, Adam is something else. He can absorb an amazing workload, he is obsessed with becoming better and his gold medal winning and world record-breaking swims are just unreal. 
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Sports Medicine Column: Swimming Should Be The First Sport A Child Learns

By John Doherty, Sports Medicine, June 3, 2019

Finally, the weather is warm and summer heat means swimming pools and beaches will be filling with children and their parents....

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