Coach Connection Newsletter #1 - 1/5/18

Coach Connection Newsletter #1 - 1/5/18

 | Friday, January 5, 2018

Associated Press Honors Katie Ledecky as Female Athlete of the Year

Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md./Stanford Swimming) was named the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year last Tuesday, capping a brilliant 2017 for the five-time Olympic champion.

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USA Swimming Coaching Disability Workshop

February 2 -3 in Colorado Springs, CO.

USA Swimming Disability Committee and the United States Paralympic Swimming National staff will be partnering in presenting the 2018 Disability Coaching Workshop in Colorado Springs on the United States Olympic Training Center Campus and pool.

Registration will take place on Friday February 2nd at 4pm at the USA Swimming Headquarters. Opening Welcome and presentation will start at 5pm in Dirks Room and presented by members of the USA Disability National Committee members.

Saturday February 3rd, participants will have a day-long Pool and classroom experience at the USOC Aquatic Center working with some of the top National Coaches for Para Swimming and athletes in the water. Queenie Nichols, Director of Performance for USP Swimming will be leading this hands on experience.

This for any USA member Coach that wishes to participate and learn about training, inclusion to USA programs, Coaching and competition opportunities.

You will be asked to cover your transportation to Colorado Springs flying into Colorado Springs on the 2nd . USA Swimming will cover your cost using the USOC transportation to and from the Colorado Springs airport, your housing, food and cost of the course at the Olympic Training Center. If you choose to drive you will be provided a parking pass for the weekend stay. This course will run to 6pm on Saturday and departure for the airport is early Sunday morning, Feb. 4th.

All participants MUST be a current member of USA Swimming.

Feb. 2-3, 2018 for the clinic and check into your room on the 2nd.
Feb. 4 , 2018 check out of the rooms early morning.

Registration: Must be online and the Deadline for Registration is January 19th.


Regional Coach Clinic

Registration for the Jacksonville Regional Coach Clinic is now open! 

The clinic will run from February 9-11 at the Ponte Vedre Inn & Club in Jacksonville, FL. 

The Regional Coaching Clinic program brings affordable clinics directly to teams in their own LSCs. These clinics are designed for the entire coaching staff from the novice coach to the senior level coach.

The clinic cost is $75 per coach or $200 for a coaching staff of 3 or more. Our clinics are priced to encourage participation by the entire coaching staff. 

Schedule and Registration

Build And Program a Pool Conference

The first BAP Conference for 2018 is just around the corner – January 19 & 20. Register now for this outstanding program on building and programming a swimming facility.

Greensboro, North Carolina – closing Friday January 12th 9PM

January 19th & 20, 2018

Click here to register for the BAP: 

Hotel: Marriott Courtyard Greensboro

Deadline to book under the discounted BAP is block January 4th

Reservation Link:

Should Kids Set New Year’s Resolutions?

By TrueSport

Many adults associate New Year’s resolutions with abandoned aspirations instead of positive changes.

For those who struggle to stick with New Year’s resolutions, it can seem illogical to promote the habit to children. However, many experts in child development recommend parents set goals with their children every New Year. Not only does it help teach the power of creating goals and following through, it can help us stay accountable to our own resolutions as part of being a good parent role model.

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USADA Update

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.


The 2018 Prohibited List is now in effect. #beinformed #cleansport

The Only 2 Words Parents Need to Say to Coaches After a Game

By J.P. Nerbun,, January 2, 2018

Win or lose, we don’t want much… just a “Thank You”

Surviving the Post Game Experience

I don’t think it’s supposed to be this way. In fact, I wish it wasn’t this way. 

I hang back in the locker room with my assistant coaches. Part of me is ready to leave: I am in a hurry to grab some food and a drink with my assistants, or to see my family for the first time that day. I am exhausted after a long day and a hard game, and I know that I have to start preparing for the next practice or game.

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The Greatest Teacher, Failure is

By James Leath, Formerly from IMG, December 28, 2017

Here is some truth for you: no one cares about your goals. 

Do you love the game?

Can you learn from defeat?

Can you come back from a devastating loss and be stronger than the day before? 

In "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," the great master Yoda looked at an old, broken Luke Skywalker who had given up on his calling. Luke believed he was a failure, and that he no longer had a purpose. Master Yoda put up a finger, interrupting Luke and demanding his attention, then whispered, “The greatest teacher, failure is.”

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Eight Keys to Coaching Millennial Athletes

By Jeff Janssen,,, December 2017

Are today’s athletes different than years past? Do you at times feel a little disconnected from the current generation? If you are like many coaches, teachers and parents, you sense that today’s generation is a bit different.

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Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?

By Benoit Denlzet-Lewis. NYTimesmobile, October 11, 2017

Parents, therapists and schools are struggling to figure out whether helping anxious teenagers means protecting them or pushing them to face their fears.

The disintegration of Jake’s life took him by surprise. It happened early in his junior year of high school, while he was taking three Advanced Placement classes, running on his school’s cross-country team and traveling to Model United Nations conferences. It was a lot to handle, but Jake — the likable, hard-working oldest sibling in a suburban North Carolina family — was the kind of teenager who handled things. Though he was not prone to boastfulness, the fact was he had never really failed at anything.

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