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2019 Board of Directors Call for Nominations
By USA Swimming, March 30, 2019
The USA Swimming Board of Directors and Nominating Committee invite qualified candidates to apply for nomination for election to the Board of Directors.
Please review the 2019 Board of Directors Volunteer Application Instructions prior to applying.
Call for Nominations Introduction
In September 2019, the USA Swimming House of Delegates will elect four(4) individuals to be At-Large members of the USA Swimming Board of Directors. The Nominating Committee will select and place on the ballot a minimum of 8, and not more than 12, vetted nominees.
Interested candidates are encouraged to thoroughly review the information below, and the application form, to verify their understanding of the nominating criteria and to ensure their willingness to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of Board membership.Those interested in serving on USA Swimming’s Board of Directors beginning in September 2019 must submit a completed application no later than Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Late applications will not be considered by the Nominating Committee.
The Five Best Ways to Resolve a Conflict
By David Benzel, founder of Growing Champions for Life, April 2019
Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019
Time: 9:00 PM Eastern Time, 45-minute live webinar plus Q & A.
Create an atmosphere in your home where it’s safe to disagree. Develop new attitudes within your family that help everyone handle conflicts constructively. This session will teach you how to resolve conflicts without destroying morale or relationships. Discover how to teach the "win/win" principle to your children. Learn how to preserve the balance in the emotional bank account of family members in conflict.
You will learn the:
•Primary causes of conflict;
•Five specific strategies that work, when you pick the right one at the right time;
•Healthiest attitude to have about conflicts at home, work, school, and sports;
David will connect the key life skills of the lesson with winning in the pool, in the gym, on the field or court, and in life. The PowerPoint materials are loaded with practical information.Register Now to reserve your spot for the event.
Building Your Mental Toughness Toolbox
By Dr. Alan Goldberg, Contributor, April 1, 2019The short course season is wrapping up and many swimmers are in the process of or have just finished their big taper meets. While long course training may be just around the corner, there is still a lot of frustration, disappointment and self-directed anger in the air for many athletes. Perhaps your season didn't end quite the way you wanted it to. Maybe you didn't drop as much time as you had hoped, or worse yet, you added in your best events! You might even be still feeling really down about your results and struggling because you fell far short of your expectations. If you are, keep this in mind:
By TrueSport, March 28, 2019
Traveling for tournaments or competition is part of all athletes’ lives. Success in sport depends on many factors, including strength, skill, mental readiness, adequate sleep, and proper nutrition. It is important to adjust everything from eating and fueling, to training and competition. It is also essential to plan ahead for a one-time competition or an all-day event. Whether you focus on a single athletic event with minimal travel or get on a bus or plane for an out-of-state or international competition, here are some general recommendations to ensure you are ready to do well at your destination.
1. Plan ahead and get organized.
2. While traveling, don’t confuse boredom with hunger.
3. Do your research to identify shopping and eating options at your travel destination.
4. If you plan on eating out, check out local food listings, such as local harvest and Edible Communities.5. Always carry a water bottle and stay hydrated.
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.
Our Drug Reference team is here to answer your questions about the status of substances and TUE's. Give them a call! #cleansport
It's important that athletes tell their doctors they're subject to #antidoping rules. If a doctor doesn't take these rules into consideration, that's a #cleansport red flag
MYTH : “This supplement is approved by USADA.” Fact : USADA does not approve any dietary supplement products. Learn more myths surrounding #supplements.
Compounded products are more likely to be contaminated because they are mixed by hand and there is limited regulatory oversight. Here's more on why compounding pharmacies are risky:
#HighRiskList update! 29 products have been added, bringing the total number to 557! Check your #supplements today! #Supplement411 #cleansport
Success and Failure
By Roberta Kraus, TrueSport Expert Series, March 28, 2019How do your athletes handle failure? Roberta Kraus, PhD, talks about the benefits of shifting the focus of the game from results-driven to effort-oriented, and the impact positive experiences have on young athletes.
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Who Owes Whom, and What?
From Don Swartz & Ken DeMont, SwimCoach Direct, March 24, 2019
Don and Ken are from Marin County, California, United States
We are active swim coaches of North Bay Aquatics. Each week we offer ideas and observations of interest to coaches and swimmers. Since many of these ideas come from you, we invite your feedback and thoughts.
Saturday we were doing a kick set before we got rolling on a set of 200’s. We did a simple 4x150/2:30 kick with lap 3 being a buildup lap and lap 6 being a fast lap. On the fast lap we did our standard deal which is to kick all the way to the touch pad, no arm pull into the wall. We do this for the obvious reasons but primarily to get them accustomed to kicking all the way into the wall. When they get in a race they will do what they do in training so – kick to the touch pad.
Zev on #2 pulled the last stroke on lap 6. We reminded him of the “kick to the wall” goal/requirement. On # 3 he did the same thing. We said, “Ok Zev you can make that one up after workout. On # 4 he was fine, kicking all the wall in on lap #6.After workout was over he reminded us, “I owe you a 150 kick”. We said go for it and he did, kicking all the way to the wall.
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How Our Brains Process Praise and Why It’s Killing Our Potential
By Art Markman, FastComany.com, April 2, 2019
News flash: People love praise. They love being told that they’re doing a good job, that their effort is appreciated, and that they are a valuable member of the team. They love it so much, that we have embedded praise deeply in the culture. Our schools provide plenty of opportunities for students to get recognized for achievements large and small. Parents proudly display sportsmanship awards.
The problem with praise, though, is that we don’t learn much from it.When your brain gets a reward (and your brain treats praise from others as a reward), what it learns is to do that action again. If you want to reinforce a particular behavior, then praising that behavior is a great way to make that happen.
4 Practical Facts About The Human Brain That Can Help You
By Leo Widrich, FastCompany.com, March 29, 2019
Emotional resilience is a powerful tool in life. It can help you stay present under challenging circumstances and remain positive during stressful days.But to cultivate it, we need to understand how our brain works. I recently dug into the latest neuroscience research in an attempt to understand it all, and how we can train our minds to be more resilient. Here are five facts that I found helpful.
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Kick Set Flip Turns
By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, April 2, 2019
Here’s a great way to discover new opportunities to work on your push offs.
Why do it:
Walls. Walls. Walls. Great push offs set you on each length with more velocity, get you further down the pool, and are a necessity in competitive swimming. Think of all the kick sets you do that include poor push offs. Here’s an opportunity to practice push offs with overload.
How to do it:
1 - Kick with your board like you normally do, but if you’re a “social kicker”, you’re going to have to leave your goggles on.
2 - When you approach the wall, you can initiate a freestyle stroke with one arm, then push the board into the water with the other arm.
3 - Follow the board down into the flip and push off the wall.
4 - Get both hands back on the board for a strong pushoff.
How to do it really well (the fine points):
You’re going to have to push off deeper than you typically do. The board will want to pop you up right away, so angling down a bit more will allow you to incorporate a couple more dolphin kicks. This will also require a stronger push than normal on kick sets, which is a positive.Set the spot or target for your breakout. Our swimmer is trying to get passed the flags on each turn with the board. Done with repetition, this overloaded pushoff during kick sets is a great way to continue working on an important skill when most of the time it’s a missed opportunity.
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