| Tuesday, July 2, 2019
2020 TYR Pro Swim Series Schedule Announced
USA Swimming announced that swimmers from around the globe will be making five stops in the United States next year as part of the 2020 TYR Pro Swim Series.
Scheduled between November 2019 and May 2020, athletes will use the world-class domestic events in Greensboro, N.C.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Des Moines, Iowa; Mission Viejo, Calif. and Indianapolis, Ind. in preparation for their run to the 2020 Olympic Games.
The full schedule:
Nov. 6-9, 2019 Greensboro, NC. Greensboro Aquatic Center
Jan. 16-19, 2020 Knoxville, TN. Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center
Mar. 4-7, 2020 Des Moines, IA. MidAmerican Energy Aquatic Center at the Wellmark YMCA
Apr. 16-19, 2020 Mission Viejo, CA. Marguerite Aquatic CenterMay 6-9, 2020 Indianapolis, IN. IU Natatorium
2020 Club Excellence Program Information and Timeline Announced
The Club Excellence Program is a voluntary program that identifies and recognizes USA Swimming clubs for their commitment to performance excellence. Click here to view the 2020 Club Excellence Program Information and Requirements.
- September 6, 2019 - Program announcement distributed to all USA Swimming clubs. Application forms and information available on the USA Swimming website.
- October 18, 2019 - Deadline for applications from clubs to USA Swimming. The application will be available here.
- December 2019 - Club rankings announced by USA Swimming & Grant applications sent to all Gold and Silver clubs.
- February 14, 2020 - Deadline for grant applications to USA Swimming from Gold and Silver clubs.
- April 10, 2020 - Grant awards announced by USA Swimming.
Safe Sport Recognized Club Program
The Safe Sport Recognized Club Program has already had over 800 teams start the process. Are you one of those teams doing everything to keep our sport safe?
This program allows clubs to demonstrate their commitment to creating a safe, healthy, and positive environment for all their members through the development and implementation of athlete protection policies, Safe Sport best practices, and Safe Sport education. Safe Sport Recognized Clubs will earn a badge to display on their website, and these clubs will be designated as Safe Sport Recognized in the USA Swimming's Find-a-Club online tool. Using an online assessment, clubs will detail procedures, upload policies, and verify educational efforts in order to achieve Safe Sport Recognized Club status.This designation will expire and is eligible to be renewed every two years
Coaches: 5 Reasons Why Your Athletes Need a Hydration Plan
By TrueSport, June 18, 2019
There’s no way to know exactly how much water each of us needs to consume daily. With varying levels of activity, finding the right balance of fluid intake for young athletes can seem like a guessing game. But, it’s important to note that without a proper hydration plan, there are potential dangers from both dehydration and the lesser known over-hydration that can be a matter of life and death. So how can you help an athlete figure out the right hydration plan for themselves?Dr. Mitchell Rosner, a nephrologist with a clinical focus on fluid and electrolyte disorders, acute kidney injury, and polycystic kidney disease (PKD), has dedicated much of his work at the University of Virginia to studying the potentially fatal impacts of over-hydration in young athletes. According to Rosner, over-hydration is one of the most preventable and least understood problems that coaches face.
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.
Need a pick-me-up after that morning workout? You might want to think twice before you crack open an energy drink.
Coaches: You know you play an important role in an athlete's life. Check out our coaching brochure to see how you can help your elite athletes compete clean and visit TrueSport for tips on coaching youth athletes.
Summer is here! But, that doesn't mean a common cold won't strike. Here are some ways athletes subject to antidoping rules can safely use cold and flu medications when needed:We're here to help you compete clean! Check out our 2019 Athlete Handbook, Pocket Guide, and Wallet Card for the antidoping info you need and cleansport.
Top Nutrition Tips: Plant-Based Convenience Foods
By Chris Rosenbloom, PhD, RDN, June 17, 2019
In April, I wrote about dietitian-approved processed foods and many parents of swimmers have asked for more ideas for plant-based foods that offer flavor, good nutrition, and convenience. So, I reached out to registered dietitian Marlene Schmidt, Manager for Nutrition, Health and Wellness for Nestle USA, the world’s largest food and beverage company.“New consumer survey data show that about 35% of meat eaters are trying to include more plant-based foods in their diets,” says Schmidt. For example, Meatless Monday has caught on with everyone from athletes to school lunch.
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7 Reasons to Invest in a Multi-Sport Camp
By TrueSport, June 2019
If you’re considering sending your young athlete to a camp this summer, you may want to look into a multi-sport camp rather than a sport-specific camp.“Anything we can do to give kids diversity in physical and physiological ways is a win,” says Steve Smith, PhD. Smith is a professor of clinical psychology at University of California, Santa Barbara and focuses on working with young athletes and parents, especially around topics like early specialization in sport. Smith sees multi-sport camps as a great way for young athletes to experience other sports and develop new skills without the pressure of playing for new teams or committing more time during already-packed seasons.
TrueSport Expert Series
The TrueSport Expert Series is an in-depth look at youth sports from experts, ranging from coaches, to doctors, to nutritionists, to sport psychologists, on topics examining the performance, values and health of youth athletes.
Lori Hill on Teamwork in Individual Sports
Is there such a thing as an individual sport? Lori Hill, of the Landsharks Running Club, discusses team building and support systems in both individual and team sport environments.
Learn more about Lori Hill.
Alicia Kendig on All-day Event Nutrition
Proper fueling is essential to an athlete’s complete training routine. Alicia Kendig, USOC’s Senior Sport Dietician, addresses meal and snack options, along with timing of fueling for peak performance.Learn more about Alicia Kendig.
This is What Optimists Can Teach You About Dealing With Stress
By Michelle Gielan, Fastcompany.com, June 23, 2019
There are nights I’m sure I’m asleep before my head hits the pillow. As a working mother, I remember writing my book with my first baby crawling around the floor of our home office. These days, I comanage both our business and home with my husband, while continually striving to be present with our young son and daughter each day. I’m sure many of you relate all too well to the feeling of never having enough time.So many of us operate at full throttle and yearn for the idea of “work-life balance.” But I think that’s similar to hoping for a magical fairy godmother to show up and clean your house at night while you sleep.
How to be Mentally Tough Without Sacrificing Emotional Intelligence
By Gwen Moran, Fastcompany.com, June 24, 2019
Mental toughness—the ability to be resilient and focus, make decisions, and function, even in the midst of challenging circumstances or adversity—is a coveted trait among leaders. Marines and Navy SEALS have written books about how to develop it. Companies look for it when hiring.But mentally tough leaders who are effective aren’t those who ignore their own emotions or those of others, says Tim S. Grover, CEO of Attack Athletics, a physical training firm, and author of Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable. Grover, who has worked with professional athletes like Michael Jordan and Dwyane Wade, says the most mentally tough individuals also typically have the highest emotional intelligence quotient.
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