Coach Connection #33 - 8/16/19

Coach Connection #33 - 8/16/19

 | Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Safe Sport Recognized Club Program

Now is the time to get recognized!

Become a Safe Sport Recognized Club and demonstrate your team's commitment to safeguarding your athletes and all participants!

USA Swimming Member clubs are required to implement the USA Swimming Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP) in full by June 23, 2019. MAAPP contains five sections: one-on-one interactions, travel, social media and electronic communications, locker rooms and changing areas and massage, rubdowns and athletic training modalities. For more information about the Policy and other education materials, click here.

The Safe Sport Recognized Club program allows a member club to demonstrate its commitment to creating an abuse-free, safe, healthy and positive environment for all of its members through the development and implementation of Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention and Anti-Bullying, Safe Sport Best Practices and Athlete Protection Training. 

Safe Sport Recognized Clubs earn a badge to display on their website, and these clubs will be designated as Safe Sport Recognized in USA Swimming’s Find-A-Team online search tool.


• Policies, procedures, and best practices: clubs will share their Athlete Protection Policies and the other measures to safeguard athletes.

• Personnel: a big part of successfully implementing Safe Sport is getting the right people involved. Clubs will demonstrate the screening and selection procedures for staff and volunteers.

• Training and Education: clubs will be awarded points when minor athletes and parents complete the Safe Sport online courses, as well as hosting in-person Safe Sport-related training.

• Reporting: clubs will detail communication to members about how to report misconduct to USA Swimming Safe Sport and the U.S. Center for SafeSport.


Similar to Club Recognition, club administrators log into the Club Portal (below) to begin the process. Safe Sport Recognition can be renewed every 2 years.

Helpful hints!

At your registration meeting this short course season, run the parents through the online class, get them to sign in and send us your attendance roster for that meeting. 

At practice, have your coaches take time to have the children watch the age appropriate training. Have the children sign a sheet and send it to us. 


Contact Safe Sport staff here:

Or your Sport Development Consultant:

Eastern Zone: Jeff Allen

Central Zone: Randy Julian

Southern Zone: Dave Thomas

Western Zone: Tom Avischious 

Finalists announced for U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame, class of 2019

Fan voting open now through Sept. 3 to help determine the class of 2019 

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee today announced the finalists for the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame class of 2019, consisting of 15 Olympians, nine Paralympians and three teams. Team USA fans can cast their vote at from today through Sept. 3 to help determine the class of 2019, which will mark the first class inducted into the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame since 2012.

“It is a privilege to introduce these deserving finalists for induction into the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame,” said Sarah Hirshland, USOPC CEO. “They represent the pinnacle of athletic achievement and personal excellence, both on and off the field of play. We honor them and are pleased to memorialize their legacy as America’s most inspiring athletes and teams.”

The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame finalists for 2019 include:


Gary Anderson, shooting; Greg Barton, canoe/kayak; Laura Berg, softball; Anne Donovan, basketball; Lisa Leslie, basketball; Nastia Liukin, gymnastics; John Mayasich, ice hockey; Misty May-Treanor, beach volleyball; Jonny Moseley, freestyle skiing; Apolo Anton Ohno, short track speedskating; Mark Reynolds, sailing; Angela Ruggiero, ice hockey; John Smith, wrestling; Dara Torres, swimming; Brenda Villa, water polo


Cheri Blauwet, track and field; Candace Cable, track and field, Nordic skiing, alpine skiing; Muffy Davis, cycling, alpine skiing; Bart Dodson, track and field; Greg Mannino, alpine skiing; Erin Popovich, swimming; Marla Runyan, Para track and field, Para-cycling, Olympic track and field; Chris Waddell, alpine skiing, track and field; Trischa Zorn, swimming


1996 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team; 1998 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team; 2010 U.S. Olympic Four-Man Bobsled Team

The finalists will be narrowed down to five Olympians, three Paralympians and one team for induction into the class of 2019. In addition to the public vote, U.S. Olympians and Paralympians and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic family also vote on the inductees. The Olympic and Paralympic family consists of the Athletes’ Advisory Council, National Governing Bodies, Multi-Sport Organizations, USOPC board of directors, members of the media, and corporate partners.

“Congratulations to the athletes and teams being celebrated as finalists for the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame,” said Dick Fosbury, U.S. Olympians and Paralympians Association president. “These individuals have already achieved so much both on and off the field of play during their careers, breaking barriers and inspiring the next generation of athletes. On behalf of USOPA, we are honored to have these individuals represent the best of Team USA.”

Starting in 2019, the hall of fame will see increased Paralympic representation to reflect the burgeoning contributions of U.S. athletes to the Paralympic Movement, and now reflects the U.S. Team sizes at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

In addition to Olympians, Paralympians and a team, the class of 2019 will include two legends, one coach and one special contributor determined by the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame nominating committee.

The class of 2019 will be announced on Monday, Sept. 23, and inducted on Friday, Nov. 1, during a ceremony in conjunction with the all-alumni U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team Reunion in Colorado Springs. Red carpet arrivals, interviews and the induction awards dinner at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center will be open to the media; credential information will be available in October.

Opening in early 2020, the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado, will become the new permanent home for the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame.

Visit to explore the history and achievements of all 141-current hall of fame members.

About the USOPC

Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. The USOPC is focused on protecting, supporting and empowering America’s athletes, and is responsible for fielding U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, and serving as the steward of the Olympic and Paralympic movements in the U.S. For more information, visit

About the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame

The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame was established in 1979 to celebrate the achievements of America's premier athletes in the modern Olympic Games. The first U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame class was inducted in 1983 during a ceremony in Chicago and included Olympic greats such as Muhammad Ali, Bob Beamon, Peggy Fleming, Al Oerter, Jesse Owens, Wilma Rudolph, Mark Spitz, Jim Thorpe and the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" men’s hockey team.

Learning to Forgive Yourself: A Prerequisite for Success

By Dr. Alan Goldberg,, August 5, 2019 

One of the more common characteristics of competitive athletes across all sports is that they tend to be really hard on themselves. You know the story: you have a bad meet, a disappointing showing in your best events or you lose to someone who you know you're faster than and you respond with frustration and self-directed anger, emotionally beating yourself up! “I should've done better!” “I really suck!” “This meet ruined my whole season!” etc.

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How to Talk About Mental Wellness with Your Athletes

By TrueSport, August 8, 2019

It can be a daunting task, speaking to your athletes about mental wellness. It’s a sensitive topic and one that can’t be tackled lightly. Knowing that, psychiatrist Dave Conant-Norville, MD, shares some valuable tools and tips on how to start the conversation about mental well-being with your athlete, and how to keep those conversations moving forward.

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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.


Natural is not always safe. Here are four reasons why you should still exercise caution if you see “all natural” on a supplement label learn more at Supplement411.


Did you check the status of your medication on ? That's the first step in determining if you need to apply for a TUE or not. Check out the other steps:

Living a Balanced Swim Life - Part 1

 By Will Jonathan, USA Swimming Contributor, August 14, 2019

It was Allison Schmitt, an 8-time Olympic medalist for Team USA, who said a very important swim-quote that I think all swimmers need to really listen to and absorb. She said:

“Swimming is such a small part of life. Yes, I love it. But at the end of the day, it’s just a sport. Whether you finish first or last, you’re still loved by the same people, and you still are who you are.”

A perspective like this isn’t always very-well accepted within competitive sport, even swimming. The common perception is that, to be successful in something, one must treat the sport as if it were their very existence—the sole reason they wake up each day and the absolute most important thing in their life. It has to be an obsessive passion. While having a passion for swimming is certainly an important, and even necessary, ingredient to excel at it and do well, even too much passion is a bad thing.

Psychologically, there are two different forms of passion. And, these two different forms of passion comprise what is called The Dualistic Model of Passion. Let’s take a look at these two different forms of passion, and we’ll start with the first one:

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3 Reasons You Aren’t Doing What You Say You Will Do

By Amanda Crowell, TEDxHarrisburg, January 9, 2019

Amanda explores how to move beyond mindset-driven defensive failure and into productive failure to succeed at the problems you struggle with the most. Amanda Crowell is a cognitive psychologist, university professor at the Hunter College School of Education, speaker and coach. Dr. Crowell works with teachers, therapists, and mission-driven entrepreneurs to clear away mindset blocks and move into action. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Listen to the 17 minute TedTalk:

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Positive Ways to Thrive During Change

By Jon Gordon,, August 10, 2019

Watch the 1:49 video: 

Words Matter

By Jeff Raker, Level Up Leadership, USA Swimming Official, August 2019

While strolling the deck at USA Swimming Summer Nationals in beautiful Palo Alto, CA on the campus of Stanford University, I heard a lot of words being spoken by athletes. These were the elite athletes of USA Swimming, and five other countries.

Words matter. The words we say, we hear every one of them. This is some of what I “overheard":

“I hope I don’t mess up.”

“I hope this goes better than last time.”

“This isn’t going to go well.”

Then I also heard:

“That was pretty good but I know I’ll go faster tonight.”

“I know what I can work on for the next time.”

Whether on a pool deck, in a dugout, on the sidelines or in a huddle; around the mat, during a time out, at halftime, or approaching a jump ball, words matter.

Words create focus for us, either for what we need to do or distracting us toward what we want to avoid. The body follows the brain. Athletes have a choice to focus on what they DON’T want to happen or what they need to DO in the race or play ahead. It’s a choice over which each of us has control.

The Message You Send to Your Kid When You Complain About Their Coach

By Jason Bacigalupo,, April 03, 2019

From a coach's perspective, one of the more frustrating situations in youth and high school sports is when parents undermine coaches by openly complaining about them to their child. The inclination to turn car rides or dinnertime into a referendum on the perceived quality of the coach is never productive. It doesn't benefit the child, and it's exasperating for the coach. The same could be said for complaining to your child about their teachers.

Parents and coaches will not always see eye-to-eye, but those disputes can be effectively managed by both parties. Confusion arises when parents openly complain to their child about the coach or teacher. Foremost, which adult should the child listen to? Most kids will naturally gravitate toward the parent and away from the coach or teacher. When they do so, their capacity to accept coaching and criticism is greatly weakened. Why should they respect their coach or teacher when their parent clearly does not? The end result is a child who lacks the ability to take responsibility for themselves, who learns to shift blame, and whose growth and development both in sports and in life are ultimately stunted.

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