Coach Connection Newsletter #34 - August 23, 2019

Coach Connection Newsletter #34 - August 23, 2019

 | Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Board of Directors - 2019 Nominees for Election 

The Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the nominees for election to the USA Swimming Board of Directors!

On September 14th, the House of Delegates will elect four (4) at-large Directors. Based on the composition requirements of the Board and the four seats being vacated by Board members whose terms are expiring, at least one coach member and at least one resident of the Central Zone must be elected in 2019. These two requirements may be met by the same individual. 

A synopsis of this year’s nominations process:

2019 United States Aquatic Sports Convention

The United States Aquatic Sports annual convention provides an opportunity for USA Swimming to gather all of its delegates together for the purpose of making decisions that will affect the future of our sport. We elect our officers, vote on rules and legislation, and discuss and plan programs that will continue our tradition of excellence in the sport of swimming. Please read here to get information on Rules, Zone Director nominations/elections, how to serve on a committee, Athlete information and much more. If you are not attending please let your LSC delegates know your thoughts.

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Can be a fundraiser that works year after year for your team! For an example, Look no further than the Seward Tsunami of Alaska. Since 2014, Seward Tsunami has raised $164,495 for their team by hosting Swim-a-Thons. You can find helpful hints on how to replicate Seward Tsunami’s success in our 2019 Swim-a-Thon Book. 

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What You Need to Know About Disordered Eating in Athletes

By TrueSport, August 15, 2019

According to the National Eating Disorders Association, among female high school athletes in aesthetic sports, 41.5 percent reported disordered eating. A study on female Division II college athletes showed that 25 percent had disordered eating and the numbers were similar for their male counterparts.

As a coach or a parent of a competitive young athlete, these statistics are scary — and eye-opening. Armed with this knowledge, though, there are a lot of things that we can do to help athletes navigate the tricky issues of eating to fuel their sport performance while developing a healthy relationship with food.

As a mental performance consultant with the Canadian Sport Psychology Association, a registered clinical counselor, and a former professional triathlete, Danelle Kabush, PhD, has spent years observing and helping athletes work through issues around disordered eating. Here’s what she wants parents and coaches to think about when it comes to disordered eating habits and young athletes.

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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.


We have some great resources on prescription medications and supplements. You can check your medications for prohibited substances on GlobalDRO and minimize your risk of supplement contamination by visiting our Supplement411 and look at the High Risk List.

There are some popular over-the-counter products used for everyday ailments can cause a positive test if used in-competition. Here's how athletes subject to antidoping rules can safely use products to treat a common cold. 


More parents give dietary supplements to kids. But experts warn about their potential danger via @washingtonpost

Living a Balanced Swim Life - Part 2

By Will Jonathan, USA Swimming Contributor, August 15, 2019 

Last week, we learned about having harmonious passion – the key to living a balanced swim life. If you missed it, read more about it in Part 1. 

If you think your passion towards swimming is a bit too all-consuming and leaning more towards the obsessive side of passion, here are some things you can do to help foster a more Harmonious Passion towards your swimming moving forward:

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.

Click here to select a talk/videos

Game over: Middle-class and poor kids are ditching youth sports

By Aimee Picchi, CBS News, August 15, 2019

Youth sports in the U.S. are diverging according to income -- more middle- and lower-income students quitting athletics while participation among wealthier children is rising.

The typical family with kids who play sports spends about $700 a year on fees, equipment and more, but some spend up to $35,000.

More public schools are also charging "pay-to-play" fees, pricing out some families.

Wealthier families often spend more on kids' sports in hopes of securing college admissions for their children.

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To Really Learn, Our Children Need the Power of Play

By Pasi Sahlberg / William Doyle, The Wall Street Journal, August 8, 2019

The U.S. can learn a big lesson from Finland’s education system: Instead of stress and standardized testing, schools should focus on well-being and joy

Five years ago, we switched countries.

Pasi Sahlberg came to the U.S. as a visiting professor at Harvard University, and William Doyle moved to Finland to study its world-renowned school system as a Fulbright scholar. We brought our families with us. And we were stunned by what we experienced.Learn more

Educational Opportunities Coming Up!

2019 Fall Regional Coach Clinic Registration is Now Open!

Enhance your coaching skill set at any of our Four Clinics in 2019

The Regional Coach 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 $89 per coach or $229 for a coaching staff of 3 or more. Our clinics are priced to encourage participation by the entire coaching staff.

Location Dates Clinic Location

New Orleans, LA

September 20-22

Courtyard by Marriott New

Orleans Metairie

Des Moines, IA

September 20-22

Sheraton West Des Moines


Albany, NY

September 27-29

Courtyard Clifton Park

For more information: 

10th Annual ISCA Hall of Fame Coaches Summit

August 27th-30th, 2019 

CLBMS 201 offered August 27th 1:00-6:00 pm

Call or email Dave Thomas to register:



·Carol Capitani (University of Texas)

·Gregg Troy (University of Florida – Retired)

·Jim Ellis (Salvation Army Kroc Aquatics) 

·Tom Himes (North Baltimore Aquatic Club)

·Doug Fonder (Virginia Gators)

·Sergio Lopez (Virginia Tech University)

·Chuck Katis (BODbx & Fmr USA National Team Member)

·Amanda Pope (Tidewater Adaptive Aquatics)

·Kim Brackin (Brackin Elite Swim Training)

·Dr. Rod Havriluk (Swimming Technology Research)

·Dr. John Heil (Swim Sport Psychology)

·John Barnes (Blackline Aquatics)

·Michael Brooks (Weymouth Waves)

·David Orr (Cascade Swim Club)

·Matthew Sprang (Greater Philadelphia Aquatic Club)

·Dr. Ernie Maglischo (Retired - Arizona State University)

·Jack Simon (Retired)

With Lectures Also By

Dr. Raúl Arellano · Dr. Didier Chollet · Dr. Robin Pla

Gordy Westerberg · Ryan Callan · Tim Hammond · Chris DeSantis

Tyson Wellock · Wojciech Dobrowolski · Richard Thorton · Cheryl Blenk

Register here 

The American Swimming Coaches Association 51st Annual World Clinic

Dallas, Texas, Sept. 3-8, 2019

Education, Information, and INSPIRATION for Coaches of all levels of athlete!

The Greatest Coaches Clinic in the World, for the 51st time! The “business meeting” revised as the “Coaches Forum!” for the important

Issues in American Swimming. The Annual Awards Dinner and special this year, The Head Olympic Coaches Dinner Reunion, (open to all)

From Learn to Swim to the Elite athlete, this is where coach education and inspiration takes place.

Huge Exhibit Hall “Christmas Morning for Swimming Coaches.”

Registration, Program information, additional schools offered, and Hotel Registration information is HERE.

Eastern States Swim Clinic

Take advantage of our early bird pricing and make your plans to attend the Eastern States Swim Clinic in Cherry Hill, NJ on October 5 and 6 at the Crowne Plaza.

All information about the clinic, including online registration, is available here.

Don’t delay – register NOW! Don’t forget to make your hotel reservations at the same time — call (888) 233-9527 special clinic rates.

The 2019 Clinic proudly offers the following prestigious line-up of speakers and the special opportunity to meet and work with Olympic swimmers Josh Davis, Elizabeth Beisel and Breeja Larson.

Bob Bowman: ‘16 Head Men’s Olympic Coach, ‘04, ‘08 & ‘12 Asst. Olympic coach & coach of Michael Phelps

Sarah Dawson: Age Group Coach Mission Viejo Nadadores, SoCal Age Group Coach of the Year ‘18

Alan Goldberg: Sports Performance Consultant & Author

Josh Davis: Olympian ‘96 & ‘00, three Gold, two Silver medals, American & World Record Holder

Elizabeth Beisel: 3x Olympian ‘08, ‘12 & ‘16, Silver & Bronze medalist, ‘13 World’s Bronze medalist

Breeja Larson: Olympic Gold medalist ‘12 & American record holder

Come learn from some of our country's best coaches and athletes! We hope to see you there.

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