Coach Connection Newsletter #37 - September 13, 2019

Coach Connection Newsletter #37 - September 13, 2019

 | Monday, September 23, 2019

2019 State of the Sport

September 10, 2019 

Change. We have experienced it, bared witness to it, and sometimes hesitantly embraced it. But it is a natural evolution and one that, if mindfully done, helps strengthen and refine our purpose.

Over the last 12 months, in partnership with the USA Swimming Board of Directors, I have continued to challenge our organization to look at how we do business and how we serve our membership. I have asked our teams not only to speak with one voice but to listen, learn and understand where we can improve and change.

We continue to keep the athletes at the core of everything we do at USA Swimming. They are our reason for being here and the drive behind our decisions. We have focused on developing the right processes to further protect, care for and develop their physical and mental well-being, from grassroots to gold medals.

We are all immensely proud of USA Swimming’s strong legacy and recognize that the best way to honor and celebrate it is to avoid complacency, and continually focus on building and improving upon it.

USA Swimming will continue to lead our industry in every aspect of business planning, people, policies, operations and performance. We have made significant investments in athlete protection, information technology, events, and sport development to provide enhanced services and remain nimble, creative and responsive.

We are united in our transformation by four common goals, also referred to as the ‘Ends’, set forth in partnership with the USA Swimming Board of Directors. The Ends are a successor to the USA Swimming governance change and establish the values upon which all decisions are made.

1. COMPETITIVE SUCCESS: USA Swimmers Achieve Sustained Competitive Success at the Olympic Games and other high-level international competitions

2. PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT WITH SWIMMING: There is growth in public awareness of and interest in swimming participation

3. SUCCESSFUL ATHLETES, COACHES AND CLUBS: Members have Resources for Sustainable Success

4. RECOGNITION OF USA SWIMMING: USA Swimming is recognized as the “Best in Class” NGB

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USA Swimming Names Scholastic All America Team

Over 1,600 high school swimmers earn distinguished honor

Following the conclusion of the 2018-2019 swim season, USA Swimming today announced the names of 1,634 high school swimmers who have been selected to the 2018-2019 Scholastic All America Team.

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Application to Serve on a Committee

Unless otherwise specified in USA Swimming Rules and Regulations, the Board Chair shall appoint all standing committee members and chairs. 

Standing committees are: Athletes, Investment, Audit, Credentials/Elections, National Board of Review and Nominating. Operational committee members and chairs will be appointed by the President/CEO or his designee. If you are interested in serving on a committee, please complete the form below no later than Sunday, September 29, 2019. In order to be considered for an appointment to a committee, you must be a current member of USA Swimming.

Committee terms are staggered over four years with 1/4 of each committee rotating annually in most cases. Committee appointments made this year will be four years (ending in September 2023) unless otherwise noted. Please do not complete the form for those committees on which you are currently serving unless your term will expire at this convention. 

Committee chairs are annual appointments unless otherwise noted in the rulebook.

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Top Tips for Choosing Plant-based Proteins

By Chris Rosenbloom, PhD, RDN, USA Swimming Contributor, September 9, 2019 

It seems as though everyone has a heavy appetite for plant-based everything, and swimmers are no exception. A recent survey found that 70% of consumers view protein from plant sources as more healthful than protein from animals, but is that true? Swimmers who want to build, maintain, and repair muscle are often confused as to the best protein source because marketing for plant-based protein doesn’t always give the complete picture.

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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.


Anti-Doping 101 has all the info you need if you're new to USADA drug testing. Check it out before your next competition.

Prescribed a new medication by a doctor? Or looking for something over-the-counter to treat a cold? Whatever it is, make sure to check the status of the products on GlobalDRO.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Spotlight

September 2019 

This month’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion spotlight focuses on combatting unconscious bias.

What is Unconscious Bias?

By definition, unconscious bias is when social stereotypes about certain groups of people are formed by individuals outside their own conscious awareness.

It’s important to note that everyone has bias and, in some cases, we may not even realize that our bias comes out when we are making quick decision. For example, think of what you would do if a teammate was about to throw a cap of full water at you. Your first reaction would (probably) be to jump out of the way.

These kind of reactions or thoughts are made by our automatic, or unconscious, mind. Often, they are driven by our past interactions and experiences - You may have had a cap full of water thrown at you in the past, so you know now to automatically jump out of the way when you see it happening again. Sometimes, because of our past interactions and experiences, we may also form unconscious preferences for certain people or groups of people.

Tips to combat unconscious bias

Take the Implicit Associations Test (IAT). There are many different categories of tests that you can take.

Be aware of your language Instead of saying “Hey guys!”, substitute one of these terms instead: friends, folks, everyone, colleagues, team, you all.

Optimize diverse exposure opportunities Include positive images and words of diverse groups in the workplace such as posters, newsletters, videos, reports or podcasts to combat exposure to negative stereotypes.


Be willing to hold others and yourself accountable when bias occurs.

Lastly, to promote an equitable and inclusive environment, it is best to avoid using assumptions when dealing with others. Think about trying to slow down your decision making, reconsider your reasons for deciding, and aim to find commonalities between groups of people.

How to Welcome New Teammates

By TrueSport, September 7, 2019

Being the new athlete on a team can be one of the scariest experiences for a young athlete, and as a coach, you have the power to improve – or worsen – the situation. While you’re likely busy running practices and preparing for competition, taking time to help new athletes assimilate onto your team can shape an athlete’s entire sporting experience. Dr. Tasha Belix, a registered psychologist, shares best practices on how coaches can prepare themselves and their team for new members.

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USA Swimming Announces 2019-2020 U.S. National Team Roster

By USA Swimming, September 4, 2019 

Following a 2019 summer highlighted by four international events and 152 medals, USA Swimming today announced the names of 115 swimmers who will be named to the 2019-2020 USA Swimming National Team.

The full USA Swimming National Team roster, which is made up of the nation’s top six swimmers in each individual Olympic event, can be found here.

USA Swimming Announces 2019-2020 U.S. National Junior Team Roster

By USA Swimming, September 11, 2019

USA Swimming announced the names of 83 youth swimmers who will represent the 2019-2020 U.S. National Junior Team. The team increases in size by 16 swimmers from last year’s National Junior Team and is made up of 46 women and 37 men.

"Looking at this roster, there is a lot to be excited about,” USA Swimming National Junior Team Director Mitch Dalton said. “In addition to the 19 of our 18-and-under athletes who qualified for the National Team, the talent on this year’s National Junior Team shows that club coaches and athletes are gearing up for an exciting Olympic year. I look forward to seeing what this group can accomplish in Omaha and beyond."

The team can be found here.

5 Practical Articles for Transformational Leadership 

By J.P. Nerbun,, August 15, 2019

For over two years I’ve published an article every week. From my experience, the articles people appreciate the most are the one’s offering practical advice based on scientific research and the experience of other leaders. Bottom line: People want solutions. Below are my five most practical articles giving you solutions to the most common challenges transformational leaders face today. I’ve also included my top articles for athletes and parents.

Improve Your Communication: 3 Simple Ways to Give Great Feedback

Raising Standards: How to Never Have a Bad Practice

Transformational Discipline: The 4 Steps of Transformational Discipline

Create a Great Player Experience: 7 Ways to Love Your Reserves

Working with Parents: The Conversations I Want To Have with Parents

Article for Your Players: If You Couldn’t Play At All…

Article for Your Parents: The Top 5 Ways to Support Your Child in Athletics


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