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Volume 17 - 04/22/2016

  1. Olympic Team Trials Qualifiers - Updated Statistics
  2. Three Tips for Combatting Cortisol
  3. Top Myths About Sugar Substitutes
  4. GoSwim Video: Freestyle – PASA Push offs
  5. Five Ways to Inspire Your Team
  6. How Adults Take the Joy Out of Sports (And How We Can Fix It)
  7. Building Your Self-Motivation Muscles
  8. Unleashing The Learning Machine
  9. The Leadership Gap: What You Need, And Still Don’t Have, When It Comes To Leadership Talent
  10. A Stanford Dean on Adult Skills Every 18-year-old Should Have

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"The actions you take a year or more in advance can have as much impact on the outcome as what you do the day before."
~Tom Coughlin

Olympic Team Trials Qualifiers - Updated Statistics

By USA Swimming Stats Team, April 18, 2016

The U.S. Olympic Team Trials get underway in 65 days in Omaha. There are currently 1660 qualified swimmers in what will be the fastest meet on U.S. soil since 2012. Entries continue through June 20th. 

This graphic tells displays more information about those that have qualified for the Olympic Trials.

Three Tips for Combatting Cortisol

By Dan McCarthy, USA Swimming High Performance Consultant, April 16, 2016

In a discussion with some National Team athletes at last weekend’s Arena Pro Swim Series at Mesa, the topic of stress was ever-present. 

Stress for a small population of athletes is a very real thing as we sit 10 weeks out from Olympic Trials. No athlete has a guaranteed spot on the USA Olympic roster, but some have a better chance than others at grabbing one of the two individual spots in each event.

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Top Myths About Sugar Substitutes

By Chris Rosenbloom, PhD, RDN, CSSD, April 18, 2016

Andrew (not his real name) is a 15-year-old swimmer who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 6. He controls his diabetes with insulin shots, monitors his blood sugar, and eats a healthy diet. At swim practice he was drinking a diet soft drink and was told by another swimmer’s mom that he was “killing himself” by drinking diet soda because the artificial sweetener in the drink was “toxic.” 

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GoSwim Video: Freestyle – PASA Push-offs

By Glen Mills, GoSwim, April 2016

Click here to watch the new GoSwim video. Looking for more technique videos? Look here: 

Push-offs may seem like a no-brainer, but check out the more than 50 videos that focus on them:

While visiting Palo Alto Swim Association, Coach Tisha showed us many cool techniques in her teaching. Here's a very simple one.

Why do it:

When working with developing swimmers, sometimes you need to get the point across of WHAT NOT TO DO. When teaching streamline, if the swimmers aren't getting it, show them the opposite of what you want.

How to do it (these are pretty self-explanatory... Create resistance):
1 - Push off in the "Y"
2 - Push off in the "T"
3 - Push off in the "A"
4 - Push off in the "X"
5 - Get back to the "I"

How to do it really well (the fine points):

This is the standard OVER-TEACHING used very often by teachers. Show them the extremes of the little mistakes they're making, like hands apart, or feet apart during the streamline.

Have them check how far they go each time to further make the point of the proper streamline being THE WAY to leave the wall.

Five Ways to Inspire Your Team

By Ken Sterling, Incentivemag.com, April 15, 2016

Every great team needs a leader who can get high-level work done on his or her own -- that's you, right? But when the success of a large project is at stake, everyone in the group needs to pull their weight. While workers should have their own motivations, you won't get the absolute best out of them without compelling them to go above and beyond what might typically be expected.

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How Adults Take the Joy Out of Sports (And How We Can Fix It)

By John O'Sullivan, Changing the game project, April18, 2016 Published in Coaching, High School Sports, Parenting, Youth Sports

(Editor’s note: While talking with a coach this week, the coach was talking about the discussions in the ride home and while the coach was talking…This parent of two had tears welling up as they were talking. Profound long term affects.)

We have all seen it.

I was recently watching a 12-year-old boys soccer game, and I saw it again. Like a deer in the headlights, the left defender on the blue team was seemingly stranded on the field and unsure where to go or what to do. He turned to one sideline, where his coach is urging him to “step up, get tight on your man, don’t let him get the ball and turn.”

He turned to the other sideline, and there is his dad, telling him to “drop off, that player is faster than you, don’t let them play it in behind you!”

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Building Your Self-Motivation Muscles

Are they sculpted or flabby?
By Liz Wendling, Business Coach, February 1, 2016

It happened again. On Monday, you wrote out a to-list for the week but procrastination took over and won again. You got fired up to start a project but you were unable to keep the fire burning. Most likely you chalked it up to a lack of willpower. You hit another motivational slump. It’s time to start building your self-motivation muscles.

Motivation is the desire to do something. Shockingly simple! It’s not some magical ingredient that gives us the power to do whatever we want; it’s simply the desire to want to do it. Motivation is there, or it’s not.

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Unleashing The Learning Machine

By Trevor Reagan, TrainUgly.com, April 2016

There is a TON of information out there about growth mindset. We talk a lot about what it is and why it matters. But exactly how to build one, have one, and teach one does NOT get enough love. From our travels we’ve discovered that this is really the missing piece of the puzzle. It’s easy to teach growth mindset and show why it’s so important…

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The Leadership Gap: What You Need, And Still Don’t Have, When It Comes To Leadership Talent

By Jean Leslie, Director Strategic Initiatives, The Center For Creative Leadership

The Leadership Gap: What You Need, And Still Don’t Have, When It Comes To Leadership Talent 

Over a decade has passed since we were first introduced to concerns regarding a shortage of leaders. Who can forget the countless surveys that indicated a significant decline in the confidence in leadership bench strength. Or the reports that leadership skills gaps were a top concern among talent management professionals and CEOs alike.

Common causes leading up to leadership shortage concerns included recruiting wars for talent, the retirement of large numbers of baby boomers, changes in the nature of work, and poor organizational practices identifying, selecting, and developing talent.

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A Stanford Dean on Adult Skills Every 18-year-old Should Have

By Julie Lythcott-Haims, Author of NYT bestseller, Quartz.com, April 13, 2016

This question originally appeared on Quora: What are the skills every 18 year old needs? Answer by Julie Lythcott-Haims, Author of NYT bestseller How to Raise an Adult; former Stanford dean; podcast host.

1. An 18-year-old must be able to talk to strangers

Faculty, deans, advisers, landlords, store clerks, human resource managers, coworkers, bank tellers, health care providers, bus drivers, mechanics—in the real world.

The crutch: We teach kids not to talk to strangers instead of teaching the more nuanced skill of how to discern the few bad strangers from the mostly good ones. Thus, kids end up not knowing how to approach strangers—respectfully and with eye contact—for the help, guidance, and direction they will need out in the world.

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Volume 14 - 03/01/2016

  1. Do You Still Need Tickets For Trials?
  2. Regional Coach Clinics
  3. Top Reasons for Young Swimmers to Avoid Dietary Supplements
  4. Tune into Facebook for Live Coverage of the Fitter and Faster Sharks & Minnows Tank
  5. 13 Ways to Build Culture
  6. Early Sport Specialization Versus Diversification in Youth Athletes
  7. USADA Update
  8. Five Ways to Leave a Legacy
  9. Valuing the Daily Process of Improving
  10. The Integration & Quantum Influence of Eddie Reese

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Quote of the week:
“ Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it.”
~Rene Descartes

Do You Still Need Tickets For Trials?

 

As the 2016 qualifying season approaches, PrimeSport is your destination for tickets for the U.S. Olympic Trials - Swimming. The ‪#‎RoadtoRio just got a little bit more exciting! 

Check it out now by visiting PrimeSport at www.primesport.com for more details:

Regional Coach Clinics

Registration Is Open

The Regional Coaching 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 $75 per coach or $200 for a coaching staff of 3 or more. Our clinics are priced to encourage participation by the entire coaching staff. 

Syracuse, NY: April 15-17, 2016
Edwardsville, IL: April 15-17, 2016
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Top Reasons for Young Swimmers to Avoid Dietary Supplements

By Chris Rosenbloom, PhD, RDN, CSSD

You’ve probably read about tennis athlete Maria Sharapova using a banned substance, meldonium. This substance was only recently added to the World Anti-Doing Agency (WADA) banned substance list, and Sharapova said she had been taking it for many years. It is used to treat heart problems, but it also can enhance exercise performance and has been under watch by WADA for a while. 

USA Swimming as a strict regarding dietary supplement use and tells all swimmers that if you take supplements you “take at your own risk.” You can read more on the statement at 

Even though the policy is clear, and we always take a “food first” approach to fueling performance, I get a lot of questions from parents and swimmers asking for advice on supplements that will help them gain weight, get lean, reduce fatigue and swim faster. So, besides discouragement from your sport governing body and stories of athletes, like Sharapova, losing eligibility and endorsements, here are my top reasons why young athletes should avoid supplements:

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Tune into Facebook for Live Coverage of the Fitter and Faster Sharks & Minnows Tank

 

Be sure to tune into USA Swimming’s Facebook page on Saturday, April 2 at 10:50 – 12pm MST as Fitter Faster Swim Tour presents the Sharks & Minnows Tank live from the 2016 #SwimBiz Conference. Grosse Point Gators Swim Club (Grosse Point Park, MI) Hurricane Aquatics (Coral Gables, FL), King Marlin Swim Club (Edmond, OK), Pelican Athletic Club (Mandeville, LA), Pikes Peak Aquatics (Colorado Springs, CO), and Pony Express Swim Team (Savannah, MO) will give live pitches with the best idea to grow participation in swimming through a marketing, communications or social media plan during this summer’s Olympic period. The will be awarded for the best plan to grow a swim team, while being sustainable and measurable. 

The grand prize winner will receive a $3,000 grant to support their grow the support initiative and two runner-up will earn 1,000 each to support their cause.

13 Ways to Build Culture

By Alan Stein, DeMatha High School, Coachestoolbox.net, March 2016

These two lists were written by Alan Stein

Alan is the Performance Coach at DeMatha High School.

I hope this gives you an idea or two that you can add to what you do or just a different way to present your program’s values to your fellow coaches and to the players.

13 Ways to Build Culture

Successful programs have created a palpable culture, sound habits and high standards:
1.Program > Team > Athlete
2. Players and coaches talk to each other, not at each other. Big difference. 
3.No one is perfect. Mistakes will happen on and off the field/court. Learn from them.

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Early Sport Specialization Versus Diversification in Youth Athletes

 

The purpose of this article is to discuss the different opinions regarding the validity of early sport specialization as opposed to diversification, specifically the effect these two methods have on injuries, motor development, skill acquisition, and social and psychological aspects. 

Full Article: 

This article provided courtesy of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

USADA Update

Coaches: Please share with Athletes and Parents!

New to drug-testing and have questions?

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Five Ways to Leave a Legacy

By Jon Gordon, John Gordon.com, March 28, 2016

In "Training Camp" I wrote that every one of us is going to leave a legacy. It just depends on what kind. So what kind of legacy do you want to leave? I encourage you to think about it because knowing how you want to be remembered helps you decide how to live and work today. Consider the following ways to leave a legacy and then identify other legacies you can share.

1. A Legacy of Excellence - Saint Francis of Assisi said, "It’s no use walking anywhere…

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Valuing the Daily Process of Improving

By Zac Boisvert, Coachestoolbox.net, March 2016

Coach Zak Boisvert has put together some notes on the coaching philosophy of Alabama Football Coach Nick Saban. I hope the notes can have a positive impact on your program. All coaches can learn something, regardless of what sport we coach.

PROCESS

“We’re not going to talk about what we’re going to accomplish, we’re going to talk about how we’re going to do it."

“We don’t talk about winning championships, we talk about being champions."

-“I’m tired of hearing all this talk from people who don’t understand the process of hard work—like little kids in the back seat asking ‘Are we there yet?’ Get where you’re going 1 mile-marker at a time."

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The Integration & Quantum Influence of Eddie Reese

By Chuck Warner, with Dana Abbott & Scott Hammond, Swimming World Magazine, March 26, 2016

Many consider John Wooden, the UCLA basketball coach who won 10 NCAA team basketball titles in 12 years, to be the greatest coach of any sport of all time. He is one of the rare individuals whose achievements at the pinnacle of a sport are matched with his ability to influence lives. Eddie Reese’s 12th NCAA Men’s Swimming title justifies the comparison of the two, as among the very best there has ever been.

One of the key traits that the two coaches clearly share is the Integration of the Spiritual with the Material, or more simply put, Integrity. Unknown to many is that Wooden, born and raised in Indiana, applied for coaching jobs not just in the Midwest, but also in Los Angeles. The Hall of Fame player preferred to raise his family near his Midwestern roots but his integrity led him to UCLA. On an appointed night, Wooden expected to hear from the University of Minnesota athletic director and then UCLA. A snowstorm prevented the Minnesota AD from calling him to offer their head coaching position at the prearranged time. Meanwhile, UCLA called and Wooden, needing a job, accepted.

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Volume 7 - 02/12/2016

  1. 2016 Registration Information
  2. MEMORANDUM: NCAA Division I Competition Scoring Rules*
  3. GoSwim Video: Freestyle – Bama Balance & Connection
  4. 2016 Zone Select Camps Assistant Coach and Assistant Manager Position
  5. National Open Water Select Camp Assistant Coach/Manager
  6. Surf Omaha Adds Exciting New Wave to 2016 Aqua Zone at U.S. Olympic Trials – Swimming
  7. What Swimmers Can Learn From Sprint Runners
  8. Omaha to Host A Free Mini Build a Pool Workshop
  9. What Does A Supplement Label Really Mean?
  10. The Rocky Road of Excellence

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“The thing that makes you say, 'I want to do something' -- that is the beginning of talent."
~Stella Adler, actress and teacher

2016 Registration Information

From our Director of Risk Management and our in-house Legal Counsel

When completing the annual club application form, clubs and organizations must list any and all of the legal entities and business names associated with the club and all facilities used by the club in order to ensure timely processing and resolution of insurance claims. Satellite clubs that operate with a different legal name than the parent club must be listed on the parent club’s application form. If our insurance company receives a claim from an entity or facility that is not listed on the USA Swimming club application form, the claim may be denied. Questions about insurance coverage should be directed to George Ward.

Thank you.

MEMORANDUM: NCAA Division I Competition Scoring Rules*

In regards to Club Swimmers competing in meets with college swimmers
FROM: Lindsay Mintenko, USA Swimming National Team Managing Director, February 3, 2016

USA Swimming athletes are often swimming against college teams in competitions through the U.S. Please see the rule below regarding scoring of these events. Separate scoring of these events need to be taken into consideration during the academic year, at any level competition where universities are participating. 

Any student-athlete participating on the outside team must adhere to the provisions of NCAA Division I Bylaw 17.31.1.7 [Competition as Individual/Not Representing Institution] if the competition will occur during the academic year. If 17.31.1.7 is being used, scoring does not have to be separate, as the student-athlete is not representing his /her institution in competition. 

Secondly, the level of competition (e.g., national or lower level) does not affect the analysis. Division I Bylaw 13.11.1.3 is concerned with the age on the individuals competing. If the individuals are prospect-aged (i.e., ninth grade and above), institutions must be aware of NCAA recruiting concerns.

Representing the Institution: 

If the student-athlete (SA) is representing the institution (e.g., receiving expenses to participate, competing with the varsity team, wearing the uniform, etc.) the SA’s participation against prospective student-athletes (PSAs) is governed by Bylaw 13.11.1.3. NCAA legislation considers swimming and diving to be an individual sport. Per the rule, an institution’s varsity team may compete in the same open event against PSAs provided the event does not keep team scoring or team scoring separates the varsity team and the team including PSAs. 

13.11.1.3 - Competition Against Prospective Student-Athletes -- Sports Other Than Football.
In sports other than football, an institution's varsity intercollegiate team may compete against a two-year college team but may not compete against a high school or preparatory school team. An institution's varsity team may not participate in a contest against an outside team (e.g., non- scholastic team) that includes high school prospective student-athletes except for permissible contests while on a foreign tour, exempted contests against a foreign team in the United States and the U.S. national team. In individual sports, it is permissible for an institution's varsity team and an outside team that includes prospective student-athletes to participate in the same open event, provided the event either involves no team scoring or the event uses team scoring such that the institution's varsity team and the outside team are in separate scoring categories. Sub-varsity teams are not bound by this prohibition. [D] (Revised: 8/5/04, 1/9/06 effective 8/1/06, 2/26/07, 9/18/07, 1/16/10 effective 8/1/10, 4/29/10 effective 8/1/10; a contract signed before 8/14/09 may be honored)

Not Representing the Institution (Competing Unattached): 

If the SA is competing in an open event unattached, the SA can use Bylaw 17.31.1.7 to compete during the institution’s academic year; however, the SA may not represent the institution in any way (see above). Under this analysis, the SA may compete against PSAs without being subject to impermissible recruiting implications. 

17.31.1.7 - Competition as Individual/Not Representing Institution.
It is permissible for a student-athlete to participate in outside competition as an individual during the academic year in the student-athlete's sport, as long as the student-athlete represents only himself or herself in the competition and does not engage in such competition as a member of or receive expenses from an outside team.

*The views presented in this memorandum are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the NCAA. USA Swimming accepts no liability for the content of this memorandum or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided. Questions, concerns or requests for additional information should be directed to the NCAA.

GoSwim Video: Freestyle – Bama Balance & Connection

 

Click here to watch the new Freestyle GoSwim video. Looking for more technique videos?Visit here.

While visiting the University of Alabama this week, Coach Jonty Skinner shared a method for building better balance and connectivity in freestyle.

Why do it:
In the ever changing environment of water, the internal knowledge of how to adjust your body to achieve constant connection and balance, sometimes takes putting strain on the connection in order to understand how the arms are connected to the legs.

How to do it:
1 - Take a sponge and a paddle. Start by overloading the opposing ends by putting a paddle on one hand, and connecting the sponge to the opposite foot. The drag of the sponge will highlight the connection between the two.
2 - Have the swimmer swim a few lengths of freestyle, focusing on the skating/gliding position, extending and gliding, while maintaining their balance and a constant kick. Switch the paddle and sponge for the next round.
3 – Lose the sponge and move on to swimming freestyle with paddles on both hands. Continue to focus on skating/gliding and the depth of the hand as the swimmer rides their propulsion while holding their balance and line in the water. The longer the delay between impulses, the more pressure will be placed on the connection, balance and line on the body in motion.
4 - Drop the paddles, and swim a length focusing on skating, and then move to a smooth swimming rhythm.

How to do it really well (the fine points):
Balance; head position; hand extension, direction and depth; constant kick; managing the anchor positions; feeling the extension equally to both sides; just begins digging into the details of this exercise. Consistency of rhythm and a gradual path to maintaining the feeling of balanced flow into swimming also encourage the swimmer to think, and focus on the details. Keep it slow and smooth, and don't power through the pull or kick... but focus on continuous flow even with the sponge putting a strain on the left to right connection on one side.

2016 Zone Select Camps Assistant Coach and Assistant Manager Position

Application Closes March 1st

The 2016 Zone Select Camps will be held in May/June and the assistant coach and assistant manager positions are filled through an online application process. Applicants for these positions must complete the online application form by March 1, 2016. Applicants are to apply for the camp in their own Zone. If you are interested in one of these positions, please click on the correct link below and complete the form by 3/1/16. If you have any questions, please contact Bill Krumm or call 719-866-3582  719-866-3582.

Eastern Zone Select Camp Assistant Application Form

Central Zone Select Camp Assistant Application Form 

Southern Zone Select Camp Assistant Application Form 

Western Zone Select Camp Assistant Application Form 

For more information on the 2016 Zone Select Camps, click here.

National Open Water Select Camp Assistant Coach/Manager

Application Closes on Monday February 29th

National Open Water Select Camp Assistant Coach/Manager 

USA Swimming offers 24 of the country's best distance swimmers the opportunity for a unique motivational and educational experience. The National Open Water Camp is an integral step for athletes to move from the pool to Open Water and then to the international scene.

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Surf Omaha Adds Exciting New Wave to 2016 Aqua Zone at U.S. Olympic Trials - Swimming

 

USA Swimming is bringing a new signature attraction to highlight the Aqua Zone at the U.S. Olympic Trials – Swimming, with the addition of Surf Omaha, a portable indoor surfing ride. The ocean waves will come to the Aqua Zone, where attendees will enjoy testing their skills by surfing or boogie boarding their way through the waves while friends and family watch from the observation deck.

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What Swimmers Can Learn From Sprint Runners

By Russell Mark, USA Swimming National Team High Performance Consultant

The act of running and racing each other has existed as long as mankind. Compared to swimming, running has been studied and perfected more because of that innate nature, and it’s easier to measure the interaction between the body and the ground as opposed to the body and water moving all around us.

The idea of learning from our land-based sister sport isn’t a new one, but I’ve personally never explored it. Track & Field’s Olympic tradition in the U.S. is just as rich and successful as swimming. In October 2015, I set out to learn from the best at a USATF Sprint & Hurdles Summit. The summit was attended by the best sprint coaches in the country, and while I wanted to learn about training methodology, I was very surprised to be enlightened about technique.

Here are some basic principles of biomechanics for track sprinters that I found relatable to swimming:

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Omaha to Host A Free Mini Build a Pool Workshop

 

The USA Swimming Facilities Department and Myrtha Pools will host a Mini Build and Program (your) Pool workshop to be held at Olympic Trials July 3rd, 2016 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

Topics will include programming precedes design update, pool project size and importance of equipment selection. After the Q & A there will be a behind the scenes tour by Myrtha Pools to see the Olympic Pool’s structure. 

No charge for workshop if you preregister by June 15. Please email Sue Nelson

What Does A Supplement Label Really Mean?

By USADA

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The Rocky Road of Excellence

By John O’Sullivan, Changing The Game Project, February 10, 2016

“How many of you want to be a college athlete?” I asked this question to 3,000 middle school students in Southern California recently. In all, about 1,000 kids raised their hands.

“What about an artist? A singer? What about a musician?” Maybe 500 students raised their hands.

“What about running a business? Raise your hand if you want to someday own your own business.” 1,500 future entrepreneurs put their hand up.

“How many of you want to go to college?” Almost every hand went up.

“Simple questions, right?” They nod. I continued, “Many people ask themselves ‘what do I want to do in life?’ But I want to let you in on a secret. Many people never end up following their passion, or working in a field they truly love, or achieving excellence in sport or academics. Most people are unfulfilled because they ask themselves the wrong essential question. They ask ‘what do I want to do?’”

“’What do I want to do’ is not very helpful question to ask.” I pause and make eye contact with a few students. “Why? Because it elicits answers such as ‘I want to go to college’ or ‘I want to be a college athlete’ or ‘I want to have a great job.’ But everybody wants those things. That question doesn’t make you any different from the 99%.”

What was I getting at here?

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Volume 36 - 09/04/2015

  1. USA Swimming Announces 2015-16 National Team
  2. Private Lesson Insurance
  3. Mastering Discouragement and Disappointment
  4. SafeSport Renewal
  5. Make a Splash Regional Summits
  6. Design Group International to Review Zones and LSC’s
  7. I’m Speaking in English and You’re Listening in ‘Dingbat’
  8. One Billionaire's Secret to Success
  9. The thoughts From An Elite Performer
  10. The ComplacencySelf-Assessment

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~Epictetus (55-135 AD) Greek Philosopher

USA Swimming Announces 2015-16 National Team

Nation’s best swimmers honored for top-six performances in 2015

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – With world-record holders and Olympic gold medalists Missy Franklin (Centennial, Colo./Colorado Stars), Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md./Nation’s Capital Swim Club), Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla./SwimMAC Carolina) and Michael Phelps (Baltimore, Md./North Baltimore Aquatic Club) headlining the roster, USA Swimming announced this week the 107 members of the 2015-16 National Team.

The complete USA Swimming National Team roster, which is comprised of the top six swimmers in each Olympic event, can be found online here.

“The USA Swimming National Team represents the highest level of swimming in the United States,” said Frank Busch, USA Swimming National Team Director. “Heading into an Olympic year, this group of dedicated athletes will positively represent our country and aim to build on the National Team’s tradition of success in and out of the pool.”

Ledecky, who won five gold medals and set world records in the 800- and 1500-meter freestyle events at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia, earned a National Team roster spot with top performances in the 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle events for the second straight year.

Franklin is one of three swimmers to earn a National Team spot in four events, as she qualified in the 100m and 200m free and 100m and 200m back. She is joined on the women’s side by Hali Flickinger (Spring Grove, Pa./Athens Bulldog Swim Club/Georgia; 200m free, 400m free, 200m fly, 400m IM). Jack Conger (Rockville, Md./Nation’s Capital Swim Club/Texas; 100m free, 100m back, 100m fly, 200m fly) is the lone male to earn National Team status in four events.

Veterans Lochte and Phelps qualified for the squad in three events each. Lochte claimed a roster spot in the 200m free, 200m back and 200m IM, while Phelps qualified in the 100m fly, 200m fly and 200m IM. Phelps posted the world’s top times for 2015 in each event.

The 2015-16 USA Swimming National Team By the Numbers:
• 107 2015-16 National Team members (53 women, 54 men)
• 29 states represented; California leads the way 16 on the roster
• 50-plus USA Swimming clubs represented; SwimMAC Carolina is tops with 11 swimmers
• 14 swimmers qualified for National Team status in three-plus events
• Three swimmers qualified for National Team status in a team-high four events
• 23 first-time National Team members

The USA Swimming National Team is comprised of the six athletes with the highest world rankings in each Olympic event from the combined results of all USA Swimming or FINA sanctioned meets from Jan. 1, 2015, to Aug. 10, 2015. Complete selection details can be found at usaswimming.org.

Open water National Team members qualified with a top-six finish in the 10-kilomter race at the 2015 USA Swimming Open Water National Championships. The open water roster is led by 2016 U.S. Olympic Team qualifiers Haley Anderson (Granite Bay, Calif./Trojan Swim Club), Sean Ryan (Chattanooga, Tenn./Club Wolverine) and Jordan Wilimovsky (Malibu, Calif./Team Santa Monica/Northwestern).

Benefits offered to USA Swimming National Team members include reimbursement for travel to USA Swimming Arena Pro Swim Series meets and training camp opportunities. Select athletes are eligible for monthly assistance and elite athlete health insurance. A full list of opportunities available to members of the National Team is available online at www.usaswimming.org

Private Lesson Insurance

 

Many USA Swimming member coaches want to give private lessons to non-USA Swimming members. We get the request quite a bit. There is now an instructor program for those coaches who want to give private lessons on the side. It can be at a public pool or instructor’s residence. This is not affiliated with USA Swimming but made available direct from RMS, you will still need to purchase excess accident to go along with the Instructor coverage. Both GL and Excess Accident can be found here:

This is different from the club learn to swim insurance coverage that is purchased by the club for summer swim lessons, learn to swim camp, etc…

Individual Instructor Insurance:

Learn to swim Insurance:

Mastering Discouragement and Disappointment

By Dr. Alan Goldberg, Competitivedge.com

If you are a serious athlete and have big dreams to go far in this sport, then there's one thing that I can promise you will always be in your future, right between you and those big dreams: FAILURE.

That’s right, failure, along with its emotional co-pilots, frustration and disappointment.

What do I mean by this? The road that you must follow to finally reach your BIG swimming goals will frequently pass through this unpleasant experience with all its uncomfortable emotions. There is really no other way to go from today to your dreams without any number of disappointing setbacks.

Learn more:

SafeSport Renewal

 

USA Swimming Safe Sport is excited to announce the release of the Athlete Protection Training Renewal Course!
ü It is a brand new, 30-minute, scenario based course
ü It will be required of all renewing non-athlete members when their current APT      certification expires
ü For members whose APT certification expires in 2015, the deadline to renew is 12/31/15
ü The requirement will be good for 24 months from 12/31/15

If you don’t know when your APT certification expires, check your Deck Pass.

The course is available now at www.usaswimming.org/apt Fill in your first & last name and birthdate and follow the prompts. You will be redirected to Praesidium’s site. The name of the course is “Athlete Protection Training Renewal Course”. Select the course and complete it all the way through to the quiz. SWIMS will update your member record.

Contact us at safesport@usaswimming.org or mvail@usaswimming.org if you have questions.

Make a Splash Regional Summits

 

The USA Swimming Foundation provides many benefits to our Make a Splash Local Partner network, the newest addition is the Make a Splash Regional Summit. This half-day event provides an opportunity for Make a Splash Local Partner swim lessons providers to come together and network, learn best practices, and participate in professional development with their peers. The USA Swimming Foundation will host two Make a Splash Regional Summits annually, with host sites rotating amongst geographic regions for ease of access to our Local Partner network.

Our first-ever Make a Splash Regional Summit was held on March 11, 2015 in Dallas, TX and included information on marketing best practices, establishing partnerships, incorporation and utilization of volunteers, and an inspirational, keynote presentation from 1996 Olympic gold medalist, Ryan Berube.

When: September 29, 2015

Where: Cleaver Family YMCA 7000 Troost Avenue Kansas City, MO 64131
Who: Make a Splash Local Partners and Learn to swim providers

Review Agenda:

Register here:

Design Group International to Review Zones and LSC’s

 

At the 2014 USA Swimming Governance Committee’s open forum, the membership inquired about the role, purpose and function of Zones and LSCs. Frank Swigon, Governance Committee Chair, and Cherita Gentilucci, LSC Development Chair, appointed representatives to work in partnership to develop a plan to evaluate the status of Zones and LSCs.

A subcommittee was formed to submit a proposal to the USA Swimming Board of Directors, create a Request for Proposal for consulting services, vet firms and make a recommendation to the Board.

In May 2015, the Board approved the proposal, issued a charter to guide the LSC/Zone Study Task Force’s work and called for President Sheehan to appoint members. The purpose of the task force is to develop a plan to strengthen LSCs and Zones, while maintaining an athlete-centric focus. The proposal is consistent with USA Swimming’s current Quad Plan emphasis on strengthening LSCs and Zones.

The LSC / Zone Study Task Force met August 22 for the purpose of defining our process and selecting a consulting group in accordance with the charter from the USA Swimming Board of Directors. The Task Force is pleased to announce an agreement with Design Group International (DGI) as our partner in developing, conducting and implementing the study.

DGI will engage LSC and Zone members in different ways, creating opportunities for in-person and electronic engagement. DGI will utilize the current programming calendar for USA Swimming as points for observation, engagement and data collection. DGI will begin the process at United States Aquatic Sports Convention, attending committee meetings, Zone meetings, the HOD and other gatherings.

The task force will maintain communication with all stakeholders and the Board of Directors, review the study progress regularly and develop a suggested implementation plan after the study is complete. If you have questions, please direct them to the task force members according to your zone:

Western Zone
Larry Johnson
Van Donkersgoed
Todd Adams

Eastern Zone
Arlene McDonald
Amy Schulz

Central Zone
Paul Thompson
Dave Anderson

Southern Zone
Liz Kershaw
Wayne Shulby

Pat Hogan serves as staff liaison to the task force.

I’m Speaking in English and You’re Listening in ‘Dingbat’

By Dr. Tony Alessandra Platinum Rules for Success, August 29, 2015

Remember the famous TV show, “All in the Family?”

“Edith do you know why I can’t communicate? Because I’m talking in English and you’re listening in dingbat!” Well, maybe Archie Bunker could benefit from learning how to communicate in “dingbat”! Then, he could mentally change places with Edith to understand her expectations instead of just his own.

Every day I face the potential for conflict or success with different types of people. Conflicts are inevitable, but the outcome from how you handle dissension is much more controllable. At the very least, you can manage your end of it. You can choose to treat somebody from his perspective, the way he wants to be treated by modifying your own behavior; or you can choose to meet only your own needs – facing consequences such as dissatisfaction, frustration, confusion and distress. It’s up to you.

Modify your spots

“Modify my behavior? Hey, I don’t want to change! And I hate phonies!”

I’m not talking about changing a leopard into an elephant. I mean acting in a sensible, successful way. When someone wants to move at a faster pace, move at that pace. If others want more facts and details, provide them.

Learn more here:

One Billionaire's Secret to Success

By Dave Ramsey, EntreLeadership, August 26, 2015

Dave asks a billionaire entrepreneur for his key to winning in business. Check out his video to hear the answer. We guarantee it's not what you think.

Watch the 1 minute video here:

The thoughts From An Elite Performer

By Master Chief Stephen White, USN S.E.A.L.S.

Here is an excerpt from a talk at the ISCA Clinic this past week in Clearwater Beach, Florida. Does this resonate with coaches and athletes?

I had to envision a dream.
The dream of being a champion. A master passion that governed me.

I had to discipline my body to do what I did not feel like.
Feelings were submitted to vision.

I had to co-exist with discomfort and being stretched.
Physical and emotional toughness were requirements.

I had to submit to authority… that I often didn’t care for.

I had to be a team man.
I had to bend with others, encourage others, and recognize them.

I had to do short term things that had no immediate recompense in order to attain to an ultimate success.

I had to master certain skills.

I had to maintain poise when hopelessly beaten just to keep a standard

I had to come back after extreme discouragement.

I had to finish… the evolution/practice, the game, the season, the scholarship. I could not quit.

I had to follow rules that other people didn’t because I wanted something beyond me.

I had to do something with excellence just because of personal pride in who I was.

I had to represent a unit/school and a group of people with distinction.

I had to master certain skills.

I had to maintain poise when hopelessly beaten just to keep a standard

I had to come back after extreme discouragement.

I had to finish… the evolution/practice, the game, the season, the scholarship.
I could not quit.

I had to follow rules that other people didn’t because I wanted something beyond me.

I had to do something with excellence just because of personal pride in who I was.

I had to represent a unit/school and a group of people with distinction.

Live higher than the crowd. Have a moral standard that sets you apart.

Achieve. Let each year take you intellectually higher and physically higher and farther. Let no day/week/year pass without a sense of growth.

Be a team man able to work under authority.

Live on purpose. Not just on passions and instincts.

The Complacency Self-Assessment

By The C12 Group, August 2015

The downside of prolonged success is that too often, we fall into habits about how to get things done. The tendency toward complacency and its frequent companion, a growing entitlement mentality, has destroyed many an organization. Take a moment to quiz yourself with this eye-opening self-assessment.

1 Has your company experienced growth for three or more consecutive years? If so, how many years have you seen growth?
2 How important is seniority in your calculation of pay and bonuses?
3 How do your key people see the value of seniority? When a raise or promotion is proposed for an employee, how often do you hear, “He’s a loyal long-termer”?
4 Answer these three questions with a brief comment:
a) What do you celebrate and reward most often?
b) What are you most likely to praise about employees when talking to other employees?
c) What do your direct reports urge you to reward?
5 How much innovation are you experiencing from your team? Do you have a method for collecting, evaluating, and implementing new ideas and innovations?
6 Do you get as many new ideas submitted as you did a year ago? As many as three years ago?
7 Do you have more or fewer rules compared to two years ago?
8 Do you have job descriptions? Do you use them?
9 If you have job descriptions, would you say they limit or enable people’s contribution to your company’s successful accomplishment of key objectives?
10 How frequently do your people avoid tasks by claiming, “It’s not my job”?
11 Do you experience upward delegation from your direct reports (i.e., asking you to make decisions that you’ve authorized them to make)?
12 Are meaningful performance reviews conducted throughout your company (i.e., do they directly impact merit increases, training, and promotions)? Do your team members generally look forward to them?
13 When it comes time to allocate profit-sharing or bonuses, do you give them based on
a) Position and/or Seniority, or
b) Performance against goals/standard?
14 When you give promotions, raises or bonuses, how do your employees respond? Are they:
a) Thankful, fully understanding the basis,
b) Take them for granted, or
c) Confused and/or desire more?
15 Have you ever fired team members for lack of performance?

Your honest answers to these questions will help you determine where you are on the complacency continuum. Based on your own evaluation, rate yourself from 1 to 15 where 10-15 equals an entrepreneurial spirit within your company (no entitlement thinking, but instead employees view themselves as owners in the organization) and 1-5 indicates severe complacency (employees view themselves as deserving promotions and freedoms due to their longevity).

Do you see tangible signs of complacency? Complacency doesn’t stand a chance.

Learn More: visit.c12group.com/email

Copyright © 2015 The C12 Group, All rights reserved

 

 
Date: May 1, 2015 9:46 AM
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Volume 18 - 05/01/2015

  1. The Chuck Wielgus Blog: #CoachesAre Mentors
  2. Lessons Learned at the 2015 National Junior Team Camp
  3. Safe Sport Impact Award
  4. Swim-A-Thon™ Funds Help Save Lives!
  5. The Role of Parents in Athletics
  6. A Modern Approach to Traditional Sponsorship Agreements
  7. A Growth Mindset Workshop
  8. How To Control Someone Else's Arm With Your Brain
  9. Five Reasons Athletes Don’t Do Mental Training
  10. Building trust: It’s Not A One-and-Done Deal

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"Double your rate of failure … failure is a teacher – a harsh one, perhaps, but the best …”
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The Chuck Wielgus Blog: #Coaches Are Mentors

Written by Frank Busch

Coaches play several roles in the lives of their athletes, involving responsibilities far beyond the pool deck. 

Those coaches who have been able to help their athletes reach maximum performance are likely to be very familiar with the concept of mentoring. 

A coach with effective leadership skills is often viewed by his or her athletes as a mentor, which is to say that the athletes view their coach as a wise and trusted counselor as well. In the mentoring process, a coach understands his or her own personality and is able to find the best path to relate on a very personal level to each individual athlete.

Coaches also benefit from having mentors. Early in my career, starting as a teenage summer league coach, I did not have coaching mentors. My substitute was watching how various club coaches handled their athletes and how various athletes responded to coaching styles and personalities. Those observations helped me become a better coach.

As my own style and confidence evolved as a college coach, I became especially interested in University of Texas head coach Eddie Reese. His methods were very appealing and I learned a lot of leadership traits from him. He was always able to put his athletes at ease and, as a result, they appeared to respect him and enjoy him. 

As I watched him coach and asked him questions, Eddie helped me feel that I could trust my own leadership skills and be true to my own personality and strengths.

As I became a more experienced coach, I dedicated more time and effort to getting to know my athletes – their hopes and fears and unique motivations. Becoming a trusted source of counsel helped my athletes and me work together more smoothly in training and in competition. 

At the same time, I always understood that coaching is not about being an athlete’s closest friend. It is about establishing a culture and a structure of trust and reliable leadership.

Helping athletes overcome challenges in and out of the pool constitute some of the best memories I now have as a coach. I also draw great career satisfaction from the relationships that I built with other coaches, from seeking their mentorship and being a source of guidance as well.

Lessons Learned at the 2015 National Junior Team Camp

By Katie Arnold, USA Swimming High Performance Consultant

Three weeks ago, we hosted our annual National Junior Team Camp here at the OTC in Colorado Springs, and with more than 80 athletes in attendance, this year’s camp was our largest to date. Maintaining a focus on our “Awareness and Achievement” theme, we tried to expose these athletes to new ideas and experiences that they could then incorporate into their own personal journeys to success. 

Reflecting back, the concepts below popped up frequently during the different presentations and activities, and are what I consider the main takeaways from camp. The common thread for these concepts is that neither is swimming-specific and each one can be applied to many different facets of life.

Small Changes Make a Big Difference: Making huge changes can often seem difficult and overwhelming, and many people quickly become discouraged and give up. The key here is to break down the desired result into small, manageable pieces. If you want to improve your dive, start with your set up on the block, then move on to the arm-pull initiation before refining the entry and underwater transition. If you want to have more consistent training, focus on improving your nutrition and recovery in order to allow you to train harder.

Try Something New: A common pitfall of early success is that many people get stuck in the mindset that whatever got them to that point is what they have to continue to do. I’ve heard countless coaches and athletes use the old cliché “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.” Unfortunately, this mentality can place a ceiling on overall performance. Our best athletes are those who are willing to get outside their comfort zones and try new things. Whether you are incorporating a new style of dryland training, changing your stroke technique, or trying a new recovery tool, the important thing is to be willing to try new things and then have the patience to see them through.

Safe Sport Impact Award

 

We are accepting nominations for the Safe Sport Impact Award through June 7, 2015! The purpose of this award is to recognize significant contributions by an individual or group who has contributed to the fulfillment of the Safe Sport Committee mission: To safeguard all members of USA Swimming from sexual, psychological, emotional and physical abuse. This award is presented annually at the United States Aquatic Sports Convention. For further information about the eligibility and selection process and to access the nomination formplease go here.

Swim-A-Thon™ Funds Help Save Lives!

 

Not only does your club team get those new lane ropes they’ve been hoping for, but the 5% donated back to the USA Swimming Foundation helps save lives! USA Swimming Foundation uses the money donated back to give grant awards to our Make a Splash Local Partners to bring the lifesaving gift of free or low-cost swim lessons to children across the country! So when you host a Swim-a-Thon, you are not only raising funds to build a stronger team at home, you and your athletes are helping to give kids across the country the same great experience in the pool. 

A very special THANK YOU to the following clubs for donating more than 5% of their fundraising dollars to the USA Swimming Foundation in 2014:
• Academy at the Lakes Badger 
• Aquatics Club Boonville 
• Aquatic Dolphins
• Broadlands CSL Piranhas 
• Cedar Rapids Aquatics Assoc. 
• Chicago South Swim Club
• Colorado Athletic Club 
• Cornwall Sea Dragons 
• East Aurora Swim Team
• Falls Aquatic Swim Team 
• Friends' Central Aquatics 
• Huntsville Nadadores Swim Club
• King Aquatic Club 
• Lakewood Aquatics 
• Leesburg Aquatics Club
• Longmont Swim Club 
• Malibu Seawolves 
• Oak Forest Swim Assoc.
• Portage Porpoise Swim Club 
• Rolla Fins Swim Club 
• Shoreline Lightning Swim Club
• Team YES! Aquatics of Houston 
• Wiregrass Ranch High School

The Role of Parents in Athletics

By Bruce Brown, Proactive Coaching.com

"Coaches and parents... First, teach them to love the game. Second, teach them how to play it. Third, teach them how to compete in that sport. If you get these out of order or rush the process, it is very likely you will have one of the 70% of kids in this nation that drop out of sport by age 13."

Watch this excellent 45 minute video:

A Modern Approach to Traditional Sponsorship Agreements

By Scott R. Branam, Athletic Business, April 2015

The sports industry continues to grow exponentially in the United States, and with that growth comes an increased interest for local and national businesses and organizations to affiliate with sports teams through sponsorship relationships. As this trend continues, the nature of the relationship between a sports property and a business will continue to evolve. For years, businesses were satisfied with simply having their name associated with a sports property, but today, businesses are demanding more return on the sponsorship relationship. They want to know how the sponsorship relationship will benefit their brand.

As such, it is important for sports properties to understand this shift in dynamics surrounding the sponsorship relationship. When entering into sponsorship contracts with a business, sports properties should keep the following considerations in mind.

Read more:

A Growth Mindset Workshop

By Train Ugly.com, April 23, 2015

My mom is awesome. My mom is also a PE teacher and she spent the last two weeks doing a growth mindset workshop with her students. The before and after results were pretty amazing!

Before the workshop started she gave each student a short ‘growth mindset checkup.’ This is a series of questions that helps to measure our mindsets. The checkup gives students a score between 8-48.

Lower scores between 8-24 = a fixed mindset
Mid-range scores between 25-32 = a neutral mindset
High scores between 33-48 = a growth mindset

She then spent a couple of weeks teaching the students about the growth mindset. She showed them Eduardo Briceño’s TED talk, discussed Carol Dweck’s studies, had them watch our V-Essay on learning, printed off our ‘values’ posters, and let Seth Godin preach to them about being ‘thirsty.’ We’ve put ALL of these resources together in what we call TheGrowth Mindset Playbook.  It’s still a work in progress but I think it’s a nice collection/roadmap to help create a growth mindset within yourself and others.

At the end of the workshop she administered the checkup once again. Check out the results!

How To Control Someone Else's Arm With Your Brain

By Greg Gage, TedTalk, April 28, 2015

With Neural learning being a hot topic I thought you might enjoy this talk by Greg Gage who is on a mission to make brain science accessible to all. In this fun, kind of creepy demo, the neuroscientist and TED Senior Fellow uses a simple, inexpensive DIY kit to take away the free will of an audience member. It’s not a parlor trick; it actually works. 

You have to see it to believe it. Only 6 minutes!

How will this change coaching in the future?

Five Reasons Athletes Don’t Do Mental Training

By Dr. Jim Taylor, April 28, 2015

Over the many years that I’ve been working in the field of sport psychology, I have championed the benefits of mental training for sports to thousands of athletes. This work has ranged from talks to junior programs to ongoing consulting with individual athletes and teams.

As many of you know from my dozens of articles on this subject, I emphasize a practical approach that likens mental preparation to the physical conditioning and technical and tactical work that is also required for sports success. This focus stresses that, like the physical and on-field (or course or court) aspects of sports, the only way athletes can benefit from mental training is when it is used in an organized and consistent way.

My work offers athletes easy-to-understand and practical tools, such as mental imagery, breathing, routines, and keywords, that can be incorporated readily into every part of your overall training program.

Read more here: 

Copyright © 2015 Jim Taylor, Ph.D.

Building trust: It’s Not A One-and-Done Deal

By Jennifer V. Miller, SmartBlog on Leadership.com, March 10th, 2015

What role does trust play in employee engagement? It’s a fairly large one, according to this Towers Watson research.

The study cites leaders’ ability to “earn the trust and confidence” of employees as one of the top drivers of employee engagement. There is also compelling evidence that trustworthiness has ties to ethics, which significantly ups the stakes. According to research conducted by The Ethics Resource Center (ERC), organizations with a clear “ethical culture” — which the ERC defines as a leadership group’s “commitment to open and honest communication, positive ethical role modeling, and accountability” — scored higher on employee engagement scores. These findings hold true for both senior management teams and direct supervisors.

If ethics, trust and employee engagement are inextricably linked, then all people with leadership roles must put trust-building on the front burner. Trust isn’t a “one and done” endeavor; it requires continual investment in the leader-employee relationship. The five actions below comprise an excellent start to making a daily effort towards building your leadership trustworthiness.

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SwimToday Kits Are Back!

The SwimToday Promotional Kits are back for 2015! This year’s kit includes new posters, exclusive SwimToday partner offers, a mini-book with swimming tips & tricks, and tons of free giveaways for swimmers and parents. The kit is free but supplies are limited so apply now to guarantee your kit! Click here to get started.

 

Thank You Palo Alto Stanford Aquatic Club!

 

A special thank you to the Alpine Hills Palo Alto Stanford Aquatic Club for donating 100% of their USA Swimming Foundation Swim-a-Thon proceeds back to the USA Swimming Foundation! Your generous donation of $10,135 supports the sport of swimming, from learn-to-swim programs to the Olympic podium. You are helping us save lives and build champions-in the pool and in life!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Olympic Moms Share the Benefits of Swimming

Local age group mom Nancy Moreno and three Olympic moms D.A. Franklin, Mary Gen Ledecky, Jeannine Leverenz gathered at the Arena Pro Swim Series at Mesa to share why those chose the sport of swimming. Here is a great article on the event written by a local mommy blogger from Raising Arizona Kids! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USA Swimming Hires New Sports & Diversity Inclusion Consultant

We are excited to announce a new member of USA Swimming staff! Juan Caraveo has been hired as the Sports and Diversity Inclusion Consultant to help clubs to implement and enhance the impact of their diversity and inclusion programs. Read more about Juan here.