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    A coach can be one of the most influential people in your child’s development. That’s why we all want the best coach for our kids. Here are nine traits that great coaches have in common…

    Courtesy of Elizabeth Wickham
    Coaches come in all sizes, personalities and abilities. Their job is a tough one.
    They work at dawn, at night and most weekends. They don’t have a ‘normal’ schedule
    like most of us enjoy. Their job is in a fish bowl where they open themselves up to
    scrutiny by all of us. When they aren’t on deck, they work on administrative duties
    like meets, workouts, and structuring the year in macrocycles and mesocycles.


    What we observe and many parents comment on is a coach’s style. Since we all have different personalities, we appreciate some styles more than others, and often prefer ones similar to our own. If a coach is talkative, quiet, stoic or fierce, those traits are not the best way to figure out ability. My kids had many different coaches throughout years of aging up and having coaches leave the sport or move. They each had different strengths—and my kids learned something valuable from each and every coach.

    A coach can be one of the most influential people in your child’s development. That’s why we all want the best coach for our kids.

    Here are nine traits that great coaches have in common:


    Honesty — This goes without saying that good coaches are honest and have integrity. We expect our coaches to be good role models for our kids and walk the walk.


    Passion — A passionate coach loves swimming. If they put 110 percent into their coaching, then they expect your swimmer to care as much, too. Their passion will keep your swimmer trying through all the hard times like missed cuts, injuries or plateaus.


    Communication — Think of all the different people a coach communicates with. Swimmers of all ages and abilities, parents, media, city officials, other coaches and administrators. Good communication skills, writing and speaking, keeps information flowing.


    Great listener — Being a good listener is part of communication, but also a separate part of coaching. What I’ve read about great coaches is that they listen to what an athlete is saying, and also figure out what they mean.


    Knowledgeable in the sport — There’s a lot more to coaching than standing at the edge of the pool and saying, “Go.” You want a coach that is always learning, sharing information with other coaches. You want a coach who understands training cycles and that all swimmers are different and have different needs as far as training and tapering.


    Organizational skills — You want a coach who is organized and shows up to practice prepared. A good coach has a plan for the season and the entire year. They appreciate the value of goal setting and will help your child reach their goals.


    Caring about the athlete as a person — Great coaches care about their swimmers. They want to help get them into college. They ask how they are doing, not only with swimming, but in school. Coaches understand that swimming teaches life lessons that will help their swimmers become amazing adults in and out of the pool.


    Uses failure as life lessons — A coach understands when a swimmer is disappointed with a swim. But, they can use this temporary failure to motivate and teach the swimmer what they can do next time to improve.


    Inspiring — An inspirational coach will motivate your swimmer to be the best he or she can be. They will challenge your swimmers to do more than they thought was possible. Most of all, an inspirational coach will teach your swimmers to believe in themselves.


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    1. Is a swimmer who leaves the wall in a position at or past vertical toward the breast and performing butterfly kicks considered to be performing butterfly and thereby be in violation of the rules? NO – for a swimmer to be considered to be swimming in the style of butterfly, they would have to perform butterfly kicks as well as a double arm pull and recovery over the water.
    2. Is a swimmer who leaves the wall at or past vertical toward the breast and performs a breaststoke kick and then a breaststroke pull in violation of the rules during freestyle leg of a medley event? YES – even though the swimmer violated the breaststroke rules which require the stroke cycle to be a pull – then kick, the swimmer would be swimming in the style of breaststroke since they performed both a breastroke pull and a breaststroke kick which are the fundemental elements of breaststroke.
    3. Is a swimmer who rolls to a position toward their back after leaving the wall during the freestyle leg of the individual medley or medley relay to fix their goggles (or any other reason), in violation of the rule? YES - If the swimmer is moving through the water in a position toward the back during the freestyle leg of a medley race, they should be disqualified since they swam backstroke for more than ¼ of the medley race.


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    Dear Maryland Swimming Coach,

    Russell Mark // National Team High Performance Consultant

    Last month, Adam Peaty of Great Britain became the first person under 58 seconds in the 100m breaststroke and smashed the world record by over a half second in the process.  Only 8 other people have ever been under 59 seconds in the 7 years since it was first done, and yet Peaty is already forging ahead to new territory.


    Here are 3 things that all breaststrokers and aspiring breaststrokers can learn from Peaty’s race 

    1. Violently lunge forward with your body, hands, and arms on every stroke.
      To do that, shoot your hands and arms forward, and jab your head and chest forward into the water.  Don’t squeeze your hands and elbows together so they can stay out of the way of your body.
    2. Increase tempo during the 2nd 50m of your 100m breaststroke.
      All of the best 100m breaststrokes in history follow this pattern.  To increase tempo without spinning your arms, just glide less and bring your heels up faster (set up the kick quicker).  Don’t try to increase tempo by spinning your arms faster.
    3. No matter how fast your breaststroke tempo is, you still have to get in a good line.
      Make sure your head still gets completely between your arms as you extend forward.  A common mistake in sprint breaststroke is that many swimmers just try to pull faster, but you have to maintain your technique and keep your head/body surging forward completely, along with your arms.


    What athletes look for in a coach to USA Swimming article

    2 Minute Drill for Coaches from the Positive Coaching Alliance
    Dear Maryland Swimming Coach,

    Respect for Self

    PCA's acronym to help remember how to Honor the Game is ROOTS (respect for Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates and Self). The "S" in ROOTS may be the most important. Respecting yourself, at least in part, means setting and adhering to your own personal standards.

    That is an important lesson for coaches to teach youth athletes, and key to doing so is living up to YOUR standards. If you set the standard, for example, that your team does not harass officials, then live up to that standard, not just to get favorable calls, but because it is your job to set an example for your players in adhering to their standards.

    What can Youth Sports learn from video games? Click to read

    Cultivating Team Leaders

    You will want to identify players who are leaders and others you can help develop into leaders. Youth have a way of communicating with each other that adults just cannot replicate, so it is often useful to let players lead in team meetings, practices, games and social situations. It will help all your players to hear voices of leadership other than yours.

    Having athletes on your team who are leaders will improve your team's results. Plus, an important part of your role as a Double-Goal Coach® is to help youth become leaders who can lead beyond sports.

    Health Care for Coaches and Officials click for information

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    Safe Sport Literature

    As adults who interact with children on a daily basis, there may come a time when a child turns to you for support for abuse that is taking place in their life. Child abuse can take many forms and while it does not always lead to injuries that you can see, it can result in severe emotional harm that can have long-lasting effects. Please refer to a handout from the Office for Victims of Crime for information about what to do should this happen. The handout is titled ‘What Adults Need to Know about Child Abuse’ and you can access it here. As trusted adults, we can have a very positive impact and be a huge support for children who are suffering.


    Coaching Clinics

    Club Reimbursement for Coach Clinic Attendance: MSI will reimburse any MSI club up to $4000 per year for coach attendance at either the annual ASCA World Coaches Clinic, the annual Eastern States Coaches Clinic or the USA Regional Coaches Clinic. Reimbursement is based on refunding of clinic registration fee, transportation and hotel. Receipts must be provided.


Coach Certification Info


    New STSC Skills

    This skills sheet can replace the STSC in-water skills session done with an ARC instructor and therefore can replace the ARC STSC certification itself if accompanied by the STSC Online Content Only certification. If the coach cannot find an ARC instructor to provide the full STSC course, an instructor from one of the agencies listed on the Skills Sheet can work with the coach and sign the form. The coach must complete the STSC Online Content Only course, print the certificate and present it at the time of the skills demonstration. This new procedure was approved by the Operational Risk Committee at convention and can be used starting immediately by coaches who need to renew STSC and do not have an acceptable lifeguard certification.

    The coach and the instructor are required to sign the form and falsification of this document may constitute a Code of Conduct violation. It is not your responsibility to question the validity of the instructor's signature unless you have reason to do so. In that event, contact the agency that certified the instructor and try to confirm that the instructor's certification is valid and that the skills session did take place.

    A copy of the STSC Online Content Only certification and this signed Skills Sheet should be sent to the LSC Registrar; together, they complete the STSC requirement. The STSC expiration date will always be the one on the STSC Online certification because this one will always expire first.

    General Info