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    2nd Coaches Roundtable set for October at the RAC Columbus Day Meet - guest coach will be Michael Brooks from YY.

    2015 Coach Mentoring Program - We want to challenge you!!!
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    Dear Maryland Swimming Coach,

    Overcoming Failure

    John Wooden once said, "The team that makes the most mistakes probably will win." Mistakes often result from pushing the envelope, taking chances, stretching limits, growing and learning.

    Coaches who overreact to mistakes cause their players stress and make them so nervous about mistakes that they end up making even more. Or, players become so intent on avoiding mistakes that they play too tentatively to make the great play.

    Coaches should help their players go for greatness. Let them know mistakes are OK, especially if they learn from their mistakes and continue giving full effort.

    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

     Is this you??? "10 Things Coaches are Always Saying" - click here to watch


    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