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Explore The World Clinic Exhibit Hall – Swimming’s Largest Trade Show

The Exhibit Hall at the ASCA World Clinic is the world’s largest swimming-specific trade show. With approximately 80 companies on hand, attendees can examine the latest swimming-related technology, equipment and services.   Discover new products that can decrease expenses and increase revenues.  Do some comparison shopping, talk directly to your providers to get answers to questions, and meet others who are using or considering a product or service you are researching.  No matter what you seek, the Exhibit Hall is the place to get immediate answers and solutions to issues within your organization.

At this year’s Aquatics Exhibition, take some time to visit with your team dealer or renew your club contract with one of the brands.  Check out new inventions – in the form of training and technical tools – presented by professional swimming entrepreneurs.  Meet firsthand with the makers of supplements and ask the necessary questions to determine what’s right for your team.  Discuss with vendors the various technologies available to assist you in day-to-day management and administrative tasks.  Plan for your next team-hosted swim meet by making arrangements for apparel and awards.  Explore the various options for team training trips and see who can help you with travel logistics.  Need new timing equipment, lanelines, non-skid flooring, a water filtration system or better air quality in your facility?  Need a new facility?  Talk to some of the experts in the field, explore the various options available, and head back home with the knowledge and solutions you need to make a difference in your program.

The Exhibit Hall Grand Opening takes place on Wednesday evening, with the Welcome Party sponsored by Colorado Timing Systems.  The Exhibit Hall will remain open from 9am-5pm on Thursday and Friday, and 9am-3pm on Saturday.  A free box lunch will be served to all coaches in the Exhibit Hall on Saturday at noon.

Check out the 2011 Exhibitors

View a map of the Exhibit Hall

See the schedule of vendor presentations

Remember, the generous support of exhibitors helps make ASCA’s World Clinic the premier event for professional swimming coaches.  While on site this year, please step into the Exhibit Hall and take advantage of this opportunity to expand your professional network.

How To Make The Most Of Your Experience At The 2011 ASCA World Clinic

Whether it’s learning the basics of coaching eight and unders, or a high level discussion on race analysis of world-ranked athletes, every coach who attends the World Clinic will find something new to add to their swimming toolbox.  And the coaching instruction is just the beginning – the four day program is filled with a myriad of opportunities to mix with some of the most prominent names on the swimming landscape, to challenge yourself with differing philosophies and coaching perspectives, to gain insight into the business side and governance aspects of American swimming, and to see first-hand the products, services and tools available to take your coaching and your program to the next level.

The ASCA World Clinic is the most important event of the year for swim coaching professionals.  And to help you get the most out of the event, we’ve created this guide to prepare you for the adventure ahead.

Make a schedule.

Take a look at this year’s schedule and identify the talks, events and features you want to experience at the World Clinic.  Draft up a quick plan.  You don’t have to stick with it, but having someplace to start will make all the difference.  Plus, in the process of making your schedule, you may discover things you would not have come across otherwise. With so many presentations taking place simultaneously, it’s a good idea to determine ahead of time the speakers and topics that are most relevant to your coaching education and professional development.

 Find a friend.

Seek out fellow attendees/speakers who have some experience with the event to give you advice, guide you and even show you around. You’ll come away with a new connection or two. Sure, it’s easy to attend the same talks as the other coaches on your staff, but don’t be afraid to go at it alone and chat up coaches from other parts of the country.  While it may be easier to talk to only those people you know, make sure to make new contacts, too.  Approach small groups of people who don’t seem to be in intimate conversations.  Introduce yourself.  Ask questions.  Some of the greatest learning experiences you can have at the World Clinic come not from the actual presentations, but rather, the conversations you have in the halls, over lunch or during evening gatherings.  Use the World Clinic as a networking opportunity.  Listen to your colleagues. You’ll learn new ways to solve problems and do your job.

Study the map.

This is very important.  The Town and Country Hotel is a very large venue, and once you get here, you’ll want to hit the ground running.  Take a few moments and familiarize yourself with the facility prior to arrival.   Map of key locations.

Pack for every occasion. 

The World Clinic and Trade Show is more than just a conference.  You’ll be attending sessions, meeting new colleagues, networking at social events and perusing the Exhibit Hall.  Expect average weather temperatures in the mid-seventies, and bring a jacket or a hoodie for chilly classrooms and evening socializing.   Take at least one selection of business attire — meaning slacks, dress shirt, tie for guys; a skirt and blouse or tailored dress for ladies.  You certainly don’t want to disappoint Coach Peter Daland by showing up at the Awards Banquet with shorts and flip flops.  In general, you’ll want to look and feel your best, and present an image that you are a professional.  That means clothing you feel confident and comfortable in.  Remember comfortable shoes, so you can manage a lot of walking.  And, don’t forget to throw in a swimsuit – whether for hitting the hotel pool, the local beaches, or trying out the new Endless Pool Elite, featured in the exhibit hall.  You’ll also need some writing materials to take notes and a fresh stack of your business cards to hand out to new colleagues and exhibit hall vendors.

Pace yourself.

You will have the urge to hit the ground running and try to cram as much into your first day as possible. Resist it!  You will only be overwhelmed and disappointed with yourself that you don’t have the energy to go to that great evening event you had your heart set on. You may have to make some tough choices, but you’ll be glad you took your first day slowly.

Read the printed materials.

When you get your materials take a moment to look through them. Pay particular attention to the program book, timeline and exhibit hall map. These sets of information will be your lifeline at the World Clinic.  Review your plan, highlight the presentations most applicable to you, and pencil in time to explore the Exhibit Hall or catch a vendor presentation.

Take time to actually listen.

Attending the World Clinic – with four full days of talks and roundtables and featured presentations by the experts in our field – can give you so many new ideas and perspectives that your head will spin.  Don’t become so intent on taking verbatim notes that you actually forget to listen to what the speakers have to say.  Have a pen and notepad handy and write down key ideas or general observations.  Too much writing, and you won’t be able to think about the things you are hearing.  If you want each and every presentation transcript, order the World Clinic Yearbook, or download audio versions of specific talks via the ASCA website.

Attend the Awards Banquet.

The annual ASCA Awards Banquet, a Friday night event where the biggest names in American swim coaching gather to celebrate their successes, includes recognition for Coach of the Year, Age Group Coaches of the Year and Hall of Fame inductees. In addition, the Doc Councilman Creative Coaches Award is given to those who submit poster presentations detailing innovative coaching ideas.  The top three submissions receive cash awards.  ASCA’s Awards Banquet, a formal affair, celebrates the work we do within the professional coaching community.  Don’t miss out on this evening of celebration – reserve your seats today.  Get tickets (available for no additional charge with your World Clinic registration) by emailing Dianne Sgrignoli ( Space is limited to the first 400 coaches.

2011 ASCA World Clinic & Trade Show: Key Locations

Key Locations Map

Join Us In San Diego For The 2011 SwimAmerica Leadership Conference

2011 ASCA World Clinic & Trade Show

It’s almost time for 2011 ASCA World Clinic & Trade Show.  This year marks the 53rd time that more than 1,000 coaches will come together for professional education purposes.  Attending the ASCA World Clinic is one of the very few fast tracks to success.  Getting out and comparing notes with your peers, listening to keynotes and topic specific presentations, chatting up some of the world’s greatest coaches, and taking time to explore the technologies and services represented in the Exhibit Hall – all this can give you quite an advantage over the stay-at-home staff from across town.

So, what are you waiting for?  Register today!

ASCA World Clinic 2011
September 6-11, 2011  •  San Diego, CA
schedule  •  register

General schedule

Certification Schools:     Mon. 9/5, Tue. 9/6, Thu. 9/8, Fri. 9/9 and Sun. 9/11

World Clinic:      September 7-10  (Wednesday 1:00 p.m. – Saturday)

Exhibit Hall:   Wednesday Evening through Saturday
Check out the 2011 Exhibitors
View a map of the Exhibit Hall
See the schedule of vendor presentations

Hotel information
Town and Country Resort Hotel
500 North Hotel Circle
San Diego, CA  92108
tel:  (619) 291-7131
room rate:  $132 per night
online room reservations available here

The Top Three Reasons You Can’t Miss The 53rd Annual ASCA World Clinic

The ASCA World Clinic is a can’t miss event – each year, the World Clinic showcases coaches from the highest levels of our sport, willing to share with all their knowledge, insights and wisdom.  This year is no exception, with a lineup that includes Bob Bowman, Eddie Reese, Jack Bauerle and more.

But even more intriguing, this year, is what else is on the schedule.

Here are three must-attend talks for any coaching professional:

Councilman Memorial Lecture Series – Mr. Luis Lastra, US Navy Seals

The US Navy SEALS are sending Mr. Luis Lastra to the ASCA World Clinic to be the Doc Counsilman Memorial Lecture Speaker.  Mr. Lastra will discuss the SEALS methodology for teaching the components of composure under extreme pressure, mental and physical toughness and retaining Mission focus.  As swim coaches, we too are committed to building champions for life, and this talk is sure to provide meaningful lessons you can take home to your team.  The Councilman Memorial Lecture Series was formed in tribute to one of the swimming profession’s most revered figures, James “Doc” Councilman.  Each year, the lecture provides World Clinic attendees with a speaker from “outside” the coaching profession.  In this way, we hope to honor Doc’s concept that our best learning comes from outside our own immediate environment.

Age Group Track – Mission Viejo Age Group Staff

The Mission Viejo Age Group Staff, a combined force of young and dedicated coaches serving under the tutelage of Coach Bill Rose, will share the Nadadores philosophy and discuss how the team successfully promotes the development of a strong, well-rounded age group program that continues to produce elite 18 and under athletes.  The Mission Viejo Nadadores, one of the largest and longest continuously operating USA Swimming programs, recognizes the club development system as integral to achieving excellence.  Hear about the team’s unique organizational structure and the challenges and advantages of working within a large staff.  Learn how coaches Ad’m Dusenbury, Sarah Dawson and Bryan Dedeaux utilize coaching technologies and embrace positive teaching methods within dedicated peer-group practices.  From training sets to dryland, meet selection to motivation, these coaches will share intricate details of the very fabric that makes up the Nadadores Tradition of Excellence.

Technical Emphasis – Nort Thornton and the amazing things he’s done with breastrokers

After Coach Nort Thornton “retired” as coach of the Cal Berkeley Men’s team he stayed on as an assistant coach and focused on the breaststrokers.  The result?… His breaststrokers finished 1st, second, and fourth at last year’s NCAA Division 1 Championships.  Here is short article Nort wrote and a nice preview to his presentation at the ASCA World Clinic:  “My Thoughts of the New Breaststroke”… After coaching for fifty plus years as a head coach at the high school, country club, U.S. Swimming Club, Community College and NCAA division I levels, where I had sole responsibility of coaching the whole team on all of the four competitive strokes, I retired from the University of California at Berkeley where I have been for the last thirty-three years. I decided to volunteer to help out, and our present coach David Durden was kind enough to put me to work.   We decided that I could be the most helpful if I looked after the breaststrokers swimmers, so that is what I have been doing for the last two years.  It isn’t really work when you love what you are doing.

Don’t miss out on – register today!