Category Archives: American Swimming Coaches Association

ASCA and USA Swimming Team Up For The New England Coaches Clinic In Boston, October 7-9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASCA will offer the FINIS-ASCA Level 2 Stroke School on Friday morning through afternoon, October 7 as a preliminary event to the USA Swimming Regional Clinic which begins on Friday Evening and continues through Sunday morning.

There is limited room in the USA Swimming portion of the clinic, but still a few spots available.

There is LOTS of room in the Level 2 Stroke School.

ALL coaches are eligible to attend the FINIS-ASCA Stroke School. There are no prerequisites and the course is open to Non-ASCA members and non-USA Swimming coach members. (Everybody means everybody!)

This special edition Stroke School focuses on constructing and correcting strokes, starts, and turns for developmental swimmers of all ages. The emphasis is on progressions and teaching techniques.  This is a great course for coaches of novice swimmers – regardless if they are 9th graders on their first high school swimming experience or novice 9 year olds on the club team.  Even if you have already taken the Level 2 Stroke School, this course will offer new information directed toward the developmental swimmer.

Registration for the Stroke School is separate from the USA Swimming portion of the clinic.  Call the ASCA Office today and register for the Stroke School (800-563-4930).

Click here for complete ASCA and USA Swimming details and registration information.

https://www.swimmingcoach.org/pdf/2011%20New%20England%20Coaches%20Clinic%20and%20Level%202.pdf

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Awards Roundup & Notables — ASCA World Clinic & USAS Convention 2011

SAN DIEGO, CA–At the American Swimming Coaches Association’s (ASCA’s) annual World Clinic held earlier this month in San Diego, California, Gregg Troy was named the USA’s Coach of the Year for 2011. Troy’s work with Ryan Lochte, Elizabeth Beisel, Peter Vanderkaay and Dagny Knutson were cited in the honoring.

Also at the 2011 ASCA World Clinic, Richard Shoulberg was elected ASCA President for 2012. Four additional coaches were also elected to the organization’s Board for 2012-14 terms: Jack Bauerle, David Marsh, Tim Murphy and Eddie Reese.

JACKSONVILLE, FL–In USA Swimming related news, annual award winners were announced as part of last week’s 2011 United States Aquatics Sports (USAS) Convention, which featured the annual meetings of USA Swimming, US Masters Swimming, USA Diving and USA Synchro (USA Water Polo’s annual meeting is held at a different time of year). USA Swimming’s highest honor, the USA Swimming Award, this year went to Coach Richard Shoulberg. Additional swimming-related awards presented at the convention were:

-Coach of the Year: Gregg Troy, University of Florida

-Developmental Coach of the Year: Brian Brown, Hydro Swim Team

-Disability Coach of the Year: Jim Andersen, Black Dog Swimming

-Masters Coach of the Year: Chad Durieux, Rose Bowl Masters

 

-Swimmer of the Year: Ryan Lochte

-Open Water Swimmers of the Year: Ashley Twichell (female), Alex Meyer (male)

-Disability Swimmer of the Year (co-awarded): Mallory Weggemann and Marcus Titus

http://www.usaswimming.org/ViewNewsArticle.aspx?TabId=0&itemid=3753&mid=8712

 

Also as part of the Masters convention, Nadine Day was elected as USMS President for 2012-14, replacing Jeff Moxie; and the host of the 2013 Pan American Masters Championships was announced as Sarasota, Florida.

Don’t Miss Our Next SwimAmerica Training — Chicago, October 15, 2011

We are going to have a SwimAmerica Training on October 15, 2011 from 4:00-8:00pm in conjunction with the 2011 Advanced Backstroke Clinic on October 16, 2011.  If you would like to start your own SwimAmerica learn to swim program or if you have any questions, please contact me at jnitti@swimamerica.org.  The training information is below as well as some very important information as to “Why” you should be running a SwimAmerica learn to swim program.

 

SwimAmerica Training

Saturday, October 15, 2011 ~ 4:00-8:00pm ~ Hilton Rosemont Chicago O’Hare, 5550 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL  ~ 1-847-678-4488 ~ ASCA group rate $129 per night

 

WHY SWIMAMERICA?

SWIMAMERICA IS ESTABLISHED!  Created in 1988 by the American Swimming Coaches Association. SwimAmerica is Proven!  SwimAmericas’ 23 year proven teaching progression works!  It teaches swimmers to swim the right way the first time.  SwimAmerica will grow your competitive swim team!  SwimAmerica’s curriculum teaches swimming the right way the first time therefore it is a natural feeder program and progression into competitive swimming.

 

SWIMAMERICA IS FLEXIBLE!  SwimAmerica can be taught in any pool – a backyard pool, school pool or a multi-million dollar aquatic center.  The cirriculum is for infants through adults and can be used to teach all abilities.  The program can be small or very large!

 

SWIMAMERICA IS QUALITY!  SwimAmerica teaches children to swim – we don’t just teach swim lessons.  SwimAmerica puts Safety First!  SwimAmerica lessons are designed to teach all the swim skills your child needs to be safe in and around the water for a lifetime.  Our swim schools focus on safety skills and the ability to swim a minimum of 300 yards of freestyle.

 

SWIMAMERICA IS FUN!  SwimAmerica offers a highly rewarding job teaching children skills that can save their lives and it’s fun for the swimmers too!

 

SWIMAMERICA IS GOAL ORIENTED!  With SwimAmerica’s waterproof certificates, swimmers and parents know fromtheir first lesson the specific goals and skill mastery they are working on to become a proficient swimmer for life.  Swimmers are recognized as goals are met at each step of their skill mastery.

 

If you have any questions or would like to sign up, I am available between 9:00-3:00 est at 1-800-356-2722 or you can email me any time.  Thanks and I look forward to speaking with you soon.

 

Regards,

Julie Nitti

SwimAmerica Director

ASCA Clinics on Call – Professional Education At Your Doorstep

Shoulder Stability and Functional Dryland – Insights From Institute of Human Performance

Another Fabulous DVD by Grif Fig and JC Santana:  Shoulder Exercises for Swimmers

Prehabilitation, Rehabilitation, and Elite Performance Shoulder Training.  Educate your coaching staff and team on the training methods that have kept shoulders healthy at the world renowned Institute of Human Performance for years.

Laminated 8 page exercise guide included.  Product # 718member price $40 + shipping.  Click HERE to order now.

 

Grif and JC’s other DVD is Laps – Functional Dryland Training for Swimmers

Grif Fig and Juan Carlos Santana bring you over 50 years of performance enhancement training specifically applied to the sport of swimming.  Now you can see the philosophy, training methods and exercises that are used at the world renowned (IHP) to develop world class swimmers of all ages.  If you are a swim coach or a personal trainer working with swimmers, this DVD will teach you the latest training methods used at IHP that can take your athletes to the next level.

Product #705 Member price $30.00 +shipping.  Click HERE to order now.

 

FINIS and ASCA Announce Details For Upcoming 2011 Advanced Backstroke Clinic

ASCA World Clinic: Exhibit Hall Special Events

Counsilman Creative Coaching Contest  

Stop by the Exhibit Hall and share your most original, creative, simple, motivating and fun ideas.  Using 11 x 17 paper, sharpies and the most descriptive infographic you can must, share with all the idea, practice, team game, or motivational tactics that make you the world’s best coach.  Presentations will be judged by committee, with CASH prizes awarded for the top 4 four submissions.

 VASA Swim Trainer – Booth 220 

Come listen to Matt Kredich talk about how he incorporates the VASA Swim Trainer into his training and technical work with his team at the University of Tennessee.  At 8:30am, on Saturday, September 10, at the VASA Booth in the Exhibit Hall (Booth 220), Coach Kredich will discuss how to improve swimmers’ technique with proper movement, as well as how to teach them to reduce drag and generate maximum force.  He will also preview some key points from his pivotal 4-part technique & training DVD series: http://www.vasatrainer.com/index.php?page=movie_mattkredich_all

Coaches in attendance can register to win one of many excellent prizes including: Coach Kredich’s DVDs ($40 value each), and a Vasa Trainer Pro ($899.00 value)!

 SwimOutlet.com – Booth 104

Stop by the SwimOutlet.com booths to play some Xbox “Pool Side Pong” or grab some freebies, like duffel bags, Swedish goggles and more.

And, of course, there’s much, much more.  During the World Clinic, check this page regularly for updates.  You definitely don’t want to miss out on the best exhibit hall the World Clinic’s ever had!

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

Creating A Culture Conducive To Excellence

Research into high performance (Holbeche, 2005) suggests that while individual performances can have a strong impact on short-term success, it is the culture of the organization that has a more significant bearing on the long-term sustainability of high performance.

Talented individuals can achieve a great deal even when working in a rigid or toxic culture, but they can usually only do so for a short period.  They are much more likely to keep on giving their best when working in a culture conducive to high performance.  

Cultural Characteristics Associated with High Performance Environments:

  • Changeable
  • Knowledge rich context for innovation
  • Boundaryless
  • Stimulate people to higher levels of performance
  • Great places to work
  • Values based
What some great coaches have to say about the culture of a program: