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SWIMNEWS ONLINE – Time for a Coaches Revolution




SWIMNEWS ONLINE – The Future of FINA:  Part 2 – Coaches.

Change is coming to our sport…yet whether via inclusion or revolution, only time will tell.

Don’t miss out on the Central States Clinic!

ASCA Schools at the Central States Clinic

There is still time to sign up for ASCA Schools!   AND…There are still spots available for COACHES and SWIMMERS at the CENTRAL STATES SWIM CLINIC!

Don’t delay – REGISTRATIONS can still be mailed at the pre-registration rate until May 6!!! Door registrations will be accepted on site.

Additionally, the hotel has extended the special clinic rate until Friday as well. Rooms are still available, but they are going quickly. Be sure to call soon to guarantee yours – rooms can be booked as available until Friday May 6 at the special clinic rate by calling (630) 573-8555.

The Central States Swim Clinic on May 14-15, 2011 will be held at the Oak Brook Marriott, in Oak Brook, IL.

If you wish to register for these additional courses, please note in the appropriate space on the clinic registration form and include payment payable to Central States Swim Clinic. These courses may be attended separately or in conjunction with the clinic.

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Listed below is a list of ASCA Schools

*Age Group Sports Psychology
(May 12th: 1-5pm) $50.00

This course is designed to give coaches a clear and concise approach to developing their own mental training program for age group athletes. Areas covered are: organizing a program for your team and teaching methods; developing peak performance skills (relaxation, mental rehearsal, concentration) and how to practice these skills; and the teaching of life skills. (15 education credits)

*Working Successfully with Swimming Parents
(May 12th: 6-9pm) $50.00

This course is designed to provide you with “instant experience” and successful options in working with parents. Offers over 20 actual case studies and seven chapters of immediately useful, practical suggestions on how to be effective with your swim team parents. (15 education credits)

*The Physiology School
(May 13th: 9am-5pm) $60.00

The course is designed to give coaches a broad understanding of physiological principles and a working knowledge of season and workout design. Presented is the physiological basis for performance of the cardiovascular system, energy metabolism, swimming economy, type of training, fatigue mechanisms, and nutrition. Specific applications are presented including periodization of work and rest, workout design, taper, over training, strength and flexibility training. The school is conducted in simple, coach-oriented language that concentrates on conceptual understanding of the processes that lead to faster swimming and more effective training. (20 education credits)

*Creating Team Leadership
(May 13th: 6-8pm) $65.00/person

Previously ASCA has taught a class for just athletes. This course is for both coaches and athletes. Concepts to be covered will be what leadership is all about, how it applies in swimming, teaching the tools of being a leader & when to apply those tools. We will both teach the coach and teach the swimmer about leadership. This course is applicable to both real life and a swim team. It is designed so the coach & athlete can go home and educate their team about the skills of leadership.

Main Program

The 2011 Clinic proudly offers the following prestigious line-up of speakers and Olympians:

  • Dave Salo: ’08, ’04 & ‘00 Olympic Coach, Author, Head Coach USC Men & Women
  • Brett Hawke: 2 time Olympian, Head Coach Auburn Men & Women, Coach of Cielo
  • Rick DeMont: Assistant Coach to the South African Men’s Swim Team at three recent Olympic Games
  • Dave Durden: ‘04 Olympic & ’03 Pan Pac Coach, Head Coach UC Berkeley men
  • Jackie Berning Ph.D: Nutrition Consultant, Author and Educator
  • Brendan Hansen: Olympic Gold Medalist ’04, Bronze Medalist ’00 & World Recordholder
  • Kristy Kowal: Olympic Silver Medalist ’00, 8 time American Record holder & 1 World Recordholder
  • Lindsay Mintenko: 2 time Olympian, American Recordholder & USA Swimming National Team Managing Director

Our clinic offers you a special opportunity to be with top age group & university coaches as well as ASCA, USA Swimming Facilities Planning and USA Swimming club certification courses.

You can find more information about the clinic, here:

Registration forms are available here:

Take on FINA



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Rebel coach starts campaign to get a say in FINA – click here for the full article from the Sydney Morning Herald

George Block, president of the World Swimming Coaches Association, sent an impassioned email to thousands of coaches in America and many more in other countries to ”change the world” if they failed to get representation on the FINA board.


Time to Change the World

By Coach George Block, President, World Swimming Coaches Association

Fellow coaches, we have come to a place where we must decide if we should put great efforts into continuous, incremental change within FINA, or risk and achieve much more and Change the World.

This is a very difficult place for all of us.  Many of us are intimately involved within our own federations.  Most of us frequently coach athletes on the world stage.  Changing the World requires risking both these relationships.

By their very nature, our federations must maintain close and positive relationships with FINA.  Actively opposing FINA will place our relationships inside our federations at risk.  By our very natures, we want to coach and compete on the largest stage.  Actively opposing those who run that stage will make us persona non grata on that stage.  When we have to resist the most, it may require asking our athletes or federations to sit out the very competitions by which we all define ourselves.  Although we are all willing to do that ourselves, none of us wants to ask that of our athletes, but it may come to that – soon.

We have developed a mindset of fighting over table scraps from the FINA table and being quite happy when one falls our way.  We have not stopped to realize that the banquet is being stocked by our labors and the fruits of those labors.  This is the great irony.  If we leave the FINA table, those at the table starve and we – coaches and athletes – will keep the fruits of our labors.

When dealing with an old, large bureaucracy, it is easier to blow it up and start over, than it is to significantly change it.  We are inspired every day by seeing that happen in North Africa.  Those citizens finally got tired of hoping for table scraps and decided to turn over the tables and Change their World.  Many hundreds of them have given their lives.  Can we sacrifice a swim meet?  Is our legacy going to be merely titles won, or will it be changing the competitive landscape for generations of coaches and athletes to come?

Many of you will reasonably ask, “Can’t we do both?”  Can’t we work for incremental change within FINA, while working outside to start a new organization?  Can’t we preserve our options?  What if FINA changes?

What do we tell our athletes when they bring the same questions to us?  Can they preserve the security of their social lives while risking everything to be the best they can be?  Can they commit half way?

We can hope FINA changes, knowing it can just as quickly change back.  We can hope that the people of good will inside FINA can affect some changes that will last until changed back by those without that good will.  However hoping is all we should do.  We should not expend emotion, intellect, effort, or commitment to improve FINA.  All of our emotion, intellect, effort and commitment should put to blowing it up and starting over.

We must have a World Swimming Association Championship in place by 2014, so that our federations and athletes can sit out the FINA Championships in the next quadrennium.  We must stop putting our food on their table, then begging them for scraps.  Our labors put food on that table.  It is time that we Change the World and set our own table.