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July 2010


The USMS Coaches Committee has made Masters Coaches certification a top priority. Level 1 Masters coaches certification will be taught at the 2010 ASCA World Clinic in Indianapolis. Topics to be taught include developing your Masters coaching philosophy, dryland, nutrition, special adult populations, coaching triathlete and open water swimmers, turns, and the four strokes.

Please register. We also encourage you to seek scholarship support from your LMSC.

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USMS maintains a discussion forum on to match up coaches and teams. The Coaching Forum has several current threads posted; check back for frequently for updates. And remember, if you are hired in a position or you hire a coach, please update your posting to save time for others who follow you to this helpful forum.
Thirteen Swimmers, One Goal, No Regrets
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Rich Axtell
Minuteman Masters Swim Club's Swim Around Key West
Rich AxtellIt was just about 2 a.m. and I'd only logged about two hours of sleep when I nearly jumped out of bed at the crack and flash of lightning. Booming roars and a Hollywood-esque light show would continue into the predawn hours. As I struggled for a few more minutes of sleep with countless logistics running through my head, I hoped my swimmers had gotten the recommended good night's sleep. In what seemed like a blink of an eye, the wake-up call came and it was a quick morning routine and then off to meet 13 wide-eyed swimmers and the support crew for our pre-race meeting. [Read more]
The Wimbledon Workout
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Susan Ingraham
How a Simple Tennis Ball Can Help with Technique
Susan IngrahamIn celebrating Tennis' greatest tournament, we take the tennis ball into the water...

For Butterfly:  Place a tennis ball in between your thighs and kick dolphin kick. Now try it with the ball between your calves. Keeping your legs together is an essential part of a strong butterfly kick.

For Backstroke: Grab one tennis ball in your right hand, and "throw" the ball with top spin past your legs (without releasing it). At the same time, try to mimic the same action with your left hand with the palm open. Then switch the ball into your left hand. This effect is similar to the anti-paddles and will increase a swimmers feel for the water when the ball is removed.

For Breaststroke: Place the ball under your chin and hold it there. Pretty tough to breathe, but continue to work it until you can swim holding the ball, without losing it, the length of the pool. Keeping the ball in place emphasizes proper head positioning.

For Freestyle: Hold a ball in each hand and swim a 25, then swim a 25 without the tennis balls. Notice how much you gain by keeping your hands open, pressing against the water with your palms. This sensation can be instrumental in improving your feel for the water.

SwimFest '11
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Mel Goldstein
USMS Seeking LMSC and Club to Host SwimFest '11
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USMS is seeking to partner with an LMSC and host club for SwimFest 11. SwimFest, a national Masters coaching educational platform, offers education for Masters coaches by offering mentor opportunities and providing in-water experience for fitness swimmers, open water swimmers and triathletes.[Read more]
What Rule is THAT?!
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Kathy Casey
Butterfly Recovery of the Arms
Cathy KaseyUSA Swimming has reissued its interpretation of the recovery of the arms in the butterfly. USMS Swimming Rules: Part 1 of the USMS Rule Book are based in part upon article 101, "Individual Strokes and Relays", of the USA Swimming Technical Rules which includes the butterfly. [Read more]
ASCA World Clinic
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Masters Level 1 Coaches Certification offered
ASCAMasters Level I Coaches Certification offered
Aug 30 - Sept 5 in Indianapolis. USMS and ASCA are offering, for the first time, a Masters Level I Coaches Certification course. August 30 and 31 Jim Halstead from USMS Club and Coach Services will host an 8-hour course for new Masters coaches. Topics include: stroke construction and correction; dry land training; risk management; coaching special needs swimmers, open water swimmers and triathletes; workout development and management; and "Build your Coaching Tool Box."

On September 2, Coaches David Marsh and Patty Waldron will be on hand. Waldron is head coach of the very successful SWIMMac Masters program in Charlotte, N.C. and will share ways to help you grow your Masters team and much more.

For further questions, contact Chris Colburn.
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About U.S. Masters Swimming
U.S. Masters Swimming U.S. Masters Swimming, founded in 1970, is a membership-operated national governing body that promotes adult health, fitness, wellness and competition through aquatics. It does so by partnering with more than 1,000 adult swim programs across the country; promoting information via the bi-monthly member magazine, SWIMMER, monthly e-newsletter, STREAMLINES, and; and by sanctioning and promoting pool, open water and virtual competitions. More than 50,000 adults are registered members of U.S. Masters Swimming.

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