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Abuse Policy Conversation with John Vadeika, Executive Director of Swim Ontario

Over the last few months, there have been some explosive revelations of sexual abuse of athletes and organizational coverups coming out of USA Gymnastics, USA Swimming, USA Volleyball, and other sports. Even a cursory review of those situations provides lessons on how we can improve our oversight and remove conflicts of interest. (If you want… Continue reading Abuse Policy Conversation with John Vadeika, Executive Director of Swim Ontario

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USA Swimming’s Biggest Problem

It seems clear now that USA Swimming has some serious problems.  Long term pressure from investigative journalists from Concussion Inc. and recent work by the Orange County Register have pointed out how little USA-S did to protect the victims, and how much they did to protect the abusers. All this attention has led some to… Continue reading USA Swimming’s Biggest Problem

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Steps We Can Take to Prevent Youth Abuse in Sports

  There's been a massive amount of long-overdue publicity lately about the issue of sexual abuse by coaches in youth sports, especially with the highly publicized and horrific case of USA Gymnastics and Larry Nassar. Swimming has recently had its own high profile case with Ariana Kukors coming out and accusing her long-time coach Sean… Continue reading Steps We Can Take to Prevent Youth Abuse in Sports

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A Curious Look at 2017 Short Course – Long Course Conversion Rates, And How The US Is So Different From Everyone Else

In 2014 I started getting upset with the standard 2% Short Course to Long Course conversion rates mandated by Swim Ontario.  As most coaches already knew, 2% was convenient but horribly inaccurate conversion rate.  And it created problems for kids swimming in LC meets when they couldn't meet their 2% converted SC time, even if… Continue reading A Curious Look at 2017 Short Course – Long Course Conversion Rates, And How The US Is So Different From Everyone Else

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Inclusive or Exclusive: The Surprising Ways Countries Handle National Championships/Trials

When I started this post, it had a completely different focus. Four times I tried to address various aspects of Short Course vs Long Course swimming from the point of view of swimmers and national swimming organizations. And every time I ended up in the same place - that different countries handle Long Course in… Continue reading Inclusive or Exclusive: The Surprising Ways Countries Handle National Championships/Trials

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6 Rules (and a Vision) For Becoming a Better Swim Parent in a Post-Olympic Year

The Olympics are still fresh in our minds, and a new sports season is starting. This means that untold thousands of eager children are joining sports teams for the first time, with visions of Olympic medals dancing in their heads. And with swimming continuing to be one of the premiere sports in the Olympics, this… Continue reading 6 Rules (and a Vision) For Becoming a Better Swim Parent in a Post-Olympic Year

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A Nation’s Pride: 1976 and State-Sponsored Doping

I must confess I haven't had the opportunity to watch the apparently excellent "The Last Gold" documentary about the 1976 women's US Olympic Team as they battled the overpowering but doped East German women. But having been a competitive swimmer back then, I am very familiar with the story and the emotions.  That the US… Continue reading A Nation’s Pride: 1976 and State-Sponsored Doping