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Dec 2, 2016 - 2016 Fall Invitational Highlights
Nov 13, 2016 - Concussions
Good afternoon, I subscribe to several sports-related newsletters, including ones by USA Swimming, the American Swim Coaches Association, the United States Olympic Committee, the American College of ...
Nov 13, 2016 - November 2016 Meeting Agenda
Des Moines Swimming Federation Board Meeting November 14 th , 2016 at 6:30 pm Room 1505 Members present: Absent: Call to Order Approval of Agenda Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes Coaches Rep...
Nov 13, 2016 - 2016 Annual Meeting Notes
Annual Meeting Agenda October 10 th 2016 7 pm Forum at VHS Board Members Present: G. Qualley, M. Otis, M. Dahlen, D. Pins, J. Fisher, I. Arzola Team Manager: Kim Lammers General Members Present: Ma...
Nov 4, 2016 - great athletes aren?t that different from the rest of us
Good afternoon, When I was growing up, I always looked forward to reading Swimming World magazine. This was before the age of the internet, and that was my only chance to find out what was happening ...
Oct 27, 2016 - How swimmers can handle getting disqualified
For today?s newsletter, I want to talk about how swimmers can handle getting disqualified. DQs happen at every level meet, from beginner meets, up to state championships, NCAAs and even the Olympic...
Oct 21, 2016 - Paying kids for achieving certain times or results
Good afternoon, Last week, I was watching ?The Today Show?, and there was a segment on whether parents should pay their kids for getting good grades in school. The panel discussed the pros and cons of...
Oct 13, 2016 - 2016 Fall Iowa Swimming, Inc. House of Delegates
Good afternoon, This week?s parent newsletter will be a summary of the 2016 Fall Iowa Swimming, Inc. House of Delegates meeting. For those families who are new to USA Swimming, here?s a brief expla...
Oct 7, 2016 - Annual Meeting Agenda
Annual Meeting Agenda October 10 th 2016 7 pm Room 1505 at VHS Board Members Present: Absent: General Members Present: Coaches- Call to Order Introductions Confirm board members President-Georg...
Oct 7, 2016 - October Swim Board Meeting Agenda
Des Moines Swimming Federation Board Meeting October 10 th , 2016 at 6:00 pm Room 1505 Members present: Absent: Call to Order Approval of Agenda Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes Coaches Repo...
Oct 7, 2016 - Interesting Articles
For this week?s parent newsletter, I?m taking a different approach. Every week, I find and read many articles related to physical fitness, training, stroke technique, sports psychology, current event...
Oct 5, 2016 - Swimming Lessons
Good afternoon, We are going to start offering swim lessons again for DMSF swimmers. Lessons will be taught at Valley High School by members of the DMSF coaching staff. Lessons are private, meaning ...
Sep 30, 2016 - Iowans who have a good chance of making the US Olympic team
Good afternoon, When I was thinking about what to write about for this week?s parents? newsletter, a few ideas came into my head. There have been some good articles on SwimSwam.com about equipment an...
Sep 23, 2016 - Practicing the right way
Good afternoon, Every four years, there is a post-Olympic increase in the number of swimmers who join swim teams. This bump in numbers doesn?t just affect swim teams. I saw it at the fitness cente...
Sep 16, 2016 - Establish good training habits
Good afternoon, We?re in the early part of the short course season, and this is an excellent time to establish good training habits. These will pay off in the form of faster swimming and better perf...
Sep 1, 2016 - How practices and the season are structured
Good afternoon, The other night I had the TV on, and an infomercial came on for the Total Gym. Christie Brinkley and Chuck Norris were touting the benefits of the device, talking about how in 10 or 2...
Aug 24, 2016 - Welcome to DMSF?s 2016/2017 Fall/winter season
Welcome to DMSF?s 2016/2017 Fall/winter season. As we begin the season, we have some words of advice for the swimmers, their families, and everyone else who?s a part of the team. We want this season...
Aug 6, 2016 - August Swim Board Meeting Agenda
Des Moines Swimming Federation Board Meeting August 8 th , 2016 at 6:30 pm Room 1505 Members present: Absent: Call to Order Approval of Agenda Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes Coaches Report Mon...
Jul 28, 2016 - State Meet Information
Jul 25, 2016 - Tips for handling the taper
Good afternoon, The championship part of our season is here. This weekend is Regionals; next weekend is The Iowa Swimming Championships, and we finish up with Futures and Zones the following week. F...
Jul 16, 2016 - Tapering
Good afternoon, We?re in the final stages of the Summer 2016 season. At this point of the season, we are tapering for either Regionals, The Summer State Championships or Futures. Tapering is the s...
Jul 4, 2016 - USA Swimming Olympic Trials
Jul 4, 2016 - Food Bank Donation
Food Bank Donation Photo Apparently the last one didn't go through so here it is again!! DMSF is proud to support the Food Bank of Iowa. Matt told us that every quarter donated is one meal. That means...
Jun 30, 2016 - July Swim Board Meeting Agenda
Des Moines Swimming Federation Board Meeting July 11 th , 2016 at 6:30 pm Room 1505 Members present: Absent: Call to Order Approval of Agenda Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes Coaches Report Mo...
Jun 26, 2016 - Performance Enhancing Supplements
Jun 20, 2016 - Articles about Swimming
Good afternoon, This week?s parent newsletter is a conglomeration of different articles worth reading, and some other information you may find useful. First, I have included a number of articles by Ol...
Jun 10, 2016 - June Swim Board Meeting Agenda
Des Moines Swimming Federation Board Meeting June 13th, 2016 at 6:30 pm Room 1505 Members present: Absent: Call to Order Approval of Agenda Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes Coaches Repor...
Jun 9, 2016 - Outdoors for a swim meet
Parent newsletter Good afternoon It?s (finally) summer. For swimmers that means long course training and racing. Many summer meets are held at outdoor facilities. There?s something extra special ...
Jun 5, 2016 - 33 tips towards becoming a better swimmer
Good afternoon, I came across this article on SwimSwam.com last week, and decided it would make a great newsletter topic. It?s 33 tips towards becoming a better swimmer. There?s a lot of good info...
May 27, 2016 - Sports Nutrition
Good afternoon, I subscribe to several exercise-science related newsletters so that I can keep up to date on important topics such as cardiovascular training, resistance training, sports psychology, a...
May 19, 2016 - How to be a Great Athlete
I found an article this week about characteristics of great athletes. It wasn?t written for swimmers, but great athletes are great athletes, regardless of the sport. I did some editing and revising...
May 16, 2016 - 5/16/16 Weekly Update
Good afternoon Here are some announcements for the week Birdland Invite . The deadline for signing up for the Birdland meet is today, May 15 th . As of the time of this newsletter, 95 of o...
May 16, 2016 - Long Course vs Short Course Swimming
Good morning, This week's parent newsletter will discuss long course vs short course swimming. In less than a month, DMSF will change its training schedule, and rather than practice primarily at Va...
May 8, 2016 - May Agenda
Des Moines Swimming Federation Board Meeting May 9 th , 2015 at 6:30 pm Room 1505 Members present: Absent: Call to Order Approval of Agenda Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes Coaches Report Monthl...
May 7, 2016 - Goals & the importance of swimmers setting goals
Good afternoon, Today?s parent newsletter will focus on goals and the importance of swimmers setting goals. We?re in the middle of the Spring/Summer season, and it?s critical for swimmers to have a p...
Apr 26, 2016 - Swim-a-thon Results
Good morning, Congratulations go out to the team, because we did it. We reached our Swimathon goal by a large margin. As of this morning, we?ve raised $16,400, which exceeds our goal by $1400. Th...
Apr 24, 2016 - Tools USA Swimming and Iowa Swimming, Inc. offer
Good morning, For this week?s parent newsletter, I want to explain some of the tools USA Swimming and Iowa Swimming, Inc. offer which help track swimmers? progress. We as coaches want each swimmer to ...
Apr 14, 2016 - How Golf Relates to Swimming
Good afternoon, Over the weekend, I watched the Master?s golf tournament. I have only a passing interest in golf, but I wanted to see how Jordan Spieth was playing. I intended to only watch it fo...
Apr 8, 2016 - 10 Reasons Swimmers are Disqualified
Apr 6, 2016 - April Swim Board Meeting Agenda
Des Moines Swimming Federation Board Meeting April 11 th , 2015 at 6:30 pm Room 1505 Members present: Absent: Call to Order Approval of Agenda Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes Coaches Report Month...
Mar 31, 2016 - Different Types of Meets
For this week?s newsletter, I want to talk about the different types of meets which exist.. Meets are the chance to see the payoff for the hard work at practice. Meets also provide an opportunity fo...
Mar 26, 2016 - USA Swimming
Good day, We are starting a new season. The athletes will resume practice, and along with that, we?ll resume sending out parents? newsletters. For the families new to DMSF, we send out regular newsl...
Mar 15, 2016 - 2015-2016 Short Course Season
Good afternoon, Now that the 2015-2016 Short Course Season has concluded, DMSF can look back over the season with a lot of pride. The team has shown improvements in many areas. The most signif...
Feb 12, 2016 - Sports Nutrition
Feb 1, 2016 - Skills needed at the championship meets
Good afternoon, Here is this week?s parents? newsletter. I wrote it with this weekend?s Blues Buster Meet in mind. I have included a few tips for the swimmers, as well as tips for parents. The mo...
Jan 25, 2016 - Swimmers are motivated by different things
Good afternoon, Here is this week's parent newletter. There is some really good information in here, so please take the time to read (and re-read, if you want) and think about the message. Different ...
Jan 17, 2016 - Preparation for the End of the Season Meets
Good morning. This week?s parents? newsletter discusses preparation for the end of the season meets. The championship meets are fast approaching. We want to be sure that the swimmers perform at th...
Jan 8, 2016 - January Swim Board Meeting Agenda
Des Moines Swimming Federation Board Meeting January 11 th , 2015 at 6:30 pm Room 1505 Members present: Absent: G. Qualley Call to Order Approval of Agenda Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes Coa...
Jan 7, 2016 - Preparing for the Championship Meets
Good afternoon, We are approaching the end of the season. We are 2/3 finished with the 2015-2016 short course season, and almost before we know it, the championship meets will be here. Our goal is f...
Dec 22, 2015 - Workouts over Holiday Break
Good morning, The holiday season is here. This is an important time of the swim season. The swimmers are out of school, and we also have access to more pool time. This means we have the time and ...
Dec 17, 2015 - Importance of Volunteerism
Good Afternoon, For this week?s parent newsletter, I want to speak about the importance of volunteerism for a youth sports club, especially a team like DMSF which is a private parent-run organization...
Dec 7, 2015 - December Swim Board Meeting Agenda
Des Moines Swimming Federation Board Meeting December 14 th , 2015 at 6:30 pm Room 1505 Members present: Absent: Call to Order Approval of Agenda Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes Coaches Repor...
Sep 14, 2015 - September Meeting Agenda
Des Moines Swimming Federation Board Meeting September 14 h , 2015 at 6:30 pm Room 1505 Members present: Absent: L. Armstrong Call to Order Parent Forum Approval of Agenda Approval of Previous Mee...
Aug 10, 2015 - August Swim Board Meeting Agenda
Des Moines Swimming Federation Board Meeting August 10 th , 2015 at 6:30 pm Room 1505 Call to Order Approval of Agenda Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes Coaches Report July coaches meeting re...
Jul 13, 2015 - July Agenda
Des Moines Swimming Federation Board Meeting July 13 th , 2015 at 6:30 pm Room 1505 Call to Order Approval of Agenda Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes Coaches Report June coaches meeting report V...
Jun 5, 2015 - June Agenda
Des Moines Swimming Federation Board Meeting June 8th, 2015 at 6:30 pm Room 1505 Call to Order Approval of Agenda Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes Coaches Report May coaches meeting report Dav...
May 4, 2015 - May Agenda
Des Moines Swimming Federation Board Meeting May 8th, 2015 at 6:30 pm Room 1505 Call to Order Approval of Agenda Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes Coaches Report April coaches meeting report Lo...
Apr 15, 2015 - April Meeting Notes
Des Moines Swimming Federation Board Meeting April 13 th , 2015 at 6:30 pm Room 1505 Call to Order Approval of Agenda Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes Coaches Report March coaches meeting repo...
Apr 6, 2015 - April Agenda
Des Moines Swimming Federation Board Meeting April 13 th , 2015 at 6:30 pm Room 1505 Call to Order Approval of Agenda Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes Coaches Report March coaches meeting report...
Mar 15, 2015 - March Meeting Notes
Feb 14, 2015 - February Meeting Notes
Des Moines Swimming Federation Board Meeting February 9 th , 2015 at 6:30 pm Room 1505 Call to Order Approval of Agenda Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes Coaches Report January coaches meeting ...
Feb 7, 2015 - February Swim Board Meeting Agenda
Des Moines Swimming Federation Board Meeting February 9 th , 2015 at 6:30 pm Room 1505 Call to Order Approval of Agenda Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes Coaches Report February coaches meeting...
Nov 10, 2014 - November Swim Board Meeting Agenda
Des Moines Swim Federation Board Meeting November 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm Valley Room 1505 1. Call to Order 2. Approval of Agenda 3. Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes 4. Coaches Report Staff report /...
Oct 14, 2014 - Swim Buddy Saturday
DMSF "Swim Buddy" Saturdays Gold and Blue swimmers have an opportunity to earn Service Hours mentoring our Bronze and /or Silver swimmers every or any Saturday by becoming a DMSF "Swim Budd...
Sep 7, 2014 - September Board Meeting Agenda
Des Moines Swim Federation Board Meeting September 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm Valley Room 1505 1. Call to Order 2. Approval of Agenda 3. Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes 4. Coaches Report Staff report...
Jun 25, 2014 - Tips on Breaststroke
Parents, Please share these notes with your athletes. It includes my tips on every part of the breaststroke. Coach Greg The Pull Smooth and rounded pull - eliminate sharp angles palms out/th...
May 13, 2014 - May Swim Board Meeting Agenda
Des Moines Swim Federation Board Meeting May 12, 2014 at 7:00 pm Valley High School Room 1505 1. Call to Order 2. Approval of Agenda 3. Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes ěNeed to elect a secreta...
Feb 27, 2014 - February Swim Board Meeting Agenda
Des Moines Swim Federation Board Meeting February 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm Valley High School Room 1505 1. Call to Order 2. Approval of Agenda 3. Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes 4. Coach...
Jan 11, 2014 - January Swim Board Meeting Agenda
Des Moines Swim Federation Board Meeting January 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm Valley High School Room 1505 1. Call to Order 2. Approval of Agenda 3. Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes 4. Coache...