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May 19, 2017 - Heroic Swimmer
Good afternoon, This week, I'm doing something different for the weekly parents' newsletter. This week's newsletter is an essay written by one of our assistant coaches, Imelda Wistey. I have attached...
May 12, 2017 - This
The other day at practice, I noticed a swimmer doing a drill which we have never used at practice. I asked this swimmer where he had learned it. He said that he had seen it on a YouTube video and it...
May 3, 2017 - May Swim Board Meeting Agenda
Des Moines Swimming Federation Board Meeting May 8th, 2017 at 6:30 pm Room 1505 Members present: Absent: 1) Call to Order 2) Approval of Agenda 3) Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes 4) Coaches Repor...
Apr 27, 2017 - Effective Practices, be Coachable
Good afternoon, Here is this week's parent newsletter. Swimmers spend a great deal of time at practice. Some of the top swimmers on our team (and other teams as well) spend 20 hours a week or more...
Apr 14, 2017 - Develop championship athletes
Good afternoon, Our purpose as a club is to help develop championship athletes. Each day at practice, we work at improving skills, fitness, attitude, and a number of other characteristics. One thing...
Apr 7, 2017 - Excitement for a New Season
Apr 5, 2017 - April Swim Board Meeting Agenda
Des Moines Swimming Federation Board Meeting April 10 th at 6:30 pm Room 1505 Members present: Absent: Call to Order Approval of Agenda Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes Coaches Report Treasur...
Feb 17, 2017 - February Swim Board Meeting Agenda
Des Moines Swimming Federation Board Meeting February, 13 th at 6:30 pm Room 1505 Members present: Absent: M. Dahlen Call to Order Approval of Agenda Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes Coaches R...
Feb 11, 2017 - Preparing for Championship Meets
Good afternoon, We?re getting to the end of the season, and the championship meets are rapidly approaching. It?s only one week until Regionals/8 and Under championships, 2 weeks until the Senior Cham...
Jan 25, 2017 - Swim Articles
Good day, I come across many articles about swimming on a weekly basis. For this week?s parent newsletter, I thought I?d pass them on. Picking the right suit. There are many types of racing suits ava...
Jan 19, 2017 - Truths and Myths
I subscribe to several journals and newsletters regarding swimming, coaching, exercise science, sports medicine, and athlete development. Lately, I?ve noted some hot topics that are getting a lot of ...
Jan 4, 2017 - January Swim Board Meeting Agenda
Des Moines Swimming Federation Board Meeting February, 13 th at 6:30 pm Room 1505 Members present: Absent: M. Dahlen Call to Order Approval of Agenda Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes Coaches ...
Dec 13, 2016 - Note from Coach Greg
I wanted to get a note out with a few reminders: While DMSF doesn't have any specific office hours, I am available to meet by appointment with any parent/athlete. If you ever want to meet, please cont...
Dec 9, 2016 - Swim Lesson Policy
Dec 8 th , 2016 Good afternoon, As you well know, DMSF offers private swim lessons to team members. The program is a success, and the swimmers who have taken lessons are showing great improvement. ...
Dec 6, 2016 - December Swim Board Meeting Agenda
Des Moines Swimming Federation Board Meeting December 12th, 2016 at 6:30 pm Room 1505 Members present: Absent: 1) Call to Order 2) Approval of Agenda 3) Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes 4) Coaches...
Dec 2, 2016 - 2016 Fall Invitational Highlights
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 - 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 - 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 - 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 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 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 - 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...
Jul 4, 2016 - USA Swimming Olympic Trials
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...