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News
Oct 5, 2017 - Advice to give parents and swimmers before the first day of the meet
Good afternoon Next week is the first meet of the season. This will be the first of many meets the swimmers will be competing in during the season. It?s been a few months since our last meet, and th...
Sep 29, 2017 - Stretching and strength training
Good afternoon, I regularly get asked training related questions by swimmers and parents. I?m always happy to answer questions, and help people understand the sport of swimming better. In the past ...
Sep 24, 2017 - Afraid of getting burned out
Good afternoon, One item I?ve heard frequently from athletes and parents is that they?re afraid of getting burned out from swimming. Swimmers will curtail their training, or avoid giving 100 percent,...
Sep 14, 2017 - Value of good sportsmanship
ood afternoon, Currently we?re in the pre-competitive phase of the Short Course Season. We?ve been working on technique as well as conditioning. In less than a month, we?ll start the competitive pha...
Sep 8, 2017 - Swimming is definitely a demanding sport
Good afternoon, Here is this week?s parent newsletter. Swimming is a pretty demanding sport. Swimmers have to push themselves to their physical and psychological limits on a pretty regular basis, in...
Sep 8, 2017 - September Meeting Agenda
Des Moines Swimming Federation Board Meeting September 11th, 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) Coac...
Aug 31, 2017 - Overview of USA Swimming
Today?s parent newsletter is an overview of USA Swimming. I?m going to describe how USA Swimming is structured, some of the services it provides, and what distinguishes USA Swimming from other swimmi...
Aug 24, 2017 - Welcome to the new season.
Welcome to the new season. Our goal as a team this season is to be better than ever. The good thing about a broad-based philosophy such as this is, it can apply to the team as a whole as well as to ...
Aug 21, 2017 - August Swim Board Meeting Notes
Aug 13, 2017 - August Swim Board Meeting Agenda
Des Moines Swimming Federation Board Meeting August 14th, 2017 at 6:30 pm Room 1505 Members present: Absent: Call to Order Approval of Agenda Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes Coaches Rep...
Jul 27, 2017 - Regionals and 8 and Under Championships Meet Wrap-up
2017 Summer Regionals & 8 and Under Championships Meet Wrap-Up . At the 2017 Summer Regionals and 8 and Under Championships, there were 69 DMSF swimmers competing. For the 8 and under swimmers, this ...
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 - 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 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 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...