Welcome to European Forces Swim League 2019-2020 Season 


As I stated in my welcome letter when I accepted the position as League Coach, my goal is to help bring quality coaching to our swimmers and their families.  EFSL is a league of more than 17 different teams scattered throughout Europe. I understand how challenging it will be to get us all to come together to communicate our ideas, our needs, and our achievements.  


As EFSL League Coach, it is my goal to: 

1.  Facilitate communication among EFSL coaches  

2. Offer educational opportunities for professional growth as a swim coach  


I am pleased to have had the opportunity to meet the 2019-2020 coaching staff for most of the EFSL Teams and share some ideas about how I can best support your coaching staff.  I look forward to infusing my energy and passion for the sport of swimming. A coaching plan has been approved by the EFSL League Council that allows me to create a season plan that offers the following: 


  1. A timeline of planned face to face educational opportunities for coaches 

  2. A resource list for achieving basic coaches certification (ASCA or other equivalent National Swim Coaching body)

  3. Information about the upcoming USA Swimming requirement about the new Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP)


Please keep this letter for your reference and share it with your coaching staff.  


But, first things first…


What is the best way for us to communicate?  I’ve provided 2 options below.   







I’ve created a Closed Facebook Page for EFSL Coaches to exchange and discuss what is going on in EFSL competitive swimming in terms of stroke technique, training, dry-land, 

and motivation.  It is for sharing ideas within the EFSL between coaches.  


This closed group is for discussion purposes for Head & Assistant Coaches only.


It is not an open group for all EFSL families or coaches from other non-EFSL Teams. 


ONLINE Coaching Educational Options


American Swim Coaches Association - https://swimmingcoach.org/ - The American Swimming Coaches Association is a professional service organization based on a central theme of Leadership in American Swimming through Education, Certification, and Cooperation. ASCA is dedicated to creating and enhancing progressive and highly visible programs that are effective in strengthening and improving the coaching profession and building a stronger swimming community. With an ASCA membership, you will be automatically enrolled in the World Swim Coaches Association so that you will receive all educational materials pertinent to your region.  

Membership: $88/year ($138/yr for ASCA and NISCA)


National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association - https://niscaonline.org/ - NISCA is a professional organization that supports High School coaches of all aquatic sports. They are dedicated to coaches education and athlete recognition through the All America programs. NISCA allows opportunities for coaches to network and exchange knowledge and experience. 

Membership: $50 


Portuguese Association of Swimming: http://www.aptn.pt/tecnicos-natacao/

British Swimming Coaches Association: https://www.gbswimcoaches.co.uk/

German Swim Coaches Association: https://www.dstv-schwimmtrainer.de/


FINA Federation International de Natation http://www.fina.org/

FINA Swimming Clinic for Coaches - Sept 2019 in Linz, Austria


Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAPP)

USA Swimming Member clubs are required to implement the USA Swimming Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP) in full by June 23, 2019. EFSL is NOT a USA Swimming Member club, however as a club team of youth swimmers, I strongly encourage us to become compliant with this USA Swimming requirement.  Please cosider sharing with your individual boards.

MAAPP contains five sections: one-on-one interactions, travel, social media and electronic communications, locker rooms and changing areas and massage, rubdowns and athletic training modalities. https://www.usaswimming.org/utility/landing-pages/minor-athlete-abuse-prevention-policy


Both the "SafeSport Trained" course and the Parent Training help you to recognize if an athlete is being abused. Most importantly, you will learn how to prevent this from happening or how to respond and help if the abuse has already happened. By taking this training, you are a part of our daily effort to make athlete well-being the centerpiece of our nation’s sport programs.



Timeline for EFSL Coaches Continuing Education

I would like to offer that I will be present at most, if not all, of the AWAY meets that the Piranhas are scheduled to attend.  If any of those meets can facilitate some time for your team and your coaches, I would be happy to organize with you some type of meeting or training.  As an Orthopedic Physical Therapist, my obvious skill is in dryland strength training for swimmers and injury prevention. However, my coaching skills bring added experience in video analysis for freestyle stroke and use of a Tempo Trainer.  If any of those skills interest you, please let me know in advance to coordinate trainings.  


  • August 12-14, 2019 - Naples Swim Camp with Olympic Swimmer and now NCAA Coach Josh Davis with additional coaching session on 15 August by EFSL League Coach, Michi Sanders (https://naplestigersharks.swimtopia.com)

  • November 29 - Dec 1, 2019 - LDC @ Bruges, BE (Performance Nutrition- speaker TBD)

  • May 1-3, 2020 - Annual Coaches Conference scheduled during EFSL Annual Meeting (Topic TBD)


Again, I look forward to working with you all during this upcoming swim season.


Michelle "Michi" Sanders

EFSL League Coach