Like many people, I have been riveted by the writing of Chris DeSantis over at the Swim Brief over the last few days. He has had a remarkable week, during which he has interviewed the USA Swimming chief, Chuck Wielgus, and revealed some very personal history. I think he is making a great impact on the future of swimming in our country.
Making a difference is something, in which, we should all endeavor. I know I have coached thousands of kids over the last 20 years. I have worked hard to provide more swimming opportunities to kids in my community. However, I find myself wondering if it is enough. Perhaps "my community" needs to include more people, or geographical area.
It is the time of year to be making resolutions. I did pretty well on last year's (I miss you madly Taco Bell, McDonald's, etc). This year's resolutions will be with a design to have more of an impact on the world around me.
After last summer, I found myself frustrated with USA Swimming's leadership, rules, and decisions. I vented long and often on this blog. I vowed to be involved, and I even went to the USA Swimming convention in Jacksonville. I submitted an application to be even more involved by requesting a committee position. While the committee appointment was not granted by President Stratton, I vowed to continue my participation.
I will continue to work hard for my LSC as the Admin Vice-Chair, and I plan to attend the convention again. I will do my best to stay abreast of the work the committees are doing, and I will again attempt to a contributor to the committee process, by throwing my name into the hat next fall.
American Swim Coaches Association:
I am a life+ member of ASCA, and it is probably time for me to become more involved in that organization. I am not a fan of the leadership of my organization. I resolve to get more involved in the business of ASCA, and it's influence on USA Swimming. I must admit that I am very ignorant about "my" organization, but I will try to be more involved.
I resolve to tone down my rhetoric and hot headed postings. When I read from bloggers like those at the Swim Brief and the SCAQ blog, I am impressed. I am impressed at the tone they set and influence they have. We need more of them.
I will continue to write about the things that niggle at me, but I will not allow myself to blog and come off sounding like a member of the fringe of USA Swimming society. I vow to do more research and come at the topics from a more powerful position. I know that we need change. I will be a part of the solution.
I will address issues about USA Swimming, Athlete Protection, ASCA, etc with a constructive tone. I will avoid the rantings of the previous year.
I am resolved