I will be laconic and get straight to the point:
- Open water safety policies have got to be codified by you and not FINA!
- Colleges swim programs are shutting down - or there goes your "R&D Division"
- The world has caught up, quit running on momentum
SCAQ Blog suggestions, and readers are welcome to contribute. Colorado Springs reads this blog and I have evidence to prove it. Even the USOC reads this blog from time to time so please offers your suggestions. Your suggestions will be better than mine I am quite sure:
Open water policies:
I see something oxymoronic about the fact that you can only advise swimmers not to compete in an open water swim but then have a right to pull them out of the water against their will. I find it hard to believe that is the rule which many readers insist is true though a lawyer I spoke with is doubtful.
More people have died in open water swimming events that in any UFC/MMA cage fight combined. Get a policy together that protects USA Swimmers and don't leave it up to FINA. Seriously! Lives are at stake.
Which is emptying out quicker: Detroit or NCAA mens college swimming programs? (I'll take college programs for $100, Alex.)
You should be making alliances with the NCAA or offering up state college scholarships for those kids that win a medal at
Junior Olympics a "Junior Nationals." If you are completely ineffectual in keeping college programs open via the NCAA, then it is time to offer the scholarship programs yourself. I would donate to that for sure.
The World Has Caught Up:
You appear to be running on momentum. Stop that! why is it that best the sprinters in the world come her to learn and then hand us our asses in competition? I suspect "Ivory-Tower-like," centralized coaching and not enough people talking to one another and sharing.
Bousquet and Cielo went to Auburn, shouldn't that coach be a paid consultant in some form from time-to-time?
We have weaknesses in backstroke and breaststroke: What are you going to do about it - where is the technology?