Sunday, September 23, 2018

Misc.


via Fort Bend ISD
Magnolia will host this year's Gulf Gold Medal Swimming clinic, featuring Simone Manuel.  Info and registration link (you have one more week to sign up) are here

CSCAA Open Water Championships Results:

Women (Rice 2nd, TCU 5th, A&M 8th)

Men (TCU 4th, A&M 5th)

Info and registration link for the Houston Build & Program a Pool Conference (November 10 & 11) is here
 



Sick of our current party system?  Wonder why logic seems to be absent from so much of what they say and do?  Check out a post by Bryan Caplan on EconLog:


What are the key differences between GMU econ blogger culture and mainstream intellectual culture?  For starters:
  1. We value intellectual progress over emotional comfort.  As long as speakers are polite, we blame listeners who get upset, not speakers who upset them.
  2. We are genuinely non-partisan.  The Democratic and Republican parties both seem like absurd churches to us.  Even if one is markedly worse, we’ll never join either because both are “often wrong and never in doubt.”
  3. The daily scandals that excite mainstream culture seem insipid and arbitrary to us.  What matters are statistics, not emotions – and arguments, not stories.
  4. One bet is worth a thousand pages of punditry.  At least.
  5. Giving in to Social Desirability Bias is a grave sin.
  6. Corollary: Don’t dodge questions.
  7. Hyperbole is the worst thing in the universe.  Most problems and effects are marginal.  If you’re really certain that X, you should happily bet at 1000:1 odds.
  8. Appealing to your identity is a reason to discount what you say, not a reason to pay extra attention.
  9. An argument doesn’t have to “prove” anything to be worthwhile; it only needs to change your probabilities.
  10. We’ll strategically appease mainstream thinkers, but that doesn’t mean they’re right.
How broad and deep is GMU blogger culture, really?  It’s a continuum.  Tyler Cowen might even claim to disagree with everything I just said… but he still exemplifies most of it.  The important thing to know is that our distinct culture is thriving in your midst.  We aren’t numerous, but we are a proud people.  So please show some cultural sensitivity…

As you can see by today's Quote of the Day, #7 is my favorite.

In fact, it's absolutely the greatest quote in the history of mankind...

The City of New Braunfels needs an assistant swim coach

VillaSport (The Woodlands) needs an aquatics director

Meridian School (Round Rock) needs a developmental swim coach

D&J needs an assistant manager for their Austin location

via billboard

Sarah Brightman HYMN tour coming to Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land) February 25th.  Info & ticket link here.  If you want to hang out w/the Button's in Section 103 - Hey, who doesn't? - those seats are going fast.  North Texans?  Your concert's on the 23rd in Grand Prairie.

Must share another, The Bettor's Oath, by Caplan:

The Bettor’s Oath 

Blathering talk surrounds us, but I will take no part in it.  My word is my bet; I will always put my money where my mouth is.  When challenged, I will bet on my words, refine them, or recant.  When no one is present to challenge me, I will weigh my words and thoughts as if my fellow oath-takers were listening.

I will make both conditional and unconditional bets, and assign probabilities whenever asked.  I will claim no false certainty; unless I will stake my life on my belief, I am not truly certain – and will admit it.

When I lose a bet, I will admit defeat, pay promptly, and hold my tongue – never protesting that I was “really right.”  If I have caveats or reservations, I will declare them when I make the bet – not after I lose it.

When I win a bet, I will not shame my opponent, for a betting loser has far more honor than the mass of men who live by loose and idle talk.  I pledge my mind and words to the bettor’s oath, for this day and all the days to come...

Unless something in this oath turns out to be wrong, an eventuality to which I assign a 3% probability.




Weakly Demotivator



Quote of the Day


Hyperbole is the worst thing in the universe.

via National Review

Bryan Douglas Caplan

Friday, September 21, 2018

Johnnie Means


via Houston Chronicle

Swimming World Q&A with HCAP's Johnnie Means is here

A diverse swimming environment is one where any and everybody is presented with an affordable opportunity to be a part of the swimming world.

CSCAA Open Water Champs



Tomorrow's schedule:
  • 7:30-8:15 a.m. - Women’s Check-in
  • 8:15 a.m. - Women’s Pre-Race Briefing
  • 8:25 a.m. - Women’s Inspection and Roll Call
  • 8:30 a.m. - Women’s 5K Start
  • 9:30-10:15 a.m. - Men’s Check-in
  • 10:15 a.m. - Men’s Pre-Race Briefing
  • 10:25 a.m. - Men’s Inspection and Roll Call
  • 10:30 a.m. - Men’s 5K Start
  • Noon - Women’s and Men’s Awards

More info here

Still More Jobs


ATAC position still open:

The Academy of Texas Aquatic Champions, Inc., a year-round swim club that has operated for over 20 years, is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Age Group Assistant Coach. ATAC  trains in far north Dallas at Loos Natatorium and the Greenhill School.
The ideal candidate is passionate about the sport of swimming, is focused on swimmer development and loves children. The candidate will be an assistant coach of our developmental level age group swimmers ranging in age between 5-10 years old. This position will require working late afternoon hours on weekdays, and morning hours on weekends, including weekend hours on meet weekends.
Preferred Qualifications/Expectations

  • Previous Coaching Experience
  • Maintain the safety and background check requirements required to be a USA Swimming Coach Member
  • A Knowledge of Competitive Swimming and Stroke Mechanics to coach developmental swimmers
  • Enthusiastic, Energetic, Positive Role Model, Team-Oriented, Good Communicator
  •  Availability to work evenings and weekends
  • US Citizen or Visa Authority to work in the USA

Compensation

Pay is based upon experience and will be an hourly wage. The Club will cover the costs of required certifications and USA Swimming membership, as well as reimburse approved professional development fees.
HOW TO APPLY:  Contact Head Age Group Coach Sherry Gentry at gentrysherry67@gmail.com
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City of Texas City aquatics coordinator

University of Incarnate Word triathlon swim instructor


Quote of the Day


My face is my mask.

via Habs Goalies

Lorne John "Gump" Worsley

Friday, September 14, 2018

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Jobs


University of Houston aquatics program director

City of Austin aquatic supervisor

Fit-N-Wise swim coach

City of Keller assistant aquatic supervisor

City of Abilene aquatic supervisor

Quote of the Day


I just invent, then wait until man comes
around to needing what I've invented.

via PBS

Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller

Friday, September 07, 2018

Jobs


First, I am very interested in moving back to club coaching, on a full-time basis.

I am under contract at present and was unable to pursue a couple of excellent opportunities.

If y'all get wind of future openings, please give me a shout.  I need a little lead time to work out any possible exit plan.

If water is available for a coach-owned program, just send me contact info and I'll see what we can work out.

USA Swimming coaching credentials are current and I'll renew for '19.

Thanks,

Button

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Shadowbend YMCA swim team coach

J.E.R. Chilton YMCA assistant swim team coach


Where Title IX Went Wrong


Christina Hoff Sommers reviews The Transformation of Title IX here

There could have been many sensible, non-radical ways to apply Title IX to sports programs. In assessing the fairness of a school’s resource distribution, for example, why not consider the full array of athletic opportunities—from varsity, club, and intramural sports to dance, fitness, and outdoor exploration programs? Or find a way to assess whether an institution’s offerings effectively satisfy the interests and abilities of both male and female students? But the women’s groups wanted more than that. In their view, if women were truly free and equal, they would be just as interested in competitive varsity sports as men. These advocates insisted on “proportionality”—if a college’s student body was 60 percent female, then 60 percent of the varsity athletes should be female. Anything less was proof of continuing discrimination. And rock climbing, yoga, and dance did not count. For the activists, Title IX was not an equal opportunity law; it was a mandate to change conventional understandings of what it means to be a man or a woman. “This was a heady job for government regulators,” writes Melnick.

In 1996, assistant secretary of OCR Norma CantĂș sent out a “Letter of Clarification,” which mentioned “proportionality” as a “safe harbor” that would protect schools from investigation. Schools got the message that anything less than statistical parity was risky. Previously, schools had been safe from investigation if they could show they were making good-faith efforts to accommodate student interests and abilities in sports. But CantĂș’s letter represented a radical policy change. It was in effect imposing a quota system—even though the original law explicitly forbade quotas. And the change was made by “administrative fiat,” in Melnick’s words, without a notice-and-comment proceeding or the president’s signature. But the OCR labeled the secretary’s decree a “clarification.” Judges deferred.

Melnick describes the chaos and expense that ensued. Colleges and universities generally have far more female than male students, yet far fewer women than men aspire to participate in varsity athletics. To keep their football teams and avoid losing even more male wrestlers, baseball players, and swimmers, most schools have opted to devote a greater share of their athletic budgets to varsity sports. Untold millions now go to a relatively small group of elite male and female athletes inside the increasingly cloistered, commercialized world of college sports. Melnick wonders what the current regulation-driven system has to do with increasing educational opportunities for young women. The average female college student might have benefited from more federal funding for physical fitness programs. Now, she helps foot the bill for the ever-expanding college athletic-industrial complex.

Proportionality means almost all schools with large football programs must do three (3) things:

1) Dump male sports until they offer only the minimum allowed by NCAA rules,
2) Use roster caps to force remaining male sports to keep their numbers to a minimum, &
3) Add pseudo-sports for women like equestrian, beach volleyball, etc.

All facts, right?  Tough to argue those, isn't it?

Okay, how about we get those Title IX radicals riled up with another fact - one they really go nuts over - Men and Women are DIFFERENT!

 Argue that one, Billie Jean & Nancy...

Quote of the Day


I can sing as well as Fred Astaire can act.

via Leonard Maltin

Burton Leon "Burt" Reynolds, Jr.

Sunday, September 02, 2018

ICYMI



News & Jobs


via Texas Sports
Madison Cox has been reinstated after it was determined her failed test was due to a multivitamin she was taking.  Cox had declared the supplement, but it wasn't tested prior to her original hearing.  More here

The last six months have been a grave and harrowing learning experience that I would not wish on any honest, clean, elite athlete. I know that any supplement – even a multivitamin purported to contain only those ingredients specified on the label and purchased at a local supermarket – can be suspect.

I would advise any athlete who chooses to take supplements to not only consult resources such as USADA’s Supplement 411, but to also make sure that they are third party batch tested to check for any contamination.

I am excited to return to the pool. I also appreciate the support so many people have shown me throughout this trying ordeal.

Supplement was Cooper Complete Elite Athlete


This year's Tex Robertson Highland Lakes Challenge will take place from October 31 through November 4.  More info here

High school swim/dive officials may begin registering now.  Info is here

A couple of admin-type jobs:

The YMCA of Greater Houston needs two (2) association aquatics directors

Gulf Swimming LSC needs an executive director




Weakly Demotivator



Quote of the Day


I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all
to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.

via npr

Henry David Thoreau

Friday, August 31, 2018

Quote of the Day


If I say I'm the best actor for the part,
I mean it and I'm not kidding.

via gettyimages

James Howard Woods

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Quote of the Day


If no one ever took risks, Michelangelo
would have painted the Sistine floor.

via NY Times

Marvin Neil Simon

Monday, August 27, 2018

Quote of the Day


I'm sick and tired of only being asked about
everything that Donald Trump says or does.

via Rolling Stone

John Sidney McCain III

Sunday, August 26, 2018

More Jobs



The Academy of Texas Aquatic Champions, Inc., a year-round swim club that has operated for over 20 years, is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Age Group Assistant Coach. ATAC  trains in far north Dallas at Loos Natatorium and the Greenhill School.

The ideal candidate is passionate about the sport of swimming, is focused on swimmer development and loves children. The candidate will be an assistant coach of our developmental level age group swimmers ranging in age between 5-10 years old. This position will require working late afternoon hours on weekdays, and morning hours on weekends, including weekend hours on meet weekends.

Preferred Qualifications/Expectations

  • Previous Coaching Experience
  • Maintain the safety and background check requirements required to be a USA Swimming Coach Member
  • A Knowledge of Competitive Swimming and Stroke Mechanics to coach developmental swimmers
  • Enthusiastic, Energetic, Positive Role Model, Team-Oriented, Good Communicator
  •  Availability to work evenings and weekends
  • US Citizen or Visa Authority to work in the USA

Compensation

Pay is based upon experience and will be an hourly wage. The Club will cover the costs of required certifications and USA Swimming membership, as well as reimburse approved professional development fees.
HOW TO APPLY:  Contact Head Age Group Coach Sherry Gentry at gentrysherry67@gmail.com
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Dripping Springs YMCA swim coach

Sharks Swim Club assistant coach

North East Houston Aquatics swim coach

Denison HS head swim coach - Robert Rogers 903-462-7620

Town North YMCA aquatics coordinator

City of McAllen aquatics superintendent

Coastal Bend Allstars age-group swim coach

Weakly Demotivator



Quote of the Day


The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.

via Wikipedia

Henry David Thoreau

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Overdue Jobs Post


Longview Metro/Champion head coach

KATY assistant coaches - Travis Sandifer

Southwestern University assistant (M & W)

Department of the Navy (Kingsville) supervisory recreation specialist (sports & aquatics)

Coppell YMCA aquatics coordinator

City of Dallas community recreation program coordinator

South Shore Sails assistant coach

Cypress-Fairbanks Swim Club head site & assistant coaches

Fit-N-Wise head coach

City of Abilene aquatics supervisor


Weakly Demotivator



Quote of the Day


I'm neither Republican nor Democrat.  I've
worked for the past five administrations.

John Owen Brennan

Friday, August 17, 2018

Quote of the Day


Sometimes, what you're looking for is already there.

via songkick

Aretha Louise Franklin