Open Water: Winter Workouts for Summer Success

News from the Deck
For Masters Coaches, By Masters Coaches,
About Masters Coaches

...presented by U.S. Masters Swimming
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It is our goal at U.S. Masters Swimming to assist you as you build, grow, and improve upon your Masters program.  Once a month you will receive "News from the Deck" an e-newsletter designed just for you.  "News from the Deck" will feature U.S. Masters Swimming news and business, content provided by other Masters coaches like yourself, and other useful information provided by various partners and supporters of U.S. Masters Swimming.  We thank you for your continued support and commitment to U.S. Masters Swimming and your athletes.

Swimming for Life!
Your friends at U.S. Masters Swimming
How do you motivate your swimmers?
U.S. Masters Swimming offers two fantastic fitness programs to motivate swimmers of every age and ability. 

Click here
for more information about
Go the Distance

Check Off Challenge

Have you registered your club for 2009?
You must register your club before your members can renew!
It's not too late for your program to participate in the USMS 1-hour Postal Challenge!
Click here for more information

Do Your Swimmers Have Bobble Heads?
Tip of the Month presented by the U.S. Masters Swimming Coaches Committee
While working on freestyle and breaststroke technique ask your swimmers to put a little bit of water in their goggles. Tell your swimmers that in order keep the water on the flat part of the lens rather than in their eyes, that they must keep looking at the bottom of the pool.  Looking down rather than forward will keep the head in line with the spine and will result in better body posture.  

Kerry O'Brien
Walnut Creek Masters
Walnut Creek, CA
Head Coach since 1980
USMS Coach of the Year 1987

Promote Your Club for Free!
"Places to Swim" is one the most popular pages on our website... and you can be a part of it!

"Places to Swim" caters to new U.S. Masters Swimming members looking for a program to call home, or traveling U.S. Masters Swimming members looking for a program with which to train while on the road.

"Places to Swim" is free and will promote your program on, however the success of "Places to Swim" relies on you.  Please update your program's information, and see your Masters program listed. Click here and update your information today!

Utilize Pool Space:
Contribute to the Bottom Line

by Mel Goldstein, Director of Club & Coach Services

Efficient utilization of pool space can increase revenue for your program.  Shown below are two pool configurations in which you can earn additional revenue without giving up valuable lane space during scheduled practice times. 

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Offer the areas in the "T" or "L" shaped pools to another group during your scheduled practice time.  Masters Water Polo players, Masters Synchronized swimmers, and even kayakers are often looking for pool space and, generally, cannot afford standard pool rentals.  Charge these athletes a typical monthly fee for members of your program and, without any additional effort or the sacrifice of lane space, you will have contributed to your bottom line!

Club Assistant Quick Tip
presented by Club Assistant
check markFind your currently registered USMS members by going to and clicking on Member Registration Links. Click on your LMSC or club link to view a list of your members

Calendar Update: February/March

On Deck department calendar entries due to USMS Calendar of Events Editor (Lynn Hazlewood;  for May/June issue of USMS Swimmer Magazine

Approximate mailing date for March/April issue of USMS Swimmer Magazine

Article ideas for July/August issue of USMS Swimmer due to USMS Editor (Bill Volckening;

Open Water/Long Distance individual and relay All-Americans posted on the Open Water/Long Distance webpage

Call for USMS Service Award nominations and USMS Club of the Year sent to LMSCs from USMS Recognition and Award Chair

Deadline for Newsletter Inserts to Douglas Murphy Communications for the May/Jun issue of USMS Swimmer Magazine

Postmark entry deadline for 2009 SC Nationals

All registrations received by today will be included in the mailing of the May/June issue of USMS Swimmer Magazine.

Build Your Own Website
presented by Club Assistant

1. Visit Club Assistant at
2. Select "Set up your USMS Club Assistant Website"
3. Choose from our list of features to add to your website
  • Online membership enrollment
  • Club member rosters
  • Workout schedules
  • Calendar of events
  • Swim meets
  • Social events
  • Credit card charging
4. Automatically create links on your website
  • Link to your program's current U.S. Masters Swimming member roster
  • Link to member registration
  • Link to your LMSC's website
  • Link to and your favorite pages such as the USMS Calendar of Events
5. Spread the word... you have a brand new website!

*Updates and changes to your website are easy by logging in to your Club Assistant portal


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Open Water: Winter Workouts for Summer Success
About U.S. Masters Swimming
U.S. Masters Swimming, founded in 1971, is a membership-operated national governing body that promotes adult health, fitness and wellness through aquatics.  It does so by partnering with more than 1,000 adult swim clubs across the country that offer swim/fitness programs, promoting information via a bimonthly member magazine and, and sanctioning and promoting pool, open water and virtual competitions.  Nearly 50,000 adults are registered members of U.S. Masters Swimming.

About "News from the Deck"
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