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

...presented by U.S. Masters Swimming
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Well, spring is officially here and we are all in need of a little spring cleaning.  Now is the time to "clean" up your websites!  Have you swapped out the old logo and replaced it with the new U.S. Masters Swimming logo? Click here to find the new U.S. Masters Swimming logo and style guide, which indicates proper usage.  Incorporating the U.S. Masters Swimming logo in your LMSC, club, workout group and personal websites and blogs will bring additional value to your brand while continuing to build the equity of U.S. Masters Swimming and what it believes in: healthy adults, fast swimming and fun in the water!

Swimming for Life!
Your friends at U.S. Masters Swimming
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to learn more about this free opportunity available for any U.S. Masters Swimming coach!

SwimFest'09 is also certified by USA Triathlon.  If you attend as a coach you will earn 7.5 credits towards your USA Triathlon Coaching Certification.


Do you have this button on your club, workout group or personal website?  Cut, paste and link it to today!

Corporate Sponsor Page for Your Meet Programs
The corporate sponsor appreciation page is now available for download and each meet director is encouraged to include this page in meet programs and other event information packets.  Two versions of the corporate sponsor page are available: one in full color and one in black and white. 

Click here to find the link to the corporate sponsor page.

21st Century Coaching:
Lifetime-Improvement Swimming

by Terry Laughlin; Total Immersion

Among Total Immersion coaches, the word Kaizen--Japanese for "continuous improvement"--has become a mantra for a sense of optimism and aspiration about improving as we age that we hope to inspire in every swimmer we teach. This mantra is well suited for any Masters coach, because guiding mature swimmers through the aging process is a special opportunity. Did you know you hold a key to the fountain of youth?  Terry Laughlin shares his philosophy on coaching adults and fostering continued improvement....Read more

32 coaches are already signed up and the coaching community is buzzing... 

Register for SwimFest '09 today while spots are still available!

Start Something New:
Creating an Event from Scratch
by Doug Adamavich

Doug Adamavich of Arizona Masters has created an event of his own.  He shares The Challenge, The Process, The Result, The Lessons Learned and The Takeaway from creating an event from scratch and some tips to help you get something started... read more.

Calendar Update: April/May

Received entry date deadline for SC Nationals (paper entries)

Online entry deadline for SC Nationals

On Deck department calendar entries due to USMS Calendar of Events Editor for July/August issue of USMS Swimmer Magazine

First call for requests for Delegate-at-large appointment-due in writing to President (Rob Copeland; and Secretary (Meg Smath;

Approximate mailing date for May/June issue of USMS Swimmer

Deadline for submission of information to be included in the spring issue of Streamlines... from the National Office

Other deadlines this month
Article ideas for Sept/Oct issue of USMS Swimmer due to USMS Editor (Bill Volckening;

U.S. Masters Swimming Short Course National Championship
Ransom Arthur Award Winner announced

Deadline for swimmers to be registered to receive the July/August issue of USMS SWIMMER

Election Committee accepts nominations for any positions without candidates

SwimFest '09

Online Club Management: Data Management

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Coaches, are you storing all your members' data on the local C drive of your personal computer?  Do you have a back-up solution?  Can you take all pertinent member data safely with you when you travel to meets or conventions?

The data you are storing probably includes personal information such as member name, address, birth date, age, competition age group, email address, and phone number.  You may also have membership information such as billing plans, billing dates, billing rates, payment methods, payment history, and much more.

Besides coaching, data management may be the biggest part of your job, and a job you should take very seriously because your club members have trusted that you will keep their sensitive data secure.

Club Assistant recommends that you use Online Club Management to store your member data on secure servers with automatic backups.  This provides the convenience of logging in to your account and managing your data from anywhere you have web access.  Most importantly, the data is SAFE.  Club Assistant's carrier grade Tier-1 data center features:
  • 24x7x365 on-site support staff
  • Access controlled by key cards and electro-mechanical locks
  • Interior and exterior electronic surveillance
  • Redundant OC3 connections through multiple network service providers
  • 1.25-megawatt diesel power generator
  • Redundant uninterruptible power supplies
  • Zoned HVAC for temperature and humidity control
  • Sophisticated smoke detection and fire suppression systems
  • Raised floors with under-floor leak detection system
  • Single-story building with seismically braced equipment racks
Your Club Assistant can be set up in a matter of days (with NO setup fee) and you can begin using it immediately.  Our customer support takes pride in providing quality service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   We help you get started and work with you until you are comfortable with using Club Assistant for your team.

Questions? Call Club Assistant at 888-794-6638 or email us at

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.

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