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April 2010

In our technique feature for this issue of STREAMLINES for Coaches, Susan Ingraham helps us teach our swimmers how to press, not pull the water for maximum propulsion.

If you are fielding a team for Atlanta, remind your swimmers that the deadline for registration is tomorrow. Also, upcoming open water and long distance championship events are linked below.

Kathy Casey helps to clarify more rules for us, and the New England Masters Short Course Championships sets a new record, check out the video on our new YouTube channel.

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Give Your Swimmers A Feel for the Water
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Susan Ingraham
Reinforcing the Press, Not a Pull
Susan IngrahamDo you find yourself constantly trying to get your athletes to understand that they can be stronger underwater? Many swimmers don't understand to press their hands against the water rather than pulling the hands through the water. This set and special notes will help reinforce the concept of pressing, not pulling. There are two objectives of this workout:

1. To gain a stronger hold underneath the water

2. To develop a feel for the power that can be generated throughout  the pull phase in Freestyle. [Read more]

SwimFest '10 Incentives
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SwimFest '10 Scheduled June 4-6
SwimFest Logo good Coaches attending SwimFest '10 will receive experience credit for ASCA Levels I, II, III, IV & V under the new U.S. Masters Swimming Coaches Certification Program, provided they are registered with ASCA. Coaches who need assistance can apply for a $300 grant to attend SwimFest '10. Grants are limited therefore will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. If you live in Pacific, North Carolina, South Carolina or Florida, be sure to contact your LMSC as they have indicated that they have scholarship funds set aside.

USA TriathlonTriathlete Coaches will receive 8.5 CEU points for attending SwimFest '10. Only one USAT Coach from each LMSC may apply.
More information on professional development for coaches is contained in this Letter to LMSC Leaders. if you have further questions contact Mel Goldstein, Club and Coach Services Coordinator.
2010 Short Course National Championships
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Get Your Entries in Today!
SC Nats LogoDo not delay, all entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. EDT on April 15, which is TOMORROW. Online entry is available to make it easy for your swimmers to get signed up. The Georgia Tech Aquatic Center played host to the 1996 Olympic Games and now the 2010 U.S. Masters Swimming Short Course Nationals. Get your team organized and get to Atlanta for some fast swimming and fun.
2010 FINA Worlds Masters Coaching
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Still Accepting Applications - Deadline Extended
FINA WorldsMasters coaches needed for World Championships team in Sweden. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to represent U.S. Masters Swimming overseas. Fill out this online application. April 17th is the application deadline. For additional information contact Heather Howland.
2010 Long Distance & Open Water Upcoming Events
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Don't Delay in Signing Up Your Team

USMS's Premier Open Water Series
H2Open Series
What Rule is THAT?!
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Kathy Casey
Splits, Counters and Choice Events
Cathy KaseyButterfly Split from IM: 
The Coach Asks: Can a swimmer get an official butterfly split time from an IM and have it count for records and top 10?

Answer:Yes, if the split time is recorded by fully automatic timing, the swimmer completes the race without being disqualified, and the swimmer requests the split in writing before the conclusion of the meet. Article 103.13.2 specifically lists the fly leg of the IM as an example of a split (also see 103.13.1 and 105.2.2). For example, the swimmer could get an official 50 fly split time and an official 100 fly split time from the 400 IM, and both split times could count as official times for USMS records and Top 10. 

Warning Signal: 
The Coach Asks: Why isn't there a warning signal for events 400 yards and longer as indicated by 102.10.6?

Answer:Article 102.10.6A says a swimmer may have a counter for events of 16 lengths or more instead of 400 yards or more. The only individual event in yards with 16 lengths is the 400 IM and it is specifically excluded from this "counter" rule. The next event in yards with more than 16 lengths is the 500 free. Article 103.8.7 states that a starter will provide a warning signal in events 500 yards or longer.

Events Labeled "Choice" or "Open" (Illegal):  
The Coach Asks: Can a meet entry limit each swimmer to one 200 event by offering an event called "200 Open" or "200 Choice" and let the swimmers each choose the stroke to swim?

Answer: You can limit each swimmer to one 200 event, but you cannot call the event "200 Open" or "200 Choice." Only recognized distances and strokes as listed in article 102.5 are considered for USMS Top 10 and records; in this case, 200 free, back, breast, fly, or IM, not "open" or "choice." An official time can only be achieved in that event or stroke entered, and freestyle events only count for freestyle regardless of which stroke is used (103.13.2), so don't call it "200 free" either. 102.10.1B allows combining events of the same distance 200 yards or longer. In your meet information, consecutively list the events to be combined and on the entry form (sample below), instruct each swimmer to enter only one of those events, and have enough officials to cover the different events that might be combined in a heat. In the meet information state how you will seed the stroke choices, so it's easier for officials to judge. A sample for an entry form follows:

Event #4-8 200 meters (choose only one) free, back, breast, fly, IM.
For any questions about rules contact Kathy Casey, USMS Rules Chair.
ASCA World Clinic
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Masters Level I Coaches Certification offered
ASCAAug 30 - Sept 5 in Indianapolis. USMS and ASCA are offering, for the first time, a Masters Level I Coaches Certification course. August 30 and 31 Jim Halstead from USMS Club and Coach Services will host an 8-hour course for new Masters coaches. Topics include: stroke construction and correction; dry land training; risk management; coaching special needs swimmers, open water swimmers and triathletes; workout development and management; and "Build your Coaching Tool Box."

On September 2, Coaches David Marsh and Patty Waldron will be on hand. Waldron is head coach of the very successful SWIMMac Masters program in Charlotte, N.C. and will share ways to help you grow your Masters team and much more.
LMSC Coaches Chairs Needed
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Get Involved
LMSC MapThere may be an opportunity for you to make more of a difference at the LMSC level. Contact your LMSC leaders and find out what you can do to assist other coaches in your LMSC. Some LMSCs have vacancies in their Coaches Chair positions, and they might be looking for someone just like you.
Record Attendance at New England Meet
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New England Short Course Championships
Rick Osterberg has been the meet director for the New England Masters Short Course Championships for the past ten years. This meet is one of the largest Masters meets in the country, rivaled only by the USMS National Championship events. Osterberg and his staff work hard to make this meet as comfortable and fun as possible for both swimmers and coaches. Keeping them coming back year after year. Watch the video below, to see how it turned out this year.

NE SCY Champs Video
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