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October 2010


Coaches ... Please see the important notice below and make sure your club is registered before the end of October. Swimmer registration starts on November 1.

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What is Your Coaching Style?
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Michael Daley
Coaching Silently

Michael DaleySome swim coaches are classified as "yellers" or "shouters" because they call out instructions to their swimmers while they are in the water. As a young swimmer, I had a yeller coach, and I never heard what she said. I could see an animated adult trying to shout instructions from her poolside location or, sometimes, running next to  me with her mouth moving and face flushed. I knew sounds were coming out, and they seemed important, but I couldn't hear what they were. Read more

Mike Daley, 60, is a triathlete and swimmer with Illinois Masters. A level III ASCA certified swim coach, Daley currently coaches the Chicago Wolfpack Age Group team. He is also a Total Immersion Sr. Coach. He was a 1970 All-American swimmer at Grinnell College.
What Rule is THAT?!
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Kathy Casey
Rule Changes from Convention
Cathy Kasey

The Coach Asks: I heard that USMS was considering approving tech suits for short course yards pool competition. Did the swimwear rules for pool competition change?

Answer: No. The swimwear rules for pool competition did not change. However, the following major changes were made to USMS rules at the USMS convention in September:

  1. Initial splits and relay leadoff splits can be recorded by a minimum timing level of two watches for USMS Top 10.
  2. Applications and supporting data for national records must be submitted to USMS within 90 days of the end of the season.
  3. When a moveable bulkhead is used, the length of the course must be confirmed prior to the start of the meet.   
  4. An adjustable setting back plate may be used on a starting platform.
  5. Three new schedules of events have been selected for Nationals.

For any questions about rules contact Kathy Casey, USMS Rules Chair.

Is Your Club Registered?
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Renewal Notice!
Register Club registration for 2011 is underway. Many of our clubs, 194 so far, have already renewed for 2011. But we still have almost 500 clubs to go.

Members cannot join a club if it has not yet renewed its membership. Individual 2011 membership renewals begin on November 1st, so clubs need to act quickly.

By now your club representative should have received an emailed renewal notice. If your club has not received a notice, please contact your local registrar. You can find your registrar by searching on your

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Surprisingly Successful Small Town Program
Head Coach Patti Scott-Baier of Tuolumne County Aquatic Masters received a Kerry O'Brien Coaching Award for 2010. With 470 registered USMS members, TCAM is located in Sonora, Calif., a town of only 5,000 people. Find out how Coach Scott-Baier and her team got almost 10 percent of the town on their roster and their secrets to success.
TCAM Masters

Coaching Opportunities
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Looking for a Coach? Looking for a Team?
Coaching from Deck
USMS maintains a discussion forum on to match up coaches and teams. The Coaching Forum has several current threads posted; check back for frequently for updates. And remember, if you are hired for a position or you hire a coach, please update your posting to save time for others who follow this helpful forum.

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               Exercise medicine         All American Swim  Supply

                  Chammyz     Bank of America

Media Partners
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About Us
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About U.S. Masters Swimming
U.S. Masters Swimming U.S. Masters Swimming, founded in 1970, is a membership-operated national governing body that promotes adult health, fitness, wellness and competition through aquatics. It does so by partnering with more than 1,000 adult swim programs across the country; promoting information via the bi-monthly member magazine, SWIMMER, monthly e-newsletter, STREAMLINES, and; and by sanctioning and promoting pool, open water and virtual competitions. More than 50,000 adults are registered members of U.S. Masters Swimming.

About STREAMLINES for Coaches
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