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January 2011


Happy New Year to all the hard-working coaches out there who make Masters swimming such a special part of so many people's lives.

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Tempo Trainer Workout #2
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Cokie Lepinski
Long Axis Focus
Cokie Lepinski

Warm Up

Be sure to give a thorough warm up of 400-700 yards.

The following sets use Mode 1 of the Tempo Trainer.

12 x 50 Free on :50 to 1:00

Start Tempo Trainer @ 1.10, reduce by .06 after every 2nd 50.

For most, the 1.10 and even the 1.04 rate may be agonizingly slow. Encourage them to relax, reach, and find rhythm with these slower tempo 50s. The .80 will be a challenging tempo for those with a slow stroke count. Have swimmers note their times on the 50s. Which setting provided them with the fastest 50? Which setting felt more efficient? Read more...

Year-Round Motivation
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Check-Off Challenge
Check off challenge The Check-Off Challenge is a postal event designed to motivate swimmers to complete 18 pool events and an open water swim during the 2011 calendar year. Simply "Check-off" each swim on your t-shirt when you complete the event. Sign up your entire team and use the event as a team challenge. Spread out the events over a period of time during practice sessions, progressively building up to the tougher events. The entire team can work together, completing all of the events. The event is open to registered Masters swimmers. Enter by filling out the entry form or enter online. You must have your 2011 registration number before you can enter.

Nike Go The Distance
Go The Distance

Go The Distance is a self-directed program intended to encourage Masters swimmers to regularly exercise and track their progress. There is no time limit for the distance milestones, except that they must be achieved in the calendar year 2011. GTD is on the honor system - you track the distance you swim. Daily, weekly, or monthly, you enter that information into your online Fitness Log (FLOG). When you achieve certain milestones, ranging from 50 miles through 1500 miles, you will be recognized on the U.S. Masters Swimming website and will receive special prizes from Nike Swim, our event title sponsor for the event.

Is Your Team Ready for Spring Nationals?
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2011 Spring Nationals
2011 USMS Spring Nationals Logo The Spring Nationals are only three months away. We know you are planning for it. Have you made your team hotel reservations yet? For more information visit our Spring Nationals event page. We'll see you there!
Speedo One-Hour Swim Ends January 31st
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Speedo One Hour Postal National Championship
2011 One Hour Postal For 34 years running, the annual One-Hour Postal Swim only takes place during the month of January. Entrants swim as far as possible in one hour. Your event results are to be sent in electronically or by mail so you can compare your swimmers to other swimmers doing the same event. The recorded distance (total yards swum) that you submit determines the order of finish. This is a USMS sanctioned event and all participants must be registered for 2011 with USMS (or the equivalent organization for non-U.S. swimmers).
What Rule is THAT?!
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Kathy Casey
Rule Book Differences
Cathy Kasey

The Coach Asks: One of my swimmers was warned by an official that he could be disqualified for doing a headfirst entry instead of a feet-first entry when entering the water for a backstroke start. I can't find that rule in the USMS Rulebook. Where is that rule?


Answer: That rule is in the high school rulebook (NFHS Rules, Rule 8, Section 1, Article 2 and Article 3b), not in the USMS Rule Book. Differences between USMS Rules and the rules of the other swimming governing bodies are in Appendix B of the USMS Rulebook. Find out your officials' certification or for which swimming organization(s) they typically officiate and make sure they know about the "Differences" documents in the USMS Rulebook. In this case, the official probably did the bulk of his officiating at high school meets. Give that official the "Differences Between USMS and NFHS Rules," found in Appendix B and note MS1.2 in that document.


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

2010 Convention Videos Available
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USAS Convention
USMS Logo 100X100 Video of the workshops from convention are now available online! Ten videos were posted from the 2010 U.S. Aquatics Sports convention in Dallas, Texas held September 15th - 19th, 2010. Don't miss out on some great information that was shared. Special thank you to Chris Lundie for making this possible.
Have Your Swimmers Renewed Their Membership?
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Tracking renewals is easy
computer 100 It's easy to see whether your swimmers have renewed their USMS memberships. This information is always available, in real-time, through the USMS web site. To view your team's roster, just follow these steps:

1)  Go to
2)  Click the blue "Local Programs" tab across the top
3)  Select your LMSC from the map or the pull-down list
4)  About halfway down the page, under "LMSC Size," select the hyperlinked word "members"

The resulting page displays a list of every member of your LMSC. You can filter this list by club by choosing a club from the top of the page.  You can also filter the list by workout group.

Until the end of January, this list will display both your club's 2010 and 2011 members. This makes it easy for you to view who has not yet renewed.
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 in a position or you hire a coach, please update your posting to save time for others who follow you to this helpful forum.
Please Support USMS Partners!
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   TYR       TriSwim
Speedo      Nike Swim     Kiefer Swim Shop

 Kastaway Swimwear     Hammer Nutrition     2010 Finis Logo Black

    All American Swim Supply   Endless Pools     Colorado Time Systems   

  blueseventy       Agon Swim       All American Swim Supply

Affinity Partners
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Liberty Mutual         ISHOF
               Exercise medicine         All American Swim  Supply

               Chammyz     Bank of America

Media Partners
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Bearcat Masters   Swimming World   

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.

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