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February 2011



There are several opportunities for training, certification and professional growth outlined in this month's issue of STREAMLINES for Coaches. Plus, an exciting new feature at Places to Swim on 

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Protecting Athletes: Open Water Safety Conference
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March 18-20, 2011 San Francisco
USMS Logo 100X100 Protecting Athletes: The Open Water Safety Conference brings together open water and triathlon event directors and event competitors to discuss the best practices and case studies in risk management and open water event safety.

The conference will be at the San Francisco Airport Marriott. The nightly room rate is $113. Call 800-228-9290 to make your reservations. The conference is being sponsored by U.S. Masters Swimming and Pacific Masters LMSC. Register today!
Places to Swim Upgraded
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NEW! Google Maps Geocoded
Map pins USMS has just introduced a brand-new, Places to Swim application. You can now enter a zip code and distance, and you will be taken to a Google map that displays all of the Places to Swim listings within that radius. 

Are your pools listed? Go to Places to Swim, enter your zip code, and find out. If you don't see your pool, you can add it to the list by clicking the appropriate link. This is a great tool when you are traveling and a great tool for traveling swimmers to find YOUR program.
When Swimming is a Priority
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Laura S. Jones
Husky Masters Rally
Husky Masters

The hardest part for many Masters swimmers is fitting a practice into their busy lives. Well, the hardest part for some Husky Masters swimmers comes when they make it to the pool at practice time, only to find the door locked.


The Husky Masters website warns that: "practice times are subject to change due to pool availability." That is often true for Masters teams that have to take what's left after other programs have first choice. But few teams have it as tough as Husky Masters, a workout group of Pacific Northwest Aquatics. Yet, the team is still growing thanks to passionate members and great leadership. "Members will stand out in the cold for an hour just to swim," says Jaki Braggin, 24, and a member of Pacific Northwest Aquatics and membership coordinator for Husky Masters. Read more... 

Tempo Trainer Workout #3
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Cokie Lepinski
Short Axis Focus
Cokie Lepinski

Warm Up

Be sure and do a thorough warm up of 400-700 yards.

This entire workout uses the Tempo Trainer in Mode 1.


4 x 25 Breaststroke Kick with Board

Tempo Trainer set between 1.75 to 1.85

Have the swimmers vary the setting on the TT as they do these 25s to find a pace that feels comfortable. You're looking for EASY kicking, not all out. Read more... 


2011 USMS Spring Nationals
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Officials and Coaches needed
2011 USMS Spring Nationals Logo Qualified officials needed to officiate for the 2011 USMS Spring Nationals in Mesa, Ariz. April 28 - May 1. An application is available online and should be returned by February 18, 2011. Coaches are also encouraged to sign up for on-deck coaching at the event.
SwimFest '11
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Don't Miss This...
Swimfest '11

SwimFest '11 will be held in Atlanta at the Steve Lundquist Aquatic Center. Join us for a weekend of interactive clinics and instruction in a friendly, non-competitive environment. For swimmers, whether you are looking to learn the basics, hone your skills or become a more efficient athlete, SwimFest is for you. All levels and abilities are welcome. For coaches, SwimFest is our interactive education platform. You receive classroom instruction from mentor Masters coaches and the opportunity to put into practice what you learn in supervised on-deck coaching sessions. Read what one of last years participants had to say here.   


Friday, May 20 is a coaches-only round table. Saturday, May 21 is focused on pool swimming and Sunday, May 22 is open water swimming at Lake Peachtree. New for SwimFest 2011-- get certified! We will be offering USMS/ASCA Masters Coach Certification Levels I and II. Register Today!  

      SwimFest Video Promo 

2012 FINA Masters World Championship
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Coaching Application Available

The XIV FINA Masters World Championships will be held in Riccione, Italy June 3rd - 17th, 2012.

The USMS Coaches Committee has created a subcommittee dedicated to International Coaching.  Previously USMS has sent coaches to The World Championships to provide on deck coaching and guidance, and support for USMS swimmers in attendance. The swimmers in attendance will not swim for team USA; rather they will continue to support their own club. However, the coaches are there as USMS representatives and will work to help each and every swimmer that desires it. Coaches should strive to create a sense of unification and a team spirit. Details and application form (PDF | Word formats)

What Rule is THAT?!
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Kathy Casey
Breaststroke Kick for Butterfly
Cathy KaseyThe Coach Asks: One of my swimmers asked me if she can switch to frog kick in the middle of the 200 fly. She uses dolphin kick to begin with but gets tired in the middle. Can she do that?


Answer: Yes. The breaststroke or whip kick may be used exclusively or interchangeably with the dolphin kick while doing the butterfly stroke at any time during the race. Only one breaststroke or whip kick is permitted per arm pull (101.3.3). A swimmer can switch to breaststroke or whip kick (frog kick) at any time during the race. A swimmer could even do one or more dolphin kicks and one breaststroke kick with each arm pull, but only one breaststroke kick is allowed per arm pull. A scissors kicking action is not permitted at any time.


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

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.
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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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