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April 2011


This month's feature article by Chad Durieux, the head coach at Rose Bowl Masters, will help you if you are struggling with sluggish growth or are starting a new team. Coach Durieux analyzes the success he has had in taking his team to the next level.


Additionally, check out the several opportunities to obtain your ASCA/USMS Level 1 and 2 Masters coaching certification.


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Growing and Competing with Your Team
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Chad Durieux
Team growth starts with the coach
Chad DurieuxWhat are the overall goals or purposes of your Masters team? The answer to this question is, in effect, your mission statement. That declaration, in turn, drives the yearly, seasonal, monthly and daily decisions that you as a coach will have to make for your swimmers and their swimming. Read more...

USMS Spring Nationals
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Spring Nationals is next week!
2011 USMS Spring Nationals LogoIn addition to the live event results, be sure to keep up with our daily video recaps of the USMS Spring Nationals at our USMS YouTube ChannelView our videos on YouTube. You will see great swims, inspirational stories, and interviews, with commentary from Olympic gold medalists Misty Hyman and Rowdy Gaines. This along with our FacebookFind us on Facebook and TwitterFollow us on Twitter updates, we've got the meet covered. 
SwimFest '11
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Don't miss this opportunity
Swimfest '11

SwimFest '11 will be held in Atlanta at the Steve Lundquist Aquatic Center. 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 and watch what one of last years participants had to say here.   


We will also have special guest speakers including 2010 SPEEDO/USMS Coach of the Year Bobby Patten. A full list of events can be found on 


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!  


ASCA/USMS Coaching Certification Opportunity
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Pacific Masters hosts Level 1 and 2 certification clinic
Pacific Masters Logo For coaches, the clinic begins with optional ASCA Level 1 & 2 Masters Coaches Certification courses on Friday, June 10 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you haven't been ASCA certified, this is a terrific opportunity to do so.

For more information visit the Excel Weekend website.
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How does your coach inspire you?
Facebook 100 Everyday on our USMS Facebook Page we post interesting articles and questions to over 9,000 USMS Facebook fans. Recently we posted a touching article about a coach who had passed but was not forgotten. If your not a fan, become one today and pass this along to all of your swimmers. Our goal is to reach 10,000 fans!
Deadline Extended for FINA Worlds Coaches
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2012 FINA Masters World Championships - Riccione, Italy
June 3rd - 17th, 2012. The USMS Coaches Committee has created a subcommittee dedicated to International Coaching. USMS sends coaches to The World Championships to provide on-deck support for USMS swimmers in attendance. The swimmers in attendance do not swim for team USA; rather they continue to support their own clubs. However, the coaches are there as USMS representatives and will work to help each and every swimmer who desires it. Coaches should strive to create a sense of unification and a team spirit. Details and application form: (PDF | Word)
What Rule is THAT?!
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Kathy Casey
In-Water Relay Starts
Cathy Kasey

The Coach Asks: A couple of my swimmers have physical issues that make getting in and out of the water difficult. Neither swimmer can go off the blocks. Can a swimmer in a relay who is not leading off start in the water and stay there until the swim is over?


Answer: Yes, a relay swimmer can start from the water and stay in the water holding on to the lane line until the relay is over, and that includes the leadoff swimmer. For example, it is common at nationals to see the members of some relays all holding on to the lane lines after swimming their legs of the relay until all the relays in that heat have finished swimming.


The Rule Book Says:

A relay team member who wishes to enter the water to start from the water ... shall notify the starter and be careful not to disturb or interfere with another swimmer or the timing system pad when in use (101.7.3D, note), and swimmers who cannot exit the water quickly enough to prevent interference with the automatic officiating equipment may be allowed to hold on to the lane line until all relays have finished, allowing them to exit the pool more slowly or via the ladders at the conclusion of the race (101.7.3E, note).


There is one caution, however:

When automatic timing is used, a relay leadoff split will not count for an official USMS time (i.e., for USMS Top 10 and records) if the second swimmer starts in the water (105.2.2E).

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

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