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June 2011



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Fliers Developed by the Coaches Committee
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USMS has created templates for fliers that you can use to promote your USMS program, swim meets and open water swims. Simply open the flier and type in your information. Then print the flier and post it at your facility or sponsor locations. You can also email it to your members, to other USMS clubs, to triathlon groups, your local media, etc.

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USMS Calendar of Events
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Make sure your events are listed on the USMS Calendar of Events! We have had some exciting upgrades to this feature and more are in the works. It has some new search features so that swimmers can find meets and events in your area. To upload an event, just fill out the COE Request to Add an Event online form.

The Real World Impact of Coaches and Teammates
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One Swimmer's Open Letter to Coaches and Teammates
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Kalpana Nathan didn't think if herself as an athlete until she joined her local Masters team, at the suggestion of a colleague, who happened to be a coach and top tier Masters swimmer. Her coaches and teammates have made a huge difference in her life. She is probably a lot like someone on your team. Read her story here.

2011 USMS Summer Nationals
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Auburn University August 3rd - 6th
2011 Summer Nationals

The 2011 USMS Summer Nationals is an exceptional opportunity for your swimmers to participate in a great meet at one of the world's fastest pools. Auburn University has a collegiate history like no other, producing some of the fastest swimmers to walk (or swim) the planet. Not only is it a great facility to race, the surrounding area has a treasure trove of things to do. Read more about this in SWIMMER and get your team signed up online or by mail today!  

Coaches, if you would like to volunteer as an On-Deck Coach at these nationals please visit our On-Deck coaching page.  

2013 Open Water and Postal Bids Due
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Your Team Can Host A National Championship Event
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How would you like to be the host team for one of our national championship events? Well it's bid submission time again, so here is your chance.


The Long Distance Committee would like to encourage interested hosts to submit bids for the 2013 USMS Open Water and Postal National Championships Bids are due by August 1. Bids will also be accepted for the 2012 9+ Mile Open Water National Championship. The event was officially added to the rule book in 2011 and there were no bidders for 2012.
Bids and questions can be directed to the Long Distance Chair

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What Rule is THAT?!
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Kathy Casey
Automatic Submission of Splits
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The Coach Asks: Are splits, except for backstroke events, automatically submitted from nationals even without a split request?


Answer: Usually but not always. The meet program at each national championship meet publishes information about splits for that meet, so be sure to read the meet program when you arrive to find out if automatic submission of splits will be offered. In order to automatically report the splits from nationals for USMS Top 10 and Records, the following five criteria must be in place: 

  1. The meet host must agree to offer automatic submission of splits.
  2. The officials must agree to watch all relays for second swimmers interfering with the touch pads by starting in the water or standing on the tops of the touch pads when starting from the edge of the pool.
  3. The technology must be available to search all the splits except those from individual backstroke events and disqualifications for national/world records and build a Top 10 report from the splits for submission to USMS. This technology is separate from that managing the meet.
  4. A written request for all splits for all swimmers for all events except for individual backstroke events must be submitted. Currently the Rules Chairman does this for each national meet that agrees to automatically submit splits. Backstrokers must still submit individual split requests except for the 200 medley relay.
  5. The head lane timer in each lane must verify that the name of the leadoff swimmer on the card is actually the first swimmer competing in the relay.

The option for automatic split submission is currently offered only at national championship meets.


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?
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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 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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