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July 2011


We hope you enjoy this issue of STREAMLINES for Coaches.


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Club and Coach Services
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Midwest & East - Mel Goldstein

Marketing materials are available for USMS programs.

Welcoming New Members
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New Members? Reach Out to Them Right Away
Coach Services

Do you occasionally have someone sign up for your team without coming to the pool first? With more and more people finding us on the web at, especially places to swim, this can happen.

You can monitor this by making sure that when someone registers for USMS and signs up for your club, you get an email letting you know.

Just let your local registrar know that you would like to receive a notification email when a new member joins your club. All the registrar will need is a valid email address.

You can find your local registrar by clicking the blue "Local Programs" tab on, then selecting your LMSC, then selecting "LMSC Officers."

Once you have this in place, you will receive an email each time someone registers for your club. This is a great way to track your regular members during the renewal months and a way to make sure you send out the welcome wagon when a new member joins.

Want to Host an Open Water Championship?
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Bid to Host a 2013 Open Water Championship
Open waterThere is still time to get your bid in to host a 2013 Open Water Championship event. Fill out the appropriate bid form which can be found on the Open Water and Long Distance page at Email it back by August 1, 2011. Attachments to the bid form, such as maps for OW swims, logos, and pertinent event details, are not required but will definitely be considered. A safety plan for the OW events is required to be submitted with the bid.

Volunteer Recognition
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Reward Those Who Give So Much

The Awards and Recognition Committee has developed resources to assist you in recognizing volunteers making a difference in your club or LMSC. View the link in the LMSC Guide to Operations, or contact for help.


Opportunities for Certification
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Certification Available at These Events
USMS Certification ASCA World Clinic - Level I & II
This years ASCA World Clinic will be held in San Diego, Calif. - September 9 - 10

USAS Convention - Level I & II
The 2011 USAS Convention will be held in Jacksonville, Fla. - September 14

Why certification? The training, education, and development of professional USMS Masters coaches will provide USMS with the highest degree of aquatic leadership. One key to growing a successful adult aquatic fitness program is growing a certified, professional USMS Masters coach. You may be eligible for financial aid through your LMSC to attend these certification courses.
What Rule is THAT?!
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Kathy Casey
Official Times from Splits
Cathy Kasey The Coach Asks: Can a swimmer get an official time for an initial butterfly split from an IM?

Answer: Yes, as long as it meets the timing requirement (two watches or two buttons or automatic timing for USMS Top 10; three watches or three buttons or automatic timing for national and world records). The USMS Rule Book lists that specific example in 103.13.2, "Official Time," on page 26, because swimmers have erroneously been denied official butterfly split times from the IM in the past. The first two lines of 103.13.2 ("an official time for an event or stroke can only be achieved in that event or stroke, or in an initial distance of such event or stroke"), might make one think that a split time for the fly portion of the IM might not be allowed as an official time so that example is listed. 101.6, "Individual Medley," on page 4, specifically names butterfly as "the first one-fourth" of the IM; therefore an official split time for the butterfly portion(s) of the IM can be achieved in the IM if the timing requirements noted above are met. This is the same scenario as getting an official backstroke split time for the relay leadoff of a medley relay, and no one questions that as an official split time. Similar to the IM, 101.7.2, "Medley Relay," on page 5, lists backstroke as the first one-fourth of the medley relay.

For any questions about rules contact Kathy Casey, USMS Rules Chair.
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blueseventy Sponsored Athlete
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Want To Be A Sponsored Athlete?

At The USMS Summer Nationals Blueseventy is going to be giving you the chance to become a sponsored athlete. One male and one female will be selected for the blueseventy PERFORMANCE AWARD and will win a twelve month blueseventy sponsorship package including race suits, training suits, goggles and more.

One winner will also be selected for the blueseventy ALL AROUND AWARD, and will win a blueseventy swim pack and partial sponsorship deal. Register Online, or drop by the Blueseventy booth at the Summer Nationals in Auburn.  

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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Affinity Partners
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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.

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