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September 2011



Please see important announcements below!

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Free marketing materials are available for USMS programs. Caps, stickers, brochures, etc. You pay shipping.  

Small club? Just starting out? Don't have an advertising budget? We have created free templates that you can use to promote your program, your swim meets and your open water events.


Club Registration Reminder
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Anna Lea Matysek
2012 Club Registration begins October 1st
Zone Map Every club contact will receive an emailed renewal link the first week of October that will allow the club to renew its membership online with a credit card. Online registration is strongly encouraged.

It is important to have your club registered before November 1st. On that date, individual members can begin registering or renewing with USMS for the 2012 membership year. If your club is not registered it will not appear in the pull-down lists and your members will not be able to register with you.

If your club cannot renew online, please contact your local registrar.  You can find your registrar here.  

2012 Spring and Summer Nationals
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Reserve Your Hotels Today
Hotel Hotel room blocks for both the USMS Spring and Summer Nationals have been reserved. Room rates are at their best now and will only go up if you wait to reserve. You can find information on the Spring Nationals here and information on the Summer Nationals here.
USA Swimming Olympic Trials Tickets
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Get Them While You Still Can
Omaha Pool Currently, the only tickets being sold for the Olympic Trials are full session, 8-day passes. USA Swimming has provided USMS with 32 four-day tickets to sell. The tickets are for the prelims and finals sessions on Friday, June 29 through Monday, July 2 (the USMS Summer Nationals start Thursday, July 5). The tickets are in section 219. The tickets are $235 each. Please email Lisa Repassy at the national office to purchase your tickets. They are first come, first serve.
USMS Masters Coach Certification
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Regional Certification Call-out
Coach CertificationHave you taken the USMS Masters Coach Certification courses? If you or your club would like to host a 2012 regional certification program (Level I-II-III) please send requests to Scott Bay, Coaches Committee Vice Chair by November 15, 2011.


Club of the Year Award
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Davis Aquatic Masters Named Club of the Year
Club of year 2011 U.S. Masters Swimming considers club development a priority, and recognizes a club every year with the Club of the Year Award. Masters swim clubs who do the most to promote the values and mission of U.S. Masters Swimming, not only in their communities, but also at the national level, are candidates for this award. This year there were two recipient clubs: Davis Aquatic Masters and the regional club, Michigan Masters.
USMS Coach of the Year Award
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2011 USAS Convention
Chad Durieux

Every year USMS honors a coach who exemplifies the highest standards in Masters coaching, including growth and development of Masters swimming with an all-inclusive approach, club performance in competition, involvement in LMSC and national activities, publications and more. This year's Coach of the Year is Chad Durieux of Rose Bowl Aquatics Masters.



Kerry O'Brien Coaches Award
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2011 USAS Convention
Coaches awarded The U.S. Masters Swimming Coaches Committee initiated a new award in 2008 with the goal of recognizing coaches who are building our membership in communities throughout our country. Originally named the Grass Roots Coaching Award, it has been renamed to honor Coach Kerry O'Brien, who embodies the passion, dedication, and heart that these coaches bring to the pool deck. The 2011 Kerry O'Brien Coaches Award recipients are Diane Bartlet, Jody Smith, Dennie Swan-Scott, Marty Hendrick, Elmer Egelkraut, Ken DeMont, Don Schwartz, Eric Petersen, Rich Axtell, Tom Mester, Brian Stack and Hermine Terhorst.

What Rule is THAT?!
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Kathy Casey
Times Counting for USMS Top 10
Cathy Kasey

The Coach Asks: A couple of my swimmers are going to a "recognized" meet. I want to make sure their times will count for USMS Top 10. Would rule 102.6 (event limit) be a relevant rule for recognition?


Answer: No. 102.6 is not one of the relevant rules that USMS-recognized meets must conform to (the complete list of relevant rules required for recognition are listed in 202.2.1E). All of the relevant rules for recognition are the stroke rules in 101, the rules for swimmers with a disability in 108, and rules that affect the quality of the times; swimwear (102.14.1), timing (103.12.3 and 103.13.1-.4 & .6), records and Top 10 (105.1, 105.2.1 & .2A, and 105.3.2, .7A & .8), and facility standards (107.2.1 & .3A, 107.3, 107.11.1 & .2, and 107.13).


For example, the swimwear rule was added to the list of relevant rules in the 2011 rulebook to prevent the use of illegal high-tech suits that might potentially be allowed at a recognized meet, thus giving swimmers an unfair advantage for faster times as compared to swimmers at USMS sanctioned meets. Allowing more events per day than USMS does, does not give an unfair advantage for better times in events. If anything, it should actually result in slower times as the swimmer competes in additional events at the end of the day.


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

New USMS Video Premieres at Convention
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Masters 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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