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October 2011


This month's SLC contains some unique opportunities for coaches. Also--please make sure your USMS club is registered by October 31. 

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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.


What Makes a Great Coach
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Lisa Wolf
Are You A Great Coach?
Lisa Wolf

What is it that makes coaches great? Is it their workouts, their motivational skills, their knowledge of swimming? It's an interesting question and if you posed it to 10 people, I bet you would get 10 different answers.


Over time, as a swimmer and as a coach, I've learned many things, but a few basic tenets of good coaching keep popping up over and over again. To me, coaching is "the journey that never ends" and I wanted to share some of the ideas I've tucked away in my coaching toolbox. Read more...
USMS Club and Coach Services Director Job Opening
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USMS to Hire a Club and Coach Services Director
USMS Logo 100X100 The Club and Coach Services Director position is the business unit leader for USMS Club and Coach Services. This position is full time and located in the USMS national office in Sarasota, Fla. The overall responsibilities of this position will be to provide leadership to the USMS Club and Coach Services division by collaborating with the executive director, other USMS business unit leaders, and the USMS Coaches Committee to develop short-term and long-term strategies that align with the U.S. Masters Swimming business plan. Candidates may confidentially submit their applications online.
Tips for the Open Water Swimmers in Your Program
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Fall and Winter Open Water Training
Mallory Mead As the 2011 open water season wraps up, it is time to set sights to the 2012 season. Even though most of our swimmers will be confined to pool training for the months that lay ahead, it's never too early to start preparing them for the 2012 season. Here are some tips for making all and winter really count for your open water swimmers Read more...
30-Day Trial Period Available
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Maintaining USMS Insurance Coverage
Coach Services For those new swimmers who want to participate in your workouts but do not want to wait until November 1 to register for 2012 or pay for an "end of year" USMS membership, they can use the 30-Day Tryout!
Unregistered swimmers may try out USMS with a club or workout group. The tryout period must not exceed 30 consecutive days in any 12-month period, during which time the swimmer may participate in swim practices only.
To maintain USMS insurance coverage (which covers registered members only, but not the swimmer who is trying out), each tryout swimmer must fill out the standard membership application form. The coach or contact person should make sure that the liability release is properly signed, write "30-Day Tryout" in the margin, and retain the form for the 30-day period. When the swimmer elects to join USMS, it is then a simple matter to cross out the annotation, attach the check, and forward the application
to the local registrar.
Share Your Knowledge Through Online Coaching
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Apply to be an Online Coach
Coach on Deck The USMS Online Coaching Program provides regular themed practices from qualified coaches to interested members through the USMS website. Applications for the 2012 program are now being accepted. This year the highly successful program has been expanded to now include seven different themes: High Volume, High Intensity, Strokes & IM, Fitness & Beginners, Expectant and New Mothers, Open Water and Triathlon.

Coaches who wish to participate in this program, which includes a stipend, may download an application in PDF format. The application deadline is November 15, 2011.
Is Your Club Registered?
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Make Sure Your Club is Registered by November 1
Register The club renewal process is underway. All clubs that were registered in 2011 have been sent an email containing a customized renewal link. The link allows the club to renew online with a Visa or MasterCard.

The goal is to have all clubs renewed by October 31. Members can begin registering for 2012 the following day, November 1. If a club has not renewed its membership for 2012, members will not be able to join that club during the registration process.

The LMSC registrars should be creating their paper registration forms and setting their LMSC fees in the registration software.  The registration form template can be found in the USMS Guide to Operations registration section.

The National Office will begin sending renewal reminders to all 2011 members on November 1, per the membership retention plan schedule. The registrars are encouraged to send additional communications to their members as they see fit.

Once again, USMS will be offering sponsor discounts to all members who register for 2012 by December 31. Eight sponsors will be participating this year. Members will receive coupon codes in their registration receipts.  
FINA World Masters Championships
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Extended Deadline for Assistant Coaches
FINA Logo Would you like to be an assistant coach at the 14th FINA World Masters Championships in Riccione, Italy? This is your chance! We have extended the deadline for assistant coaches until October 31st. We will accept applications and select three coaches to work with Frank Marcinkowski in Riccione. If you are interested, please download and fill out a PDF application or Word application.

Full Time Masters Coach Job Opening
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Asphalt Green Seeking Full Time Coach
Asphalt Green Masters Swimmers 2010 USMS Club of the Year Asphalt Green is seeking a full time Masters Coach for their over 300 member team in New York City. The ideal candidate will be a creative coach that can design workouts with competitive goals in mind. More information on this job opening can be found on the USMS Forums.
What Rule is THAT?!
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Kathy Casey
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Cathy Kasey

The Coach Asks: I was told at a short course meters meet that we couldn't have counters for the 400 freestyle. Is that true?


Answer: No. A swimmer may appoint a counter for events of 16 lengths or more except for the individual medley (USMS 102.10.6A). It is a violation of USMS rules to deny a swimmer a counter for events of 16 lengths or more except for the IM. However, even though USMS allows counters for the 400 freestyle, note that there is no warning signal for the 400 freestyle, because a starter or designee shall sound a warning signal in events 500 yards or longer (USMS 103.8.7).


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

Masters Coaching Opportunities
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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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