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November 2011


Coaches receive STREAMLINES for Coaches if they checked the "I coach Masters swimmers" box when completing their individual registrations. If you are a new coach, welcome! We hope you find SLC to be useful.


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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.


Masters Coach Certification
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USMS Level I and II Certification Location Nominations
USMS Certification The USMS Club and Coach Development team and the USMS Coaches Committee are in the final stages of planning for the 2012 Masters Coach certification program. If you are are interested in hosting a USMS Coach certification course in your LMSC, please contact Mel Goldstein or Scott Bay as soon as possible with the your dates. We would like to assign instructors and promote your Masters Coach certification course in your LMSC and on the USMS and ASCA websites for maximum exposure. Please respond right away!

Alternative Freestyle Drill
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Scott Bay
One-Arm Freestyle with a Twist
Scott Bay

We have all done one-arm freestyle as a drill. Traditionally it is done with one arm out in front and the other arm is the stroking arm. The theory is that it allows the swimmer to concentrate on the movement of just one arm.


As an alternative, try having your swimmers place the non-stroking arm at their sides. This variation allows for the swimmer to do a few things in the same drill. Yes, of course they should concentrate on the stroking arm, but you can also emphasize rotation and timing of the breathing.


Breathing is done to the non-stroking side and done every stroke cycle. This stretches the stroke out a bit and gets a lot of swimmers into the right breathing position.


Done correctly, this is a great but VERY SLOW drill. Done incorrectly, swimmers will still swim flat and rush the stroke. Check out this video of the drill. 


USMS, LMSC, Club, Workout Group/Chapter

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Tracy Grilli
Where Does Your Program Fit?
Asphalt Green Masters Swimmers

What are you and how do you explain this to your swimmers?

When members register, they register for U.S. Masters Swimming, the national governing body for Masters Swimming in the United States.

Local Masters Swimming Committees (LMSCs) are the subordinate organizations of the corporation with the responsibility of overseeing and communicating with the clubs, workout groups/chapters and members within their boundaries. There are 52 LMSCs. Prospective members and clubs join USMS through their LMSCs. The LMSC officers are their primary contacts with USMS.

Some of our members do not understand these organizational relationships, they just need a membership card so they can swim in a workout or compete at a sanctioned event.

  • Do the swimmers you coach know that they are a member of USMS and what the benefits of membership are? 
  • Do the swimmers you coach know what an LMSC is and in which LMSC they reside? 
  • Do the swimmers you coach know if the program they swim with is a club or workout group/chapter?

Coaches--you are the closest contacts to our swimmers and often the only contact swimmers have with USMS, especially if they do not compete in meets. Please take the time to educate them on who we are and what the benefits of membership are. Explain the club/LMSC/USMS relationships and encourage them to participate in LMSC meetings and events. If your club is further divided into workout groups or chapters, explain to them how your program relates to the other programs in your club, LMSC and USMS.

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. All applications must be submitted by November 18, 2011.
Keep Track of Your Registered Swimmers Online
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Anna Lea Matysek
USMS Member Registrations
Join Renew ButtonDo you ever wonder if your members are registered with USMS or not? Did you have the ability to view a roster of your club's current members any time you like? It's easy, just follow these simple steps and you will be able to track who is registered and who it not.

  • Go to
  • Click the blue "Local Programs" tab across the top
  • Select your LMSC from the map
  • On your LMSC's information page, about halfway down the page, click the "xxx members" link next to the "LMSC Size" heading
The resulting list displays all currently-registered members within your LMSC. To filter this list for just your club, click your club's link at the top of the page.
Are You and Your Coaches Registered with USMS?
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Receive all the Benefits of USMS
CoachingAre you currently coaching USMS swimmers, but are not registered with USMS? You might want to consider the benefits and importance of membership.

Every member receives SWIMMER magazine, which is loaded with great articles, technique features and training information. STREAMLINES newsletters like this one are sent monthly to help keep you updated on all the news USMS coaches need. You will also have access to the members-only section of the USMS web site, which includes workouts written by six USMS coaches. More importantly you will be covered by USMS insurance policies. Register today! 


What Rule is THAT?!
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Kathy Casey
Swimming Any Style During a Freestyle Event
Cathy Kasey

The Coach Asks: One of my swimmers was disqualified in the 500 freestyle. The swimmer did breaststroke and was disqualified because the swimmer's head went under water during each cycle of breaststroke. Was the call correct?


Answer: No, because that is the swimmer's style of stroke during freestyle as allowed in 101.5.2 "...the swimmer may swim any style." Your swimmer was swimming on the surface satisfying, "Some part of the swimmer must break the surface of the water throughout the race...", and briefly dipping the head below the surface during each stroke is that swimmer's style of stroke. That is different than being completely submerged for 15 meters. However, caution the swimmer that during freestyle, when using the underwater breaststroke pullout at the start and turns, the swimmer's head must break the surface at 15 meters (101.5.2).


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


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 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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