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December 2011


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Northwest, AZ, NM, South Central & Dixie:

Susan Ingraham

Midwest & East: Mel Goldstein

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.


Quick Tip for Different Skill Levels
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Coach Stu Kahn, DAM
Too Many Different Abilities and Not Enough Lanes?
Stu KahnTry using timed sendoffs instead of intervals. Have the group all do 8 x (somethings) on 3:15. The fast swimmers can do 225s, the almost fast swimmers can do 175s and the soon-to-be fast swimmers can do 125s. Everybody else in between picks the ideal distance for them as well. Even within a single lane it's possible to have the swimmers go different lengths.

Boring Kick Sets? Mix It Up With Kick Drills! 

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Coach Lisa Wolf, ANCM and DCAC Masters
Kick Drills for All

January is fast approaching and the number of swimmers at practice may grow as the triathletes reemerge from their recovery stage and swimmers with New Year's resolutions and maybe a few regulars make their way back to the pool. What's a coach to do? ... DRILL! Read more...



2012 USMS Coach Certification Courses
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Several Planned Locations Around The Country
USMS Certification Do you have your USMS Masters Coach Certification? In 2010 there were 27 coaches certified with USMS Level I and II. By the end of 2011 the number jumped to over 250 coaches with certifications. Don't miss your opportunity to get certified as a USMS coach. Courses are tentatively planned for:
  • Jan. 28, 2012 - Joliet, Ill.
  • Feb. 11 or 12, 2012 - Thousand Oaks, Calif.
  • Apr. 21-22, 2012 - Cleveland, Ohio
  • May 12-13, 2012 - Barrington & Boston, Mass.
  • Sep. 7-8, 2012 - ASCA World Clinic, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Sep. 12, 2012 - USAS Convention, Greensboro, N.C.

Contact Mel Goldstein for more information
2012 Online Coaches Announced
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Online Member and Coach Benefit
ClinicUSMS is proud to announce its handpicked coaches who will be writing workouts in seven different specialties and posting them in the members-only area of the USMS Discussion Forums at
Your new swimmers, triathletes, distance swimmers, sprinters and even expectant mothers, will find workouts designed just for them.

These coaches will be writing in the following specialties:
  • Laura Schuster: Basic Training
  • Eric Mitchell: Stroke and IM
  • Mallory Mead: Open Water
  • Leslie Livingston: High Intensity
  • Patrick Brundage: High Volume
  • Sara McLarty: Triathlon Training
  • Danielle Newton: Expectant Mothers
SPEEDO 1-Hour Postal National Championship
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Prepare Your Swimmers
2012 Hour Swim This event runs from January 1 to January 31, 2012. The objective is to have your swimmers swim as far as possible in one hour in any pool you choose that is 25 yards or longer. Your event results are to be sent in electronically or by mail so you can compare your swimmers to other swimmers doing the same event. The recorded distance (total yards swum) that you submit determines the order of finish. If two or more swimmers report the same distance, a tie will be declared.

This is a USMS sanctioned event and all participants must be registered for 2012 with USMS (or the equivalent organization for non-U.S. swimmers). Foreign swimmers are not eligible for USMS records or All-American status. A copy of your current 2012 registration card must accompany your entry.
Are All of Your Members Registered with USMS?
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Anna Lea Matysek
USMS Member Registrations
Join Renew ButtonAs 2011 comes to a close, do you know if your members are registered with USMS or not? Did you know 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.
What Rule is THAT?!
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Kathy Casey
Lap Counting in the 400 Short Course Meters Freestyle
Cathy Kasey

The Coach Asks: During a short course meters meet the meet director told us that we couldn't provide lap counters for swimmers in the 400 freestyle. I thought counters were allowed for the 400 free. What is the rule?


Answer: Counters are allowed for the 400 short course meter freestyle, because 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. As of 2011 USA Swimming no longer allows counters for the 400 short course meter freestyle (USA-S 102.6A), so that is now a difference between USMS and USA-S rules. That new difference could cause confusion for officials and meet directors who also work USA Swimming meets. FINA also does not provide counters for the 400 meter freestyle (FINA SW 2.6.3).


However, even though USMS allows counters for the 400 short course meter freestyle, note that there is no warning signal for the 400 short course meter 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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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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