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March 2012



How many swimmers are you taking to Nationals this year? Online registration for both Spring and Summer Nats are up and running. Traveling and competing together is an amazing team-bonding experience. We hope to see you on deck...



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Club and Coach Services
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Need help getting your club up and running?
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Club and Coach Services Director: Bill Brenner


Northwest, AZ, NM, South Central, Dixie: 

Susan Ingraham.

Midwest, East: 
Mel Goldstein
Free marketing materials are available for USMS programs. Caps, stickers, brochures, etc. 

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.

T'ai Chi Swimming
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Coach Emmett Hines
Super Low & Slow Stealth Swimming
Tai Chi Swimmer

As I pass a park near my home there is often a group of retirement community residents practicing T'ai Chi. Precise movements, full ranges of motion, impeccable balance-all demonstrated as though someone pushed the slow-mo button on the VCR. As a student of human motion, what strikes me is that such execution of complex actions requires mastery of posture, balance and precise motion as well as complete mindfulness and highly concentrated focus at all points throughout the activity. Since the participant does not move quickly from one position to the next, there is no opportunity to gloss past parts of the activity where balance and/or position are iffy. Read more... 

Do You Have Your USMS Certification Yet?
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Opportunities for Certification
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The USMS Coaches Committee and Club and Coach Services have developed new curricula for Level 1 and Level 2 USMS Masters Coach Certification. The new courses are taught in classroom settings throughout the country. Participants receive a "Certificate of Participation" once they finish the class. If participants wish to become certified, they must join ASCA and deliver to ASCA the completed tests from the coursework and the application for USMS/ASCA Masters Coach Certification. ASCA will grade the tests, process the applications and deliver the certificates.   


March 31 Alexandria, Va. - Online Registration

April 21-22 Cleveland, Ohio - Online Registration 
May 5 Phoenix, Ariz. - Online Registration   
May 12 Great Barrington, Mass. - Online Registration   
May 13 Boston, Mass. - Online Registration   

June 2 Indianapolis, IN 

Sept. 7-8 ASCA World Clinic, Las Vegas, Nev.
Sept. 12 USAS Convention, Greensboro, N.C.  

Coaching Adult Fitness Through Swimming
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Coaches Handbook
Guide Book We are pleased to introduce the new Coaches Handbook, now on our coaching resources page on the website. Some of the most important services that U.S. Masters Swimming provides to its members are the support, training, and education of its Masters swim coaches. This booklet is designed with the needs of all coaches in mind, to be used as a guide to becoming more knowledgeable in running a practice, club or program.
2012 USMS Spring National Championships
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Greensboro, N.C. April 26-29, 2012
Greensboro 2012Get your swimmers signed up! Online entry for the 2012 USMS Spring Nationals in Greensboro, N.C. is still available. Use the online entry system to help prevent errors. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. March 23. These Spring Nationals will be held in the country's newest major aquatic center, the Greensboro Aquatic Center (GAC). Also, on deck coaches are needed to help with swimmers at the meet. For more information on this opportunity, please contact On-Deck Coaching Coordinator: Charlie Tupitza. A PDF of guidelines for volunteer coaches are available for download.
2012 USMS Summer National Championships
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Omaha, Neb. July 5-8, 2012
Omaha Online entry is also available for the 2012 Marriott USMS Summer National Championships. This unique championship will be held in the same pool as the USA Swimming Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb. Teams with 20 or more registered will have reserved seating closest to the pool deck. The competition pool has ten 9-foot wide lanes. The warm-up pool has eight 50-meter lanes and an additional six 25-meter lanes. Visit our USMS Facebook page contest for a chance to win a four-night hotel stay in Omaha for these nationals. Read more...
2012 Marriott USMS Summer Nationals July 5-8
2012 Marriott USMS Summer Nationals July 5-8

What Rule is THAT?!
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Kathy Casey,
USMS Rules Chair           

Transferring of Clubs
Cathy Kasey

The Coach Asks:  

Regarding national championship meets:  

1. Can a swimmer transfer clubs up until the first day of competition?  

2. Can a lone member of one club swim on a relay with 3 members of another club?  

3. How are clubs determined to be regional or local clubs?




1. No, a swimmer cannot transfer clubs up until the first day of competition at nationals. A swimmer's affiliation as stated on the entry form shall apply throughout the meet. A swimmer can, however, declare unattached status up until the first event in which the swimmer competes at nationals. The swimmer cannot declare unattached status at nationals after competing in the first event. (104.5.4A[3]) Only the swimmer can declare unattached status; a coach cannot declare a swimmer unattached.


2. No, all swimmers on a relay must be members of the same USMS-registered club; otherwise, it is a disqualification (102.9.1).


3. For competition at national championship meets, a regional club is a USMS-registered club made up of swimmers who represent that club at nationals, but at competitions within their LMSC, they compete for entities or subgroups (such as workout groups/"teams") that are different from the club they compete for at nationals (104.5.6B). An example would be a statewide or LMSC-wide club whose members compete for their town's or local pool's workout group at meets in the LMSC during the regular season but compete for the statewide or LMSC-wide club at nationals. When swimmers compete for the same USMS-registered club at meets in their LMSC as well as at nationals, that club is a local club.

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

Fill In Your Long Distance Calendar
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Open Water Season is Coming
Long Distance Logo The 2012 Open Water Championships are just around the corner, along with the Speedo 5K and 10K Postal Championships. Sign up for all of these great events by visiting our Long Distance Championships page.

Award Nominations
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2012 USMS Awards
Trophy USMS presents a number of awards annually to members who have excelled in various areas. The details and recipients of each type of award may be found on our awards page. Send in your nominations today!

  • Speedo/U.S. Masters Swimming Coach Of The Year Award
  • Dorothy Donnelly Service Award
  • Kerry O'Brien Coaching Award
  • June Krauser Communications Award
  • And more...   

Masters Coaching Opportunities
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Looking for a Coach? Looking for a Team?
Coaching on 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 SwimmingU.S. Masters Swimming, founded in 1970, is a membership-operated national governing body that promotes health, wellness, fitness and competition for adults through swimming. It does so by partnering with more than 1,500 adult swim programs across the country; promoting information via the bimonthly member magazine, SWIMMER, monthly e-newsletters, STREAMLINES, and website,; and by sanctioning and promoting pool, open water and virtual events and competitions. More than 55,000 adults are registered members of U.S. Masters Swimming. 

About STREAMLINES for Coaches
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