Streamlines for Volunteers 2012

Special Convention Issue


Please see below for important information about our annual meeting at this year's USAS Convention.

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Your Friends at U.S. Masters Swimming

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USAS Convention 2012
USAS Logo The United States Aquatic Sports Convention will be held at the Sheraton Four Seasons, Greensboro, N.C. September 12-16, 2012. Registration forms, travel, shuttle, and tourist information is available on the USAS website.

USMS meetings begin on Weds., Sept. 12. View complete USMS Schedule .
Important Delegate List Reminder
Meeting Room LMSC Chairs: Please submit the names and contact information for your delegates ASAP to CJ Rushman.

Chairs of Finance, Legislation, Long Distance & Rules Committee: Please contact your committee members and report to CJ Rushman if there are any members from your committee who will not be attending convention.
Convention Information
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Delegate Registration: All persons attending or presenting at any meeting at convention MUST be registered for convention. Please use the delegate registration form. For those LMSCs with five or more delegates, you can opt to fill out the group registration form (pay with one check).
  • Earlybird Fee:
    • Postmarked by Aug. 20, 2012: $160
    • Postmarked on Aug. 21 or later: $190 
  • Hotel Reservations: Hotel information can be found on the USAS website. You are responsible for making your hotel reservations directly with the Sheraton Four Seasons. Use the Sheraton link. Click on "Groups" and enter Attendee code AQUA12 (not case sensitive) or call the Sheraton Greensboro reservation number 800-242-6556 (to receive the convention room rate, mention United States Aquatic Sports). The cutoff date is August 7 (this is earlier than usual). Please make your reservations early to avoid having to stay at another hotel.
  • Transportation: The GSO Airport Greensboro is located approximately 20 minutes from the Sheraton Four Seasons. 
  • Shuttle: Options are hotel shuttle, if you don't mind waiting for 30-40 minutes, (call the hotel: 336-292-9161). Or, Greensboro Airport Limo & Taxi (877- 297-8428) $26 (one way, one person), $31 (one way, 2-3 people)
  • Driving Directions: Driving directions can be obtained by typing the following address into MapQuest or Google: 3121 High Point Road at I-40, Greensboro, NC 27407.
  • Parking: No charge
  • Internet: Free throughout the hotel for registered guests 
  • Certification Table: The certification table will be open on Wednesday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (vendor area), Thursday 7-7:45 a.m. (vendor area), Thursday 9:15-9:45 a.m. (House of Delegates Room), Thursday afternoon through Saturday (come find Debbie Cavanaugh).
2014 Long Distance Bids Due
Open Water Swimmer A reminder to all clubs interested in bidding for any of the 2014 Long Distance National Championship events (Postal or Open Water), bids are due to the Long Distance Chair, Donn Livoni, on or before August 1.
LMCS Standards Policy
All Star The LMSC Standards policy was updated by the Board of Directors earlier this year for the first time since its adoption in 2009. This document, which used to be called the "LMSC Minimum Standards," outlines the basic level of service that an LMSC shall deliver to its members.

The LMSC Standards document can be found at in the Guide to Operations under the Administration tab. You'll see the link in the LMSC Management section.

All LMSC officers and volunteers are encouraged to review the policy to understand the required and suggested standards of service and governance.

The LMSC Development Committee reviews how the LMSCs are performing so it can better provide mentoring and education services to that group of volunteers. The process of LMSC self-assessment, review and error check is underway through the LMSC Chairs. Self-assessment surveys (due July 4) will be combined with data from the National Office and Top 10 coordinator. Results are expected in late July to early August. Please help to ensure accurate data as well as to identify gaps within your LMSC by working with your LMSC and Zone Chairs. Questions may be directed to:

Paige Buehler, Chair, LMSC Development Committee
Rob Copeland, Vice-Chair, LMSC Development Committee
Ed Tsuzuki, USMS Vice-President of Local Operations
Coach Certification Course at Convention
USMS Certification Pin Sep 12, 2012 Greensboro, N.C.
Level 1 and 2 certification (9am - 5pm)
Register online
Level 3 certification (9am - 4pm; Level 2 a prerequisite) Register online

Course outlines for each of our coach certification courses:

LEVEL I - Coaching Basics
Chapter 1: Characteristics of a Successful Masters Coach
Chapter 2: Understanding the Adult Learner
Chapter 3: Coaching Triathlon & Open Water Swimmers
Chapter 4: Writing Workouts
Chapter 5: Basic Business Practices
Chapter 6: Marketing

LEVEL II - Stroke School
Chapter 1: Stroke Correction and Development
Chapter 2: Backstroke
Chapter 3: Butterfly
Chapter 4: Breaststroke
Chapter 5: Freestyle
Chapter 6: Starts, Turns and Transitions           

Chapter 1:  Developing Coaching Leadership
Chapter 2:  Program Management
Chapter 3:  Building a Budget
Chapter 4:  Building a Program Support Structure
Chapter 5:  Event Planning and Administration
Chapter 6:  Safety and Risk Management
Chapter 7:  Special Populations and Considerations for Adult Athletes
Chapter 8:  Dryland Training
Chapter 9:  Nutrition
Chapter 10: Injury Prevention
2013 Rulebook Artwork Submissions
2012 Rule Book The Rule Book cover is printed in full color, 5-1/2 inches by 8-1/2 inches and in a mini version that is 8 x 4 inches. The artwork should be slightly larger for the bleeds.

The requirements are that the artwork contain the U.S. Masters Swimming logo and lettering and "2013 Rule Book." You can download the logo in several different formats.

Any standard electronic format will be accepted. U.S. Masters Swimming may ask that it is sent in an alternative format if unable to view.

Please email the electronic artwork by September 1, 2012 to Susan Ehringer. A hardcopy of the artwork will be printed in 8-1/2 x 11 for viewing and taken to Convention to allow members at Convention to vote on their favorite cover. If you wish to send the hardcopy artwork, it must be postmarked by September 1, 2012 and sent to: Susan Ehringer, 4210 N. Church Way #2, Louisville, Ky. 40207.
Meeting Minutes
Taking notes Throughout the year, various USMS committees may hold formal meetings to attend to the needs of the organization. Wherever possible, meeting minutes are made available at Note that some meeting topics are confidential in nature and minutes will not be posted for these portions of meetings.
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About U.S. Masters Swimming
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U.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-newsletter, 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 USMS.
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