Pacific Masters Swimming Coaches NewsletterIssue No. 14



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---------------  Upcoming clinics! Coaches, please help us spread the word on these! ---------------  



Coaches - do some of your swimmers need help with their starts and turns? Are they belly flopping on that start, losing their goggles each time, or executing their flip turns in slow motion? Come join us and bring some swimmers to this Pac Masters Starts & Turns clinic which will take place at Mountain View's Eagle Park Pool and runs from 9:30-2:00 pm. It is lead by Coaches Stu & Mary Kahn (Davis Aquatic Masters) Coach Cokie Lepinski (Swymnut Masters) and Coach Chris Campbell (Mountain View Masters).


We'll have a video presentation covering all aspects of dive starts, back starts and each of the turns. We then head to the pool where swimmers will rotate through four stations, each about 25-30 minutes long. The stations will be dive starts, back starts, flip turns and open turns. We'll need a lot of coach support on deck that day. We'd love to see as many of you as possible. This clinic is conveniently scheduled two weeks before the short course meet in Mountain View. You and your swimmers will be well prepped!


Coaches attend free (just need to be a masters coach with a Pac Masters registered team). Members of Mountain View Masters attend for $25 and all other masters swimmers pay $50 (check or cash, check payable to Mountain View Masters). To register as a coach, contact Cokie Lepinski at or 415-827-5672. To register as a swimmer, contact Coach Laura Schuster at  Click the clinic title or here to see the flyer for this event.

Hold this date! We've got a Freestyle-Backstroke clinic offering, which continues the series of Pac Masters stroke clinics we have done in 2013. This will be led by Coach Tom Reudy (San Mateo Masters & 2013 Pac Masters Coach of the Year) and Coach Cokie Lepinski and will cover the long axis strokes of backstroke and freestyle. 


The clinic will take place in San Mateo (at the San Mateo Athletic Club), site of our recent Pac Masters Long Course Champs, 1700 W Hillsdale Blvd, San Mateo. We'll have video presentations on both strokes and then coaches are on deck while swimmers go through a 2-hour session with freestyle and backstroke drills and easy laps. This clinic will be a great way to keep yourself and your swimmers enthused and goal oriented for the winter months that follow. 


The clinic is free to Pac Masters coaches, with a $20 charge for swimmers registered with San Mateo Masters and a $40 charge for all other USMS swimmers. All coaches and swimmers must be USMS registered. To register for the clinic as a coach, contact Cokie Lepinski at or 415-827-5672. To register for the clinic as a swimmer, contact Coach Tom Reudy at reudyt@smccd.eduClick the clinic title or here to see the flyer for this event. 



 USMS Coaching Certification - Level 3 Course, Saturday, September 28, 2013


Pac Masters has a Level 3 course offering in Novato on Saturday, September 28th. You'll need to have Level 2 certification in order to attend this course. Class will run 9am-4pm at the College of Marin Indian Valley Campus, 1800 Ignacio Blvd, Novato. Participants will also be able to attend a masters workout with the Marin Pirate Masters team from 7-8:30am that morning. More information on the course including registration (opening soon) can be found here on the USMS website.  





Want to Host A Pac Masters Coaches Clinic or USMS Coach Cert Course?


If you are desirous of hosting a 4-hour stroke clinic in your area, please contact me, Cokie Lepinski, at, 415-827-5672. Not only can it be a great way to enthuse your swimmers, you can also grow your membership and have this be a fund raiser for your team. 


Also, if your team is interested in hosting any of the USMS Coach Certification courses in 2014, let me know. We are looking for facilities for this classroom training of Level 1 & 2 (done in one day, usually 8-5) and Level 3 (one day, usually 9-4). Pacific Masters can help with the cost of the rental facility. We just need a room that has a projector screen or white board and can seat roughly 40-50 students (with tables and chairs).




On Deck Coaches Needed for Nationals (Mission Viejo)


Heading to Nationals? We could sure use your help! We need on deck coaches to help run the warm up periods at Nationals. Thanks to Erin Matthews, we have a great way for you to sign up online as a primary or alternate for the morning sessions. Quick and easy to do AND you get a free t-shirt. How can you resist? If you've never participated in On Deck Coaching at Nationals, it really is a lot of fun. Give it a try! Click here for the link. 




Congratulations Coach Don Swartz, NBA!

Coach Don Swartz, North Bay Aquatics, is being inducted in the ASCA American Swimming Coaches Association Hall of Fame.  Each year, no more than five coaches from across the nation are chosen for this distinction.  Don is being recognized for his significant contribution to the sport of swimming, the profession, and the community. The induction will take place at the upcoming ASCA World Clinic in New Orleans in September. Way to go Don!!!


ASCA World Conference

This year's clinic (the 45th for ASCA!!) is held in New Orleans, September 3-8. Click here for information and registration. 




Important Insurance Reminder!

A new workout insurance requirement has been put into effect by the USMS insurance carrier. Effective immediately, for a workout to be covered by USMS insurance, the person supervising the workout must be a USMS member. In the past, a USA Swimming certified coach was allowed to supervise the workouts, even if the USA Swimming certified coach was not a USMS member. This is no longer true; now if the person supervising the workout is a USA Swimming certified coach, he or she must also be a USMS member. Please be sure your coaches are registered. Coaches can register online by credit card at 



USMS Coaches Committee
The USMS Coaches Committee exists to educate and support the coaches of masters teams. We have conference calls each month to help us exchange ideas and work toward our goals. One of which is to improve communication with all our coaches across the U.S. By sharing the minutes of our meeting, we can give you some insights into the projects we are working on and goals we are working toward. Click here for our recent meeting notes (they start with Coaches Committee...)



USMS High Performance Camp - 1 slot open!

The 2013 USMS High Performance Camp dates are Aug 24-29 and will again be held at the beautiful Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, NC. We have one new slot that just opened up.  Complete information can be found at the USMS website. We had a terrific group of swimmers from all over the country at last year's camp, and we'd love to see another Pac Masters swimmer at this year's camp. Coaches your help in spreading the word about this terrific camp is appreciated!



Cokie Lepinski
Coaches Chair
Pacific Masters Swimming