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December 2012



Wishing you the very best for the holidays and throughout the year.

Swimming for Life,
Your Friends at U.S. Masters Swimming

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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


Club and Coach Services Coordinator: 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.

Backstroke Pointers
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Lisa Wolf,
Montgomery Ancient Mariners District of Columbia Aquatics Club

Tips for your reluctant backstrokers
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Humans are land based, vertical mammals. So asking a swimmer to get wet, go horizontal, upside down, and then swim backwards? Well heck, no wonder backstroke sets can set some swimmers groaning. Read more...  
Questions from Coaches
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Bill Brenner, Club and Coach Services Director

How do I register a new USMS program?
Bill Brenner
Questions about growing your club, managing club business, or becoming a better coach? Club and Coach Services Director Bill Brenner has answers.

To register a new USMS club, you must complete a paper registration form and submit it to the registrar in your LMSC. The USMS fee to register a club is $30, plus any additional fees the LMSC may impose. If your LMSC has a regional club, you may choose to become a workout group of that club, rather than an standalone club. Here are the steps:

  • To determine which LMSC your program is located in, go to and hover over the "Local Programs" tab.
  • Select "LMSC Info" and you'll find an interactive map with LMSC boundaries.
  • Click on your geographic area and you'll be directed to that LMSC's page, where you'll find contact information for your LMSC officers.
  • Contact your LMSC registrar and request a copy of the club registration form.
  • Once you've completed the form, attach the required payment and mail it to your LMSC registrar.
  • The registrar will assist you with selecting a name for your program and its three- or four-letter/number abbreviation.
  • After the club registration is complete, your athletes will be able to select your club when they register for individual USMS membership.

If you need additional assistance, Club and Coach Services can help! Contact me directly at the above email or call 941-556-6278. Don't forget to check out our Program Resources page and our "Building a Successful Swim Program" guide.

Know Your Members
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How to track your USMS members
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As 2012 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? It's easy, just follow these simple steps and you'll be able to track who's registered and who isn't. 
  • Go to  
  • Scroll over the red "Local Programs" tab across the top
  • Select "LMSC Info
  • 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.

2013 Online Coaches
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For the days when you don't have time to write a workout...
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USMS 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: 
  • Leslie Livingston: High Intensity Training
  • Patrick Brundage: High Volume Training
  • Wendy Neely: Basic Training
  • Laurie Hug: Stroke & IM Training
  • Sara McLarty: Triathlon Training
  • Anne Cleveland: Open Water Training
  • Danielle Newton: Expectant Mother Training
What Rule is THAT?!
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Kathy Casey, USMS Rules Chair
FINA approved caps and goggles
Cathy Kasey

Q: FINA has added specific brands/models of caps and goggles to the approved-swimwear list. Does USMS now allow only caps and goggles that are listed on the FINA approved list?


A: No, just as with swimsuits, caps and goggles that meet the FINA criteria and follow USMS rules will be allowed even though they are not on the FINA approved list. A note in FINA Bylaw 8.5 specifically exempts Masters pool swimmers from the requirement that swimwear bear the FINA approved label if the swimwear meets the FINA requirements. FINA requirements for caps and goggles include the following:


Caps shall not be attached to the swimsuit or goggles, shall follow the natural shape of the head, and shall not include outside artificial shaping (rigs, spoilers etc.). Cap material can have some rigidity but shall be able to follow the shape of the head: no hard helmets. Seams, if any, shall be functional and shall not create outside shapes. Goggles shall be an independent item that is not attached to the cap and shall be in accordance with prevailing safety standards for eyewear. The FINA requirements for caps and goggles have been part of the swimwear criteria for at least two years, but caps and goggles have only recently appeared on the FINA approved swimwear list.


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

Certification Opportunities
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Become a certified USMS coach
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The USMS Coaches Committee and Club and Coach Services have developed new curricula for Levels 1, 2 and 3 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.   


Level I & II

Feb. 10, 2013 Mission Viejo, Calif. - Online Registration 

March 9, 2013 New York City - Online Registration 

April 7, 2013 Grinnell, Iowa 

April 20, 2013 Denver, Colo.   

April 27, 2013 Indianapolis, Ind.  

May 4, 2013 Boston, Mass.  

Sept. 6, 2013 New Orleans, La.

Sept. 10, 2013 Anaheim, Calif.  

Nov. 9, 2013 Chicago, Ill.    


Level III (Level II a prerequisite)     

Feb. 24, 2013 Houston, Texas 

March 10, 2013 New York City - Online Registration 

March 23, 2013 Pasadena, Calif. - Online Registration 

April 21, 2013 Denver, Colo.   

May 5, 2013 Boston, Mass.  

June 1, 2013 Alexandria, Va.

Sept. 11, 2013 Anaheim, Calif.

Oct. 12, 2013 Indianapolis, Ind.   

Nov. 10, 2013 Chicago, Ill.   


(Contact Bill Brenner for more information)
Masters Coaching Opportunities
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Looking for a coach? Looking for a club?
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USMS maintains a discussion forum on to match up coaches and clubs. 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. 

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