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January 2013



Happy New Year!



We have some great events planned this year: Spring Nationals in Indy, Pan American Masters in Sarasota, and Summer Nationals in Mission Viejo. And for your open water swimmers, check out all the Long Distance National Championships as well.

Also--now is a good time to make sure all your swimmers are registered.

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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.

2013 USMS Spring Nationals
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Meet Information
2013 Spring Nationals
Online registration for the 2013 USMS Spring Nationals is now under way. Be sure to announce this to your swimmers and get them signed up today. A variety of host hotels are less than a mile away from the IU Natatorium. Also, "The Month of May" festivities surrounding the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 will be in full swing during the National Championships. Please book your hotel by February 15, 2013, to ensure the best rate and availability. More information can be found at the Championship webpage

Your Brain and a Pull Buoy
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The beginning of a beautiful friendship

Pull buoy
Standing on deck coaching a Masters workout, I often have mixed feelings when I see swimmers reaching for their pulling gear. All too frequently, hand paddles and pull buoys become crutches, an excuse to avoid working the legs, especially on longer freestyle sets. It's an easy trap-our hips and legs ride higher, we can get more bite on our underwater pull, we go faster and expend less energy. This has its uses, but such things can be overdone. Our club used to give a humorous award at the end of the year for Pull Buoy Dependency. Read more...
Questions from Coaches
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Bill Brenner, Club and Coach Services Director

Masters Coach Certification
Bill Brenner
Questions about growing your club, managing club business, or becoming a better coach? Club and Coach Services Director Bill Brenner has answers.

Q: I'm an ASCA Level 2 age group coach who is interested in coaching a new Masters program at my pool. Can I take the Level 3 USMS Masters coach certification course to become a certified Masters coach?

A: Since you're not a Level 2 Masters coach, you're not eligible to take the Level 3 Masters course. If you're new to coaching adults, taking Levels 1 and 2 of the USMS Masters coach certification program will provide you with a good foundation for coaching Masters swimming.


The prerequisites to become a Level 3 certified Masters coach are:

  • Must be a current member of USMS
  • A certified Level 2 Masters coach
  • A minimum of two years coaching Masters swimming
  • Complete the coursework and submit the proper documents for review

The USMS Masters coach certification program teaches coaches how to work with adult athletes swimming for fitness and pool and open water competition.

  • Level 1 coursework helps both the new and seasoned Masters coach improve coaching skills. In addition, it provides a thorough overview of the USMS structure, the benefits of membership, and how to build a successful Masters program.
  • Level 2 coursework teaches stroke, turn and start construction and correction.
  • Level 3 is our administration course for coaches interested in a more advanced look at the business of Masters swimming.

Visit the website to find the dates and locations of our certification courses in 2013.

Do your swimmers FLOG?
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Fitness logs are a great way to track progress
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Your members can track their swimming and other fitness activities via our online Fitness Logs. With this exciting online service, you can log a wide variety of fitness activities such as swim workouts, running, weights, and yoga on your flog calendar, and track your weekly, monthly, and annual totals online. Instructions to help your members can be found here.
What Rule is THAT?!
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Kathy Casey, USMS Rules Chair
Pool measurement rules
Cathy Kasey

Q: I am confused by the changes in the pool measurement rules. I want to be sure that my swimmers don't lose Top 10 or record times because of pool measurement mistakes. Could you clarify them for me?



A: Pool measurement rules remain the same for USMS sanctioned meets and for USMS swimmers who compete under their USMS registration numbers at dual sanctioned meets (105.1.7E, last sentence) with two exceptions as of January 1, 2013:

  1. Certification of pool length for pools on the USA Swimming list of certified pools will no longer be automatically accepted simply because the pool name is on the USA-S list. Some of the pools on the USA-S list have been renovated and have not been recertified for length or have been decommissioned. However, USA-S pool certification will be accepted if USA Swimming verifies that the pool currently meets all the USMS requirements for pool measurement. (Article 105.1.6B)
  2. Certification of pool length for pools on the FINA Masters list of certified pools will be accepted by USMS. (Article 105.1.6A)

The bulkhead pool measurement rules have changed as of January 1, 2013, for meets sanctioned by USA Swimming that are automatically recognized by USMS as well as for FINA Masters meets that are held outside the United States as follows:

  1. If a bulkhead is used and the initial pool length certification for all lanes is already on file with USMS or FINA, the measurement rules and policies of FINA will be accepted for events sanctioned by a FINA Masters member federation other than USMS. (Article 105.1.7D) That Federation's measurement rules and policies for bulkhead pools will be honored by USMS for Top 10 and records.
  2. If a bulkhead is used and the initial pool length certification for all lanes is on file with USMS or FINA, the measurement rules and policies of USA Swimming will be accepted for USMS Top 10 for events sanctioned by USA-S and automatically recognized by USMS. USA-S's measurement rules and policies for bulkhead pools will be honored by USMS for Top 10 in this situation. However, USMS measurement rules and policies will still apply for USMS swimmers who compete as USMS members at dual sanctioned events and for USMS national records achieved at USA-S sanctioned meets that are recognized by USMS. (Article 105.1.7E)

All rule references are from the 2013 USMS Rule Book which can be viewed or downloaded.


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. - Online Registration  

April 27, 2013 Indianapolis, Ind. - Online Registration 

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 - Online Registration 

March 10, 2013 New York City - Online Registration 

March 23, 2013 Pasadena, Calif. - Online Registration 

April 21, 2013 Denver, Colo. - Online Registration

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)
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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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