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June 2013



Two recent very big meets have reinforced what we already knew: Coaches like you are a driving force in Masters swimming. Thanks for all you do for your swimmers and the sport! 

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Masters Workout Writing Made Simpledivider swoosh
by Coach Scott Bay, Team Blu Frog


Essential questions to consider when writing your workouts

Taking notes

Most age group teams are divided up by age and ability, with different workout times, or at least a coach on deck for each group. How many Masters coaches do you have on deck to handle your newbies all the way up to your Trials qualifiers? This wide range of abilities are all in the same pool at the same time, a challenging situation that doesn't take into account differences in age, fitness, and health. Do you have just one coach trying to serve them all? Probably, as that's the case for most Masters programs. Read more...  

Summer Nationals Registration Open!
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Don't delay: sign up today for Summer Nats!

If you haven't already, it's high time you got yourself and your swimmers signed up to take part in the 2013 Marriott U.S. Masters Swimming Summer National Championship, to be held in Mission Viejo, Calif. August 7-11, 2013. Online registration for this exciting event that's returning to the OC is open. Log on today and get registered for this fast and fun meet. Lots more information is available online. We look forward to seeing you in sunny southern California soon!

Call for On-Deck Coaches
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Help swimmers at Summer Nationals

warm ups You're already planning to go to Summer Nationals to help your own swimmers, so why not extend your reach to other USMS members who could use a coach at Nats? Sign up today to be an on-deck coach in Mission Viejo this August. You'll get a free T-shirt, and you'll have an opportunity to work with some some amazing and amazingly fast swimmers from around the country. Sign up today. Swimmers in need of coaching will thank you! 

2013 Long Distance National Championships
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Open water opportunities 

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Check out the Long Distance Calendar of Events for these and other great open water swims.

August 4: 1-3 Mile Open Water Championship; Pacific Ocean, Dana Point, Calif. Online Entry

August 17: 2-Mile Cable Swim; Mirror Lake, Lake Placid, New York Online Entry

45th ASCA World Clinic
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September 3-8 in New Orleans, La. 

The 2013 ASCA World Clinic will be in New Orleans, and will feature very elite and exciting international speakers. The complete program and timeline and online registration is now available. 

Pan-American Championships Results Now Up!
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Pan-Americans wraps up with a splash!

Pan-Am Sam

Tropical Storm Andrea couldn't keep more than 1,500 swimmers hailing from 24 countries around the world from descending on Sarasota's Selby Aquatic Center from June 1 through June 13 for the 2013 Pan-American Masters Championship. And it wasn't just the storm that made this meet historic; this was the first time that the U.S. has played host to this biennial event spanning pool competition, synchronized swimming, and open water racing. And what a meet it was! Searchable pool results are now available online along with results from the 1K and 3K open water races. All new USMS and World records are also posted online. Congratulations to all the swimmers and coaches who traveled from far and wide to attend. It's not often that we get to swim with such a range of amazing swimmers from Kazakhstan and Ukraine to Brazil and Canada. Thanks for making this such a memorable event! 

Questions from Coaches
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with Bill Brenner, Club and Coach Services Director
Community partnership can grow your club 
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: What community partnerships should my program be pursuing?

A: There are three important categories of partnerships your program should actively pursue: community service, program growth, and financial benefit. Read more...

What Rule is THAT?!
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Kathy Casey, USMS Rules Chair
Rules for alternate starts
Cathy Kasey

Q: Several of my swimmers do their starts in the water instead of from the blocks or the deck. If they are doing forward starts, are they required to face forward in the water while waiting for the starting signal?


A: No. USMS rules specifically state that the swimmer who starts in the water for a forward start may face any direction (101.1.1, end of last sentence). In addition, when doing freestyle, a swimmer may do a backstroke start (101.5.1).


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


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

June 22, 2013 McLean, Va.- Online Registration 

June 29, 2013 Orlando, Fla. - Online Registration 

Sept. 6, 2013 New Orleans, La. - Online Registration 

Sept. 11, 2013 Anaheim, Calif.  

Nov. 9, 2013 Chicago, Ill.    


Level III (Level II a prerequisite)        

Sept. 11, 2013 Anaheim, Calif.

Sept. 28, 2013 Novato, Calif. 

Oct. 12, 2013 Indianapolis, Ind.   

Nov. 10, 2013 Chicago, Ill.

Nov. 16, 2013 Portland, Ore.   


(Contact Bill Brenner for more information)

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

Masters Coaching Opportunities
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Looking for a coach? Looking for a club?
Coaching on Deck
USMS maintains a discussion forum on to match coaches with the clubs that need them. The Coaching Forum has several current threads posted; check back frequently for updates. And remember, if you are hired as a coach or you hire another coach for your club, please update your posting on this helpful forum to save time for others.
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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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