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July 2013



Looking forward to seeing you at Summer Nationals next month!

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Sneaky Ways of Adding Kicking to Your Workoutsdivider swoosh
by Coach Scott Bay, Team Blu Frog

Get your swimmers to kick more without sacrificing volumeScott Bay 

When I was a kid, I was part of a group of swimmers who were poor kickers. (OK, we were terrible, actually.) Our speed came from muscling through sets using just our upper bodies. We avoided kick sets and would go from leading the lane to sucking wind at the back. Better yet, we could even fake a bathroom trip, an injury, or we'd just hide next to the wall to get out of these sets. Sound familiar?


Then I became a coach and discovered that kicking is one of the greatest ways to increase speed and fitness. Who knew? Read more...

Call for On-Deck Coaches
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Help swimmers at Summer Nationals

On Deck coaching


You're already planning to go to Summer Nationals to help your own swimmers, 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 (near beautiful Dana Point) 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.

High Performance Camp - Second Chance!
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Kerry O'Brien coaching A space has opened up in this awesome camp!

The next USMS High Performance Camp had been sold out, but we just got word that one space has opened up. If you or one of your swimmers had considered signing up for this event but missed the opportunity, now's your chance to get in on the action. 


This outstanding camp is offered to Masters swimmers through the combined efforts of U.S. Masters Swimming, the Triangle Sports Commission, and the Greensboro Aquatic Center. The camp is limited to a small number of dedicated Masters swimmers who are committed to advancing their skills and performance. You'll be taught and analyzed by outstanding USMS coaches and professionals in the fields of sports psychology, physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, technique, and resistance and flexibility training. More information is available online


Coaches, please let your swimmers know about this great opportunity. Applications--accessible online--should be sent to Faryn Roy as soon as possible.  

Questions from Coaches
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with Bill Brenner, Club and Coach Services Director
Coaches who are swimmers can do both 
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 a Masters swimmer who has been asked to coach a group of Masters swimmers at my pool. Can I coach them while I swim? I don't have time to coach and swim at separate practices.


A: Yes, you can coach and swim at the same time. Many of the coaches in our organization share the same time constraints as you. In order for the USMS liability and excess accident insurance to remain in effect during your practice, someone with USMS membership must be on deck with "line-of-sight" on all the athletes. This "line-of-sight" requirement is true of pool, dryland, and open water practices.


If you have lifeguards on duty during the practices that you would like to coach from the water, and your local statutes permit it, register the lifeguards as USMS members. The registration fee is well worth the investment so you can swim while coaching.


Contact USMS' insurance agent, Sandi Blumit, for additional questions regarding policy coverage.

What Rule is THAT?!
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Kathy Casey, USMS Rules Chair
Ropes and Recall Devices
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Q: Other than backstroke flags, are any other ropes still required for long course competition?


A: No, except in the case of a recall rope for deaf or hard of hearing swimmers. In addition to backstroke flags, there have traditionally been two other kinds of ropes suspended across the competition pool:

  1. A rope marking the midpoint of a long course pool and
  2. A recall rope.

The requirement for a rope suspended at the midpoint of a long course pool for backstroke, IMs, and medley relays was deleted last year. Although a recall rope is no longer required for all meets, a recall device IS required at all meets (107.15). A recall device can be an electronic sound-generating device (107.14) or a recall rope (107.15 and 103.9) or both. If a recall rope is used, it is placed at the midpoint of a long course pool or at the turn end backstroke flags of short course yards or meters pools (107.15).


Currently, if there is a rope at the midpoint of a long course pool, it is there as a recall device not as a midpoint marker. A recall rope is required if any deaf or hard of hearing swimmers have notified the meet host by the meet entry deadline of their participation in the meet (108.3.1).


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

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

Sept. 11, 2013 Anaheim, Calif. - Online Registration

Nov. 9, 2013 Chicago, Ill.    


Level III (Level II a prerequisite)        

Sept. 11, 2013 Anaheim, Calif. - Online Registration

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. 
Have You Moved?
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Changed addresses or teams? Let us know!
Spring and summer are common times for people to move house, and with all that's going on during a move, it's easy to forget some of the organizations that need your new address. But please don't forget us! USMS needs your updated contact information to ensure timely delivery of SWIMMER magazine and other communications. Be sure to update your address by logging into your MyUSMS page and clicking the Update your registration information link. It's simple and quick!
Book Marriott for a Chance to Win!
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Booking Marriott has always been easy. Now it's fun as well!  

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Every group or meeting lead that you provide to Marriott between July 15  and Sept. 30 will enter you into bi-weekly and monthly drawings for great prizes such as Fandango movie passes, bonus Marriott Reward Points, gift cards, free Florida hotel stays, and much more!


Entering is simple: just email your group booking needs directly to Sandy Anderson or call her at 407-412-3694 before Sept. 30, 2013. All group inquiries of 10 or more rooms will be entered to win. Winners will be notified via email at the time of drawing. Offer does not apply to groups booked or provided to Marriott prior to July 15, 2013 or after Sept. 30, 2013. Group leads must be sent directly to Sandy Anderson to be included in the drawing and eligible for prizes.

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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