The United States Aquatic Sports Convention will be held at the Hyatt Regency Orange County, Garden Grove, Calif., September 11-15, 2013. Registration forms, travel, shuttle, and tourist information is available on the USAS website.
USMS meetings begin on Wednesday, September 11. The convention page at usms.org contains the schedule and other information.
This year's theme is "Look How Far We Have Come - Swimming Into The Future!" To celebrate this, please wear your most vintage Masters T-shirt on Saturday.
All persons attending or presenting at any meeting at convention MUST be registered for Convention. You can register online.
- $170: Early bird online or postmarked on or before Aug. 20, 2013
- $200: Regular registration online or postmarked on or after Aug. 21, 2013
- $35: One-day registration
Hotel information can be found on the USAS website. You are
responsible for making your hotel reservations directly with the Hyatt Regency Orange County online or by calling 800-714-750 x 1234. If reserving by phone, please mention United States Aquatic Sports. More information about the hotel is available online.
John Wayne Orange County (SNA) and Los Angeles International (LAX) are the two most convenient airports. SNA is closer to the Hyatt, about 10 minutes by car. LAX has better options for flights and is less expensive, but is farther away and traffic could be an issue. Please plan your flights accordingly.
Super Shuttle is an inexpensive way to travel from the airport to the hotel. A trip from SNA costs $10 plus tip and from LAX, a Super Shuttle will set you back $16 plus tip. Super Shuttle offers a discount for booking round-trip travel if you know your arrival and departure times. Although Super Shuttle is inexpensive, please be aware that this service is not a nonstop ride to or from the Hyatt; you may be making several stops to pick up and drop off passengers along the way, so please budget your time accordingly. Advanced reservations are not required for traveling to the Hyatt but ARE required when leaving the Hyatt at the end of convention and can be booked online. Taxi service to and from the airport is also available. A one-way trip from SNA to the Hyatt costs $36 plus tip and $110 plus tip from LAX.
If you plan on driving, directions can be obtained by typing the following address into MapQuest or Google: 11999 Harbor Boulevard, Garden Grove, CA 92840
You can self park at the Hyatt for $12 per day or valet park for $22 per day.
Wireless Internet connectivity is available for free in the House of Delegates and all meeting rooms. Internet access from guest rooms costs $10 per day or $40 per week.
The certification table will be open on Wednesday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. (vendor area), Thursday from 7 a.m. until 7:30 a.m. (vendor area), Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. (House of Delegates Room), Thursday afternoon through Saturday (come find Debbie Cavanaugh).
Please note that USMS is doing its best to be green this year. Therefore, we are requesting that you either upload the pre-convention files to your laptop (that you will be bringing with you), print the documents yourself and bring them, or have them printed at a local copy shop.
The pre-convention packet will be posted by mid-August on the usms.org website. This packet includes reports from the Executive Committee, National Office, and Liaisons & Special Appointments, in addition to committee reports and meeting agendas. It also includes election information, rules, long distance rules, and legislation proposed amendments, as well as other important documents and announcements.
Welcome Letter and Delegate Survival Guide
Once the pre-convention packet has been posted, you will be sent the link with a welcome letter and delegate survival guide. Once the 2014 proposed budget is finalized and posted, a message will be sent to you with the link.
NEW this year! In our efforts to go green, the infamous accordion files are being phased out. USMS is paying for wireless Internet in all meeting rooms including the House of Delegates. Meeting minutes will be uploaded immediately following each meeting and will be accessible from the USMS website.
A limited number of copies will be printed and available if you do not have an electronic device from which to view or download documents. Please contact Tracy Grilli if you require printed meeting minutes.