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October 2013



Club registration for 2014 is now open. Don't delay-- make sure your swimmers can find you when they start registering on November 1!

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2014 Club Registration
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Register Club registration now open 

Clubs can now register for 2014. Customized emails are being sent to the club contacts; a club can also renew or register online here.

It's important to have your club registered before November 1 because on that date, individual members can begin registering or renewing with USMS for the 2014 membership year. If your club is not registered, it will not appear in the pull-down lists and your members will not be able to register with you.

New for 2014: For clubs that allow workout groups (sometimes referred to as chapters), the workout groups can register and receive the same benefits that clubs do. They can also register or renew online.

If your club cannot renew online, please contact your local registrar. Don't know who that is? You can find out here. 

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by Coach Cokie Lepinski, Swymnut Masters

Go physical, get mental!

Cokie Lepinski

Information abounds about early vertical forearm and the importance of EVF in establishing an efficient pull in freestyle. I've even posted several articles on my club website about EVF. But I've noticed a funny thing with my swimmers: It can be a tough concept for them to consistently display EVF in their stroke. It's one thing for our brains to grasp the notion, and quite a different beast to truly incorporate EVF into our freestyle on a regular basis. It took me months to begin seeing this in my own freestyle, and I still have to concentrate on it, especially when I'm tired. Read more...

Employment Opportunity with USMS
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Coach CertificationPrograms and Services Manager  

This is a new, full-time position in the USMS Club and Coach Services business unit. CCS offers education and support to existing Masters swim coaches and programs, identifies new programs, and trains Masters coaches. The ideal candidate will have a marketing, administrative, and swimming background and have excellent interpersonal, writing, and time management skills. The successful candidate must also have strong educational development and delivery skills. Individuals with experience producing educational products such as curricula and end-user resources are encouraged to apply. Please review the job announcement for more information and instructions for applying.

USMS Online Coaching Program
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The USMS Online Coaching Program provides regular themed practices from qualified coaches to interested members through the USMS website. Applications for the 2014 program are now being accepted. Once again, this highly acclaimed and highly successful program will include seven different training themes: High Volume, High Intensity, Strokes & IM, Fitness for Beginners, Open Water, Triathlon, and Swimming for Expectant Mothers.
Coaches who wish to participate in this program, which includes a stipend for your time, should follow these application instructions. The application deadline is November 1, 2013. 

Questions from Coaches
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with Bill Brenner, Club and Coach Services Director
How can I learn and teach the Masters lingo?
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 recently registered my fitness swim program as a new club with USMS. Since adding my program's information in the Places to Swim page, I've had quite a few new members join. The problem is, I'm not a coach, and my original members don't understand the vocabulary and etiquette that Masters swimmers seem to possess. Is there a resource I can give them to bring them up to speed?


A: Congratulations on joining USMS! Although Masters swimmers seem to have a language all their own, it's not too complicated to learn once you integrate it into your daily practices. Jim Harper wrote a Masters 101 series of eight articles in 2012 that explains our language and proper etiquette. Please refer your swimmers to these articles or print copies and hand them out or post them at the pool. Either way, take some time to review the information as a group. USMS values education and this is a fun way for all your participants to learn something new.

What Rule is THAT?!
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Kathy Casey, USMS Rules Chair
Is butterfrog still legal?
Cathy Kasey

Q: Am I correct that the breaststroke/frog kick is no longer allowed with the butterfly stroke for Masters swimmers?


A: No, there were no changes to the butterfly kick rule (101.3.3). It is still permissible to do one breaststroke kick per butterfly arm pull. The changes in the language of the butterfly rules were:

  1. TURNS (101.3.2, clarifying language: "...after the touch of the wall... it is permissible to turn in any manner as long as the body is on the breast when leaving the wall"),
  2. STROKE (101.3.2, clarifying language: "Both arms must be brought forward simultaneously over the water and pulled back simultaneously under the water throughout the race), and
  3. TOUCHES at the turns and the finish (101.3.4 and 101.3.5: "The touch shall be made with both hands separated and simultaneously at, above or below the water surface).

The interpretation of "both hands separated" in number three above is: The hands may touch but cannot overlap or be on top of each other.  This same change was also made to the touch on the breaststroke turns and finish (101.2.4).


All rule references are from the 2013 USMS Rule Book.


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

Certification Opportunities
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Upcoming Coach Certification Classes
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Levels 1 and 2

Oct. 25, 2013 Salt Lake City, Utah - Online Registration

Nov. 9, 2013 Chicago, Ill. - Online Registration    



Level 3 (Level II a prerequisite)        

Oct. 26, 2013 Salt Lake City, Utah - Online Registration

Nov. 10, 2013 Chicago, Ill. - Online Registration

Nov. 16, 2013 Portland, Ore. - Online Registration   


Contact Bill Brenner for more information.
USMS Coaches Needed for Worlds in Montreal
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If you're planning to go to Montreal for FINA Worlds Masters next year, and you're a qualified coach who is interested in helping out USMS swimmers at the meet, you can download the application.

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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