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December 2013



Another year is winding down in fine form. We look forward to another great one in 2014!

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Looking for a Holiday-Themed Workout?divider swoosh
by Elaine K. Howley, Associate Editor

Read what these creative coaches and swimmers have concocted for the season

Oh, it's the most stressful time of the year, isn't it? With to-do lists as long as our swimmers' arms, we dash through the snow in our 300-horse-powered SUVs, scurrying to and fro in that time-honored winter activity of gathering things: presents, decorations, and greeting cards, all in the name of winter traditions. Read more...

Building the Perfect Pre-Race Warm-Updivider swoosh
by Coach Scott Bay, Team Blu Frog

Scott BayThings to think about in your quest for the Goldilocks warm-up

Coaches are often asked what athletes should do for warm-up before they race at a meet. The best warm-up should challenge and prepare your swimmers not too much, not too little, but just right. And ultimately, the best warm-up is the one that works. Sure, that's a vague answer, but if we were all the same, someone would have come up with "the perfect warm-up" already. Read more...

Are Your Swimmers Registered?
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Register Early Registration Discounts

2014 member registration is now open, and USMS is again offering sponsor discounts for those members who register before December 31. Members registering during this period will receive coupon codes via email from the following sponsors:

  • Aqua Sphere: 20% off of entire order
  • blueseventy: 25% off of orders $50 or more
  • Colorado Time Systems: 10% off on all training products*
  • FINIS: 25% off of entire order*
  • Hammer Nutrition: 10% off of total purchase*
  • Nike: 20% off of entire order*
  • P2Life: 25% off of entire order*
  • Speedo: 20% off of entire order*
  • TRISWIM: 40% off of all TRISWIM, FOGGLE and TRISLIDE products
  • 10% off USMS product & Sporti products*
  • X-1 Audio: 25% off of entire order

*Certain restrictions apply, see below. All discounts expire Jan. 15, 2014

Track Your Swimmers
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computer 100 It's easy to view your club roster!

Your club contact receives an email each time someone registers for your club, but sometimes you may want to view your entire club roster. Here's how to do it:



  1. Go to
  2. Click the "Membership" link at the very top of the page
  3. Select "Membership Directory" from the left side of the page
  4. Select your LMSC from the pull-down list and click the "submit & view members" button
  5. Once you see the entire list, click the appropriate club or workout group link at the top and it will show just your members.  
Boost Your Club with a Team Sales Page
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by the Professionals at

Swimoutlet.comSpecial Advertorial

Take the hassle out of outfitting your club

Most coaches can probably relate to the adage: there's simply too much to do and not enough hours in the day in which to do it all. Their days are filled with coaching athletes, planning schedules, handling the latest pool equipment breakdown, planning and attending meets, and communicating with members. Read more...

Questions from Coaches
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with Bill Brenner, Club and Coach Services Director

How can I best introduce an aquatics director to Masters Swimming?

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: A new aquatics director was recently hired at the YMCA where I coach Masters. She has no knowledge of Masters Swimming or USMS. What should I tell her when she asks about our club?


A: I recommend asking for a scheduled meeting when you can privately introduce yourself and talk about Masters Swimming. Although within USMS you have a club or workout group, it's important to refer to Masters as a program when talking with aquatics directors or other facility administrators who may be unfamiliar with Masters Swimming.


Aquatics directors often have the perception that swim teams overrun the pool and squeeze out members who use the pool for lap swimming. Aquatics directors must manage these concerns and program the pool accordingly. Get in front of this by explaining that Masters is a program, much like water aerobics or swim lessons, but for adults aged 18+ who choose to swim as their form of exercise to live a healthier lifestyle.


During your meeting, describe how Masters Swimming is diverse in age, gender, and ability. It generates revenue and fulfills a community service-and will often provide expanded opportunities for the facility's existing lap swimmers, not take away their lanes. Give her a copy of the facility booklet that USMS produces to explain why facilities benefit from Masters Swimming programs. This comprehensive guide is very helpful in describing USMS. Copies arrive in club welcome kits each year and can also be ordered online through the USMS Program Resources page.


Invite the new aquatics director to one of your practices and introduce her to the members of your program. Encourage your members to welcome her at every opportunity. Make her feel part of the program by inviting her to social events. Maybe she's a Masters swimmer and just hasn't realized it yet!


If you need additional assistance, a representative from Club and Coach Services is available with email, phone, and onsite support.

What Rule is THAT?!
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Kathy Casey, USMS Rules Chair

Do I have to take an arm stroke immediately after completing a backstroke turn?

Cathy Kasey

Q: Our LMSC newsletter cited a few new rules, one being that backstrokers must "Immediately initiate pull on turn." Does this mean that once the swimmer rolls over, the arm stroke must be taken right away without coasting? 


A: Yes. The new language is clarifying language only. The interpretation has not changed; upon rolling over the swimmer may take a single or double arm pull that must be part of the continuous turning action. In other words, it was previously and still is grounds for a disqualification if you roll over and coast before taking the pull or coast after taking the pull. Once the body has left the position on the back, any kick or arm pull must be part of the continuous turning action (101.4.3, see below). Rolling over is considered part of the turn and the turning action must be continuous.


The official rule reads: "101.4.3 Turns-Upon...wall. During the turn the shoulders may be turned past the vertical toward the breast, after which an immediate continuous single arm pull or an immediate continuous simultaneous double arm pull may be used to initiate the turn." 


All rule references are from the 2013 USMS Rule Book. The new language cited here is dated 9/25/13 and posted on the Rule Book page under the Important Updates section.


For any questions about competition rules in Part 1, contact Kathy Casey, USMS Rules Chair. For any questions about administrative rules in Parts 2 and 4-6, contact Meg Smath, USMS Legislation Chair.

Certification Opportunities
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Upcoming Coach Certification Classes
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Levels 1 and 2

Jan. 5, 2014 Oahu, Hawaii - Online Registration

Jan. 12, 2014  Maui, Hawaii - Online Registration    

Jan. 18, 2014 San Mateo, Calif. - Online Registration

Jan. 25, 2014 Fort Wayne, Ind.

Feb. 8, 2014 Austin, Texas - Online Registration

Feb. 24, 2014 Charleston, S.C. - Online Registration

March 8, 2014 San Diego, Calif. - Online Registration

Sept. 17, 2014 Jacksonville, Fla.


Level 3 (Level II a prerequisite)           

Sept. 17, 2014 Jacksonville, Fla. 

Additional dates TBA


Contact Bill Brenner for more information.
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. 

About STREAMLINES for Coaches
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Early Registration Discount Code Restrictions
*Colorado Time Systems: Pace Clocks, TrainRight System and Dolphin Wireless Stopwatch. FINIS: Excluding Swim Teaching Platform and Turnmaster Pro. Hammer Nutrition: Order must meet free shipping minimums after discounts in order to receive free shipping. Nike: Does not include Nike Apparel, such as Nike warm-ups (elite warm-ups, rio II warm-ups, core fleece warm-ups), Nike shirts (legend poly stops for both men and women), Nike polo shirts, men's Nike 3-pocket fly short, or Nike sandals. Does include the Nike parkas and women's team color block short. P2Life: Does not apply to our fundraising join options. Speedo: Offer not valid on previous purchases and excludes Performance Swimwear and Accessories, all LZR Racer series, Fastskin3 series,Vanquisher Goggles, Speed Socket Goggles, SpeedoŽ Swedish Goggle 2-Pack, Liquid Storm Goggles, Hydralign Racer Goggles, Aqua V Silicone Swim Caps, Contoured Swim Paddles, Power Paddle, Training Paddles, BiofuseŽ Finger Paddle, I.M. Tech Paddle, Pull Kick, Breaststroke Fin, BiofuseŽ Fins, Short Blade Training Fin, Power Fin, Hydralign Center Snorkel and online gift certificates. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer. No Cash Value. Void where prohibited by law. Discount only applies to USMS and Sporti products. Free shipping on $49 and above. X-1 Audio: Discount only applies to X-1 Audio products. Excludes iPods.