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MARCH 2014

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Keep Your Kick Going!
Coach Dustin Poe shares two more ways to fire up your kick
Some people have great kicks, but when you take away the kick board and ask them to swim, their kick disappears faster than a fair weather swimmer on a cold day. So how do we get the lower half of the body to work with the upper half? We've had great success with these two back-to-basics drills.

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In-Water Cross-Training: Synchronized Swimming
Coach Matt Edde says synchro drills can provide fun and challenging cross-training
Despite what it might look like, synchronized swimming is far from being all pretty dancing on the surface of the water. Synchronized swimmers have unique skills that could be useful to the average competitive swimmer. Competitive swimmers who have synchronized swimming backgrounds have said that synchronized swimming has given them a better feel for the water, which improved their competitive swimming ability. Maybe this sample synchro workout will open your eyes to their secrets.

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April is Adult Learn-to-Swim Month
Teach an adult to swim next month!
ALTS Fort Lauderdale

The Swimming Saves Lives Foundation, USMS's charitable arm, has declared the month of April as "Adult Learn-to-Swim Month." State governors in Florida, Washington, Nebraska, Maine, and Indiana have already issued proclamations in support and other states are processing proclamation applications.


With April around the corner, this initiative is about to hit full throttle. Coaches, if you have an adult learn-to-swim program at your facility, please update this information in your Places to Swim listing on the USMS website. You can add this information easily to the Miscellaneous Information box of your program's entry on the Places to Swim listing. This makes it easier for adults looking for lessons locally to find you. 


We hope that the campaign will result in an increase in demand for adult swim lessons. And, once these new swimmers become water-safe and learn to enjoy they water, they may decide to join a local program to continue swimming and getting the benefits of this great sport.


For more information about the program and events planned for the month of April, check out our Adult Learn-to-Swim page.

Registration Closing Soon for Spring Nationals
Remind your procrastinating swimmers: The deadline for entry is March 27!
Registration for the 2014 Nationwide USMS Spring National Championship to be held in Santa Clara, Calif., May 1-4 is closing at the end of the month. All entries to the meet must be received by midnight PDT on March 27. No exceptions!

You also still have some time left to apply to be an on-deck coach or meet official and get a front row seat to all the action while helping out your fellow USMS members, coaches, and swimmers. On-deck coaches are given a special T-shirt for their participation and are a huge help to swimmers traveling to the meet without their own coach. Contact Coaches Committee Chair Scott Bay for more information. Applications are due by April 15.

We have negotiated reduced rates with several local hotels. See all your options for accommodations online, and make your reservations prior to March 31 to ensure the best deals and room availability. We look forward to seeing you in Santa Clara for some super fast swimming!
1-Hour Postal Results Posted
See where your swimmers ranked!
The 2014 Speedo USMS 1-Hour Postal National Championship event wrapped up this year on February 10. Typically, the event runs only through January 31, but because of severe weather during the month of January, the Long Distance Committee voted to extend the deadline 10 days to allow those affected a little more time to sneak in that 1-hour swim. Despite the weird weather that caused the extension, more than 2,400 individual participants sent in their results. Individual results have now been posted. Congratulations to all participants who made the effort to go the distance this year! Preliminary relay results have also been posted. Please check all results and forward any corrections to Mel Goldstein by March 27.
Service Award Nominations Now Open
Nominate a deserving volunteer today!
USMS Award

USMS presents a number of awards annually to members who have excelled in various areas. The details and recipients of each type of award may be found on our Awards page. Send in your nominations today for Speedo/USMS Coach of the Year, Dorothy Donnelly Service, June Krauser Communications, and other awards.

See all the award categories on the Awards page. Nominations for all awards are due July 1 (except the Capt. Ransom J. Arthur Award, which was due on March 15).


2014 At-Large Director Elections
Are you or is someone you know interested in running for one of these important positions?
USAS Convention

U.S. Masters Swimming will hold elections for all At-Large Directors (Breadbasket Zone, Colonies Zone, Dixie Zone, Great Lakes Zone, Northwest Zone, Oceana Zone, South Central Zone, and Southwest Zone) at its Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates, Sept. 16-21, 2014, during the United States Aquatic Sports Convention in Jacksonville, Fla.


The nomination deadline is April 30, 2014. Nomination packets may be obtained from the Elections page of the USMS website or by contacting Elections Chair Cheryl Gettelfinger.


We're looking for energetic volunteers with a desire to help lead U.S. Masters Swimming. If you're interested in leadership and service at our highest level, or you know someone who would be willing to serve, please let us know!


***This blurb was incorrect in the March issue of STREAMLINES, as it read that Officer positions will be up for election this year, when in fact, At-Large Director positions are up this year. (Officer and At-Large elections alternate each year.) ***

Sign Up for the Open Water Safety Webinar Next Month!
One more chance to participate in this important safety resource this year

The USMS Open Water Committee is pleased to invite open water officials and open water event hosts to attend a live Open Water Safety Webinar presented by Jim Wheeler, Chair of the Open Water Safety Subcommittee on April 13, 2014 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. EDT. Jim has more than 30 years experience in aquatic risk management, safety, and training for venues, including waterfronts, beaches, pools, and water parks. Jim is the president of Total Aquatic Management, an aquatic consulting and training company. He frequently gives safety workshops during the USMS Annual Meeting. The offered webinar includes up-to-date information on open water safety and USMS safety regulations. Register today for this important presentation.


Screensharing will be used so you can follow the accompanying PowerPoint presentation. You'll also be able to send questions to Jim during the webinar through the provided Chat Room capability. You can view the PowerPoint slides and video from the webinar that was held earlier this month.


If you register for this webinar, you will receive call-in information via email on the Thursday before the event. Contact OW Committee Chair Lynn Hazlewood with any questions.

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

Q: One of my swimmers was told at a meet to put tape over a medical identification bracelet. I have looked, but I can't find a USMS rule requiring that. However, there is a USMS rule that does not allow tape unless approved by the referee. Can you point me to the rule requiring that a medical identification bracelet be taped to the body? 


A: It is a high school rule (NFHS Rule 3, Section 3, Article 5a) not a USMS rule. You are correct that tape is not allowed in USMS competition unless approved by the referee (USMS 102.12.1E and 102.13.9). Other differences between high school rules (NFHS rules) and USMS rules include:

  • USMS rules do not ban jewelry (NFHS Rule 3, Section 3, Article 5).
  • USMS rules do not require entering the water feet first for the backstroke start (USMS 101.1.2A; NFHS Rule 8, Section 1, Article 2).
  • USMS rules do not restrict cap logos to only the club logo and one manufacturer label (USMS 102.12; NFHS Rule 3, Section 3, Article 2).
  • USMS rules do not allow kicking and/or coasting into the wall after rolling over from the back to the breast for the backstroke turn (USMS 101.4.3; NFHS Rule 8, Section 2, Article 1f).
All rule references are from the 2014 USMS Rule Book. For any questions about competition rules in Part 1, contact Kathy Casey, USMS Rules Chair.
Questions from Coaches
Bill Brenner, Club and Coach Services Director, answers your questions
Q: How much should I charge my members to swim in my Masters program?

A: Most USMS programs are self-sustaining or generate a profit. To be self-sustaining, or to break even, monthly program dues or fees should be calculated by subtracting the program's monthly expenses from the monthly revenue generated from hosting events, fundraising, grants, sponsorships, and dues paid by the swimmers.

Monthly dues must be competitive with the local Masters market, the availability of pool lane space, and be considerate of regional economic factors such as wages, employment, and cost-of-living figures. You don't want to have excessive fees, nor do you want your fees to be insufficient and not generate the revenue needed to pay your bills.


Adopt a philosophy that "everyone swims who wants to swim" regardless of their ability to pay. You can do this by offering incentives and alternate fee schedules for different groups. For example, consider offering discounts to young adults aged 18 to 24. Encouraging these adults to swim and reducing the barrier of cost will pay dividends over the long run. Remember, these adults may swim with you for a lifetime and will appreciate your generosity.


Another group that may benefit from a reduced rate is senior citizens living on a fixed income. They will appreciate the accommodation. You can also consider offering family discounts to encourage all adult members in the family to swim together.


One group that seems especially deserving of a discounted rate is veterans. You can thank the women and men who have served our country in the armed forces with a veteran's discount.

You may also want to provide discounted dues for coaches, assistant coaches, support team members, and key volunteers. Discounting fees for these key individuals can create value for your program and the members your program serves.


Lastly, create a scholarship fund from fundraising efforts or excess program revenue to enable those who can't pay a monthly fee a place to swim for free. In exchange for this benefit, scholarship recipients may serve as volunteers at local events to promote your program as a community sponsor and supporter.


Whatever your program decides to charge, make sure your members are getting a quality product. Very few members will complain about a fee for a product or service that exceeds their expectations.

Questions about growing your club, managing club business, or becoming a better coach? Club and Coach Services Director Bill Brenner has answers.

Coach Certification Schedule
Upcoming Coach Certification Classes

Levels 1 & 2

Apr. 26, 2014 Claremont, Calif. - Online Registration

May 17, 2014 Boston, Mass. - Online Registration

May 31, 2014 Kalispell, Mont. - Online Registration

June 21, 2014 Nashville, Tenn.- Online Registration

Sept. 6, 2014 Pasadena, Calif.

Sept. 12, 2014 Jacksonville, Fla. (at ASCA World Clinic)

Sept. 27, 2014 New York, N.Y. - Online Registration

Oct. 18, 2014 Seattle, Wash.

Nov. 1, 2014 Maryville, Ill. (near St. Louis) - Online Registration


Level 3 (Level II a prerequisite)          

May 18, 2014 Boston, Mass. - Online Registration

June 22, 2014 Nashville, Tenn. - Online Registration

Sept. 7, 2014 Pasadena, Calif.

Sept. 17, 2014 Jacksonville, Fla.

Sept. 28, 2014 New York, N.Y. - Online Registration


Stroke Development Clinics 

June 1, 2014 Kalispell, Mont. - Online Registration

Nov. 2, 2014 Maryville, Ill. (near St. Louis) - Online Registration

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