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Registration for 2016 is open. Remind your swimmers to renew before December 31 and they'll receive valuable discounts from our sponsors. Happy Holidays!

Swimming for Life,
Your Friends at U.S. Masters Swimming
Help Your Swimmers Gear Up for the New Year
Terry Speed Heggy explains how to build and maintain January momentum
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Every January, swim teams and gyms see crowds of enthusiastic resolution setters flocking in to jumpstart their fitness programs for the new year. But we all know what happens next, right? By February, most of those folks have faded back into the woodwork, never to be seen again. Face it, we all tend to begin the year with enthusiasm, and then find it easy to get derailed.

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Teach the Basics of Dyland Training
Chris Ritter explains, swimmers needn't focus strictly on swimming specific dryland exercises
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Swimming is different from other sports in many ways. Therefore, it might seem to make sense to create a dryland training  program centered on a swimming-specific program, even specializing in a certain stroke or race distance. However, this approach can lead to the craziest looking exercises, with swimmers desperately trying to mimic the exact movements of a particular swimming stroke. This can lead to frustration or, worse, injury.

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2016 Member Registration Open
Spread the word: Swimmers who register by Dec. 31 get great deals from USMS sponsors!
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Pass it on. Members who renew their USMS membership for 2016 by December 31 will receive valuable discount codes from USMS sponsor partners. It's easy to register or renew online and upon completion of the registration process, each member will receive an email with special discount coupons for great gear and products from our sponsors. But hurry--the codes expire January 15, 2016.
Aqua Sphere - 20% off entire order
dryrobe - 15% off order*
FINIS - 25% off entire order
Malibu C - 20% off entire order
P2Life - 25% off entire order
Speedo - 30% off entire order*
Rudy Project - 50% off entire order
TYR - 30% off entire order*
SwimOutlet.com- 15% off USMS merchandise & Sporti branded products*
XX2i Optics - 60% off entire order
* Some restrictions apply

The 1-Hour ePostal is Coming!
Get your swimmers ready for this annual event!
1-Hour ePostal 2016
Are you ready to test your mettle for an hour? Better get training, because the 2016 USMS Speedo 1-Hour ePostal National Championship is almost here! The event runs from January 1 to January 31, 2016, and the objective is to swim as far as possible in 1 hour, in any pool 25 yards or longer. Record your splits and  submit your results, just for fun, or so you can compare yourself to other swimmers around the country.

Coaches, why not set aside a couple of practice sessions to get your whole club involved? It's great for building camaraderie and provides a killer workout for participants. Lots more information is available online.

How to Access Your Club Roster
It's easy to do!
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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:
  • Go to usms.org
  • Click the Membership link at the very top of the page
  • Select Membership Directory from the left side of the page
  • Select your LMSC from the pull-down list and click the Submit & View Members button
Once you see the entire list, click the appropriate club or workout group link at the top and it will show just your members.

USMS is Looking for its Next CEO
Are you right for the job?
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USMS has retained Turnkey Search to lead the hiring process for our open Chief Executive Officer position. Turnkey will be responsible for all recruiting, application reviews, and interviews for this position. If you're interested in becoming the next chief executive officer of USMS, please apply on their site for the position.

Check out the New Rules and SMS Committee Blogs 
Read all about what these volunteer committees are doing
In an effort to get timely information out to members about the ever-evolving world of swimming rules, the Rules Committee has recently launched a blog. There, you'll be able to read past What Rule is THAT?! columns as well as other updates and information from that committee. 

In addition, you can always check out what the Sports Medicine and Science Committee is working on at their blog, which is also in the forums section of the USMS website. Read all about it, and stay up-to-date on what's happening with these two committees. 

What Rule is THAT?!
Charles Cockerell, USMS Rules Chair, answers your questions
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How do backstroke ledges affect my start?
Backstroke ledges were approved for use by FINA in December 2014 and just beginning to be used in elite FINA and USA-Swimming competition. They were approved for use at USMS-sanctioned meets in 2015.
What are the rules governing the use of backstroke ledges at USMS sanctioned meets? 
First, let's review the facilities standards regarding the size and placement of the backstroke ledges, which are covered in rule 107.12 in the current USMS Rule Book. The ledges are adjustable pieces of equipment lowered into the water for backstroke starts. Swimmers may place their feet on the ledges in preparation for starts. Ledges may only be used in pools where water depth is 4 feet or more at the starting end of the pool (107.2.3A). The ledge may be placed from 4 centimeters above the water surface to 4 centimeters below the surface. The ledge must be a minimum of 65 centimeters in length, 8 centimeters in height, 2 centimeters at the width of the ledge, and must have 10 degrees of slope. These dimensions refer to the surface on which swimmers would place their feet. Note that the facilities standards section of the rule book also uses the term "toe ledges" (107.3.1), which is a completely different term referring to surfaces at a depth of approximately 4 feet on which swimmers may stand in a deep-water course.
How do the ledges impact the existing rules regarding foot placement or the starting sequence of the backstroke start?
These rules are unchanged. Rules 101.1.2 and 103.8.5 govern the commands during the starting sequence and foot placement prior to the start. At the referee's first long whistle, swimmers should enter the water and at the second long whistle, swimmers should take their positions on the wall. At this point, swimmers should place their feet on the wall, touchpad, and ledges, if they are present. Swimmers must face the starting end of the pool with both hands placed on the gutter or on the starting grips. If the backstroke ledge is used, the toes of both feet must still be in contact with the end wall or the touchpad prior to the start.
Whether the ledges are used or not, the toes may not be placed above the lip of the gutter. Also, bending the toes over the lip of the gutter or over the top of the touchpad is still prohibited. These rules apply both before the start (101.1.2-B) and immediately after the start (101.4.2).

All rule references are from the 2015 USMS Rule Book. For any questions about competition rules in Part 1, contact Charles Cockrell, USMS Rules Chair.

Questions from Coaches
Bill Brenner, Education Director, answers your questions
Q: Does a swimmer need to register for USMS in the LMSC where they live?

A: No. A member may choose to register in any of the 52 LMSCs regardless of where they live. A member may register with a USMS club, workout group, or as unattached. Dual membership is not permitted.

Members should inquire if registration with the specific club or workout group is mandatory for participation. Some USMS programs will not allow swimmers affiliated with other clubs to swim in their practices, even if the swimmer is willing to pay facility and program fees. 

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

Want to read past questions? Then check out Bill Brenner's "Questions from Coaches" blog, and see if he's already found solutions to your coaching quandaries.

Coach Certification Schedule
Upcoming Coach Certification Classes
Want to become a better coach? Then get certified and up-to-speed on the latest coaching techniques. Our Education Department offers certification classes for coaches who want to become Level 1, 2, or 3 certified in various cities all over the country.
See the full list of class dates and locations on our Coach Certification Schedule page.

ALTS Instructor Certification Schedule
Upcoming ALTS Instructor Certification Classes
Our innovative, one-day Adult Learn-to-Swim Instructor Certification Course begins with several hours of classroom training in how to approach the various types of adult nonswimmers you might come across while offering lessons. After talking theory in the classroom, all attendees have an opportunity to practice what they've just learned in the pool. At the conclusion of the class, you'll be a certified USMS ALTS instructor, ready to help people who come to you for swimming lessons.
More information about the course is available online along with a schedule of upcoming classes around the country. Please check the schedule frequently, as we're constantly adding new dates and locations

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