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Welcome to 2016. We hope your new year is off to a great start! Stay tuned for a BRAND NEW STREAMLINES for Coaches with the February issue.

Swimming for Life,
Your Friends at U.S. Masters Swimming
Team Building Through Communication 
Coach Terry "Speed" Heggy with tips for recruiting and retaining swimmers
on-deck coaching
Every Masters coach needs great communication skills to effectively give swimmers quality workouts and useful stroke feedback. But the best coaches also leverage their communication skills to create even more opportunities to help people improve their swimming--by building and sustaining team membership.

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Vertical Core Progressions
Chris Ritter explains how to develop a solid foundation for stronger swimming
Leg Lift Yoga
Although swimming is done in a horizontal position, it's valuable to engage muscles in different orientations. Many people don't realize that you can do core work in a vertical position. Remember, your core is primarily meant to stabilize your body as well as transfer energy from one part of the body to another. Although gravity is less of a factor in swimming, it's vital to be strong in a standing position.

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USMS Speedo 1-Hour Swim National Championship ePostal 
It's not too late to set aside a workout or two so your swimmers can participate
1-Hour ePostal 2016
The annual USMS Speedo 1-Hour Swim National Championship ePostal is in full swing, but you've still got time to help your swimmers participate. The event runs from January 1 to January 31, 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.

Check Out the Check-Off Challenge
Use this fitness event to motivate your swimmers to try new events
2016 Check Off Challenge
The Check-Off Challenge is designed to motivate swimmers by encouraging them to swim 18 pool events and an open water swim during the calendar year and is a fun challenge for swimmers of all ability levels. Coaches can use the Check-Off Challenge to motivate their clubs to attend meets or inspire individual swimmers to try new events. Open to all registered USMS members, the entry fee to participate is $30, which includes a custom-designed Check-Off Challenge towel, swim cap, and certificate of completion. Check out the Check-Off Challenge event page for more information.

How to Access Your Club Roster
It's really easy!
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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.

Make Your Spring Nationals Hotel Arrangements Today!
Discounted rates expire soon
2016 Spring Nationals Logo
Are you going to the 2016 Nationwide USMS Spring National Championship in Greensboro this year? If so, you'd better get your hotel sorted out now for the April 28 through May 1 meet, as spots are filling up quickly. Select from a wide variety of host hotels within 5 to 10 minutes of the Greensboro Aquatic Complex. Many of the hotels on the list are offering discounted rates for USMS coaches and competitors, and the range of hotels means there's something available in every budget. Throughout the meet, select host hotels will have a continuous shuttle service to and from the Swim Center. Check out our hotel list for options, rates, and booking information. And be sure to book your hotel early to ensure the best pricing and availability.

Do Your Swimmers FLOG?
Urge them to hop online to track all their fitness activities
Go the distance logo
Your swimmers can track their swimming and other fitness activities via our online Fitness Logs. With this exciting online service--which is also the basis for the very popular Go The Distance fitness event--you can log a wide variety of fitness activities such as swim workouts, running, weights, and yoga on your FLOG calendar and track your weekly, monthly, and annual totals online. Let your swimmers--especially new swimmers who may not be aware of it yet--know about this great tool and benefit of U.S. Masters Swimming membership.

What Rule is THAT?!
Charles Cockrell, USMS Rules Chair, answers your questions
Charles Cockrell, What Rule is that, Rule Committee
Q: What's my time? 

A: It's the question every swimmer asks as soon as the race is over. But, with different types of timing systems, the possibility of malfunctions, and the requirements for records to be established, the answer can be more complicated that many swimmers realize. 

Determining an official time is one of the key jobs for officials, and one that we all take seriously since every swimmer is entitled to the most accurate time that we can determine for each race. Much of the work to determine official times and get the results published takes place behind the scenes at a meet. Continue reading...

All rule references are from the 2016 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
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Q: What incentives can I offer my swimmers to register or renew their membership with USMS?

A: Consider taking a two-step approach. Make sure your swimmers know the benefits of USMS membership. New benefits are added and enhanced frequently, and as the leader of your program, you should be able to convey those benefits. Knowing your swimmers and the reasons why they swim enables you to pinpoint specific benefits that may enhance their USMS membership experiences. USMS provides sanctioned events for our fitness swimmers, open water enthusiasts, and competitive swimmers. Know the events, when they're scheduled, and add as many as possible to your program's seasonal plan. Continue Reading...

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
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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
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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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