And do you know the new rules? Clubs and Workout Groups can register starting now. Individual registration begins Nov 1, 2013.
Due to our participation as part of FINA (Fédération Internationale de Natation, the international governing body for swimming including masters), USMS had to change some rules effective immediately. FINA is requiring all swimmers that complete on an international level to be part of a team. This is to cut down on cheating and team hopping in other countries. USMS has in the past used a system of banning swimmers to be “Unattached” as a way of discouraging team hopping. You might be thinking, but I don’t complete on an international level- why does this effect me? But it does, because FINA considers anyone participating in a meet with a swimmer that may have an international time to be competing on an international level, and CONN Masters hosts a lot of meets that have International Records and Top Ten Times.
The new rule is that those that would have been previously unattached or UNAT, will now be part of “Team UNAT”. Swimmers on “Team UNAT” will not be allowed to do relays, even with other swimmers of “Team UNAT” and will not benefit from any other club benefits. Swimmers who are in the process of switching clubs will need to become members of “Team UNAT” instead of becoming unattached. If you are not planning to switch clubs, please consider being part of a club other than “Team UNAT’.
Secondly, thanks to the hard working technology staff at USMS, registration for NEW and returning clubs is now available online. CONN Master’s will also be encouraging groups that want to swim as part of Team CONN at large meets to sign up as work out groups. Work out groups have many of the same privileges as clubs, such as access to USMS’s Coach and Club Services and USMS Supplies. Members of a workout group will still be able to swim on relays with their larger club at larger meets. Workout groups can also register online with the same link as clubs. Paper registrations are still available for both.