Several years ago, FINA, the international governing body for masters swimming created a rule that no swimmer would be allowed to participate in an international event without belonging to a “team”, or as USMS calls a club. USMS had allowed for swimmers to be considered unattached and these swimmers not be allowed to participate in international events and could potentially negate the results for other attached swimmers. USMS considered many possible solutions to this problem and decided upon creating clubs called unattached, one for each LMSC. These teams or clubs would fulfill all the purposes of a team for FINA’s rules but would still not be considered actual clubs by USMS rules. While you may swim in international events as an unattached swimmer, you may not participate in relays at any level.
It has been found that when registering, there is still confusion. Some reasons include the confusion between belonging to LMSC Connecticut and Club Connecticut Masters. Being part of the LMSC Connecticut does not automatically place you on Club Connecticut. Relays are organized at the club level, not the LMSC.
Others might be confused as they do not practice with an established workout group within CONN Masters. USMS does not require you to practice, pay membership fees, or officially join a team or workout group in order to be listed as part of that group for your membership purposes. For example, a swimmer who lives in Michigan and practices in Detroit might be a member of the LMSC Connecticut. A person who practices in West Hartford might be a member of Meriden Masters work out group. And a person who practices by themselves in Brookfield may still be a member of Club Connecticut Masters. Under USMS rules, this is all acceptable.
If you are currently listed as UC05, please reconsider joining a club. If you do not belong to a club listed, please join Connecticut Masters. It is an advantage to you and other members to belong to a club as it increases the ability to participate in relays. Please contact Sian Nimkoff, the registrar for Conn (LMSC) Masters at CTRegistrar@usms.org to update your club affiliation.