With meet season coming and registration around the corner, it’s time to review the rules for which club to sign up for. USMS does not place many rules on what club to sign up for, even allowing people to sign up for clubs in states that are different from their address. One story that always makes my heart melt is the man from Detroit that belongs to his father’s team in Massachusetts as a memorial. This is all acceptable within the rules of USMS.
This year I would like to clarify that if you sign up for Club CONN, you are not required to belong to a workout group. If you do not belong to any of the workout groups listed under Club CONN, you may still belong to Club CONN, instead of UC05. There are several groups in Connecticut, for example Waterbury YMCA, that do not have a workout group and those members are welcome to belong to Club CONN so that they may do relays with other members of Club CONN. Remember that if you belong to UC05, you may not do relays, even with other UC05 members.
If you do see your group listed as a club, you are welcome to join that club or CONN according to USMS rules. Please check with your group to determine their policy. You may not belong to both at the same time.
There is no difference between a club and a workout group for the purposes of USMS as far as price, requirements, or advantages. The exception is that workout group members benefit from being able to do relays with members in the larger club, and not just members of their own group, so I would encourage group leaders to consider that when deciding to register a club or a workout group.
Questions welcome at Ally Sega at CTWebmaster@usms.org