Master’s Swimming and Triathlons just go together

There have been many Connecticut Masters participating in Triathlons this summer.  Whether a swimmer that tried a tri, or a triathlete that wanted more experience swimming and joined USMS, the sports really to seem to draw many of the same people.  If you are a Connecticut Master’s swimmer and notice a triathlete who is interested in becoming a stronger swimmer, please encourage them to seek out a master’s swim program.  Many triathletes are finding that the best way to improve their swimming over the winter is by joining a master’s program as it both will work on their technique and keep them training harder.  USMS has strongly encouraged master’s coaches to work with triathletes and positively include them in their teams.  If you meet a person who is interested in joining a master’s program and don’t know any programs in their area, feel free to contact a board member.

FINA World Master’s Championships

Registration has been posted.  Please see Meet Results.  Please note that there are qualifying times to enter the meet.  Please check qualifying times here.  Along with the pool events, there will also be a 3K open water swim.  The time standard for the 3K is 90 minutes or 30 minutes per kilometer.  While the event is listed as July 27- August 10, the pool events are being held between August 3 and 9, while the open water swim is the 10th.  The registration deadline is June 1, 2014 so please check it out now.

Upcoming USMS Coaching Certification Classes

For anyone interested in coaching Master’s Swimming, these classes are invaluable.  The knowledge gathered from both the instructors and the other participants is worth years of trial and error.  Not only are current theories of technique discussed, but so are business management, the uniqueness of the master’s swimmer, and the legal/insurance specifics of USMS.  Levels 1 and 2, can and should be taken together as a day long process.  Level 3 cannot be taken until Level’s 1 and 2 are passed and cannot be taken in the same weekend.  There will be two opportunities to take the courses in the northeast.  Boston, Levels 1 and 2 will be held on Saturday, May 17th and Boston, Level 3 will be held on Sunday, May 18th.  New York, Levels 1 and 2 will be held on Saturday, September 27th and New York, Level 3 will be held on Sunday, September 28th.  Please click the above links for more information.  A complete list off classes can be found at Class Schedule.

Registration is Ready

Online registration and paper entry forms are available both for New England Championships and Spring Nationals.  The links can be found at Meet Results.

A Message from USMS regarding the One Hour Postal Championships

Due to the extreme weather conditions experience during the month of January throughout the country, and the ensuing pool closures, the USMS Long Distance Committee has extended the date by which all swims must be completed for the 2014 USMS One-Hour Postal National Championships.  The extension will be from January 31 until February 10, 2014.  Entries must still be received by February 10, so swimmers should use the on-line entry system for swims done during this extension to avoid missing the deadline.  For swimmers who complete their One-Hour swim during the extension, their age will be determind as of their age on January 31, 2014.  For everyone else, their age of record will still be that on the day they swam, and results will be compiled accordingly.  This extension shall apply to all swimmers regardless of their LMSC.  You can find event and entry details at: https://www.clubassistant.com/club/meet_information.cfm?c=1308&smid=4912.

2014 Registration is around the corner.

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.

Leaf Peeper’s Meet

UV Rays Master’s are holding their 5th annual Leaf Peepers Masters Mini Meet.  It will be held 10/26/13 in White River Junction, VT at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center.  Click here for a copy of the registration form UVAC_2013_Leaf_Peeper_Info_Sheet.

 

Swimmers wanted as study participants

Nate Fritts is a Research Assistant at Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy (CSTE).  They are studying the long term effects of sports related concussions and other brain trauma, particularly chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE .  Right about now you are probably wondering why they are looking for swimmers.  Read on:  since swimmer are not normally exposed to concussion they would like to do a comparison study.  The experiment consists of a 10 minute eligibility screening (by phone) and if passed, a two day, all expenses paid assessment at Boston Medical Center.  Please consider joining the study if you:

1) are a male ages 40-69

2) have at least 2 years of collegiate level or higher swimming experience

3) have no history of participation in contact sports such as football, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, etc.

4) have no history of brain injury

If you qualify, please contact Nate at via email (nfritts@bu.edu) or by phone (617-414-8391).

USMS Convention is coming in September

The USAS (United States Aquatic Sports) Convention that includes USMS will be held this September 11-15, 2013 in Garden Grove, CA.  While the convention does include some work, including attending committee, zone, and delegate meetings and voting for elections and new rules, there are plenty of opportunities for fun.  Every night includes a social event culminating in a banquet to honor the top athletes, coaches and volunteers for each group within USAS.  It is also a great opportunity to see how the rules get made, voice your opinions and learn new information on all aspects of USMS.  It is an excellent opportunity to meet people from all over whether its an average swimmer from South Dakota, the newsletter writer from Adirondack, a master’s coach from Texas, or even maybe a famous Olympian.  (Yes, the delegates from Connecticut and New England drank beers and chatted with one last year.)  If you are interested in being a delegate to represent CONN Masters, please email Michael Laux as soon as possible.

Coaches Educational Opportunities

Hello- There will be two coaching clinics available in Massachusettes.   ASCA Level 1 and 2, Cambridge, MA on May 4, 2013 and ASCA Level 3, Cambridge, MA on May 5, 2013.  Mel Goldstein and Bill Brenner will be the instructors.  They will cover everything from proper stroke technique and working with adults to more behind the scenes coaching needs like how to get the most out of your budget, how to acquire pool time, and how to navigate the USMS insurance policy.