USMS is hosting a USMS Masters Coach Certification Level 1 and 2 Class on Saturday, April 18th, 2015, starting at 9:00 am running through 5:00 pm. The class will be held at Hilton Garden Inn Hartford North\Bradley International Airport located at 555 Corporate Drive, Windsor, Connecticut. This is an excellent opportunity for any one who coaches Masters Swimmers, paid or volunteer. Also, if you’ve ever wondered if you have what it takes to start a program or help out with your program, this class will give you the skills you need. You must be a current USMS Member to participate and received the certification. Recognized USMS coaches will receive a discount but it is not necessary to participate. Dominic Latella and Bill Brenner are the instructors for this class. Click here for registration and more information. Registration will end Friday, April 17th or when 40 people have signed up.
A reminder for registration season:
During the online registration process, you will be asked to pick a registered USMS club. If you do not pick a club, you will be automatically assigned to UC05, which is the unattached club*. Once you pick a club, if that club has workout groups (not all do), you will be asked to pick a workout group. All members of the same club can participate on relays together, regardless of workout affiliation. When participating at meets, you will be listed by your club, not your workout group. So for example: if you register for club CONN, and workout group Wilton, you may participate in relays with someone who registered for club CONN, and workout group Meriden or someone who is registered for club CONN, and did not pick a workout group. You may not participate in relays with someone who registered for Chelsea Piers, as they are a different club.
*UC05 is referred to as a club for the technical purposes of FINA Master’s Swimming rules, but does not include any of the benefits of being part of a club. UC05 members may NOT do relays. You are encouraged to sign up for a club, even if you do not currently plan on doing relays. While our registrar has been great about fixing swimmers team affiliation extremely quickly, it would be a shame to miss an opportunity because you were not able to coordinate with her.
Also, to clarify: USMS and CONN masters does not care which pool or which team you practice with when registering. You are welcome to self designate your team/workout group as you see working best for you. Please check with your pool/team first, however, if you would like to use a different group as they may have other expectations. If you would like to change your team/workout group status, please contact Sian Nimkoff.
Both Metropolitan (southern New York including NYC and Long Island) and New England (all of New England minus Connecticut) LMSCs made specific points to invite Connecticut Master’s to their upcoming swim meets. Highlights of the fall season include: Post SCY in Brookville, NY on October 5th, October Swim Fest at Simmons College in Boston on October 18th, Leaf Peepers Meet in White River Junction, VT on October 25th, Hawktoberfest at Roger Williams University in Bristol on October 26th, and the Dr. Bill Ross Annual Memorial Meet (all proceeds to support pancreatic cancer research) at the Nassau County Aquatics Facility, in East Meadow, NY on Nov 23. While Connecticut is hosting two meets also, Wilton on November 2nd and Cornerstone on November 16th, please consider finding one meet in a neighboring state to support also. All registrations can be found under Meet Results. As always, these meets are open to all registered masters swimmers- there are no qualifying times or speed expectations. These are for fun and often for fundraising: everyone’s participation is welcome.
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.
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.
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.
Online registration and paper entry forms are available both for New England Championships and Spring Nationals. The links can be found at Meet Results.
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.
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.