The deadline for applications for grants for athletes with disabilities has been extended until 12/15/2012. For more information and to access an application, click here.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SANCTIONED, APPROVED AND OBSERVED SWIMS?
As we move into high school and college season, the question often arises as to whether a time can be entered into the SWIMS database. This summary is intended to help clarify the key differences between the various types of swims generating “official” USA Swimming times. More detailed information is available in USA Swimming Rules & Regulations (Article 202), in which requirements and conditions for sanction, approved competitions and observed swims are defined.
SANCTIONED EVENT • Meet must be conducted under USA Swimming technical and administrative rules. • All times achieved will be recognized by USA Swimming. • All participants must be registered members of USA Swimming (including meet host, meet director, safety director, marshals, coaches, officials [excluding timers], athletes, and participating clubs). • Full insurance coverage is in effect (excess medical and general liability) for all registered members of USA Swimming. General liability coverage is in effect for the meet host and volunteers.
APPROVED COMPETITION • Meet must be conducted under USA Swimming technical rules, including time resolutions (e.g., YMCA). • A request must be made to the LSC within its parameters for Approval. • All times achieved will be recognized by USA Swimming, although only times of USA Swimming members are eligible for incorporation into the SWIMS database. • There are no requirements for membership in USA Swimming for participation in meet. • Insurance: If hosted by a USA Swimming member club/organization, full insurance coverage is provided for all registered members of USA Swimming. General liability coverage is provided for the hosting entity. If hosted by a non-USA Swimming entity, full coverage is provided for the USA Swimming member coaches and athletes who are participating as a USA Swimming entity.
OBSERVED SWIM(S) • Meet is conducted under other than USA Swimming technical rules (e.g., high school, NCAA, IPC). • A request must be made to the LSC within its parameters for Observation. • Only those times from swim(s) observed and approved by USA Swimming or YMCA appointed and certified officials acting as observers are recognized by USA Swimming. Only times of USA Swimming members are eligible for incorporation into the SWIMS database. • There are no requirements for membership in USA Swimming for participation in meet. • There is no medical or liability coverage for participants or host. Excess medical is provided to designated USA Swimming Observers only while observing swims on the LSC’s behalf.
An error identified by the Indiana office boosted the STAR Aquatics 11-12 Boys 200 Meter Free Relay team to the number one spot in the final 2011-2012 National Top Ten standings. The team of Tucker Burhans, Levente Bathory, Andrew Taylor, and Zach Weir moved to the top spot with their time of 1:51.13.
Here are the revised standings for the 11-12 Boys relay events: Revised List 11-12 Boys Relays 2011-12
National Top Ten Certificates for these and other athletes on the National Top Ten list will be distributed to clubs at the NCS Short Course Championship Meets.
Congratulations to the 62 NC Swimming athletes who achieved USA Swimming Scholastic All American recognition for 2011-12. Special recognition goes to the 9 graduated seniors who achieved SAA status for all three years. Congratulations also to the 46 scholar-athletes who achieved a 4.0 GPA in academic subjects for the year.
The SAA application online process for 2012-13 will open on May 1. 2013 and will close on August 21, 2013. The program is open to swimmers in 10th – 12th grades who achieve the following:
- 2011 Junior National Bonus Time Standard during the qualifying period of July 1 2012-June 30, 2013 or
- Swim in the USA Swimming National Open Water Championships for 2013 or
- Swim in a qualifying disability meet during the qualifying period
- Achieve a 3.5 GPA in academic subjects for the 2012-13 year
Here are the North Carolina Swimming Top Ten Short Course times by gender and individual age group as of 11/07/2012. The NCS Top Ten times are updated periodically and will be posted under the SWIMMERS Tab above.
The Selection process for 2013 NCS Zone Team Assistant Coaches has now begun. If you are interested, please complete the simple on-line application form by December 1, 2012.
Head Zone Team Coach, John Fedena (SwimMAC), and Zone Team Manager, Brendan Betts (WAVE), with input from A/G Chair, Sr. Chair, Junior and Senior Coach Representatives, will make the selection (subject to board approval) by the end of December.
Assistant Zone Team Coach Position description:
NCS annually selects up to six Assistant Zone swim coaches to serve as staff members for the Southern Zone Long Course Age Group Championship being held July 29-August 4, 2013. The coaches report to the Head Zone Team Coach and are responsible in tandem with the Head Coach for the selection of the Zone Team, the supervision of athletes within an age group at the meet, selection of athlete’s meet events by deadlines given, and encouraging all athletes selected to perform to the best of their abilities. The assistants chosen also serve as staff members to the annual NCS Select Camp on April 27-28, 2012 for around 120 athletes ages 9-14. Assistant coaches may be called upon to present educational information while attending the Select Camp and will receive a stipend for their participation. At the camp, assistant coaches lead athletes in three pool workouts and supervise them over the 2-day camp along with the Head Coach, a Camp Director and several chaperones.
Assistant Zone Team Coach Application Form:
You are invited you to fill out the form NORTH CAROLINA SWIMMING ZONE TEAM COACHING STAFF APPLICATION. To fill it out, visit:
Here is information on the 2013 IMX Camp to be held in Greensboro on January 5-6, 2013. The information includes a list of qualifying athletes, a camp schedule, and application and code of conduct forms for both athletes and coaches.
Here is the 2013 application for Membership in the Eastern Section of the Southern Zone.
All clubs who wish to participate in the Sectional Championship Meet in 2013 (Spring or Summer; Age Group or Senior) will need to join the ESSZ. The cost if postmarked by December 31, 2012 is just $25 per club. After December 31st the cost raises to $45 per club.
Please be sure to fill out all of the contact information, so we can be sure that meet information is sent to the correct contacts at your club.
In addition, a large benefit of becoming a member is the potential for travel fund shares for your athletes competing in National events. The ESSZ has just paid out over $20,000 for athletes who attended both Sectionals and the 2012 Trials and/or US Open. These checks will be in the mail on Monday, October 15th and should reach clubs who submitted requests by mid-week.
A membership roster will be available to all clubs joining the ESSZ by the end of January. Don’t forget to send in the application by the end of the year to take advantage of the discounted rate.
Jonathan Watson: ESSZ Treasurer
The 2012 North Carolina Swimming Coach of the Year Awards were announced at the House of Delegates meeting on Sunday.
The winners were:
Age Group Coach of the Year Chris Bowker STAR Aquatics
Senior Coach of the Year Chad Onken YOTA
Here are the 2013 NCS Championship Time standards for both short course and long course. They can also be found in their permanent location under the SWIMMERS tab above.
2013 14 and Under NCS Championship Time Standsrds short course yards
2013 14 and Under NCS Championship Time Standsrds long course meters
2013 Senior NCS Championship Time Standsrds short course yards
2013 Senior NCS Championship Time Standsrds long course meters