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The season of gratitude is upon us, and we thank you for all that you do to make U.S. Masters Swimming the amazing organization that it is. We're grateful for your service!

Swimming for Life,
Your Friends at U.S. Masters Swimming
Early Registration Discounts
Renew before year's end for discounts from our partners
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Members who renew their USMS memberships for 2019 prior to Dec. 31 will receive valuable discount codes from our partners. It's easy to  renew online  and, upon completion of the process, each member will receive an email with valuable discount codes for great gear and products from our partners.
Leadership Assignments Announced
Congratulations to these zone and committee leaders and special appointments
Breadbasket Marcia Anziano Colonies Mollie Grover
Dixie Ed Saltzman Great Lakes CJ Rushman
Northwest Sally Dillon Oceana Sally Guthrie
South Central Bruce Rollins Southwest Mary Hull

Championship Jim Clemmons
Erin Moro
Coaches Bob Jennings Kenny Brisbin
Diversity & Inclusion
Sarah Welch Diana Triana
Fitness Education Mary Jurey Brian Cummings 
History & Archives Barbara Dunbar Meegan Wilson
Legislation Richard Garza Brian Albright
LMSC Development Michael Moore Lisa Brown
Long Distance Ali Hall Phyllis Quinn
Officials Teri White Michael Abegg
Open Water Bob Bruce Karen Le Febre
Recog. & Awards Megan Lassen
Ray Novitske
Records & Tabulation MJ Caswell
Jeanne Seidler
Registration Susan Ehringer Marcia Anziano
Rules Charles Cockrell Mollie Grover & Claire Letendre
Sports Med & Science Megan Carlson Clare Kubiak

Audit Elyce Dilworth Teddy Decker
Comp & Benefits Ed Coates Erika Braun
Elections Erin Sullivan
Bruce Hopson
Finance Jeanne Ensign Laura Winslow
Governance Jim Miller, MD
Jeff Strahota
Investment Stan Benson Guy Davis
SSLF Jay DeFinis Brandon Franklin
Ransom J. Arthur Nominations
Let the National Office know
The Capt. Ransom J. Arthur M.D. Award is USMS's most prestigious award. Named for the founder of Masters Swimming, the award is presented annually to a USMS volunteer who embodies Arthur's spirit and vision and who contributes at the highest level to advance the objective of Masters Swimming.

For nomination materials and information about past recipients, visit the USMS Awards page. Nominations are due March 15, 2019.
Save the Date
National events are a great way to drive engagement for your clubs and members. Be sure to list these events on your websites and newsletters.
Greg, Bette, and Kevin Grotke 2015 Summer Nats
Looking to see how swimmers in your area stack up nationally? Check out the 2019 USMS ePostal National Championships , which kick off Jan. 1 with the 2019 USMS 1-Hour ePostal National Championship.

The  2019 SmartyPants Vitamins USMS Fitness Series , which benefits the  USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation , starts with the  Winter Fitness Challenge, a  30-minute swim to be done Feb. 15-28.  Registration is open now  and includes a bundle option for all three Fitness Series events.
Two fantastic locations are lined up for pool championships: 2019 USMS Spring Nationals in Mesa, Ariz., (Apr. 25-28) and 2019 USMS Summer Nationals in Mission Viejo, Calif. (Aug. 7-11).
2019 USMS Open Water National Championships include a distance and location for all swimmers, from 1-11 miles in California, Indiana, Oregon, Tennessee, and Vermont.
There is truly an event for everyone. Spread the word!
Calendar of Events
Make sure members can find your events
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Want to boost participation numbers in the events you work hard to organize? Then make sure your events are listed in the Calendar of Events for 2019 Our goal is to make it easy for all of our members to find USMS events, wherever they may be taking place, and making it easy for LMSCs to access all the events in their areas. Check it out and add your events!
LMSC Officer Changes?
Let the National Office know
Has your LMSC elected new officers or appointed people to new positions? Make sure the National Office has these changes. Check your LMSC's officer listings by selecting your LMSC from the list.  If this listing is not correct, report any updates to 
Upcoming Peer-to-Peer Calls
Log on to teleconferences for best practices
Mark your calendars for the next peer-to-peer teleconference call for the following: 

Registration: Jan. 8, 8:30 p.m. Eastern time/5:30 p.m. Pacific

Officials : Feb. 12, 8:30 p.m. Eastern time/5:30 p.m. Pacific

These calls provide an opportunity for you to pose questions, get answers, discuss challenges, and share successes as you fulfill your role. In turn, we can use the information shared to help build a repository of best practices for each of our volunteer positions. 
Prior to the call, we encourage you to log on to the  LMSC Administration Forum to post questions or topics of interest that you would like covered. Email notifications are sent two to three weeks prior to the respective volunteer and to the LMSC chair. 

Notes from peer-to-peer calls are now more easily accessible in the  Meeting Minutes section of usms.org. Look under the For Volunteers tab and select the Meeting Minutes page. Then, select Peer-to-Peer Teleconference Notes from the By Committee or Group drop-down menu. Happy reading!
Major Rules Changes for 2019
A summary of major changes from our annual meeting
Gender: The Rules Committee shall develop, publish, and maintain, with the approval of the USMS Board of Directors, guidelines that address the eligibility of transgender athletes to earn official times and other forms of recognition in the male and female gender categories. Athletes who do not meet the eligibility guidelines shall be permitted to participate in competition in the gender that corresponds to their USMS registration without official recognition. Protests of eligibility to compete in a gender category shall be considered by the Rules Committee in accordance with USMS policy guidelines. Athletes shall be permitted to compete in the gender category that corresponds to their USMS registration pending a decision by the Rules Committee.
Cameras and Video Equipment: The use of cameras, including cellphone cameras and/or other recording devices, is prohibited behind the starting platforms during the start of races, including relay starts. The use of audio or visual recording devices, including cellphone cameras, is prohibited in changing areas, restrooms, and locker rooms. The sanctioning LMSC or the meet host may also impose further restrictions and shall include such information in the meet announcement. The meet referee may further restrict the use of cameras and video equipment during competition. Operation of a drone, or any other flying apparatus, is prohibited over the venue (pools, athlete/coach areas, and open-ceiling locker rooms) any time athletes, coaches, officials, and/or spectators are present. Any individual in violation of these restrictions may be barred from the venue by the meet referee or meet director.
Use of Tertiary Watch Times for USMS Records: In the event of both primary automatic and secondary semiautomatic malfunctions, USMS records may be established with a tertiary manual backup system consisting of a minimum of two valid watch times.
Therapeutic Elastic Tape: The use of therapeutic elastic tape is prohibited in USMS-sanctioned or USMS-recognized meets. (This change codifies the current rule interpretation.)
Psychoactive Cannabinoids: Psychoactive cannabinoids are added to the list of products for which advertising on swimsuits and caps are not permitted . Offenders may be barred from competition until they comply with this rule.

15-Meter Marks: In order to comply with FINA guidelines, fixed marks shall be placed on either the pool wall or deck surface adjacent to any outside lane at a distance of 15 meters from each end wall. These marks should also be used to correctly align the colored marks on the lane lines, but the fixed marks on the deck or walls take precedence for judging.
Backstroke Starting Ledges: If backstroke starting ledges are provided, then identical ledges must be provided for all lanes.
USMS Celebrating Its 50th Anniversary
Do you have fun photos from the past 50 years of USMS?
USMS is collecting photos from the past to highlight our members for our 50th anniversary in 2020! If you'd like to send in photos, please include names, dates, event names, and any other information that's captured in the photo.

You can email photos to publications@usmastersswimming.org with the subject line "50th Anniversary Photo."

If you'd like to mail in photos, please include the owner's name on the back of each hard copy. Our address is below:

U.S. Masters Swimming
c/o Publications Department
1751 Mound St., Suite 201
Sarasota, FL 34236
Volunteer Swag
Thank your volunteers for their hard work
Want to show your appreciation for the hard-working volunteers who make your LMSC or club run? We have just the ticket in our  online swag shop. There, you can order all kinds of gifts and tokens that are perfect for end-of-year gifts and anytime to express your thanks for all their hard work. 
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About U.S. Masters Swimming
U.S. Masters Swimming encourages adults to enjoy the health, fitness, and social benefits of swimming by providing more than 2,000 swimming programs and events across the country, including open water and pool competitions. USMS's 65,000 members range from age 18 to 99 and include swimmers of all ability levels. USMS, a nonprofit, also trains and certifies coaches and provides online workouts, a bimonthly member magazine, monthly newsletters, and technique articles and videos at usms.org.
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