Upcoming Meets

Upcoming Officials Clinics


    Stroke and Turn Clinics

    Saturday November 8, 2014
    Callow Hill Aquatic Center
    2821 Oakley Avenue
    Baltimore, MD
    10:00 AM
    Facilitator: Linda Sue Lottes

    Saturday, November 15, 2014
    Gilman School
    5407 Roland Avenue
    Baltimore, MD
    McCarthy Room
    12:00 Noon
    Greer Verheyen

    Sunday, November 16, 2014

    The Arundel Swim Center
    2690 Riva Road
    Annapolis, MD
    Between Sessions
    John Lee


    Saturday, November 15, 2014
    The Arundel Swim Center
    2690 Riva Road
    Annapolis, MD
    Between Sessions
    John Lee


    Tuesday, November 4, 2014
    Columbia Association Aquatics Office
    9450 Gerwig Lane
    Columbia, MD
    7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    Facilitators: Lauren McComas & Peter LaGow


    Saturday, November 22,, 2014
    Community College of  Baltimore County (CCBC)
    800 South Rolling Road
    Catonsville, MD
    12 - 1 PM
    Facilitators: Bruce Claus & Linda Sue Lottes

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    NBAC Fall Fastival Session Warmup & Start Times:
    Session 1:  Friday October 31, 2014    Warmups:  3:30 pm    Meet Starts:  4:30 pm
    Session 2:  Saturday November 1, 2014     Warmups:    6:30 pm    Meet Starts:  8:00 pm
    Session 3:  Saturday November 1, 2014     Warmups:  11:30 am   Meet Starts:  12:30 pm   (CHANGED)
    Session 4:  Saturday November 1, 2014     Warmups:    4:15 pm   Meet Starts:   5:00 pm    (CHANGED)
    Session 5:  Sunday November 2, 2014       Warmups:    6:30 am   Meet Starts:   8:00 pm
    Session 6:  Sunday November 2, 2014       Warmups:  11:45 am   Meet Starts:  12:45 pm  (CHANGED)

    Congratulations Chad!

     _Hussein_Mohamed, Hussein, Mohamed Hussein, UMBC-DO8T7932-

     UMBC’s Chad Cradock Records 200th Career Win at CCSA North Invite

    Cradock: “I want to thank all the coaches who have been a part of this over the years, including Chris Gibeau who has been here with me for most of it,” he added. “I am proud to work with talented athletes both in the past and the present for their spirit of hard work and upholding UMBC tradition.”



    Tim Peirce Obituary (click to read)

    On Sunday, November 9th 2014, at 5:00pm there will be a memorial mass for Tim Pierce  in the Our Lady of Montserrat Chapel on the campus of Loyola Blakefield High School in Towson, MD.

    Please continue to keep his wife Karen and her family in your prayers.


    Athlete Meeting: Saturday November 15th at McDonogh School
    12 Noon-2 PM
    Alumni Room (next to the fitness center in the RI Athletic Center)
    Enter Campus via Lamborn RD (traffic light)

    Every team rep[ should be in attendance
    Additional Information contact: Ben Costello or Allison Hu

    Date change: Now November 8th and 9th

    Packed House

    Packed House at the Annual Officials Clinic

    OFFICIALS REIMBURSEMENT REQUESTS FOR 2013-2014 are now being accepted between October 1, 2014 and December 1, 2014. Do not submit early (or late) - it will not be processed.
    Program Requirements for Reimbursement
    Reimbursement for 2013-2014 Membership Fee
    Reimbursement for 2013-2014 Background Check Fee
    CLUB Reimbursement if a club paid 2013-2014 Registration Fees

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The 2016 U.S. Olympic swim trials in Omaha, Nebraska, will take place June 26-July 3.

    Olympic Trials Qualifying Times Announced

    Congratulations to Tom Himes, NBAC,  who was an ASCA/Fitter and Faster Age Group Coach of the Year Finalist and to Bob Bowman, NBAC who was a finalist for Coach of the Year.!

    USA Swimming Announces the 2013-2014 Scholastic All Americans. Click for the awesome number of Marylanders who made the list! Click for the list. Congratulations to all!!

    Click here to Find A Maryland Swim Team

     2014 - 2015 Senior Athlete Rep: Ben Costello email:  srathleterep@mdswim.org
    2014 - 2015 Junior Athlete Rep: Allison HuE email:   jrathleterep@mdswim.org


    Answers to FAQ:

    Why don't we hold swim meets at University of MD College Park?

    The University, located in PG County, is not a part of Maryland Swimming and is currently not available to us. Maryland Swimming does not include PG or Montgomery Counties - they belong to Potomac Valley Swimming, who has the rights to the UM pool..

    Why is the concession food not really for swimmers, or very limited in selection, at many meets?
    Many facilities that are rented for a swim meet, have food services that we are required to employ - teams can not bring in their own food to sell or their own food vendors into the venue. With those large Facility Concession Vendors, there is no leeway in what food they offer for sporting events - or any type of event. Many of our meet hosts have attempted to discuss this with the vendors, but it is not feasible, or profitable, for them to purchase different (healthier) items for a swim meet - than they would sell at a basketball game or football game or a concert. Best suggestion for your swimmer - have them bring a small cooler, or insulated bag, packed with what they like to eat!
    Don't blame the meet host - in more and more facilities, they have absolutely no control over the concessions.

    Questions you would like answered - email office@mdswim.org  include your name for a personal reply.

    Athletes Propose and Get a MD Swimming Scholarship Program Passed. 
    Check it out - First Scholarships to be awarded in Spring of 2015.

    Maryland Swimming Coach Mentoring Program
    June 2014-December 1, 2014

    Click to read how it Works
       Application to visit with a mentor
       Visiting Coach's Evaluation Form
       Mentoring Coach's Evaluation Form
       Form for Club to Request $100 Payout
       Form for Visiting Coach to Request Expenses Reimbursement


    Keeping Up With DECK PASS
    USA Swimming continues  to improve Deck Pass for the swim community and frequently gets asked, “how can we promote this to our parents and athletes.” :

    What is Deck Pass?

    How to Promote Deck Pass to Parents 

    The new mandatory Meet Director's Certification Test is now available on the
      Meet Director's Page 

    USA Swimming Offers Athlete Protection Training to all Swimmers! Click Here

    All USA Teams must now have a Bullying Policy and an Electronic Communication Policy in place. Both are mandated by USA Swimming and are to be agreed to by all coaches,athletes and parents on each club..

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    The following is a model procedure to implement the USA Swimming rule prohibiting bullying, which is provided to assist USA Swimming member clubs in developing their own procedure. USA Swimming clubs are required to have an action plan to address bullying and the plan must be reviewed with and agreed to by all athletes, parents, coaches, and other adults at the club. If a club chooses not to, or is unable to, create a written action plan, the following model plan will become the default plan for that club, and the club will be expected to implement these procedures when reports of bullying are made. Once a customized plan is developed and approved by your club, the default plan will no longer apply. Each member club has the responsibility to approve and implement its action plan.

    Action Plan of the [insert name of the club] to Address Bullying

    Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at [insert the name of the club] (the “Club”) and will not be tolerated. Bullying is counterproductive to team spirit and can be devastating to a victim. The Club is committed to providing a safe, caring and friendly environment for all of our members. If bullying does occur, all athletes and parents should know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. Anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell a coach, board member or athlete/mentor.

    Objectives of the Club’s Bullying Policy and Action Plan:

    1. To make it clear that the Club will not tolerate bullying in any form.
    2. To define bullying and give all board members, coaches, parents and swimmers a good understanding of what bullying is.
    3. To make it known to all parents, swimmers and coaching staff that there is a policy and protocol should any bullying issues arise.
    4. To make how to report bullying clear and understandable.
    5. To spread the word that (Name of Club) takes bullying seriously and that all swimmers and parents can be assured that they will be supported when bullying is reported.

    The USA Swimming Code of Conduct prohibits bullying. Generally, bullying is the use of aggression, whether intentional or not, which hurts another person. Bullying results in pain and distress.

    The USA Swimming Code of Conduct defines bullying in 304.3.7. Bullying is the severe or repeated use by one or more USA Swimming members of oral, written, electronic or other technological expression, image, sound, data or intelligence of any nature (regardless of the method of transmission), or a physical act or gesture, or any combination thereof, directed at any other member that to a reasonably objective person has the effect of:
    i. causing physical or emotional harm to the other member or damage to the other member’s property;
    ii. placing the other member in reasonable fear of harm to himself/herself or of damage to his/her property;
    iii. creating a hostile environment for the other member at any USA Swimming activity;
    iv. infringing on the rights of the other member at any USA Swimming activity; or
    v. materially and substantially disrupting the training process or the orderly operation of any USA Swimming activity (which for the purposes of this section shall include, without limitation, practices, workouts and other events of a member club or LSC).
    An athlete who feels that he or she has been bullied is asked to do one or more of the following things:
    • Talk to your parents;
    • Talk to a Club Coach, Board Member, or other designated individual;
    • Write a letter or email to the Club Coach, Board Member, or other designated individual;
    • Make a report to the USA Swimming Safe Sport staff.

    There is no express time limit for initiating a complaint under this procedure, but every effort should be made to bring the complaint to the attention of the appropriate club leadership as soon as possible to make sure that memories are fresh and behavior can be accurately recalled and the bullying behavior can be stopped as soon as possible.

    If bullying is occurring during team-related activities, we STOP BULLYING ON THE SPOT using the following steps:
    1. Intervene immediately. It is ok to get another adult to help.
    2. Separate the kids involved.
    3. Make sure everyone is safe.
    4. Meet any immediate medical or mental health needs.
    5. Stay calm. Reassure the kids involved, including bystanders.
    6. Model respectful behavior when you intervene.
    If bullying is occurring at our club or it is reported to be occurring at our club, we address the bullying by FINDING OUT WHAT HAPPENED and SUPPORTING THE KIDS INVOLVED using the following approach:

    1. First, we get the facts.
    a. Keep all the involved children separate.
    b. Get the story from several sources, both adults and kids.
    c. Listen without blaming.
    d. Don’t call the act “bullying” while you are trying to understand what happened.
    e. It may be difficult to get the whole story, especially if multiple athletes are involved or the bullying involves social bullying or cyber bullying. Collect all available information.
    2. Then, we determine if it's bullying. There are many behaviors that look like bullying but require different approaches. It is important to determine whether the situation is bullying or something else.
    a. Review the USA Swimming definition of bullying;
    b. To determine if the behavior is bullying or something else, consider the following questions:
    • What is the history between the kids involved?
    • Have there been past conflicts?
    • Is there a power imbalance? Remember that a power imbalance is not limited to physical strength. It is sometimes not easily recognized. If the targeted child feels like there is a power imbalance, there probably is.
    • Has this happened before? Is the child worried it will happen again?
    c. Remember that it may not matter “who started it.” Some kids who are bullied may be seen as annoying or provoking, but this does not excuse the bullying behavior.
    d. Once you have determined if the situation is bullying, support all of the kids involved.


    3. Support the kids who are being bullied
    a. Listen and focus on the child. Learn what’s been going on and show you want to help. Assure the child that bullying is not their fault.
    b. Work together to resolve the situation and protect the bullied child. The child, parents, and fellow team members and coaches may all have valuable input. It may help to:
    i. Ask the child being bullied what can be done to make him or her feel safe. Remember that changes to routine should be minimized. He or she is not at fault and should not be singled out. For example, consider rearranging lane assignments for everyone. If bigger moves are necessary, such as switching practice groups, the child who is bullied should not be forced to change.
    ii. Develop a game plan. Maintain open communication between the Club and parents. Discuss the steps that will be taken and how bullying will be addressed going forward.
    c. Be persistent. Bullying may not end overnight. Commit to making it stop and consistently support the bullied child.

    4. Address bullying behavior
    a. Make sure the child knows what the problem behavior is. Young people who bully must learn their behavior is wrong and harms others.
    b. Show kids that bullying is taken seriously. Calmly tell the child that bullying will not be tolerated. Model respectful behavior when addressing the problem.
    c. Work with the child to understand some of the reasons he or she bullied. For example:
    i. Sometimes children bully to fit in or just to make fun of someone is a little different from them. In other words, there may be some insecurity involved.
    ii. Other times kids act out because something else—issues at home, abuse, stress—is going on in their lives. They also may have been bullied. These kids may be in need of additional support.
    d. Involve the kid who bullied in making amends or repairing the situation. The goal is to help them see how their actions affect others. For example, the child can:
    i. Write a letter apologizing to the athlete who was bullied.
    ii. Do a good deed for the person who was bullied, for the Club, or for others in your community.
    iii. Clean up, repair, or pay for any property they damaged.
    e. Avoid strategies that don’t work or have negative consequences:
    i. Zero tolerance or “three strikes, you’re out” strategies don’t work. Suspending or removing from the team swimmers who bully does not reduce bullying behavior. Swimmers may be less likely to report and address bullying if suspension or getting kicked off the team is the consequence.
    ii. Conflict resolution and peer mediation don’t work for bullying. Bullying is not a conflict between people of equal power who share equal blame. Facing those who have bullied may further upset kids who have been bullied.
    f. Follow-up. After the bullying issue is resolved, continue finding ways to help the child who bullied to understand how what they do affects other people. For example, praise acts of kindness or talk about what it means to be a good teammate.

    5. Support bystanders who witness bullying. Every day, kids witness bullying. They want to help, but don’t know how. Fortunately, there are a few simple, safe ways that athletes can help stop bullying when they see it happening.
    a. Be a friend to the person being bullied;
    b. Tell a trusted adult – your parent, coach, or club board member;
    c. Help the kid being bullied get away from the situation. Create a distraction, focus the attention on something else, or offer a way for the target to get out of the situation. “Let’s go, practice is about to start.”
    d. Set a good example by not bullying others.
    e. Don’t give the bully an audience. Bullies are encouraged by the attention they get from bystanders. If you do nothing else, just walk away.


    USA Swimming clubs are now required to implement an electronic communication policy. The policy must be reviewed with and agreed to by all athletes, parents, coaches and other adults affiliated with the club. The following is a model policy for appropriate electronic communication between adults and athletes, and is provided to assist USA Swimming member clubs with developing their own policies. If a club chooses not to, or is unable to, create a written electronic communication policy, the following model policy will become the default electronic communication policy for that club. Once a customized set of policies is developed and approved by your club, the default policy will no longer apply. Each member club and each LSC has the responsibility for approval and implementation of its own electronic communication policy.

    Electronic Communication Policy of the [insert the name of the club]

    The [insert the name of the club] (the “Club”) recognizes the prevalence of electronic communication and social media in today’s world. Many of our swimmers use these means as their primary method of communication. While the Club acknowledges the value of these methods of communication, the Club also realizes that there are associated risks that must be considered when adults use these methods to communicate with minors.

    All communications between a coach or other adult and an athlete must be professional in nature and for the purpose of communicating information about team activities. The content and intent of all electronic communications must adhere to the USA Swimming Code of Conduct regarding Athlete Protection.

    For example, as with any communication with an athlete, electronic communication should not contain or relate to any of the following:
    • drugs or alcohol use;
    • sexually oriented conversation; sexually explicit language; sexual activity
    • the adult’s personal life , social activities, relationship or family issues, or personal problems; and
    • inappropriate or sexually explicit pictures
    • Note: Any communication concerning an athlete's personal life, social activities, relationship or family issues or personal problems must be transparent, accessible and professional.

    Whether one is an athlete, coach, board member or parent, the guiding principle to always use in communication is to ask: “Is this communication something that someone else would find appropriate or acceptable in a face-to-face meeting?” or “Is this something you would be comfortable saying out loud to the intended recipient of your communication in front of the intended recipient’s parents, the coaching staff, the board, or other athletes?”

    With respect to electronic communications, a simple test that can be used in most cases is whether the electronic communication with swimmers is Transparent, Accessible and Professional.

    Transparent: All electronic communication between coaches and athletes should be transparent. Your communication should not only be clear and direct, but also free of hidden meanings, innuendo and expectations.

    Accessible: All electronic communication between coaches and athletes should be considered a matter of record and part of the Club’s records. Whenever possible, include another coach or parent in the communication so that there is no question regarding accessibility.

    Professional: All electronic communication between a coach and an athlete should be conducted professionally as a representative of the Club. This includes word choices, tone, grammar, and subject matter that model the standards and integrity of a staff member.

    If your communication meets all three of the T.A.P. criteria, then it is likely your method of communication with athletes will be appropriate.

    Coaches may have personal Facebook (or other social media site) pages, but they are not permitted to have any athlete member of the Club join their personal page as a “friend.” A coach should not accept any “friend” request from an athlete. In addition, the coach should remind the athlete that this is not permitted. Coaches and athletes are not permitted to “private message” each other through Facebook. Coaches and athletes are not permitted to “instant message” each other through Facebook chat or other IM method.

    The Club has an official Facebook page that athletes and their parents can “friend” for information and updates on team-related matters.

    Coaches are encouraged to set their pages to “private” to prevent athletes from accessing the coach’s personal information.

    Best Practice: The Club has an official Twitter page that coaches, athletes and parents can follow for information and updates on team-related matters. Coaches are not permitted to follow athletes on Twitter. Likewise, athletes are not permitted to follow coaches on Twitter. Coaches and athletes are not permitted to “direct message” each other through Twitter.

    Alternative Option: Coaches and athletes may follow each other on Twitter. Coaches cannot retweet an athlete message post. Coaches and athletes are not permitted to “direct message” each other through Twitter.

    Subject to the general guidelines mentioned above, texting is allowed between coaches and athletes during the hours from 7am until 9pm. Texting only shall be used for the purpose of communicating information directly related to team activities.

    Athletes and coaches may use email to communicate between the hours of 7am and 9pm. When communicating with an athlete through email, a parent, another coach, or a board member must also be copied.

    The parents or guardians of an athlete may request in writing that their child not be contacted by coaches through any form of electronic communication.

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    Maryland Swimming Trivia

    Winner gets a $15 i-Tunes gift card!!!

    All registered MD Swimming swimmers are welcome to play.

    New Question: Olympians in our midst! Frederik Hviid, MAC coach, represented Spain in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics in the 1500 Free. Emad Elshafei, CAA Official, represented Egypt in the 1984 Olympics in the 100 Back, the 200 Back and the 200 IM. What cities were the 1984, 1996 and 2000 Olympics held in?

    Congratulations to the following people who have answered correctly: Owen Schulze, Madeline Dooley, Lance Rombro, Avery Johnson, Graham Lindner

    Last Month's Winner : Maggie Tanner, SPY

    Last Month's Answer: Breastroke (they imitated the movements of the frogs they saw)

    Check out Previous Trivia Questions

    Please email your answers to webmaster@mdswim.org by November 12, 2014

    The winner will be determined by a random drawing from all of the correct answers submitted

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