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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          USA Swimming Athlete Protection Training Information  


    Here’s the link to sign up for the STSC online course and test:  http://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/safety-training-for-swim-coaches

    The old STSC online test is no longer available.

          2015 Coach Certification Requirements

        • Foundations 101 is now required prior to coach membership (just like the APT and Background Check), A coach applicant does NOT have to have a SWIMS record to take Foundations 101. The course will cost $15. 
      • Click on the link www.usaswimming.org, then – as a non-member – scroll down to the very bottom of the screen to “Select a Course”. Click on that and the next screen asks “are you a USA Swimming member”. A non-member would click on “No”. On the next screen, click “Continue”. On the next screen, the only option is to pick Foundations of Coaching 101 and get started by providing payment information.

      • Foundations 201 and Rules & Regs for Coaches are now required BEFORE a coach may register for their 2nd year of coaching - no matter when the 1st year was. There is a fee for FOC 201 but not  one for Rules and Regs.


          Pre-Employment Screening Clubs are responsible for hiring and supervising their own coaches and staff, and managing their own volunteers. Responsible and thorough hiring practices are critical to maintaining a safe and healthy training environment for our members.           
    • The pre-employment screening program requires clubs to conduct three required screens prior to offering employment to any potential employee. The three screens are (1) past employment reference checks; (2) verify the highest held level of education; (3) acquire a state motor vehicle report. Clubs are also encouraged to complete two option screens: (1) social network search; and (2) Google media search.
    • Club Statistics

    • Registration and Membership

        All swimmers who participate in a USA practice or meet must be a registered member of USA/MD Swimming.


      • Maryland Swimming offers: the Regular Year Round Athlete Membership, a 150 day Seasonal Athlete Membership (this must be approved by a coach – clubs are not required to offer this membership for their athletes.) and a USA/MD price reduced Outreach membership (this must meet Federal qualifications and must be offered by all clubs. See your club registrar). We also offer a One Day Open Water Membership.

      • All coaches on deck at a meet or practice must be a currently certified and registered coach member of USA/MD Swimming.

      • All coaches must be 18 years of age.

      • All coaches must have current CPR, First Aid, Safety Training for Swim Coaches, Level 2 Background Check and have passed the Athlete Protection Training. New coaches must have passed the Foundations 101 and 2nd year coaches must have passed the USA Swimming Foundations of Coach test 102 as well as teh Rules and Regulaions Test.

      • Officials (including apprentices), Meet Directors, Meet Safety Directors, Team Registrars, Team Chaperones and MSI Board Members must be registered Non-Athlete members of USA/MD Swimming. It is suggested that the parent Board Members of each USA/MD Swimming club be registered members of USA Swimming All non-athlete members must have passed the appropriate Background Check (Officials : Level 2 and all others Level 1). All must have passed the Athlete Protection Training.

      • Every club must be a USA/MD Swimming member.

      • All club representatives to the annual MD Swimming House of Delegates Meeting must be registered with USA/MD Swimming.

      • The USA swimming registration year begins on September 1st of each year.

      • Swimmers who are members of a USA/MD Swimming club are said to be “attached” to that club. They may swim relays and earn points for that club.

      • Swimmers who are not members of a club are said to be “unattached” and may not swim relays or earn points for a team.

      • A swimmer who changes clubs must wait 120 days from the date of their last competition representing their old club, before they are attached to their new club. In the meantime they may not swim relays, earn points or wear the cap of their new club. A transfer form must be provided.

      • Registered members of USA /MD Swimming are covered by a secondary accident medical insurance policy. This policy covers each registered person for practice, meets and travel to meets. The policy is null and void for everyone in the pool or on the pool deck if there is an unregistered swimmer or coach in a practice or in a swim meet.

      • There is a $100 fine for any club entering an unregistered swimmer into a USA/MD Sanctioned or Approved meet.

      • There are $100 fines, per splash, for both the meet host and the athlete’s team if an unregistered swimmer swims in a meet.

      • Every club registrar is required to take a registration training class within 2 months of becoming a club registrar. There is a $100 fine for each month that a registrar performs their responsibilities without having attended a registration class.

      • For any questions about registration or membership please email…… office@mdswim.org


    Trivia Question

    Winner Gets a $15 i-Tunes Gift Card

    Any registered MD Swimming swimmer is 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?

    Swimmers who have answered correctly: Owen Schulze, Madeline Dooley, Lance Rombro, Avery Johnson, Graham Lindner, James Petrera,

    Last Month's Winner: Maggie Tanner, SPY

    Answer: Breatstroke (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

    How to play 

    Winner will be determined by a random drawing from all of the correct answers submitted.

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