Upcoming Officials Clinics

    Stroke and Turn Clinic

    Saturday, January 31, 2015
    Between Sessions
    Walkersville High School
    81 West Frederick Street
    Walkersville, MD
    Ed Goundry


    Sunday, February 1, 2015
    Between Sessions
    Walkersville High School
    81 West Frederick Street
    Walkersville, MD
    Facilitator: Ed Goundry

    January 3, 2015
    LeJeune Hall Classroom
    US Naval Academy
    Annapolis, MD
    1:30 PM
    Facilitator: Steve 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.
  • 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:

Benjamin Franklin was an avid swimmer from a very young age. Throughout his life he consistently promoted its healthful benefits. At the ripe old age of 11 he invented a pair of swim fins. What was the obvious major difference between the fins he invented and the ones you use today in practice?

Swimmers who have answered correctly: Lance Rombro, Melody Jones, Ian Corey, Eli Drachman, Matthew Arter, Yael Garcia

Last Month's Winner: Mia Mesceda, NBAC


Check out Previous Trivia Questions

Please email your answers to webmaster@mdswim.org by January 12, 2015

How to play 

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

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