11/12/2014 - Officials Requirements for YMCA Meets -
YMCA sanctioned meets and national championship meets are conducted in accordance with the USA Swimming technical rules. All other YMCA meets must be conducted in accordance with USA Swimming technical rules in order for the meet and the times achieved therein to be valid for any of the following:
Qualification for entry into a YMCA sanctioned meet or YMCA national championship meet
National YMCA Top Ten times
National YMCA records
USA Swimming approval of the meet and entry of the times into the SWIMS database
Beginning in September 2013, USA Swimming rules require the use of an Administrative Official for all meets. This requirement, therefore, extends to YMCA meets that could be used as qualifying meets or times from which may be used as qualifying times for YMCA sanctioned and/or national championship competition.
The minimum officials requirements for YMCA meets are:
For all YMCA meets, at least two officials must be YMCA Certified including one certified as a Level II Official who acts as the Meet Referee:
Dual Meets require at least three (3) officials including a Starter, a Referee and an Administrative Official. The Starter and Referee may also serve as Stroke & Turn judges, if necessary.
All other meets require at least four (4) officials including a Referee, a Starter (who may also act as a Stroke & Turn judge), a Stroke & Turn judge and an Administrative Official.
Any YMCA Level II Certified Official can function as the Administrative Official, but not in that role and another deck role (e.g. the Deck Referee cannot also serve as the Admin Official)
USA Swimming Certified Officials may assist with the officiating at such meets, provided that there are at least two YMCA Certified Officials, one of whom is YMCA Level II certified and acts as the Meet Referee.
A schedule of available YMCA Administrative Officials courses can be found on the Learning and Career Development Center (LCDC) section of the YMCA Exchange website (www.yexchange.org).
A USA Swimming certified Administrative Official may perform the duties of a YMCA Administrative Official.
5/13/2014 - TeamUnify Selected as Preferred Provider for YMCA of the USA -
YMCA of the USA Selects TeamUnify as the Technology Provider to Power the National YMCA Competitive Swimming and Diving Website and Regional Websites
1/3/2014 - YMCA History -
Did you know that the YMCA Short Course National Championship started in 1923? Did you know that Swimmers swam the 220 Yard freestyle, the 150 Yard Backstroke and the 300 Yard Medley Relay (no fly)? Only 85 swimmers participated in the 1924 championship. In 1930 there were 150 athletes participating in 9 events. Through the efforts of Paul Atkinson, our YMCA National Historian, you can learn how the National championships progressed over the years - the events, number of swimmers, attending teams, while also remembering the coaches, meet personnel and swimmers/divers from the past MORE..
9/13/2013 - Sports National Championship Concussion Memo -
NEWS ALERT: NEW CONCUSSION
PROTOCOL AT Y NATIONALS
With a responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of all athletes at YMCA Nationals, YMCA of the USA, effective for the Long Course Swimming
Championships, will introduce a new policy and procedure related to concussion incident and management. Please link to the attached document for more
information. Important: Please read and understand the
enforcement of this protocol. In advance, thank you for helping to
keep our participants safe. MORE..
9/4/2013 - 2013 YMCA Swimming Leadership Development Camp -
Orlando, FL October 24‐27, 2013. The camp this Fall is designed around current high school juniors. The October camp will include educational sessions on leadership & mentoring, communication skills, the college selection process, team building, and goal setting. We will also be having roundtable conversations on topics of interest. In the pool, there will be four training sessions and we will include some social activities as a group. MORE..
7/24/2013 - Principles of Competitive Swimming and Diving is now online -
Y-USA has launched an E-learning version of Principles of Competitive Swimming and Diving course, AQ412B. The cost will be $20 for the E-learning course. We will be allowing the live Principles of Competitive Swimming and Diving to be run in a classroom until 12/31/2013 in order that you may continue to train your staff. The Trainer level for this course was retired as of May 1st, 2013.
Link to class: https://lcdc.yexchange.org/Catalog/Class/Detail/163821
Tips for how to register for classes: http://media.ymca.net/lcdc/how-to-register-for-a-class-as-a-student.pdf
Contact your Regional Training Manager if there are any questions. MORE..
7/9/2013 - Concussion Fact Sheet for Coaches -
WHAT IS A CONCUSSION? RECOGNIZING A POSSIBLE CONCUSSION. WHAT SHOULD A COACH DO WHEN A CONCUSSION IS SUSPECTED? The attached is a concussion fact sheet from the CDC. This is a MUST-READ for all coaches MORE..
2/23/2013 - Brand Transition of Competitive Sports -
To assist Ys in successfully transitioning competitive sports to the new brand, YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) has compiled answers to frequently asked questions that you may integrate into your Y's communications to competitive sports team staff, volunteers and parents. MORE..
10/5/2012 - YMCA BRAND TRANSITION -
All YMCAs are expected to transition to the Y's revitalized brand by December 31, 2015. While some YMCAs will take until the deadline to transition, some YMCAs are transitioning at a much faster rate. Transition timing is at the discretion of local YMCAs as long as transition is fully complete by December 31, 2015. Completed transition means that all brand elements of a YMCA have been fully transitioned to the new brand and this includes competitive sports. YMCAs that have not successfully transitioned all brand applications in their YMCA will not pass the brand compliance audit necessary to receive a brand transition certification.
Under our master brand strategy, additional logos or marks cannot be created. All other Y program, event, initiative and team logos created and adopted over the years are considered retired and may no longer be used. The resources below have been created by the national office, in conjunction with local YMCA staff, to assist teams in maintaining their individual identities while adhering to the brand standards.
2015 Short Course - 2 days ago
Video Review of Races for Coaches and Athletes USA Swimming Club Development Division will be providing Video Review services of all races both prelims and finals. Coaches can stop by the corner room on the pool deck opposite the dive well and request to see the race. The Sport Performance Consultants will discuss races with you and your athletes. There is no charge for this service. The Consultants can also provide instructions on how to review races on your mobile device.
2015 Short Course - 4 days ago
Olympian - Josh Davis
US Olympic Gold Medalist Josh Davis on hand to present awards at YMCA Nationals
Josh Davis IS swimming. On any given day, whether he's commentating a swim meet, relating his relay team experience to corporate executives, or encouraging school children to pursue excellence, he is talking about the swimming experiences that changed and defined his life. That's where he really shines!
Josh is a Olympic gold medalist, and former world record-holder having represented the USA at two consecutive Summer Olympics. At the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, he won gold medals by swimming for the winning U.S. teams in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay and 4x200-meter freestyle relay and earned a third gold medal by swimming for the first-place U.S. team in the preliminary heats of the 4x100-meter medley relay. One of his proudest moments: "Being the only male athlete in the world to win three gold medals at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia"
Four years later at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, he served as the captain of the U.S. swimming team. At the 2000 Olympics, he won silver medals swimming for the second-place U.S. teams in the preliminary heats of the 4x100-meter freestyle relay, and the final of the 4x200-meter freestyle relay. He placed fourth in the 200-meter freestyle.
He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, where he swam for coach Eddie Reese's Texas Longhorns swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition.
Today Josh is also a masterful swim clinician - he's the founder and the CEO of the Mutual of Omaha Breakout! Swim Clinic. Josh is not just somewhere, but seemingly everywhere in the country where he impacts thousands of swimmers and their parents as he reaches out to teach, encourage and inspire everyone to be the best they can be.
Good Friday Service Offered at Short Course Nationals On Friday, April 3rd
On Friday, April 3, the final day of Short Course Nationals. The YMCA of Greensboro will play host to a non-denominational service at the Pavilion on the Greensboro Coliseum Campus.
The service will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the 400 Free Relay Prelims Friday morning. We will celebrate the Good News through prayer, music and inspirational message.
We are pleased to have Josh Davis, 1996 and 2000 Captain and Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist with us to share the message. Athletes, coaches, parents, staff, volunteers and friends are welcome to come as you are to this informal 30 minute service! For your convenience, the Pavilion is part of the Greensboro Coliseum Complex and is #17 on the map located on the website -- a short walk from the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
YMCA of the USA thanks the YMCA of Greensboro and Josh Davis for providing this opportunity to our national swim community.
2015 Short Course - 5 days ago
Proof of Time Selection
YMCAs selected for Proof of Times - FOR COACHES ONLY
Individual YMCAs have been sent an email with details on the specific times that must be proved. If you are on the list and have not received the email, look in your spam folder.
Wapakoneta Family YMCA
Marquette County YMCA
Mount Vernon Ohio YMCA
Bellefonte Family YMCA
Lima Ohio YMCA
Wilton Family YMCA
Laurel East Hartford YMCA
Kishwaukee Family YMCA
Springfield IL YMCA
Burlington County YMCA
Bloomsburg Area YMCA
Sunbury Branch YMCA
Pocono Family YMCA
State College Area Family YMCA
Phoenixville Branch YMCA
Down East Family YMCA
Farmington Family YMCA
Western North Carolina YMCA
Summit Branch YMCA
Somerset Hills YMCA
Red Bank Branch
Great Miami Valley Ohio YMCA
South Family YMCA-Kettering
Countryside Ralph Stolle YMCA.
Liberty Township/Powell YMCA
Blue Ash Branch YMCA
Lancaster & Fairfield YMCA
Tri-City Area IL YMCA
Downtown Boise Family YMCA
Green Bay YMCA Metro
2015 Short Course - 6 days ago Psych Sheet(Click link) The psych sheet is unofficial and subject to change. All adjustments will be made at Coach Check-in in Greensboro. All inquiries about the Psych sheet including incorrect times, participating teams, missing swimmers, missing events, protests, scratches, etc must come through a coach.
2015 Short Course - 7 days ago
Olympians - Ryan Lochte and Rowdy Gaines
SPEEDO is pleased to present Ryan Lochte at YMCA Nationals
Meet Ryan Lochte on Monday, March 30th adjacent to the SPEEDO booth at Noon
Ryan Lochte lives by the motto "go big or go home." He is an 11-time Olympic medalist with a total of 70 medals in major international competition, including 45 first place finishes. Ryan holds world records in the 4 x 200-meter freestyle relay, the 100-meter individual medley, the 200-meter individual medley, and the 400-meter individual medley.
Ryan's dynamic swimming led to many numerous media appearances on television and in magazines, but at the end of the day, Ryan is a fiercely competitive, hard-working professional athlete who is most focused on touching the wall first.
Three time Olympic Gold medalist Ambrose "Rowdy" Gaines at 4 pm in spectator stands
At approximately 4:00 pm on Monday, Ryan will be introduced and interviewed by NBC's swimming analyst for the Olympic Games in the spectator stands prior to the first session of the meet. The YMCA of the USA is pleased to have with us in Greensboro three time Olympic Gold medalist Ambrose "Rowdy" Gaines. Gaines is the Vice President Aquatics of the YMCA of Central Florida and serves as ESPN's swimming expert for the men's and women's NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships. The legendary Gaines is a member of the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame member and also the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
At Auburn University Gaines became a five-time NCAA champion and would later set 10 world records. Had the US not boycotted the 1980 Summer Olympics, he would have been a favorite to win multiple medals in Moscow. At the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics Gaines won the 100 meter freestyle and swam the anchor leg for both the winning U.S. teams in the 4 x 100-meter freestyle relay and 4 x 100-meter medley relay. At the age of 35, became the oldest swimmer to qualify for the trials for the 1996 Summer Olympics but chose to cover swimming for NBC at the Games instead of competing. Gaines still holds masters long course world records in several freestyle events and trains every day.
2015 Short Course - 9 days ago Insurance Expiration and Faxes Received(Click link) For Coaches Only: List of Insurance Certificate expiration dates. Coaches, please make sure your YMCA has an insurance certificate on file at the YMCA of USA that covers the period through April 3, 2015
Join the TeamUnify Staff for an orientation on the Brand New system for Coaches Registration, Team Registration, and Meet Sanctioning process that has been developed in partnership with YMCA National Swimming & Diving. Brand compliant website templates and features of the TeamUnify software will also be shared.
This training will be held Sunday, March 29 at 2:00PM, at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center located next to the Greensboro Aquatic Center. All coaches and team administrators are invited and encouraged to attend. Agenda at link