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Graphic Standards for Competitive Sports

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Officials Requirements for Running a Meet

Request for local Championship Meet Sanction

Safety Training for Swim Coaches

Safety Training Online Test

Sports National Championship Concussion Memo

Swimming Addendum to the Rules that Govern YMCA Competitive Sports

USA-S Online Meet Entry

YMCA Coach Registration

YMCA Meets - Frequently Asked Questions

YMCA National Coaches Association

YMCA Online Meet Entry

YMCA Program Guidelines and Best Practices

YMCA Sanction Meet Guidelines

YMCA Sanctioned Championship Meet Declaration Form

YMCA Team Registration

General Information

Graphic Standards for Competitive Sports 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. 

To assist teams, this file documents the Application of the Y Graphic Standards for Competitive Sports

YMCA Meets - Frequently Asked Questions The following are some of the more frequently asked questions concerning the conduct of YMCA competitive swim meets. These rules and explanations are also found in the Swimming Addendum to the Rules That Govern YMCA Sports and the YMCA Sanctioned Meet Guidelines document. (12/20/2014)

YMCA Sanctioned Championship Meet Declaration Form Meet Declaration form that must be returned to the Meet Director by each coach attending a sanctioned meet (11/18/2014)

YMCA Sanction Meet Guidelines Guideline Information for a meet to be recognized as a YMCA Sanctioned Championship (11/18/2014)

Officials Requirements for Running a Meet  

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.


Swimming Addendum to the Rules that Govern YMCA Competitive Sports The Black Book has been replace with Swimming Addendum to the Rules that Govern YMCA Competitive Sports (11/15/2014)

YMCA Program Guidelines and Best Practices This technical assistance paper describes sound practices and principles to help YMCAs effectively manage their competitive swimming and diving programs. In addition to this document, YMCAs should also review the "Rules That Govern YMCA Competitive Sports", which all YMCA competitive sports programs must abide by. (12/12/2013)

Concussion Awareness Acknowledgement Form A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that changes the way the brain normally works. A concussion is caused by bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. (9/13/2013)

Sports National Championship Concussion Memo 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. (9/13/2013)

Concussion - Fact sheet for coaches WHAT SHOULD A COACH DO WHEN A CONCUSSION IS SUSPECTED? (9/13/2013)

Safety Training for Swim Coaches Answering Coaches' Questions by American Red Cross and YofUSA (9/7/2013)

Acceptable Certifications The YMCA of the USA recognizes the following basic-level certifications as meeting the Safety Training for Swim Coaches or Lifeguarding requirement - revised September 2013 (9/4/2013)

YMCA Online Meet Entry Online meet entry facility for YMCA Chnmapionship meets including YMCA Nationals (1/14/2011)

USA-S Online Meet Entry Online facility to enter USA-S meets (1/14/2011)

Request for local Championship Meet Sanction Online request for to have your local meet sanctioned for YMCA Nationals. You do not need to register on the web site to request a meet sanction number (1/14/2011)

YMCA Coach Registration All YMCA Coaches are expected to register annually with their group Rep. The registration is required to obtain a deck pass for regional YMCA championships and YMCA Nationals (1/14/2011)

YMCA Team Registration All YMCA Competitive Teams must register annually with their Groupo Rep. This is the online facility for registration (1/14/2011)

Meet Director Handbook Handbook is designed as an aid for those who plan and organize swim meets for YMCA swim teams. The success of any club in regard to the meet it hosts is determined by astute pre-meet planning, and the organization assigned to specific committees or individuals for certain areas of meet administration and duties. The person who plans and organizes all of the necessary details is the Meet Director. This Handbook will be useful to the neophyte as well as the experienced and offers suggestions and ideas, which can be used for any level YMCA meet from non-sanctioned Dual Meets, to large multi team Sanctioned Championship meets. (1/14/2011)

Safety Training Online Test A coach is now able to take the Safety Training for Swim Coaches written test online and then proceed to a Red Cross certified instructor to demonstrate the required water skills. (1/14/2011)

Advantages of USA-S Swimming Membership Advantages of USA Swimming Membership for YMCA Swim Teams. There are currently 335 YMCA teams who are also members of USA Swimming.

USA Swimming offers many potential benefits to the YMCA. Acclaimed as one of the most successful sports governing bodies in the Olympic movement, USA Swimming core objectives of Build the Base, Promote the Sport and Achieve Competitive Success are perfectly in tune with the YMCA. At the grassroots level, USA Swimming is most concerned with Building the Base by encouraging participation and involvement in a healthy lifetime activity (1/14/2011)

Coaches Forum Question and Answer Forum for all coaches (1/14/2011)

YMCA National Coaches Association The Coaches Association Committee is a group of elected positions that represent YMCA Coaches throughout the Country.

The Committee meets twice during the year at both Short Course and Long Course Y-Nationals. General Meetings of all coaches are held at that time as well as at the ASCA Clinic each year. (1/14/2011)

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