Welcome to USSC!
USSC’s mission is to provide a positive environment that allows all of our athletes to experience their full potential in competitive swimming. USSC, a non-for-profit 501-c-3 organization, has been an integral part of the Macomb and Oakland communities for over 35 years. We offer year round competitive training, governed by the rules and regulations of Michigan Swimming and USA Swimming. Our professional coaching staff provides sound technique instruction and aerobic training that opens opportunities for each swimmer to reach their greatest potential. Our elected Executive Board is a cooperative of six parent volunteers working with the Head Coach to maintain a superior swimming organization with an eye on the future. Supported by our committee chairs and all our families, our club is strong because of dedicated coaching staff, our members and their commitment to our swimmers and their sport.
What Is My Child’s Time Commitment? While there are not specific attendance requirements for many of our groups, the coaching staff recommends the following:
- Novice swimmers attend 2-3 practices each week
- Intermediate: 3 practices each week
- Junior: 3-4 practices each week
- Age Group 1: 4 practices each week
- Age Group 2: 4-6 practices each week
- Senior Development: 4-6 practices each week
- Senior Conditioning: 4 practices each week
- Senior Performance: All practices.
Swimmers are encouraged to swim at both USA invitational meets and MCSL Meets.
When and Where Does My Child Practice? Most of our groups practice at our home facility, Stoney Creek High School in Rochester, MI. We currently have one group that practices several days per week at Eisenhower High School in Shelby Township, MI. The two pools are only a few miles apart. The swimmers are assigned to practice groups according to their age, ability, and level of commitment. Practice sessions vary from 45 minutes to 120 minutes and are offered three to eight times a week. Younger swimmers will have fewer and shorter practices with the main focus being developing strong technique. Older swimmers will spend more time in the pool reinforcing the skills they have learned and increasing their aerobic endurance. The practice schedule is determined by our Aquatics Director and will be available on the home page.
What types of competitions does our team participate in? USSC is a member of the Macomb County Swim League and USA Swimming. Being part of the MCSL allows us to participate in one day meets, typically held on Friday evenings and provides both new swimmers and returning swimmers with 'B' and 'C' times an opportunity to compete against other teams in our league. The coach will decide what events your swimmer will be entered in and signing up on our website is easy. There is no cost to swim in a MCSL meet. USA Invitational Meets generally last all weekend (Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday) and, depending on your swimmer's group, will require attendance on all meet days. USA Meets are hosted by one club and attended by many clubs in the area. Swimmers enter a meet by which sessions they are available to swim and the coaches choose the races a swimmer will compete in. Meet packets are posted on the event page when the event is posted. The cost to enter an Invitational Meet ranges from $5 to $7.50 per event plus a $1 per swimmer per meet MI Swim fee.
How long is the competitive swim season? USSC is a year-round swim club. Short Course season takes place September-March and Long Course season takes place April-July. Our Novice program has 4 sessions: Fall (Sept to Dec), Winter (Jan to March), Spring (April - June) and Summer (June - July). High School girl swimmers are welcome to join USSC when their high school season is over (November-March). High School boy swimmers start at the beginning of Short Course and rejoin USSC for the Championship Season in March (September-November, and March).
What Is My Financial Commitment? Each swimmer is required to be registered with Michigan Swimming. Swimmers in Intermediate group and higher, this is paid through your $235 annual registration fee. The initial $235 registration fee also covers each family's hospitality donations for hosted meets, a t-shirt, a cap, and all MCSL Meet fees for the calendar year. Swimmers in Novice have an annual registration fee of $85. Monthly Dues are determined by the Board of Directors. Each family’s membership fees are determined by their swimmer’s group placement. In addition to each swimmer's dues, each family with an Intermediate Swimmer and higher is required to fundraise $200 before February 15th. This is a per family amount, not per swimmer. A family with 2 or 3 swimmers at USSC will still only be required to fundraise $200. We have may programs to assist you in your fundraising commitment. Kroger Rewards, Restaurant Nights, and a Swim-A-Thon, just to name a few.
I Still Have Questions! Don’t worry, we will have a New Member Meeting and a General Membership meeting at the beginning of Short Course Season. We will also have Group meetings throughout the course of the season.
If you have questions, you can also email any of the people below:
Erica Thomas (Head Coach)
Julie Huttenlocher ( Treasurer) can answer all questions on how to register with the club.
Look for Board Members in the stands to answer any other questions.