USA Swimming: Futures Championship

Jul 27, 2022 - Jul 30, 2022
June, 1 2022


FUtures Championship-ZONE 1
DATES: July 27-30, 2022
VENUE: SPIRE Institute
LOCATION: Geneva, Oh





enlightenedThis event will be capped at 800 swimmers

  • Swimmers may enter the Futures Championships through USA Swimming registration beginning Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at 11:00 am Mountain Time.
  • The entry deadline is 11:59 pm Mountain Time on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 or until the site’s capacity limit has been reached. The qualification period is June 1, 2021 through the entry deadline.



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USA Swimming, Inc., cannot prevent you (or your child(ren)) from becoming exposed to, contracting, or spreading COVID-19 while participating in USA Swimming sanctioned events. It is not possible to prevent against the presence of the disease. Therefore, if you choose to participate in a USA Swimming sanctioned event, you may be exposing yourself to and/or increasing your risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.


Every club planning to attend this competition must develop a “Return to Competition” plan. Return to competition can only occur when and if your local authorities have deemed it safe to return to competition. USA Swimming in no way endorses conducting practice or competition in violation of any local, state, or federal guidelines. For additional information please consult and/or your LSC.


The USA Swimming Safe Sport program is USA Swimming’s comprehensive abuse prevention program dedicated to creating a healthy and positive environment free from abuse for all its members. Components of the program include, but are not limited to, providing education and training, enforcing policies (such as the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy), rules and best practice guidelines, promoting healthy boundaries and mandatory reporting of violations.

The Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy prohibits Adult Participants (as defined) from having one-on-one interactions with minor athletes which are not within an observable and interruptible distance from another adult. Adult Participants are required to abide by this policy in full during this meet.

Pursuant to USA Swimming Rules and Regulations and federal law, it is every member’s responsibility to immediately (i.e., within 24 hours) report any incident of child abuse, including physical or sexual abuse, to law enforcement and the U.S. Center for SafeSport. Reporting must occur when an individual has firsthand knowledge of misconduct or where specific and credible information has been received from a victim or knowledgeable third party. A report to the U.S. Center for SafeSport may be made via telephone at 833-5US-SAFE (833-587-7233) or online at Various state laws may also require reporting to law enforcement or to a designated child protection agency.

For information on how to report other alleged violations, including without limitation, the USA Swimming Code of Conduct and the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy, please visit

All athletes age 18 and older must complete Athlete Protection Training in order to be a USA Swimming registered member in good standing. Any athlete who turns 18 on or after  June 30, 2022, who has not completed Athlete Protection Training by the first day of competition, will be prohibited from participating in the competition until such time as all membership requirements are completed. Times achieved by an athlete who turns age 18 on or after  June 30, 2022, who competes in this USA Swimming sanctioned event without completing this membership requirement, will NOT count for qualification or recognition. This includes participation as a member of a relay.

Each club is responsible for the conduct of its swimmers. Any person who, in the opinion of the Meet Referee, Meet Director or Meet Marshall, is harmful to others or to other’s property may be required to leave the competition.

No swimmer will be allowed access to the pool deck without a coach member present. If the home club coach is not planning to attend event, swimmer must designate a supervising coach. Arriving with fellow LSC club/coach is preferred. However, if a swimmer arrives without a coach, he/she must find a willing coach at the facility to sign supervision form before a credential can be issued.

Any swimmer entered in the meet must be certified by a USA Swimming member-coach as being proficient in performing a racing start. It is the responsibility of the swimmer or the swimmer’s legal guardian to ensure compliance with this requirement. During warm-up sessions, athletes must enter the water feet-first, except in designated lanes and times. Violations may result in disqualification from next individual event or expulsion from the meet.

Deck changing is prohibited.

Use of audio or visual recording devices, including a cell phone, are not permitted behind the starting blocks during the entire meet and are not permitted in changing areas, rest rooms or locker rooms.

Operation of a drone, or any other flying apparatus, is prohibited over the venue (pools, athlete/coach areas, spectator areas and open ceiling locker rooms) any time athletes, coaches, officials and/or spectators are present.

All U.S. athletes, coaches, and staff expecting to receive a deck pass should be prepared to show proof of current USA Swimming membership. Coaches must meet and have current certifications for all the requirements of coach membership including successfully passing the required background check and APT course.

It is understood and agreed that USA Swimming, the Meet Hosts, Facility Owners, Officials, and the LSCs shall be free from any liabilities or claims for damages arising by reason of injuries to anyone during the conduct of the event.


This meet is held under the sanction of USA Swimming. If an athlete establishes a Paralympic or USMS record, it is up to that swimmer to request all necessary information and signatures prior to the end of the session in which the performance occurred.


These events are open to swimmers who are 2022 Premium or Outreach members of USA Swimming, and who have achieved the published time standard in one or more events.


These championships will be conducted in LCM. The 800m and 1500m freestyle and all relays will be timed final events. All other individual events will be conducted as preliminaries and finals with the fastest 32 swimmers from preliminaries advancing to finals. The order of the final events shall be “D”, “CB” and A”. The “C” and “D” Finals will be limited to the top 18-Under swimmers that do not qualify for the “A” or “B” Finals. At the Meet Referee’s discretion, preliminary sessions may be conducted in flights. Information on flighting, if any, will be provided at the Technical meeting. A Ready Room may be used to assemble and parade “A” finalists and the fastest seeded heats of 800m and 1500m freestyle swimmers. These swimmers must report to the Ready Room no later than five minutes preceding the “Parade Time” for the event. All other heats will report directly to the starting blocks for their events. At the referee’s discretion, prelims may be flighted or use fly-over starts.

SCHEDULE> Prelims: 9:00 a.m., Finals: 5:30 p.m.

The venues will be available for practice Noon-8:00 p.m. the day prior to competition, and 7:00am – until one hour after the conclusion of the evening session on competition days.

SEEDING> Events shall be seeded in order of LCM, SCM, SCY, non-conforming LCM, non-conforming SCM, non- conforming SCY and then any bonus entries in the same order.

TECHNICAL INFO>Participating coaches and athletes are responsible for all information in this document, distributed at the technical meeting, and posted on the event website.

DISTANCE EVENTS>The 800m and 1500m freestyle events will be swum as timed finals. Swimmers may qualify for these events using any of the 800m/1000yd or 1500m/1650yd qualifying standards (i.e. the conforming or non-conforming distance event standards).

All but the fastest-seeded heats of women’s and men’s distance freestyle events will be swum slowest to fastest, alternating women’s and men’s heats, with the second-fastest seeded heat of men’s distance events scheduled to finish approximately one hour prior to the start of the evening session, preceded by the second- fastest seeded women’s heat, alternating back to the start time. Any remaining heats of distance freestyle events will swim fastest to slowest, alternating women, then men, starting approximately 10 minutes after the completion of the evening session.

The fastest-seeded heats of women’s and men’s distance freestyle events will be swum in event order during the finals session.

Positive check- in for the distance events must be submitted by email by coach to the site’s Administrative  Referee prior to the deadlines.

RULES> Unless otherwise noted herein, this meet shall be conducted in accordance with current USA Swimming Rules and Regulations. A Meet Committee consisting of at least one official, one coach, and one athlete will be appointed by the Meet Referee to review conflicts arising from administrative matters.

It is understood and agreed that USA Swimming, the Meet Host(s), Facility Owner(s), and the LSC shall be free from any liabilities or claims for damages arising by reason of injuries to anyone during the conduct of the event.

Eligibility and Technical juries consisting of at least one official, one coach, and one athlete will be appointed by the Meet Referee to review protests within their jurisdiction as defined in USA Swimming Rules.

WARM UP>Only feet-first entries are allowed during warm-ups, except in designated lanes and times. No equipment (fins, snorkels, hand paddles, etc.) is permitted in the competition pool at any time. Violations may result in disqualification from next individual event or expulsion from the meet. More detailed warm up procedures will be distributed at registration and during the Technical Meeting.

SCORING AND AWARDS> Team scores will be kept and awarded. Team awards will be presented to the top three teams in Men’s, Women’s, and Combined categories. Team scoring will be as outlined in the USA Swimming Rules and Regulations. Medals will be awarded to all place winners in the “A” final. All medalists in each event should report to the Awards Staging Area in full team warm-up attire immediately following the “A” Finals for their event. Individual High Point Awards will be given to the top scoring male and female.


Times from the following will be in SWIMS, the national times database. Times in the database are not automatic entries to meets.

  1. USA Swimming Sanctioned competition

  2. USA Swimming Approved competition - Check two weeks before the competition to assure the meet

    has been approved by the LSC, and prior to the start of the competition, ask the Meet Director for the

    procedure for getting a time into SWIMS.

  3. USA Swimming Observed swims - Be sure a proper request for an Observed Swim is made according

    to guidelines appearing in the USA Swimming SWIMS Time Module Policy Manual, and prior to the

    start of the meet, verify that proper procedures are in place for the Observed swim.

  4. The time of any swimmer recorded while legally representing a USA Swimming club, secondary school, college, or university within the appropriate time frame, may be used in proving relay entry times. That swimmer does need to be entered in the championship in question or currently representing that club. Relay times belong to the team. Individual times belong to the swimmer.

Times submitted to the USA Swimming SWIMS database no later than 20 days prior to the Championships will be in the database. If a time for a swimmer is visible in the public search feature on the USA Swimming website (Times/Time Standards) and it was swum in the appropriate qualifying period, it is considered a proven official time. Entry times not proven by the scratch deadline for the event will be considered as false or incorrect times and are subject to action under provisions of the USA Swimming Rules and Regulations.

SWIMS data entry from meets in which time standards were met must be requested from the SWIMS Time Official in the LSC in which the meet was held. LSC officials may charge a fee for data entry requested after the meet ends. These times will not be automatically placed in the database. Times from all major international championships will be automatically entered in the database. Relay lead offs and/or intermediate split times must be requested from the SWIMS Time official in the LSC where the time was achieved. Requesting SWIMS data entry won’t enter a swimmer into a competition nor place a club on the USA Swimming mailing list.

RESPONSIBILITY CLAUSE>The coach, swimmer or swimmer representative who enters a USA Swimming Championship thereby attests that all times stated are true and correct as achieved qualifying times for each event entered. He/she assumes all responsibility for false or incorrect times, or times which are unacceptable under USA Swimming rules, and shall be assessed a $100 penalty payable to USA Swimming for each such time entered, unless absolved of the fine by USA Swimming or Board of Review. Additional action or penalty may be taken or levied as deemed appropriate by USA Swimming. Such penalty shall also be levied against any USA Swimming verification officer who knowingly entered such a false time(s) into the SWIMS Database. Appeal of fines must be made to the Meet Referee or designee and/or Board of Review. Any appeal of the decision of USA Swimming shall be in accordance with the provisions of Part Four of the USA Swimming Rulebook.


ENTRIES>All entries must be made online 

OME is not an eligibility report. It is the coach’s responsibility to know for which events his or her athlete is qualified. Events can be added to the entries however you may not delete an online entry once it has been submitted/paid for. Once entries are completed, a confirmation will be sent via e-mail. All confirmations should be printed and brought to the meet.

  • All entry times (including scratched events) must be proven, and USA Swimming reserves the right to challenge any submitted time.
  • Drug waiver forms will automatically be sent via e-mail after the entry deadline closes and should be filled out and brought to the meet.
  • A swimmer may enter any number of individual events in which the qualifying time standard has been met, however a swimmer may only swim three (3) individual events per day (including time trials), and a total of six (6) events (not including time trials) during the meet.
  • All entry times, including bonus events, must be proven. Bonus events will be permitted for this meet according to the following:
    • ¢Any athlete who qualifies for one individual event will be permitted to enter and swim in up to two bonus events;

    • ¢Any athlete who qualifies for two individual events will be permitted to enter and swim one additional bonus event;

    • ¢Any athlete who qualifies for more than two individual events, will not be permitted to enter bonus events;

    • ¢There will be no qualifying standards for bonus events, however, a provable entry time must be included.



Swims achieving the qualifying time standards for the first time from Wednesday, July 20, 2022, through Sunday, July 24, 2022, may be entered. These entries must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm Mountain Time on Monday, July 25, 2022, and cannot be used to improve the seed time of a prior entry. Bonus events for new qualifiers must be entered by override using any proven time from the meet's qualifying period. Normal entry fees apply.

  1. All relays will be timed final events. All but the fastest two seeded heats will be swum in the preliminary sessions. The fastest two seeded heats will be swum at the end of that day’s finals session. Relay-only swimmers will be allowed in this meet and may swim in time trials. Each team may enter a maximum of two relays in each event.

    If entering with a time achieved as a relay (team time), the four swimmers that achieved the time must be listed. If the entry is an aggregate, each swimmer must be listed with their individual times, and only those swimmers who may be competing should be entered. Once the relay team or teams have been proven, any swimmer listed by that organization on the entry is eligible to compete on that relay team. Relay teams may be entered at the listed provable time or at the lowest priority non-conforming time standard. If entering an A and B relay, eight (8) different swimmers must be entered. The same swimmer may not be used twice in an event, or to prove an entry time.


Individual Events:$20.00
Relays $40.00 per event
Coach/STAFF Rep: $20.00 per person or $50 if requested on site


  1. Day 1 Events: Scratch Box closes 15 minutes after the conclusion of the technical meeting. All subsequent day’s events scratches are due 30 minutes after the start of the previous evening’s finals.

    This competition will follow the scratch rules as defined in section 207.11.6 of the USA Swimming Rules and Regulations. The penalty for failure to compete in an individual preliminary heat in which such swimmer is entered and has not been scratched will be one of the following:

    • ¢  Being barred from all further individual and relay events of that day as prescribed in section 207.11.6, or;

    • ¢  Payment of a fine of $200 payable to event host.
      Scratches must be submitted t o the site’s Administrative Referee prior to the scratch deadline s.


Any unproven entries must be cleared prior to the scratch deadline or the swimmer will be scratched from the event. If an entry cannot be proven, the coach is subject to a $100 fine. All swimmers entered in the 800m and 1500m Freestyle events must be positively checked-in prior to the scratch deadline to compete in the event. Swimmers entered in these events may, when they check-in, indicate their preference to swim the event in the preliminary session. The fastest heat of swimmers that state no preference shall be seeded to compete in the finals session. A swimmer or coach should clearly write “AM” next to the swimmer’s name when they check-in if they desire to swim in the preliminary session.

Positive check-in must be submitted to  the site’s Administrative Referee prior to the deadlines.

Registration will be open Noon-8:00 p.m. the day prior to competition, 7:00 a.m. – the end of finals on Day 1, and 7:00 a.m. – conclusion of preliminaries on Days 3 and 4.


Time Trials may be conducted at the discretion of the Meet Referee. Entry fees for time trials will be the same as the meet entry fees. Each swimmer is limited to a maximum of two time trials during the course of the Championships, and time trials will count toward the swimmer’s individual event total for each day, but not the meet total. Athletes may need to provide their own lane timer and lap counter for time trial events. Relay-only swimmers will be allowed to swim in time trials.

Time Trial entry procedures will be explained in the Technical Meeting. Time Trials, if conducted, will begin approximately 15 minutes after the conclusion of the preliminary session.

SAFETY Marshals will be in place during warm-up periods and USA Swimming safety rules will be in effect. A warm- up schedule will be posted in the venue. It is the responsibility of the swimmer or of the swimmer’s legal guardian to ensure compliance with USA Swimming safety procedures. Flagrant violation of these procedures may result in a disqualification from the meet for unsportsmanlike activity. The main competition pool will be reserved the last 60 minutes for swimmers competing in that session’s events.

IMAGE AUTHORIZATION &BROADCAST STATEMENTAny photographs, videos or other audio and/or visual recordings of the event created by a spectator may be used solely for such spectator’s personal non-commercial use, and may not be broadcast, published or disseminated, or used for any commercial purposes, without the prior written consent of USA Swimming.

All participants agree to be filmed and photographed by the official photographer(s) and network(s) of USA Swimming under the conditions authored by USA Swimming, and allow event organizers the right to use names, pictures, likenesses, and biographical information before, during or after the period of participation in USA Swimming competitions to promote such competitions. All participants agree not to use or authorize use of pictures in the uniforms and equipment provided by USA Swimming for the purpose of trade, without the consent of USA Swimming. All participants agree not to use medals or photos, or portraits or films with the medals, which are received for performances in this competition, for the purpose of trade. Furthermore, participants agree to return these uniforms and equipment, bearing USA Swimming logos and marks, if and when requested.

LIABILITY USA Swimming, the LSC, the facility, and the host organization shall accept no responsibility for liability or injuries sustained by any individual, athlete, coach, official, meet volunteer, or spectator while traveling to and from or while participating in this event. Damage to the facility, when proved, will cause the offending participant, if unattached, or the offending swimmer's club, if attached, to be held accountable for repairs. All participants and guests must adhere to the facility rules and coaches must supervise their swimmers at all times. Glass containers are not permitted in the facility. Children must be supervised at all times.

DOPING CONTROL may occur at this competition. All athletes competing in the meet are eligible to be tested. All athletes should check the status of all medications they consume at the US Anti-Doping Agency’s (USADA) Drug Reference website ( Documentation may be required to be submitted well in advance of the meet.