Weekly Newsletter 09/15/2021


If you know of any Safe Sport violations (verbal, mental, physical abuse), please contact our Safe Sport Chair, Michael O'Shaughnessy at [email protected] to file a report at the LSC level. 
To file a case to the national level, click here
Coaches, Officials, Swimmers, and Parents
We need your input on how the LSC is doing. Every quarter, we send out a survey to see what we can do better within the LSC (Local Swim Committee) to help your swimmers be the best that they can be. Please take a few minutes and fill out the survey. Click here
The USA Swimming learning management system, LEARN, is experiencing technical difficulties preventing our members from renewing their APT prior to their expiration dates. Given the current issues and the new membership year commencing on September 1, USA Swimming will be providing an extension of this requirement for you until September 30, 2021. We fully expect the system to be operational by that time and will send you a follow-up communication when you are able to go in and renew your APT. Your membership with USA Swimming will not be affected during this interim period.

Please direct any questions or concerns to [email protected].
If your team or company is hiring, please send us your job description and contact information
to[email protected]

Current Job Posting Click Here
Upcoming Meetings and Events
BOD Meetings
October 13, 2021
November 10, 2021
December 8, 2021
January 12, 2022
February 9, 2022
March 9, 2022
April 13, 2022
May 11, 2022
June 8, 2022
July 13, 2022
August 10, 2022
September 14, 2022

*All starting at 8:30 pm

All BoD/HoD minutes

Age Group Commitee
All Meetings are at 8:00 PM

Senior Committee

Tech Planning Committee

Diversity, Equality, Inclusion Committee

Safe Sport Committee

Athletes Committee
October 24th @ 1:00 PM

Operational Risk Commitee
October 5th @ 8:00 PM

Finance Committee 
All meetings start at 7 PM
October 12th
November 9th
December 14th
January 11th
Febuary 8th
March 8th
April 12th
May 10th
June 14th
July 12th
August 9th
Minutes from all committee Meetings
Officials Clinic and Meetings
Officials Meetings/Clinic

Georgia Officials Clinics

This 2020-2021 season has ben rough on all parents as limited spectators are allowed into the pool to watch their swimmers swim. But there is a way for you to watch your swimmers in the water during swim meets. BECOME AN OFFICIAL! You will have the best seat in the house to watch your son or daughter swim their races. If you would like to know more, see below.
Are you interested in becoming a USA Official? Stroke & Turn Judge and Administrative Official are the entry levels in becoming an USA Swimming official. For more information on these two positions or to take one of the class, please reach out to Clarice Wasmuth at [email protected]
If you are interested in advancing to Starter or Deck Referee you must meet the prerequisites and email Clarice Wasmuth to obtain supporting documentation @ [email protected]
On August 16th, Jarrod Hunte of DCS became the new Coaches Chair as Jenn Bowers left the LSC to coach in South Carolina; we wish her the best. As Jarrod takes on the role of Coaches Chair, Meredith Green of Brad Akins YMCA was appointed by the Board of Directors to fill the remaining term of Jarrod as the Coaches Vice Chair.
You can email Jarrod at [email protected]
Meredith Green can be reached by email at [email protected]

Coaches Corner
We are wanting your feedback on a few things that have helped make you the coach that you are today. Please click the link below and let us know what your favorite book is for coaching or that helped mold you into the coach you are.
Click Here

Coaches Town Hall Meetings
We want to know what week works for you. Please click the link below to help us.
Click Here
New Changes in the LSC


To Georgia swimming coaches and meet hosts,

Our new fiscal year and budget will start on October 1, 2021 and so will the new sanction fee of 7%. All meets that will be held in September will still be under last year's budget and the 2% policy. Meets from October 1, 2021 will then be under the 7% policy, which was passed by the House of Delegates on August 28, 2021 with the new budget.

If your meet has already been sanctioned and hosting after October 1 will been set to the new sanction fee of 7%.

Karl Krug 
Chairman Governance Committee
[email protected]

New Secretary for Georgia Swimming was voted in on September 8th. Our new secretary is Nancy Harmon. She will be using the email [email protected] Please update your records witht he new change.

LSC Contact Information can be found here New Time Standards For Senior and Age Group
Senior State Time Standards
Age Group State Time Standards
Age Group JO Time Standards
Summer Senior State Standards
Senior State Disability Time Standards

Dates for all LSC Championship Meets
Winter Senior State Dec 3-5, 2021 @ GT
Winter Age Group State, February 25-27, 2022 @ GT
Summer Senior State, July 22-24, 2022 @ UGA
Summer Age Group State, July 14-17, 2022 @ GT

Certification Renewal

Coaches! Are you in need of renewing your certifications? Please click here for a list of places that are offering a face to face classes all over the state.
Please send all certifications to Lora at [email protected]

Please send all sanction requests and SWIMS Uploads to the following email starting today. 

NEW SANCTION EMAIL: Email Eric Pingel at [email protected]

When submitting all times to SWIMS, please use the following email for Oded.

[email protected]

Upcoming Swim Meets
ABSC Red & Black Meet (Closed)
Sep 24, 2021

Dynamo Pentathlon (Closed)
Chamblee, GA
Sep 24, 2021 - Sep 25, 2021

DCS Sugar Rush Sprint
Douglasville, GA
Sep 25, 2021

Gainesville, GA
Sep 25, 2021

SA - Fall Splash (Closed)
Sep 25, 2021

SMAC/ACE Duel in the Pool (Closed)
Norcross, GA
Sep 25, 2021 - Sep 26, 2021

SEGA Tsunami
Statesboro, GA
Sep 26, 2021

GA/SPAC Fall Series #1 (Closed)
Norcross, GA
Oct 2, 2021

Hurr Single Session Saturday Fall Invite
Columbus, GA
Oct 2, 2021

Bluefin Pentathlon
Carrollton, GA
Oct 9, 2021

RAYS LC Invite
Marietta, GA
Oct 9, 2021 - Oct 10, 2021

SA - October Invite
Georgia Tech
Oct 9, 2021 - Oct 10, 2021
Zone Team Open Water Information
All Open Water Qualifying races will offer 8 spots for the Open Water Zone team. One each of the top times for each gender and prospective age group for the 2022 races.
Qualifying Time Period
Qualifying period is just this 2021 long course season through 2021-22 short course season. No specific meets.
Qualifying Age Information
   The FINA age-up date is December 31 of the competition year (2022), which means that even though the Southern Zone Open Water race will take place in early-mid 2022, they will be competing with how old they are on December 31, 2022. If your swimmer will be 11-12 by Dec. 31, 2022, they will have to swim the 1 mile swim, if they will be 13-14, 15-16, or 17 & over by Dec 31, 2022 they will have to swim the 3.5 mile swim to qualify for the Zone team.
Selection Process
1. All Open Water Qualifying races will offer 8 spots for the Open Water Zone team. One each of the top times for each gender and prospective age group using the Age as of December 31, 2022
2. The remaining spots for each age group will be selected on highest power points in the 800m, 1500m, 1000y, 1650y for 13 & over; and 400m, 800m, 1500m, 500y, 1000y, 1650y for 11-12.
Disability Swimmer Qualification
Last few years were the first years selecting disability swimmers to participate in the Open Water Zone meet, and although the Open Water Competition was cancelled for 2019, we are committed to offering this opportunity to our disability swimmers. As we are the first LSC offering this opportunity for disability athletes and this will be the first year for them competing in the competition we will be offering 2 spots for male athletes, and 2 spots for female athletes.
These spots will be decided at the same time as the second half of the team 2-3 months prior to the Open Water Zone Competition.
Due to the nature of Open Water Swimming, we will be requiring that all disability athletes applying for Open Water Zone must have Open Water experience. We encourage all Georgia Swimming athletes to participate in the qualifier race, as this is great experience, as well as the Zone Staff will be present at the Competition. 
These spots will be offered to the swimmers with the highest power points in their prospective age groups



On May 2nd, the Georgia Swimming Board came together and reviewed our mission statement and vision for the LSC. The board then took the results from the membership and came up the goals to explore for the quad.
Click here for the Goals.

The Officials and Tech Planning have come up with goals for the quad to better the LSC and Championship Meets.
Click here for more
Coaches and Club Admins

If you have not started to use the Member Data Validation process, please do so now. This will help keep information current and correct. Sometimes, information does get scrambled or incorrect addresses never updated. 

The Member Data Validation Service (MDVS) for clubs provides for integrating club databases hosted by third-party swim team management software vendors with the USA Swimming member database called SWIMS.  The goal of the service is to improve the quality of data for both the club and USA Swimming.

Depending on the vendor implementation, it provides club registrars with the ability to compare the information in their member database with the information in SWIMS to ensure they are in sync with each other.

Click here to learn how

If you are still struggling on how to use the MDVS, please contact Lora Thompson at [email protected]

Georgia Swimming All Star Towels
2020-2021 SCY Season / 2021 LCM Season

If your swimmer has achived the status of All-Star, you can click here to fill out a form to ensure they receive their towel in May 2022.

Each towel is embroidered with the athletes name and their accomplishment (one of the following) for the 2020 - 2021 SCY Season and 2021 LCM season: 

  • AAA
  • AAAA
  • Scholastic All-American
  • Junior Nationals
  • Senior Nationals
  • Futures
  • Olympic Trials
  • Para Trials
  • Para Pan Pacs
  • Para Worlds, etc.
  • If your swimmer is a disability swimmer and they attended Zone, they are eligible receive an All-Star towel

Those swimmers who only hit the "AAA" time standard will only have their name on the towel. Those who hit "AAAA" or higher will have the highest level of standard on their towel.

On September 1st, all clubs must be complaint with the new MAAPP 2.0 Policy. If you have not started the process, please do so by visiting the USA Swimming website to review all the changes and to watch the recording of the new policy. If you still have questions, please email Safe Sport at s[email protected].

If your club has not updated their MAAPP policy to the new one and are Safe Sport certified, That club is not longer in good standing with SAfe Sport and USA Swimming. 

Safe Sport

As of today, Georgia Swimming has 24 clubs that have earned their Safe Sport Recognition: ABSC, BAY, BOOM, BT, CBF, DAQ, DCS, DYNA, GA, GOLD, LA, LIFE, OAC, PSC, RAYS, SA, SEGA, SHOC, SPAC, SUMM, TRSC, USAC, VAST, WRA

New Safe Sport Club Recognition Incentives

Effective April 6, 2021, USA Swimming member clubs who become Safe Sport Recognized are eligible to receive additional incentives approved by the Keeping Athletes First Working Group. 

Local Swimming Committees (LSCs) with the following percentages of member clubs achieving Safe Sport Club Recognition within the stated timeframes will receive the financial incentive and Match-Up Promotions coupon codes detailed below*:

  • 25% of member clubs in the geographic territory achieve Recognition by May 1, 2021: $1,500 and $200 Match-Up coupon code.

  • 50% of member clubs in the geographic territory achieve Recognition by June 15, 2021: $2,000 and $300 Match-Up coupon code.

  • 75% of member clubs in the geographic territory achieve Recognition by July 1, 2021: $2,500 and $400 Match-Up coupon code.

  • 100% of member clubs in the geographic territory achieve Recognition by September 1, 2021: $3,000 and $500 Match-Up coupon code.

Additionally, upon achieving Safe Sport Club Recognition, USA Swimming will send member clubs a USA Swimming Safe Sport branded pop-up changing tent. 

If your team is not Safe Sport Certified, please reach out to our Safe Sport Chair to help with the process or click here for a reference guide

Swag Shop
Did you hear? We have Georgia LSC Swim gear now!
You can now rep our LSC by clicking on the link below to order.
Click here
Women's Leadership Workshop
Sept. 26 & Nov. 19-21
Audience: Every level of coach
Register: http://bit.ly/3qn72iA

This will be a three-part virtual series with an in-person opportunity at the end of the year. Each will focus on a different topic area.

New YouTube "Thank You" Video Series

Premiered on April 1, 2021, we presented a new YouTube video series interviewing coaches and officials in our LSC to thank them for all that they've done to help us through this crazy past year. These videos will be a new take on our "Thank You Thursday" Series, and we will be posting 2 videos per month. 

To view our episodes from season 1, check out these links:
Thank You Video Series: Episode 1 - Melissa Wilborn
Thank you video Series: Episode 2 - Harvey Humphries
Thank You Video Series: Episode 3 - Lucas Curotto Ferreira

Thank You Video Series: Episode 4 - Ian Murray
Thank You Video Series: Episode 5 - Sydney Pepper
Thank You Video Series: Special Monday Release - Chris Davis Sr

Thank You Video Series: Episode 6 - Ian Goss 
Thank You Video Series: Episode 7 - Tommie Jackson 
Thank You Video Series: Episode 8 - Jarrod Hunte (JROD)
Thank You Video Series: Episode 9: Rayleen & Peter Soderstrom
Thank You Video Series: Episode 10 - Jim Young
Thank you Video Series: Episode 11 - Mike Radford

If you know of a Coach, Official, or Parent we should interview for our "Thank You" series, fill out this Google Form 

Georgia Swimming College Commits
Help us celebrate our recent college commits!
Congrats and good luck with your future careers! If you have a recent commit, please email them along with a picture to [email protected] with the name and college and they will be posted and shared in future newsletters. 

Safe Sport is such an important aspect for all USA Swimming members, and we are committed to promoting safety within our club teams, officials, and everyone else associated with our LSC. 

It is crucial for our members to understand when to report an incident that has occurred, and to be on the lookout and get educated about the red flags. This way, we can keep all of our athletes safe and allow our parents to be aware as well.

To learn more about all information regarding Safe Sport for USA Swimming, please use this link.


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