Weekly Newsletter 10.20.21


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

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

**There was an email that was sent out in error to every swimmer in the LSC. We are Georgia Swimming are sorry for any and all confusion that this has created. Georgia All Stars are swimmers thaty have achieved the time standard of "AAA" or greater for a swim that took place durning the set period. We are currently work on last years towels at this moment. The time period is from August 2020 to September 2021. The time standards can be found on the Georgia Swimming website or by clicking here. We are truly sorry for any disruption that the email may have created. I have heard that there are several conversations that have started to help educate swimmers and parents about the All Star towels and we will be working on doing something in the near future to help.**

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.

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

Here is a list of Teams looking for Coaches:
Three Rivers
Douglas County Stingrays
Southern Crescent Aquatic Team
Rountree Recreation
Upcoming Meetings and Events
BOD Meetings
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
October 21, 2021
All Meetings are at 8:00 PM

Senior Committee
November 8th @8:30 PM

Tech Planning Committee
October 18, 2021
November 8
December 13
January 10
February 14
March 14
April 11
May 9
June 13
July 11
August 8
*Check wbsite for time

Coaches Committee Town Hall Meetings
October 21 @ Noon

Diversity, Equality, Inclusion Committee

Safe Sport Committee

Athletes Committee
October 24th @ 1:00 PM

Operational Risk Commitee
November 2nd @ 8:00 PM

Finance Committee 
All meetings start at 7:30 PM
October 12
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

HELP NEEDED No Experience Required.
Looking for swim parents who want to experience and understand their childs love of swimming. Applications (emails of interest) currently being accepted for Stroke & Turn Judge Officials and Administrative Officials.  No previous swimming experience needed. Classes are online at your convenience and apprentice sessions will teach you everything you need to know.
To Apply for these two positions and to watch a class, please reach out to Clarice Wasmuth at [email protected]

PARA Official Training
Coaching the Para-Swimmer
Sunday November 14, 2021 8:00pm EST
This clinic will be presented virtually via Zoom.
To attend, register by clicking on the link below. All registrants will receive a presentation link on November 14th.
In this session, you will:
" Discover the Tokyo Paralympic Games footprint
" Examine the classification system, rules and exceptions by WPS
" Learn how to prepare for the classification experience
" Examine the Para Swimming Development Model (PSDM)
" Observe basic biomechanical swimming modifications/adaptations
" Differentiate the technical progressions of a para-swimmer
" Identify basic strength & conditioning modifications/adaptations
" Review recovery, nutritional and travel hints for Para swimmers
" Compare a seasonal/annual plan with overlapping commitments
For more information and resources on para-swimming
VISIT: https://www.teamusa.org/USParaSwimming
Date: Sunday Nov. 14, 2021 Time: 6:30pm EST
This clinic will be presented virtually via Zoom.
All registrants will receive a presentation link by 4:30pm EDT, November 14th.
To attend this clinic, register by clicking on the link here:
Outcomes of this session:
" Discover the roles of the USOPC and U.S. Paralympics Swimming
" Identify distinctions of U.S. Paralympics and Special Olympics
" Describe the basic of classifications, rules, and exceptions
" Compare the levels of the Para Swimmer Development Model (PSDM)
" Compare the competition progression associated with the PSDM
" Compare & contrast training considerations
" Utilize basic biomechanical modifications/adaptations for athletes with physical, visual and/or intellectual disabilities
" Outline whats next
For more information and resources on para-swimming
VISIT: https://www.teamusa.org/USParaSwimming
Meet our NEW Director of Social Media
Veronica Burchill

Veronica has been with Georgia Swimming for the last 2 years and has served as intern during her time in school at UGA then took over at interim Business Manager for Georgia Swimming when Megan Kingsley left to a job in South Carolina. She has been a great asset to the LSC and is continuing to be eager to help develop our LSC to be the best that it can be. She has been working hard on keeping our social media site up and engaging. She has also worked on our new "Thank You" video series that is posted on the Georgia Swimming YouTube page. We will also be lauching a podcast that she is working on getting out to spoify or your favorite podcast website. If you have any questions about social media posts, please contact Veronica at [email protected]

Georgia Swimming NEW Secretary

Welcome Nancy Harmon to the GA Swim Board. She will be fullfilling the remaining term of Beau Caldwell. Nanct will be using the new email which is [email protected]
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact John Pepper @ [email protected],org

Coaches Chair and 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]

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]
Upcoming Swim Meets
ASL/TYR Senior Invitational
Oct 22, 2021 - Oct 24, 2021

GOLD Invite
Oct 22, 2021 - Oct 24, 2021

SST Carey Hillard's Invitational Meet
Oct 22, 2021 - Oct 24, 2021

ABSC - Athens Fall Classic 2021 (Closed)
Oct 23, 2021 - Oct 24, 2021

LA Annual Fall Invite
Oct 23, 2021 - Oct 24, 2021

GA/SPAC Fall Series #3 (Closed)
Oct 30, 2021

NWGA - WICKED - The Swim Meet
Oct 30, 2021 - Oct 31, 2021

SA - Trick or Treat Meet (CLOSED)
Oct 30, 2021

Dynamo Dual Meet (Closed)
Nov 5, 2021 - Nov 7, 2021 

Dynamo v SwimMAC Senior Meet (Closed)
Nov 5, 2021 - Nov 7, 2021 

2021 DYNA November Special (Closed)
Nov 6, 2021

CAD - Luqman El Amin
Nov 6, 2021 - Nov 7, 2021
SA - Veterans Invite
Nov 6, 2021 - Nov 7, 2021

Swim Macon - Music City Showdown
Nov 6, 2021 - Nov 7, 2021 

DYNA - 10 & U Turkey Meat
Nov 7, 2021 

On May 2nd 2021, 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]

Safe Sport

As of today, Georgia Swimming has 25 clubs that have earned their Safe Sport Recognition: ABSC, BAY, BOOM, BT, CBF, DAQ, DCS, DYNA, GA, GOLD, LA, LIFE, OAC, PSC, RAYS, SA, SCAT, 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. 

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.

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 are a new take on our "Thank You Thursday" Series, and we posted 2 videos per month for season 1.  

Check out our YOUTUBE CHANNEL to view episodes from season 1. 
Season 2 premiering in November, 2021. 

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. 

Congratulations to these Georgia swimmers on their college commitments:
Hanna McNamara - Birmingham Southern
Annalia Jansons - Liberty University
Sophie Brinson - University of Tennessee

New Swim Parents and What to Expect

Do you have a child that just got signed up for swim lessons or is starting club swimming for the first time? This week's teaching is dedicated to all those newer swim parents!

Swimming is a very competitive and tough sport that requires help and support from so many resources, but the parent role is often the one that is crucial to making everything happen. As a parent, you are the one signing your kids up for lessons, practices, and swim meets, along with driving them, providing meals, and moral support. 

We wanted to make sure that we welcome our new parents and give you all a few helpful resources as you begin this journey with your child or children. 


Here are some helpful links for new swim parents:

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