Illegal recruiting/poaching

“Swimming is the Funnest Sport!” We all want to introduce swimming to more and more young people. We want to share our love of the sport. We all want successful programs with athletes at every level of the sport. We all want to grow our programs.

Everyone should be aware, however, that there are USAS rules in place to guard against illegal recruiting or poaching of swimmers from USA Swimming member swim clubs.

There is a process in place at the Zone level through the Zone Board of Review (ZBOR) to assess complaints in the event a club believes they are a victim of illegal recruiting. When individual(s) are found guilty of illegal recruiting, penalties are assessed and can result in loss or suspension of membership of the offending coach, fines or restoration of lost funds, and more. There has been a marked increase in complaints filed for recruiting in the Southern Zone BOR. Hearings have been conducted, and significant penalties have been assessed by the panels.

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