Weekly Update 10.02.19

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Oct 24-27

Starter Training (24)

Carey Hilliard's Invitational (25-27)

Hurricane Fall Classic (25-27)

LA Invite (26-27)

Wicked - The Swim Meet (26-27)

Admin Official Training (27)

 

Georgia Swimming Coaches and Family We are a very close family when it comes to Georgia Swimming and we always do what is best to help those who have been dealing with extreme medical issues or even personal loss. Well, one of our own has been hit hard with a major loss to themselves.  

As many of you know, on August 26th Coach Melissa Wilborn from DeKalb Aquatics suffered a severe fire at her home. Fortunately, Melissa was not home at the time and is safe with no injuries. However, as you can imagine it will take a considerable amount of time to handle matters regarding her home, and she has needs for basic necessities. In addition, she will be facing considerable time to have the damage repaired and make her home livable again – up to 6 months.  If you can give to help one of our own during this time of need, it would be wonderful. I thank you and I am sure that Coach Melissa would be extremely grateful too.
 

To give to her Go Fund Me page, please click here

Ps. Important Info...

The AG State meet date was changed this year, due to facility scheduling conflicts out of our control. This was discussed in the Age Group committee meeting, and officially changed during Tech Planning at our HOD meetings. 

2019/2020 Age Group and Senior Cuts

The 2020 Age Group State Cuts for SCY and Senior State LCM cuts are available and posted on the website now! Additionally, the Age Group Committee is still working on what the cuts for the “JO” session will be, but they will be out with them as soon as they are finalized. You can check out the cuts here
 

ALL NEW COACH REQUIREMENTS – PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY:
 
USADA Coaching Advantage Tutorial
Starting September 1, all coach members will be required to complete an annual USADA Coaching Advantage Tutorial (CAT) course by January 1, 2020. This 20-minute video course (presented in four modules) was added following discussions with the Age Group Anti-Doping Task Force and will be available on the LEARN platform, covering WADA code, checking medications, the testing process and a coach’s role in the clean sport movement. The latter is an incredibly significant element of the training that is crucial at all age levels. Renewal date for this course will be one year from completion date. Please direct questions about the USADA Coaching Advantage Tutorial to learn@usaswimming.org.
 
Athlete Protection Training
In response to member feedback, beginning September 1, 2019, you may notice the next time you log in that the three courses of the Athlete Protection Training have been streamlined into one. The training course continues to be produced by the U.S. Center for SafeSport and must be completed annually with a renewal date one year from the completion date. All adult athlete and non-athlete members must complete this training. This includes coaches, officials, Junior Coaches and anyone authorized to have regular contact with or authority over a minor athlete. Please direct questions about the Athlete Protection Training to learn@usaswimming.org.   
 
Concussion Protocol Training
This requirement is new for all coaches and officials in 2020. Though several states have previously passed concussion education requirements, USA Swimming will now require all coaches and officials complete Concussion Protocol Training by January 1, 2020.

· Courses from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), as well as individual states’ required courses will satisfy the USA Swimming requirement. (For example, if a coach lives/coaches in a state with a concussion education requirement, he/she must only complete this requirement and will not need to complete an additional course). Many high school coaches will have already completed the NFHS training.
· For USA Swimming membership, coaches and officials must successfully complete concussion and head injury education at least once. Individual states may require annual or continuing education and coaches/officials must abide by the requirements of their home state or states in which they coach or officiate.
· This requirement is necessary to avoid personal liability for concussion/head strike incidents, ensuring our insurers will continue to provide liability insurance protection to USA Swimming, coaches, officials and clubs.
· Please direct questions about Concussion Protocol Training to George Ward at gward@usaswimming.org
 
ATHLETE TRANSFER FEES (NEW):
Beginning September 1st, there will be a $5.00 transfer fee for each athlete transfer within the LSC. This fee will be waived when accompanied by a renewal in the months of September – December. The fee will also be waived if it has been more than one year since the athlete was registered with USA Swimming. There is no transfer fee for athletes coming to Georgia Swimming from another LSC. There is no transfer fee for non-athlete members.

 

Star Swimmer Veronica Burchill Hired as New GA Swim Intern

Great news GA Swimming - we have a new intern for the 2019-2020 swim year and we could not be more excited. Veronica Burchill will be the new Media, Sponsorship, & Membership Engagement Intern, and we believe she is going to add a lot to our team this year. Here is a little bit about her:

"My name is Veronica Burchill and I am a senior at the University of Georgia studying Human Development and Family Science while also swimming for the university team. I’m originally from Carmel, Indiana and I started swimming competitively for the Carmel Swim Club at the age of 6. Since then I’ve had the opportunity to represent the United States in a few international competitions and represent UGA at 3 NCAA championships. I hope to make a positive difference in people’s lives by one day working for a non-profit organization and staying involved in the swim-world in some capacity. I have a passion for helping others and am excited to work with a group of people that positively impact the lives of swimmers in the state of Georgia. I look forward to giving back to the sport that has given me so many incredible opportunities in my lifetime."

Let's give Veronica a very warm welcome!

New 2019 Junior Athlete Rep

Our new Junior Athlete Representative is Will Foggin from ABSC! We are so proud of you and very excited to have you represent us. 
Latest News:
10/1/19

Teaching Tuesday: How to Jumpstart the Season
9/30/19
Star Swimmer Veronica Burchill Joins Staff as New GA Swim Intern
9/26/19
McKenzie Coan on S7 400 Free World Title: 'It Means Everything to Me'
9/25/19
NISCA is Proud to Announce the NISCA U.S. Para Swimming All America Program.
9/23/19
Teaching Tuesday: The Power of Yoga
9/24/19
Helping one of our own...

For Clubs & Families
New Year, New Goals

If your club or swimmers have made any personal or swimming goals, we want to know! Send us a photo and a quote, caption, or list of goals and you could appear on the Georgia Swimming social media! Send us a direct message on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or email us.
 
For Officials
Below are upcoming online trainings:

Tuesday, October 8th from 7:00p to 9:30 pm 
Stroke & Turn Judge (entry point to become a “wet” Official)

Thursday, October 24th from 7:00p to 9:00p
Starter Training

Tuesday, November 5th from 7:00p to 9:30 pm
Stroke & Turn Judge (entry point to become a “wet” Official)

*Requires prerequisites.

Please RSVP to
Clarice Wasmuth
cwasmuth@comcast.net
for all trainings.
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