February 12, 2020
Western Zone Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Select Camp - June 11-14 at Boise State University:
The Athlete Applications for the WZ DEI Select Camp are now open.
Montana Swimming may send two athletes and possibly up to two alternates. The application is open now on the USA Swimming website and closes at 5:00 pm Mountain time on March 13. This camp is held at the same time as the MAC Firecracker meet.
In the application it states athletes may be 11-16 years of age. This is the age group for the Central Zone Camp. The Western Zone is meeting with USA Swimming and the athlete age for the Western Zone may be changed to 13-16. At this time 11-12 year olds may apply. Athletes should have a 13-14 AA qualifying time or faster to apply and must also submit an IMX score. Athletes should be a part of an under-represented minority in USA Swimming including ethnic minorities, low income outreach members, LGBTQ, or may meet other criteria as listed on the application.
At the same time the Western Zone will also host a DEI summit which is open to the LSC DEI Chair and another volunteer -- coach, athlete representative, official or parent volunteer. The summit application will also be an online application, but is not yet open.
Montana Swimming will pay the $200 registration fee and transportation for the athletes and two summit participants.
If you have questions please contact Susan Huckeby, MT Swimming DEI Chair, or call 406.491.4698.
Direct Camp Link Here: https://usaswimming.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cIKr9Tzmy7JgbAh
Listed on USAS Here: https://www.usaswimming.org/news-landing-page/2017/02/23/zone-diversity-select-camp (and shown below)
USA Swimming webinar on how to apply for the camp may be viewed here: https://usaswimming.adobeconnect.com/_a792273714/pvzir5hqpdpr/?proto=true
Fundamental Objectives and Purpose of the Zone Diversity Select Camp: (from the USA-S website)
Each year two Zones host a camp.
In 2020, the Western and Central Zones will host their camps.
Although USA Swimming supports these camps, each Zone is encouraged
to develop a camp plan that reflects the goals of the
Boise State University
June 11-14, 2020
Athletes must be between the ages of 11-16 and cannot have attended the National Diversity Select Camp or the Zone Select Camps. The Zone Diversity Committee establishes the performance requirements for applicants. LSC Diversity and Inclusion Chairs select the athletes that will attend camp.
The deadline to apply is
The Western Zone Athlete Application is available here.
The purpose of the camp is to
create an atmosphere of Motivation and Educational opportunities
for athletes of underrepresented cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic
groups to develop the necessary Leadership skills to achieve
Excellence in their sport and their home communities.
Any USA Swimming registered
athlete member who is eligible to represent the USA in
international competition: a U.S. citizen who has NOT represented
another country in international competition, in the case of dual
citizens (your sport nation must be the United States), meets the
qualification time standards, has not previously attended a USA
Swimming Zone or National Diversity Select Camp. Athletes must
represent an underrepresented community and/or an ethnically
underrepresented population that is less than 10% of the current
USA Swimming membership. These populations can include: African
American, Hispanic, Asian or Pacific Islander, Native American,
LGBTQ+ and others.
NUMBER OF ATHLETES:
Zone Diversity Select Camps should
have a maximum of 48 participants.
The Zone establishes the fee for
the camp. USA Swimming contributes $10,000 to each camp. The home
LSC may cover the remaining expense for their athletes.
The Western Zone camp fee is $200 per athlete.
Personal coaches of athletes who
qualify are welcome to attend the Regional Diversity and Inclusion
Summit. Their role at the camp is to participate in the summit and
learn about the USA Swimming Diversity and Inclusion efforts. The
personal coaches do not participate in the coaching of the
REGIONAL DIVERSITY & INCLUSION SUMMIT:
The Regional Diversity and
Inclusion summit is open to anyone who wishes to attend and learn
about the USA Swimming Diversity and Inclusions programming and
initiatives. Cost is determined by the Zone. Summit attendees are
responsible for their own travel expenses.
Western Zone Summit: $200 per attendee- includes lodging, meals and airport transportation.
Registration for the Summits will open shortly.
USA Swimming staff will select the camp staff. USA Swimming staff also handles travel arrangements and outfitting of the camp staff
USA SWIMMING STAFF:
Staff from the Sport Development are available for presentations and camp support.
STATEMENT OF INCLUSION:
The US Center for Safe Sport and USA Swimming prohibit discrimination against any member or participant on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender expression and gender identity is prohibited (304.3.3). In the event that a question should arise about whether an athlete’s request to participate in a manner consistent with his/her/their gender identity is bona fide, USA Swimming will refer to the Code of Conduct and follow its standard procedures of enforcement.