Weekly Update 08.18.2021

 

 
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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
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
Fall HoD Meeting
August 28th @ 12:00 PM
Click here for details

BOD Meetings

August 26
September 8
October 13
November 10
December 8

*All starting at 8:30 pm

All BoD/HoD minutes

Age Group Meetings
September 14, 2021
October 12, 2021
November 9, 2021
December 14, 2021

Senior Committee
Sep 9, 2021 
Oct 9, 2021
Nov 9, 2021
Dec 9, 2021
Jan 9, 2022 
Feb 9, 2022

Tech Planning
TBA

Diversity, Equality, Inclusion
September 9, 2021

Safe Sport Committee
TBA

Athletes Committee
August 22 @ 3:30 pm

Finance Committee 
All meetings start at 7 PM
August 10, 2021 
September 14, 2021
October 12, 2021
November 9, 2021 
December 14, 2021
       
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 int he 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]
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
 

Pelican Swim Club / 2021 Blue & White Swim Meet (Closed)
Aug 22, 2021

2021 Para-Olympics
Aug 24, 2021 - Sep 5, 2021

GCAT Pentathlon
Sep 11, 2021

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

DCS Sugar Rush Sprint
Sep 25, 2021

LA SCY Meet
Sep 25, 2021

SEGA Tsunami
Sep 26, 2021

GA/SPAC Fall Series #1 (Closed)
Oct 2, 2021
 
Zone Team Open Water Information
Georgia Swimming Family,
 
This year we have altered the selection process for the Open Water Zone Team just a little. In hopes of helping kids to get more Open Water experience before the Zone Meet, Georgia swimming will be holding an open water qualifying race. The race will be held September 12th at Lake Park, Georgia (This is near Valdosta, GA).  At the race the top spot for each gender and age group (for which they will be competing at the zone meet, please see qualifying age information below) will automatically secure their spot on the team for the upcoming Zone Meet to be held in 2022.
 
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. To help us in the selection process we are asking that you sign up for the race first HERE
 2. After registering, please fill out this form, letting us know you have signed up for the race and are wanting to be considered for the Zone team
 3. At the race, Georgia Swimming will have a check in area for all swimmers trying to qualify. The staff will write down their official race numbers (given by the event) and will then collect their official times as they come in alongside the race officials.
4. 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
5. 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
 

The first race to qualfy for next years Open Water Zones is next month in Lake Park, Georgia.

THE AGE UP DATE FOR OPEN WATER ZONES IS 12.31.2022

To view the race information, please  click here

To sign up to be considered for the OWZ Team, please click here



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

Club Board Members

As the new swim season starts and club board change over, its important that all board members of every club take the CLBMS 101 class. Please get with your board members to take this course.
Click here for the information

New MAAPP 2.0 Training
 

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.

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.

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 most recent episodes, 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

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. 
 

Mental health is always an incredibly important topic for not only swimmers but coaches and parents as well. The Georgia LSC wants to be sure that we are giving all of our members as much information and tools as we can to be sure that mental health is made a priority within our sport. 

It is no secret that many of the world's best swimmers, such as Michael Phelps and Allison Schmitt, have struggled with mental health at some point in their swimming careers. With that being said, we can look to these incredible athletes and role models and understand that it is important to check in with ourselves and others to be sure that we are doing well with our mental health, or getting the proper help that we need if we are not.
 

Here are some great resources for athletes, parents, and coaches regarding mental health:

 
 
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