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What is USA Swimming? (Information gathered from the USA swimming website.  Please click HERE to view to see further information)

USA Swimming is the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States with 400,000 members that promote the culture of swimming through clubs, events and education. 

USA Swimming is also responsible for selecting and training teams for international competition including the Olympic Games, and strives to serve the sport through its core objectives: Build the base, Promote the sport, Achieve competitive success. 

Benefits of USA Swimming

USA Swimming athletes and coaches enjoy exclusive member benefits,

  • ●  Tips and training advice, the chance to enter the nation's most prestigious events,

  • ●  Six issues of USA Swimming's award­winning Splash Magazine for the year

  • ●  Opportunity to qualify for and compete in USA Swimming sanctioned meets­ Zones to Olympic Trials!

  • ●  New member welcome kit

  • ●  Eligibility to participate in local and national swimming camps.

  • ●  Ability to track your times and improvement through the extensive times database called SWIMS (SWIMMING WEB­BASED INTERACTIVE MEMBERSHIP SYSTEM) You can see all of your child's times for each of the events that they swam in all USA swim meets by clicking HERE.

  • ●  Excess accident and liability insurance

  • ●  Motivational programs such as Age Group Top 10, Scholastic All­America and more 

Additional Benefits of USA Swimming

  • USA swimming requires lots of policies, procedures, and expectations to ensure your child is getting safe, fun, and a quality swimming experience.

  • ●  Highly trained officials to watch for every technical aspect of the stroke. This keeps swimmer from learning bad habits and striving for excellence.

  • ●  USA teams are provided with liability insurance from USA swimming. Otherwise, Clubs are required to purchase their own liability insurance.

  • ●  Many college scholarships require that the student have swam in a USA sanctioned meet to be eligible for the scholarship. High School times alone are often not enough. The times from the conference meets do not count for the scholarships. They also do not qualify you to swim in state or regional meets.

  • ●  USA meets prepare swimmers that plan to swim in college, for college level swimming. 

Types of Swim Meets and Definitions

Local Meets

  1. This would be meets set up by our club or another club. It could be a dual meet with only one other club or open to other swim clubs. The purpose of these meets would be to provide more opportunities for swimmers to swim at USA meets and gain more swimming experience for new swimmers. 

ISI Regionals (one in the Winter, one in the Summer)

  1. ●  USA Swimming sets National time standards every 4 years. They include B, BB, A, AA, AAA and AAAA times. Appropriately, USA Swimming refers to them as motivational times. Most athletes start at the B level and as they progress, work their way up. 

  2. ●  Iowa Swimming sets a separate time standard for the ISI Championship meets held at the end of each season. These times are referred to as Q times. These should be every swimmer's first goal. Those times are posted under times standards on the Iowa Swimming, Inc. website

Regionals give swimmers one last chance to qualify for the ISI Championship Meet. If an athlete has a Q time in a particular event they are not allowed to compete in that event at Regionals. Athletes can swim any event that they HAVE NOT qualified for ISI Champs. This is great meet for newcomers to the sport and a great opportunity to try events that athletes have never swum before and work to achieve a personal best time

ISI Championships (one in the Winter, one in the Summer)

  1. This is our LSC (Local Swimming Committee) championship meet. To compete, athletes are required to have met the ISI Q time standard in at least one event. This should be the first major goal for all swimmers in the program. 

Central Zone Championship 

This meet requires AAA times standards in either short course yards or long course meters. At this meet, you will not represent your swim club, you will represent Team Iowa. You will get the opportunity to race with athletes from all over Iowa and compete against athletes from all over the upper Midwest. Sectionals (Speedo Champions Series) This meet is geared towards senior level athletes who are past the AAA level for the 15 & over age group. This meet takes place towards the end of the season. 

Junior Nationals/Senior Nationals/US Open/Olympic Trials 

These are the most elite level meets in the country. The qualifying times are extremely quick. They attract the greatest athletes from across the country (sometimes world). If you qualify for one of these meets you are going to want to attend. 

Time Standards  

  • ●  USA Swimming sets National time standards every 4 years. They include B, BB, A, AA, AAA and AAAA times. Appropriately, USA Swimming refers to them as motivational times. Most athletes start at the B level and as they progress, work their way up. 

  • ●  Iowa Swimming sets a separate time standard for the ISI Championship meets held at the end of each season. These times are referred to as Q times. These should be every swimmer's first goal. Those times are posted under times standards on the Iowa Swimming, Inc. website

 

What is ISI?  (Information gathered from the ISI swimming website.  Please click HERE to view to see further information)

ISI stands for Iowa Swimming Inc.  USA Swimming is organized regionally into 59 Local Swimming Committees who are responsible for governing swimming in their individual regions. As our arms into the communities, these LSC's play a major role in the governance of our sport across the nation. For this reason, improving LSC effectiveness is a top priority of USA Swimming's headquarters. 

We belong to the Central Zone and are governed by Iowa Swimming Inc, or ISI.  The ISI office is located in Davenport, Iowa.  Click HERE to see the list of USA Clubs that are part of ISI. 

 

What are the costs associated with being a USA member? (Information gathered from the USA swimming website.  Please click HERE to view to see further information)

To compete at a USA meet, a swimmer must register with USA Swimming.  You can sign up 3 ways to be a USA swimmer.  One option is the Annual Registration that is $70 from Sept to the following December (15 months), $38 for a short Seasonal Athlete registration of 150 days, or $5 for an Outreach registration form which is based on income. If you think you may qualify for a reduced fee based on income, please click here to find the application as well as the income guidelines.

Other cost that a swimmer would incur besides the annual membership fee, would be splash fees for the USA meets that they choose to participate in.  Those fees would be billed directly to your Rams Swim Club account to be paid on the first of the month.  While we aren't planning on any team overnight travel to meets, your family may choose to attend events in Minnesota or surrounding states, which would then include costs for lodging, food and travel.