JCC Swimming: Team Affiliations
USA Swimming is the National Governing Body of the sport of Swimming under the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act of 1998. JCC Swimming is registered as a “Member Team” with USA Swimming, and all swimmers participating in our winter and year-round programs are required to register as members of USA Swimming.
USA Swimming provides the authoritative rules for swimming competitions, and provides the framework of competition that leads to Olympic Trials for qualified athletes. Swimmer registration fees pay for liability insurance for the team, and “excess accident and injury insurance” for swimmers, coaches, officials, and certain other volunteers participating in USA Swimming and team events. In the event of an accident or injury during practice, a meet, or a team event, it is important that a Report of Occurrence form is filed out and properly filed to preserve these insurance rights. Please check with a coach to ensure that the appropriate report has been filed.
As a member team, JCC Swimming is obliged to follow the rules and guidelines of USA Swimming, including training and background check requirements for coaches. USA Swimming does not own or supervise the day-to-day operations of the team, nor does it control employment of team coaches or administrative staff.
JCC Swimming has achieved Level 3 in the USA Swimming Club Recognition Program. The Club Recognition Program is a voluntary program to recognize clubs that demonstrate a commitment to long term club growth, development and stability.
According to USA Swimming: "There are higher expectations in all areas for Level 3 clubs. For example, the club engages in review and evaluation, is actively involved in the Local Swim Committee (Maryland Swimming) and provides increased opportunities for education and involvement to assistant coaches. A Level 3 club has athletes at the Zone, Sectional or Junior National level."
Team founder Bill Kirkner was selected to sit on USA Swimming's National Diversity, Inclusion and Outreach Committee in 2011, and was appointed to Chair that Committee in 2013.
Participants in our Summer Swim Team program are registered with the Amateur Athletic Union, or AAU. The AAU provides excess Medical insurance coverage for participants in sanctioned AAU League programs, and liability coverage for the team.