2022 Western Regional Diversity Select Camp Hosted by USA Swimming
Applications for athletes to attend the 2022 USA Swimming Western Regional Diversity Select Camp June 2-5 (location to be determined) are due April 3!
Applications can be filled out here: RDSC Athlete Application (usaswimming.org) Deadline for athletes to apply is Sunday April 3 by 11:59 PM MST. Please share this with any of your athletes you feel could benefit from this opportunity.
2022 REGIONAL DIVERSITY SELECT CAMP INFORMATION
To further evolve the Diversity Camps pathway and identify emerging young, diverse athletes in varying regions and offer a unique motivational and educational experience, USA Swimming will resume the Regional Diversity Camps in 2022. This integral step will help athletes move from the local and regional level onto the national scene.
Athlete applications will open on Wednesday, March 2, 2022.
GOALS OF THE CAMP:
To empower athletes from diverse backgrounds and under-represented populations to:
• Demonstrate the viability of multicultural success in swimming
• Achieve performance excellence at every level of the sport
• Expound the benefits and value of participating in the sport of swimming
• Be positive leaders and role models that others from multicultural backgrounds can emulate.
The Regional Diversity Select Camps are application based. USA Swimming will provide a link to apply and will notify athletes of selection no later than six weeks prior to the start of camp. Athletes will be notified directly via email if they have been accepted to the camp. Coaches and parent(s)/guardian(s) will also be copied on this notification.
QUALIFICATION STANDARD: Athletes must have achieved at least one Regional Diversity Select Camp time standard to apply for selection. These times are AAA National Motivational Times for 11-12 year olds. Times must have been achieved in a USA Swimming sanctioned or approved meet (able to be proven in the SWIMS database).*
*times swum during the July 2020 sanctioning period will not be counted due to the COVID-19 amendment to Article 202.2.1 of the USA Swimming Rules
SELECTION CRITERIA: Each regional camp will consist of 28 athletes from each competition category.
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 and others. Other athletes may be accepted if they represent another underrepresented demographic (e.g. LGBTQ+).
14 athletes from each competition category will be selected based on 2020 and/or 2021 SCY or LCM IMX point scores.
Then, the fastest applicant in each event will be invited for a total of 14 athletes from each competition category. 2022 selection will look at both SCY and LCM times and compare based on HY-Tek Power Points.
CAMP ELIGIBILITY: Qualifying period:
September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2021. SCY will be considered. LCM times will receive first preference.
Eligible athletes will be the respective ages at the time of the qualifying swim:
NOTE: Athletes who wish to attend the Regional Diversity Select Camp shall be US Citizens and be able to represent the USA in international competitions. Athletes who are on or have been on any National Select Camps, National Teams/National Junior Teams or USA Swimming international trips*, including the 2019, 2020 and/or 2021 National Junior team will not be eligible for the Regional Diversity Select Camp. Athletes who previously attended the Zone Diversity Select Camp are not eligible**. Athletes must be Premium USA Swimming members. Flex members must upgrade their membership to be eligible to attend.
*Excluding swimmers who qualified for the National Team and/or National Junior Team for Open Water
**Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, athletes who qualified for the 2020 Zone Diversity Select Camps will maintain their eligibility to qualify for the 2022 Regional Diversity Select Camps.
SITE: There will be three (3) locations that serve as host for Regional Diversity Select Camps in 2022:
- Western Regional Diversity Select Camp: Location TBD
- Central/Southern Regional Diversity Select Camp: University of Tennessee
- Eastern Regional Diversity Select Camp: University of Maryland, Baltimore County
DATES: Athletes will arrive on Thursday and depart on Sunday from their respective camps. Dates for the 2022 camps:
- Western Regional Diversity Select Camp: June 2-5
- Central Regional Diversity Select Camp: June 2-5 or June 9-12 (confirmed dates will be made shortly)
- Eastern Regional Diversity Select Camp: June 9-12, 2022
COST: Athletes are responsible for purchased airline tickets or mileage to the Regional Diversity Select Camps. LSCs & Clubs are encouraged to assist when possible.
Lodging and meals are covered by USA Swimming for the duration of the camp.
CAMP STAFF: Staff for the Regional Diversity Select Camps will be selected in two ways. USA Swimming staff will select the Head Coaches & Head Managers for each camp. Three assistant coaches will be selected by an application process. Coaching applicants 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 and others. Others may be accepted if they represent another underrepresented demographic (e.g. LGBTQ+).
CAMP SCHEDULE: The Regional Diversity Select Camps will consist of five in-water sessions and a number of classroom sessions. The goal is to provide ignition, motivation, and information for athletes to continue to set goals, work hard, excel in swimming, and feel empowered to take ownership of their swimming careers and roles within their community.
DISCLAIMER: This event may be canceled by USA Swimming upon reasonable notice for any reason, including but not limited to a force majeure event. If deemed necessary, the event may be reassigned or rescheduled.
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.
QUESTIONS? For more information, please contact USA Swimming at [email protected].