Spare Time Aquatics Sharks
Online Meet Entry [OME]
Welcome, new Spare Time Aquatics Sharks [STAS] Swim Team parents! Here is your guide for circumnavigating what initially looks like a daunting USA Swimming registration process. USA Swimming is the national governing body for the sport, and at the regional level is the Sierra Nevada Local Swimming Committee [LSC]. There are 59 LSCs within the country, delineated by geography and demographics.
Their respective Websites are: USA Swimming www.usaswimming.org and Sierra Nevada www.sn-swimming.org. In addition to those, Sierra Nevada [and a few other [LSCs] use a company called Swim Connection to host the functional components of our STAS team. These include Online Meet Entries [OMEs], tracking of results, and swimmers' histories.
Your tasks as a parent are summarized briefly below. For those who are interested, a much more detailed explanation of the entire process is as follows:
1) Register your swimmer/s with USA Swimming using www.swim-smarter.com. You will receive the USS ID#. Here is the Swim-Smarter Help page swim-smarter instructions, and the club code for our team is SN-STAS.
2) Open an account on www.swimconnection.com., which will allow you to track swimmer/s' meet times online.
3) Open a second account on www.OME.SwimConnection.com , and add your swimmer/s via the USS ID#. The OME Help page is OME swimconnection instructions.
4) Enter your swimmer/s to participate in meets via the OME Website as instructed by the coach.
Swimmers are then resident within this system via the 14-character US Swimming Registration number, which consists of portions of first and last name, birthdate, and sometimes other random characters needed to ensure the use ID is nationally individualized. The intent of this format is for ease of memorization.
Note that the swimmer ID is not the user ID for the Website. Normally, parents will create an account user ID and password and then create and link for swimmer/s to that account [via the USS number]. There are links on the Swim Connection Website Account screen to renew annual USS registration for existing swimmers or to register a first-time swimmer. Your account screen is then accessed by clicking on your user ID after you are logged in.
These online activities are typically undertaken between September 1 and December 31 for the following swimming year, which runs from September through August. This is traditionally from the start of short-course season until the end of long-course season, while the finances remain on a calendar year. Therefore, you're permitted to sign up in September 2017 for all of 2018, and that 2018 signup includes the last four months of 2017. The annual [Year-Round] cost per swimmer, which applies to USS, is approximately $82. [An increase of $2 per year began in 2015.]
Note: Research the meets before you enter your swimmer; entry fees are not refundable. Check with the coach or other qualified team parent about which meets to enter and, if you are unsure, about this process itself. The meet sheet is uploaded prior to registering, and you can enter events and then scratch them at the meet. Please remember: There are no refunds.
Last but not least, we also have a team Website www.goldriverstingrays.com through which parents need accounts. This site is dedicated to your having all information pertinent to our specific team. We also maintain an email distribution list there. Such items include practice schedule changes, upcoming events, fundraisers, etc. You can request an account via the Contact Me area on the Website or directly from the Website admins [Head Coach, Head Age-Group Coach, Board Member, etc.] Take note that several screens refer to Billing on this Website.