USA Swimming is the national governing body for amateur competitive swimming in the United States from beginners to the Olympic level. All SMST swimmers must become members of USA swimming in order to participate in practices and meets. USA swimming has administrative oversight for the entire nation, which is divided into 59 Local Swimming Committees (LSCs). Generally a single LSC governs a single state, but some states have more than one LSC due to their size. USA Swimming is a non-profit organization funded through dues collected from individual swimmers and teams, grants from the United States Olympic Committee, corporate sponsorship, and income earned from events, promotions and merchandise. Meets are sanctioned by USA Swimming through our LSC, Sierra Nevada Swimming, Inc., so that the meets are run according to standardized procedures and the swimmer’s times will count for State, Sectional, Zone and National qualification. USA Swimming is responsible for selecting the athletes that will represent the United States in all international competitions.
SNS is a non-profit corporation and the Local Swimming Committee (LSC) to which SMST belongs. SNS has local jurisdiction for USA Swimming within the counties of Siskiyou, Modoc, Trinity, Shasta, Tehama, Lassen, Plumas, Glenn, Butte, Sierra, Colusa, Sutter, Yuba, Nevada, Placer, Yolo, Amador, and the portions of: El Dorado County west of Highway 89; Stanislaus and Calaveras Counties north of Highway 4; San Joaquin County north and east of Highway 4, Highway 99, Eight Mile Road, Interstate 5 and Highway 12, excluding the City of Stockton; Sacramento County north of Highway 12; and Solano County north of Highway 12, including the communities of Fairfield, Suisun City and Rio Vista, and excluding the communities of Benicia and Vallejo; and the Nevada Counties of Humboldt, Mineral, Churchill, Pershing and Lander, and the portion of Washoe County lying north of the northerly boundary of the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation. SNS is a volunteer-run organization with its own set of by-laws and a separate House of Delegates responsible for managing the business affairs of SNS. Representatives to the House of Delegates are composed of athletes, coaches, members of the Board of Directors, and club members. Besides assuring that meets are run according to USA Swimming and SNS protocols, SNS provides training to parent volunteers through its clinics program. SNS holds state championship meets at the conclusion of the short and long course seasons and sponsors teams to swim at the Western Zone Championships.