The American Swimming Coaches Association is the professional
organization for coaches in the United States. ASCA certifies
coaches, offers education opportunities, assists coaches in a
number of areas and is a strong political organization in United
States Swimming. To be an ASCA member coaches must sign a code of
ethics, continually work on their education and provide service to
the swimming committee.
- The official abbreviation for Tidal Wave Swimming. It will be
listed in the heat sheets this way.
CLERK OF COURSE
- at certain meets, the area where swimmers are organized before
- Disqualification. If listed on the results sheet for an event, it
denotes a swimmer was disqualified for a rule infraction. If your
child was disqualified in an event and is not aware of the reason;
ask your child's coach. Do not approach meet officials about
- Usually at "A" and above meets, but also at some "B-C" meets, the
longer events will deck seeded. Swimmers will be given lane
assignments just prior to swimming. A check-in will be held early
in the meet to determine who is present, so that full heats will be
swum. Swimmers must check in for these events. An announcement is
usually made over the public address system.
- Individual account administered by the team into which swimmers
deposit funds to be used for meet entries. The escrow account must
have an adequate positive balance in order for a swimmer to be
entered in a meet for which he or she has signed up.
- When a swimmer is in motion or leaves the starting block before
the starting signal is given. One false start will disqualify a
swimmer or a relay team.
- the session of a meet where qualifying rounds were previously
held to determine the finalists (usually 6 to 20 in number
depending on pool size and whether or not
consolation finals are being held). The finalists compete to
determine the winner.
- a listing of all swimmers in a meet by event, heat and lane
assignments. These will be available at meets for a cost of $3.00
- Local Swimming Committee. Within USA Swimming there are 52
L.S.C.'s. Tidal Wave is a member of the North Division of the
- a type of competitive pool which measures 50 meters in length.
This is the standard course for International, Senior National and
- in certain meets, especially championship meets, the qualifying
rounds used to determine the finalists. These meets are
usually set up to swim Prelims in the morning and Finals in the
- the USA Swimming official who has authority over all other
officials at a swim meet. He/She makes all final decisions and sees
to the efficient running of the meet.
- the time a swimmer uses to enter competitions. This time
(generally the swimmer's best time) is used to determine a
swimmer's heat and lane, when compared to other entrants. This
system ensures that each swimmer is competing immediately with
swimmers with similar best times.
- all USA Swimming registered swimmers who meet the qualifying
times are eligible to compete. No age groups are used... the only
classification is men or women.
- a type of competitive pool measuring 25 yards or 25 meters in
length. Our pool is a short course pool.
- a per lap time that coaches use to determine pace for each swim.
Splits are a great teaching tool.
- The USA Swimming official at a meet responsible for starting each
heat, calling the next heat to the block, and ensuring that each
swimmer gets a fair start.
- a USA Swimming certified official who determines the legality of
a swimmer's strokes and notifies the Referee of disqualifications,
- certain qualifying times are established each year for both short
course and long course and are used to classify swimmers for
competition. These time standards are derived from a percentage
formula based on the 16th fastest time in each event, each
- the part of the electronic timing system that rests against the
wall at the finishing end of each lane. Swimmer's times are
electronically recorded when the pad is touched.
- the status a swimmer receives when he/she changes from one USA
Swimming club to another. Swimmers must be "unattached" for 120
days from their last competition for one club until they can
compete for their new club. During this time they may swim for a
club in individual events, but may not score or swim on
- the abbreviation for United States Swimming Inc. which is the
governing body for all amateur swimming in the United States. They
are headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the Olympic
USA SWIMMING NUMBER
-The unique registration number of each athlete member in USA
Swimming. This unique number has 14 places. The formula for
deriving your USA Swimming # is:
The first 6 places are the swimmer's birthday
The next 3 places are the first 3 letters of the swimmer's first
name as it appears on birth certificate.
The 10th place is the swimmer's middle initial.
The last four places are the first 4 letters of the
swimmer's last name.
If a swimmer does not have 3 letters in her first name, a middle
initial, or 4 letters in her last name, then a z in used in those
places. An example would be:
Swimmer B. Fast, born on January 18, 1990. Their new number would
A swimmer with the name of Jane (No middle initial) Doe born on
February 14, 1989 would have the number 021489JANZDOEZ.
- The country is divided into 4 zones - Southern - Eastern –
Central - Western. At the end of the long course season, in August,
an All-Star competition is held between L.S.C. teams within
each zone. The Southeastern Zone Team is picked at the Southeastern
Long Course Championships and competes at the Southern Zone
Championships the following week. Seven swimmers, male and female,
are chosen from the following age groups, 11-12,13-14 and 15-18.
Once a swimmer has qualified for Junior.