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WCAC US SWIMMING

Head Coach: Bart Schneider, Team Manager: Esther Rineer

Structure of USA Swimming at WCAC: Our program is run by the head coach, Bart Schneider. He is responsible for practices, swimmer development and meet coordination. Greg Beyer and Esther Rineer are also US coaching certified and assist in the design and implementation of US practices, as well as  attend US meets. 

Questions regarding US Swimming logistics: Email Esther at rineee57@hotmail.com

USA Meets: No parents are EVER allowed on deck unless they are a volunteer. USA Swimming is very strict about this rule, even if there is no coach available. If you choose to attend a meet where we do not have a US coach scheduled, you need to let us know at the time of registration so that we may contact the meet director.

USA Website:  www.usaswimming.org

Middle Atlantic Website:  www.maswim.org

USA and Middle Atlantic Websites:  Both websites have all meet and time results posted. They are linked by SWIMS. MA swimming receives all of the information from meets and uploads the time and results through SWIMS. Both websites have JO qualifying times and additional meet information. MA swimming has all US meet syllabuses posted.

Tracking Times: In regards to US Swimming times, the meets are listed with a US Swimming status as follows: Sanctioned- all swimmers must be US certified; Observed- championships for High School; Approved- Closed competitions that are open to a certain group of swimmers and run by US swimming officials, but not all swimmers are US swimmers. Some SAL invitationals are "Approved" such that US times count during those meets.

Registering for WCAC selected US meets: Please use the link from the WCAC home page to sign up for designated meets.  Timelines for registration are listed in the event description.

Registering for non-WCAC designated meets:  Please check www.usaswimming.org for the syllabus for the meet you are interested in.  Once you choose your events, email Coach Esther at: rineee57@hotmail.com with the Meet Title in the Subject line of the email.  In the body of the email please include:

Swimmer name/ event number/ event name/ fee/ current time for event

Please let Esther know as soon as you decide on a meet you’d like to attend.  Entries should be submitted three weeks prior to the meet date, so please be mindful of dates as meets close quickly. Your swimmer will NOT be registered for a meet until payment is received

Bart will be conducting evaluations for ALL US swimmers in various events and based on skill level, ability and his expertise will advise and suggest swimmers compete in different races.

Deck Entries: Deck entries are done at the meet, if the meet allows for deck entries. Please read the meet syllabus for more information. If a swimmer is not registered in a meet, be sure your child has a deck pass application, a registration card and a form completed by a team coach. Fees must be paid in cash. The fees can be up to double the normal entry fee. Parents, swimmers, and coaches can do deck entries.

Last Chance Meets: Some of these meets are only for kids who do not already have JO qualifying times for specific events and thus cannot swim to get better times. 

Notifying a coach when your swimmer is unable to attend a meet for which they are registered: Please call or text Coach Esther if you have a last minute scratch.  It is good practice to be sure to let a coach know if your child is going to miss an event or meet. The one time it is absolutely unacceptable to not show for an event is during Prelims for JO’s and Junior Olympics. If you qualify for a final and do not scratch or show, you are completely out of every event that you qualified in, as well as relays.

Positive Check-ins: If you do a positive check in for an event (generally 500Y or longer), which is a half hour before the event and do not swim, you are not allowed to swim the following event, individual or relay. Coaches and Swimmers can complete positive check- ins. Penalties can change meet to meet and are detailed in each meet syllabus.

Unattached Swimmers: An Unattached Swimmer CAN NOT practice with WCAC’s US team in accordance with WCAC’s policy. The swimmer can be coached at a US meet by a WCAC US coach after a coaching fee is paid. Unattached swimmers cannot score points for WCAC or swim in WCAC relays. Their swimming results will not be monitored by WCAC coaches but will be posted to SWIMS. Unattached Swimmers must complete all meet registrations on their own. Please note: If you are a parent of an Unattached Swimmer and are not a US certified coach, you will not be allowed on deck to assist your swimmer.

Qualifying for Junior Olympics: You must qualify for Junior Olympics based on the published time standards.

Random Facts: (SC) Short Course simply means the event is in a pool that is 25 Yards or Meters. (LC) Long Course means that the pool is 50 Meters. SC season is September through March and LC is April through August.

Refund Policy: The refund policy for US Swimming is the same as the WCAC SAL refund policy. US Swimming registration fees and the US swimming initiation fee are not refundable.

ALL US WCAC swimmers must be registered with our WCAC SAL team. A WCAC SAL swimmer can swim for another team’s US team, however, any US records broken while swimming for another team will not count towards WCAC US records. WCAC US swimmers may not break SAL records beyond the SAL championship meet. A WCAC SAL record may be set by a WCAC US swimmer at any SAL meet or SAL Invitational. A separate WCAC US set of records will be maintained for times achieved in US meets.

WCAC requests that you represent our club by wearing a WCAC swim cap at all US sanctioned and approved meets. At Elite Meets and Junior Olympics, we request you wear WCAC gear on the medal stand.

Thank you!