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Monday, January 28, 2019

We are about 6 weeks away from the three YMCA District meets in the state of Pennsylvania.  The Silver meets will be approaching sooner.  All of the information about the Silver Meets and well as the District and State meets is hereCoaches registration - Here is the updated list of coaches that will be permitted on the pool deck at YMCA Sanctioned (Districts, States, and Nationals).  If you are not on this list, you will NOT be with your swimmers at Districts, States, and Nationals

Few updates on various topics:

New YMCA of the USA Website to be launched in February - This is Y of USA's new knowledge-sharing and social-networking platform.  FAQ's are hereOne Page Info Sheet here.  Link is a new knowledge-sharing and social-networking platform designed to help the Y’s tens of thousands of staff and volunteers share knowledge and connect with one another in real time. Through the platform all users can share resources, ask questions and participate in topical communities that are relevant to them. Wait until you can see how much easier this will be in comparison to Y Exchange :)

Short  Course Nationals:

  1. Start time for prelims will be 8:45am
  2. No qualifying times for Time Trials

Long Course Nationals:

  1. No firm dates or locations yet.  All possible locations are East Coast locations.  Look for more information later in February.  RFP's were returned and we have two very good locations that may be used

We ran into some situations last year about using YMCA times from High School meets for entry into Y Districts and Nationals.  Can times from high school meets be used as qualifying times for entry into YMCA Sanctioned and National Championship meets?

High school swim meets are swum under NFHS rules, which differ from the USA-S technical rules in a number of areas. For a time from a high school meet to be accepted, that meet must have been observed by USA-S or YMCA officials in accordance with USA-S Rule 202.7. The printed results of the event must show the USA-S Observed Meet number issued by the LSC and must be signed by one of the USA-S or YMCA observers. As a note of caution here, most high school meets are  not observed meets, and arrangements for such a meet to be observed must be made before the meet. Coaches hoping to use a time from such a meet should contact the meet director in advance to determine that the meet is being observed.

If you are unsure if your High School Championship, or District meet is Observed, let me know and I will put you in touch with a PIAA person in your area.  I can tell you the PIAA State Championship is an "Observed Meet"