The Competitive Swim Conference (CSA) is in its 3rd year.
The current CSA is composed of 6 USA Swimming teams. The conference was modeled after NCAA (college) swimming to create a more fun, team oriented, and competitive swim conference in the California bay area.
The 6 teams in the conference race the other teams in one day meets during the competition season. At these meets, each age group swimmer can score points for his or her team, including relays, just like at a college meet. Swimming is, after all, a team sport. Like NCAA, the swimmers from the teams are encouraged to excel in both academics and athletics while representing the swimmer's home team.
To help encourage faster swimming and goal setting, swimmers will have the opportunity to qualify for the CSA Conference Championships. The Conference meet will consist of all 6 teams coming together. Swimmers qualify for the meet much like JOs or Far Westerns (by achieving a specific time standard). Qualifying for NCAA swimming gets slightly more complicated. There's not just 1 time standard; there's an A and a B time standard for NCAA Championship meets. The A times are really fast. If a swimmer achieves an A time in an event, then they are eligible to enter the Conference meet. If a swimmer gets a B time, then they are potentially eligible depending on the size of the meet and number of swimmers qualified. The B time counts as a consideration time. All qualifying times must be achieved during that NCAA season. CSA qualifying has only one time standard like JO's or Far Westerns, however qualifying times must be achieved during the CSA season like the NCAA qualifying times. The goal of the Conference meet is to put together the fastest kids for one really fast Conference Championship meet.
2013 CSA Bylaws
CSA is created to support the teams and swimmers involved. Any proceeds made in the inaugural year will be given back to the teams.