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Updated Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP) Requirements USA Swimming’s top priority continues to be creating healthy and positive environments free from abuse for all its members. As part of its commitment to safeguard athletes, USA Swimming has released an updated Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP) applicable to all USA Swimming Adult Participants, Zones, Local Swimming Committees (LSCs) and member clubs. These required updates come from the U.S. Center for SafeSport (the “Center”). USA Swimming’s updated MAAPP document has been approved by the Center and is required to be...

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2020-2021 SCHOLASTIC ALL AMERICAN APPLICATION PROCEDURES The application for the 2020-2021 year will be available online at the USA Swimming website from June 1, 2021, to September 6, 2021. • This is the ONLY method for application. • Applicants will be required to have a USA Swimming account. • Qualifying pool times for the applicant will be validated in SWIMS. Times MUST be in SWIMS and have been achieved between September 1, 2020, through August 31, 2021 (dates inclusive). • Applicant will be required to have a transcript for the...

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The 2021 Niagara Virtual Spring Invite clothing store is now live! Check out the store at the link below. https://nwd.ink/s/niagara-virtual-spring-invite/

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Friday, February 19, 2021 Increasing Visibility for All in Swimming Through Local Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committees by Rachel Lutz//Contributor When the Niagara Swimming Local Swimming Committee (LSC) put out a call for swimmers in the region to join their Athlete Committee, high schoolers Celeste Keyes, Katie Donaghue, and Bobby Diel applied. Once selected for the Athlete Committee, the trio was invited to join other committees that needed swimmer input. Keyes, Donaghue and Diel, all 17 years old, officially joined the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee in September. “Although this...

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We have two upcoming opportunities to connect! First, a conversation geared to all members, but especially for athletes and families: Join us for a Town Hall to hear about what's been going on "behind the scenes" of Niagara Swimming during these last months this Thursday, 2/25 @ 7:30pm. Zoom Link: Niagara Swimming LSC is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Niagara Swimming Updates & Initiatives Town Hall Time: Feb 25, 2021 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/93861124744?pwd=N0xRb0NNdk9vKzBrSHhUb3RCcGxudz09 Meeting ID: 938 6112 4744 Passcode:...

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PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM (PPP) ROUND TWO On December 21, 2020 Congress passed an additional relief package under the CARES Act, with legislation that includes significant benefits for small businesses as well as $284 billion in additional funds allocated to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) This PPP round two has similarities and differences from the initial round and if your entity is interested in applying, we ask you to reach out to your local lender or banking relationship for next steps Information on the PPP from one of USA Swimming’s financial...

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In late April, USA Swimming unveiled a strategic recovery plan for clubs which highlighted many of the programs, benefits and services implemented during the COVID-19 crisis, including removing the required 5% contribution to the USA Swimming Foundation for teams completing a Swim-a-Thon™ through 2021. So, what does this mean? All teams who host a Swim-a-Thon through 2021 will keep all the funds raised during their event - period. Swim-a-Thon is an in-pool fundraiser where participants earn money by swimming lengths of the pool. Swimmers ask family, friends, neighbors, or businesses...

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Keeping Athletes First Incentive USA Swimming’s Board of Directors endorsed a new incentive, as part of the Keeping Athletes First Action Plan, to continue to increase the number of clubs to achieve Safe Sport Club Recognition. Once a club achieves Safe Sport Club Recognition, it will be automatically entered into a monthly drawing for the chance to have a National Team member or alum visit your club. This is an exciting opportunity to have a conversation, a clinic and/or take photos with one of these athletes at no cost to...

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These athletes will be recognized on the USA Swimming website and each will receive three certificates – one for the swimmer, one for their club, and one for their school. Each member will also receive a commemorative bag tag. Congratulations! Name Club #Years Paige Hetrick Bradford Family YMCA 2 Catherine Craig Horseheads Thrashers Aquatics 1 Shoonhsin Li Horseheads Thrashers Aquatics 1 Aidan Kreiley Mercury Swimming 2 Megan Deuel PACK Swim Team of Pittsford 2 Andrew Clough Star Swimming 1 Owen Matteson Star Swimming 1 Mary Brinker Town Wreckers Swim Team...

Our Niagara BoD is excited to provide our members with the opportunity to purchase Niagara LSC gear for the first time ever! Please visit our team store and show your support for Niagara! All products will be branded with Niagara logo's and these products are for anyone from athletes, coaches and officials to parents and fans of our swimmers! You will have the choice to pick up your products at the Deep End (in Henrietta, NY) or have the products shipped to your home for a small fee. Happy shopping...