Maryland Swimming

Maryland Swimming

 

Our Vision:  To make swimming the sport of choice for Maryland.

Our Mission:  Maryland Swimming provides opportunities for athletes to participate in competitive swimming, reach their full potential, and develop skills for life-long success.

Our DE&I Mission: We need every swimmer, every coach, every volunteer, and every community member to commit to improving our diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Our Core Values:  Proactive Achievement, Respect, and Ownership.

May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

We Need Everybody in MD Swimming!

Misson: We need every swimmer, every coach, every volunteer, and every community member to commit to improving our diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Here are resources for our diverse members and their families. If you have resources to share or cannot find something you need please let us know at the MD Swimming Office. ALL FORMS FOR MD SWIMMING ARE AVAILABLE ON THE FORMS PAGE so that we can be sure we always have the most up-to-date form available for download. If you need assistance please Please contact the MD Swimming Office if you have any questions.

Young swimmers

USA SWIMMING DIVERSITY CAMPS

USA Swimming offers a variety of camp opportunities to help its member athletes across the nation reach their full potential. Swimmers can progress through USA Swimming’s camp programs, moving on to more and more camp opportunities as they improve. 

USA Swimming Diversity Camp Progressions

USA Swimming: Why is Outreach Important

Eastern Zone Diversity Programs and Events

Young swimmers

USA SWIMMING OUTREACH PROGRAM

USA Swimming is committed to providing outreach membership for families in need.  You can read more about the program here. 

USA Swimming Outreach Program FAQs

USA Swimming: Why is Outreach Important

Discretionary Reimbursement Fund

Outreach Athlete Eligibility Forms and Outreach Athlete Registration: MD Swimming Forms Page

Black Lives Matter and MD Swimming logo

BLACK LIVES MATTER - EMPATHY TO ACTION 

Working Documents

DEI Committee Scope of Work and Meeting Notes 7/16/2020

Initiative Archives

DIA, Inc. Town Hall Meeting COVID-19 Pandemic and the Intersectionality Between Social Justice and Aquatics Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 Recording | Notes from the call

Jim Ellis Virtual Clinic July 11, 2020

para swimmer on starting blocks

SWIMMERS WITH DISABILITIES

PARALYMPIC QUALIFYING TIMES - Our LSC allows for a championship meet for all levels and abilities in the short course season.  Therefore athletes with a disability are included in the meet that their time qualifies them for making for an inclusive environment.  At our LSC Championship meet, where we do not offer multiple long course championship meets, just one with time standards.  Athletes with a disability qualify using the Can AM Paralympic time standard by classification for our state meet.  Swimmers are encouraged to seek a national certification to open up additional opportunities behind just swimming in the LSC championship meets level. This program was approved by our Board of Directors by unanimous vote in 2019.

USA Swimming Disability Page 

Maryland Swimming's Disability Chair, Andrew Barranco

Autism Training and Resources for Coaches from Tidewater Adaptive Aquatics (resumes after COVID restrictions are lifted)

Team USA  Paralympic Swimming

Officials

WE NEED DIVERSE OFFICIALS, TOO!

Three things we know - 

Young athletes whose parents volunteer in their support are more likely to stay in their sport.

Diverse athletes consistently say they would feel more included in swimming if more officials mirrored their diversity. 

Parents who NEVER PARTICIPATED IN SWIMMING make great officials. The training is free and there is no obligation to continue as an official if you find out it is not for you.

. . . Ready to Learn?

Check The Box Diversity Initiative

CHECK THE BOX

When you register with USA Swimming be sure to include your ethnicity or disability. 

Increase Diversity  Increase Ethnic, Multicultural, Disability, and Socio-Economic Diversity at all levels of our sport. We cannot change what we do not measure.

Encourage New Initiatives Be counted! Let USA Swimming and MD Swimming know you are out there and you want them to continue to find new ways to encourage diversity and inclusion.

Stay Informed Stay informed of opportunities for swimmers like you! 

Rainbow Lane Lines

GENDER DIVERSITY

The US Center for Safe Sport and USA Swimming prohibit discrimination against any member or participant on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity. USA Swimming provides a variety of resources for anyone who wants to learn more. 

MDSI Policy for Gender-Diverse Athletes

USA Swimming Resources for LGBTQ Athletes

multicultural people form a heart

AQUATICS COMMUNITY PARTNERS

 

Diversity in Aquatics website

Truclusion website - Truclusion is a Women of Color owned and operated consulting firm specializing in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

NCAA Diversity and Inclusion

Conversation Guides Equip Young Leaders to Advance Equity and Inclusion from the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Anti-Bias Tools and Strategies from the ADL

The MDSI Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee welcomes all MD Swimming members! Contact DEI Committee Chair Janice Orsburn to be added to the email list for updates, including the dates and times of upcoming virtual meetings.

NEXT MEETING: April 26, 2021 7pm 

Archived Minutes

3.29.2021

2.22.2021

1.25.2021

11.30.2021

10.28.2020