USA Swimming is the national governing body for swimming in the United States. Founded in 1980 as a result of the 1978 Congressional Amateur Sports Act, swimming now governs itself rather than being one of many sports under AAU. Since USA Swimming is not affiliated with the AAU organization, it is able to make rules and decisions that focus solely on swimming. USA Swimming is composed of 60 Local Swimming Committees (LSC) with more than 220,000 registered swimmers across the United States. All YORK swimmers must be registered with USA Swimming. These fees are included in your annual registration fee.


Registration with USS is MANDATORY for all swimmers registered with a USS-affiliated team. It is also mandatory for insurance purposes. The fee for USS registration is included as a part of you YORK registration fee. USS registration forms must be filled-out during team registration by all new YORK Swim Club members.


Potomac Valley Swimming is one of the sixty Local Swimming Committees (LSC) granted jurisdiction over local swimming competition by United States Swimming. Although PVS is the smallest LSC in area (covering Prince George’s and Montgomery counties in Maryland, the counties of Arlington and Fairfax and the cities of Falls Church and Alexandria in Virginia, and the District of Columbia), it is one of the largest in terms of registered athletes. YORK Swim Club is a member of the PVS LSC.


The purpose of PVS is the education, instruction and training of individuals to develop and improve their capabilities in the sport of competitive swimming. PVS shall promote swimming for the benefit of swimmers of all ages and abilities in accordance with the standards, rules, regulations, policies and procedures of USA Swimming and PVS. Through its competition program PVS will develop competitive skills, good sportsmanship, and a love for the sport among its athletes. PVS is dedicated to providing an opportunity for excellence in which our athletes’ potentials and goals can be achieved. Competitive swimming promotes the health and well being of our youth; it builds the self-confidence and self-discipline important for success in later life. In swimming, no one sits on the bench and no one has to be a winner; all competitors compete at a level in which they can excel. Swimming is goal-based; each athlete can set goals that are meaningful and achievable, and that build self-worth. PVS attempts to ensure that no athlete is denied the opportunity to compete based on cost; therefore, it maintains a financial aid program to support those athletes who otherwise would be denied the opportunity to compete at the highest level for which they are qualified.

The purpose and goals of PVS can only be achieved through the efforts of parents, coaches, and other volunteers. No organization can succeed without the dedicated support of its members. Competitive swimming in PVS is conducted by volunteers who contribute their time and talents out of a love for the sport. There are ample opportunities for persons of all talents and interests to get actively involved in PVS programs either directly or through a club program. We encourage your active support and your dedication to a quality program for all PVS swimmers. Any PVS volunteer member will be very willing to discuss ways for you to get involved.

The Mini program is for swimmers under nine years old. The Age Group program consists of several ability groups based upon age and time standards. This program is for swimmers from nine years through young adults. The Senior program is not bound by age, but is determined by qualifying time standards.