FGC Coaches' Corner - 11/05/2022

 

Coaches,

Click on the links for the new  2023-2024 FGC Age Group Champs Time Standards for individual events and relays, as well the explanation for the changes below.  I had already sent the time standards to you, but there were questions about the reasoning behind them, so we want to keep everyone up to date.

FGC Age Group Champs (Formerly JO’s) has some major changes for 2023-24.  Please see below for specific changes and the reasoning behind them.

 

1.  Name change from JO’s to FGC Age Group (AG) Champs.  The term Junior Olympics (JO’s) is no longer permitted for use by the United States Olympic Paralympic Comittee (USOPC).  This ruling was emphasized at the 2022 USA Swimming Annual Business meeting in September.  During the meeting LSCs were specifically asked to stop using the term, per the USA Swimming rule book.  FGC renamed our Age Group Champs meet at the October Board of Directors meeting to comply with the ruling.

 

2.  New individual time standards have been posted for the 2023 and 2024 SCY and LCM seasons.  FGC moved to adjusting the AG Champs time standards every 2 years back in 2021 after the post COVID champs meets resumed.  Under the current policies and procedures the next time the standards will be updated will be September 2024 for the 2025 SCY season.

 

3.  Relay time standards for the AG Champs meets have been created for 2023-24.    Many coaches asked questions regarding relays and the level of swimmers participating in the AG Champs meets.  Both 2022 SCY and LCM meets were reviewed.  A comparison was made between the number of teams who finished the race legally, the aggregate B times and aggregate BB times.  Relay standards for 10 under and 11-12 age groups were set at the B time standard.  13-14 were set at the BB time standard.  

 

Liz Kershaw

Age Group Chair


FGC Coaches' Corner -  10/29/2022

Coaches,

As we finish the month of October, the push to get swimmers, coaches, and teams registered for 2023 is upon us.  Please review the information below to help you as you navigate this process:

 

COACHES

See the 2023 Coach Membership Requirement Checklist here

** New requirement:  ALL coaches must complete the Quality Coaching Framework (QCF) prior to 12/31/22.  Swims -> Education -> Course Catalog -> ALL courses.  There is a Spanish version of this course.  It is free, and takes between 60-90 minutes to complete.

USA Swimming is recommending that when in the Education tab, we always use ALL Courses (vs My Courses) when searching for a course.

Duplicate member ID's for swimmers:  please send these to either myself ([email protected]) or Coach Cavanah ([email protected]).  Do NOT send to USA Swimming.

 

TEAMS

 Please renew your team's membership by 12/31/22.  Swims->Club->Club Renewal. 

 

APT ADVICE

  • Swims->Education->Course Catalog->ALL Courses (vs My Courses)

  • Use an updated version of Chrome or Firefox

  • Complete everything on the screen - right down to the x to close it out

  • Take 1 of the 4 primary courses:  Core, Refresher 1, 2, or 3

 

OUTREACH MEMBERSHIP *new criteria to qualify*

Coaches / Club Admins:  please make sure you can verify that your family/swimmer meet the criteria below before sending them the Outreach Membership link for your team.

The FGC extends an outreach membership to all children who meet certain Federal Guidelines. Clubs wishing to register athletes under these guidelines shall complete the athlete Information section on the FGC Outreach Program form, and submit a minimum of three (3) items from the list below to the FGC Registration Chairman PRIOR to submitting the registration online:

1. Aid to families with dependent children

2. Social Security Disability Insurance

3. Federal Housing documentation

4. Federal Food Stamp documentation

5. Section 8 Public Housing

6. Temporary assistance to needy families

7. Medicaid

8. Application letter written by the member (required)

 

Failure to provide the minimum required documentation of three (3) of the following, may result in a fine of $200 to the team or the member, as well as upgrading your membership to a premium membership.

MEET HOSTS

Get your registration meet file to either Coach Cavanah ([email protected]) or myself ([email protected]) by the Tuesday of the week of the meet.  Since parents are now doing their own registrations, teams need time to get that done