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VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – The West Volusia Killer Whales Swim Team is looking for a pool to use for practice. Kati Kaye coaches the team and said for the last four years, the swim club has partnered with Stetson University to use the Hollis Center Pool in exchange for giving swim lessons to community members. READ MORE...

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It is with a heavy heart that I am writing this email to let our Florida Swimming community know that long time friend and official, Robert Thompson, passed away earlier today. As many of you know, Robert's health has been an issue for him the past few years, limiting his ability to officiate, something that he dearly loved. Robert was an inspiration to the many officials he trained and mentored over the years and his always smiling face will be missed on our pool decks in the coming months. Please...

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USA Swimming is pleased to report that all 317 clubs who submitted applications were awarded COVID-19 Relief Program grants in phase one, which was focused on supporting clubs and members impacted economically by the pandemic. A total of $1,482,952 will be distributed to the clubs beginning June 1, 2020, on behalf of the USA Swimming Foundation. The applications, which were submitted between April 28 and May 8, were reviewed by a team of staff, and USA Swimming and USA Swimming Foundation board members. USA Swimming Foundation Board Chair Dr. Cecil...

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To: Club and LSC Leadership Subject: Waiver templates Further to what has been discussed in several calls, we kindly remind you that USA Swimming is not making any recommendations for clubs to practice at this time, nor is USA Swimming in a position to provide specific legal advice for all jurisdictions regarding the use of waivers or disclaimer language. Each jurisdiction requires different verbiage and applies different legal standards regarding legal acceptance. We continue to strive to provide guidance that increases the likelihood that any re-opening related activities are conducted...

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Important Information for This Year's Virtual Convention By USA Swimming | Tuesday, May 26, 2020 According to Article 6.1.7 of the USA Swimming corporate bylaws, the Board Chair, in consultation with the National Team Steering Chair, shall appoint, on an annual basis, 25 members to the House of Delegates selected from coaches who had athletes that qualified for the preceding Olympic Trials and from members that served as the manager or assistant manager on a national team or junior national team trip within the past four years. The appointments shall...

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Guidelines for Open Water Training With facilities in some states not yet open, many teams are approaching open water training as a viable option. Before hopping right in, take a moment to review “Structuring your Open Water Workout” and “Best Practices for Open Water Workouts,” written by Bryce Elser, National Team Open Water Director. READ MORE

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Scholarship Candidacy Information and Instructions The Florida Swimming Byron Plapp Scholarship Program has been established to benefit swimmers who have participated in competitive swimming within the Florida Swimming LSC. Florida Swimming includes in its mission to support members in the organization of developmental competitive swimming programs through all levels of age group competition and education of athletes. The Byron Plapp Scholarship has been established and implemented to further those goals. The specific purpose of the program is to identify, and reward talented high school graduates involved in swimming and to...

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Florida Swimming will present two $1,000.00 awards to one male and one female Florida Swimming/USA Swimming athlete member. DEADLINE: Friday, June 19, 2020 QUALIFICATIONS: Applicant must be a 2020 graduating high school senior. Applicant must be a current 2020 Florida Swimming member in good standing and have been a member for at least 2 years. Applicant must graduate with a minimum of a 3.25 GPA (un-weighted). Applicant must show the ability to be a strong leader with his or her peers. Applicant should be a well-respected member of their community...

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FLORIDA SWIMMING MEMBERSHIP UPDATE ATHLETE/INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIPS For 2020, individuals applying for calendar year membership on or after June 1, 2020 will receive membership valid through December 31, 2021. As voted on at the Florida Swimming House of Delegates in October 2019, 2021 Premium and Non-athlete membership will be $85. FLEX will remain at $20; Outreach will remain at $5; Seasonal will remain at $37.50 TRANSFERS It’s exciting to hear of teams returning to water or preparing to go back. However, there are quite a few teams that are not in...

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USA Swimming Meet Sanctioning TO: USA Swimming House of Delegates CC: Operational Risk Committee, Rules & Regulation Committee Pursuant to Article 4.7 of the USA Swimming Corporate Bylaws, and in the interest of member safety due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the USA Swimming Board of Directors has taken the following actions related to meet sanctioning, with the advice and consent of the Operational Risk Committee, Rules & Regulation Committee, and legal counsel: March 17, 2020: To amend Articles 202.2 and 202.3 of the USA Swimming Rules to provide the...