• 21SEP

    Rules Update

    FINA approved amaedments to the rules of competition on July 21, 2017 dduring the FINA Congress in Budapest. These changes are effective September 21, 2017. Pursuant to articles 601.4.7B and 601.4.8, changes adopted in between meetings of the House of Delegates shall alutomatically be adopted unless USMS takes action to reject, amend or repeal the change. Read More

  • 10JUL

    SYMSC Gives Back

    Over the last few years, STLMSC members have generously donated funds to STLMSC during the annual membership registration process. We have used these funds to provide scholarships to our members attending coach certification courses and Adult Learn to Swim instructor certificaioon courses, to support meet hosts, and to donate money to organizations that promote aquatics fitness and safety. Additionally, STLMSC donated 100% of the profits from the Speedo 5k/10K ePostal National Championship we hosted in 2016. For this event, we donated $2,000 each to the USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation and Colin's Hope.

    Additionally, STLMSC is in a good position financially because we have increased our membership every year for the last 7 years and we have done a good job controlling our expenses.

    Based on STLMSC's current financial position, the membership voted at the annual membership meeting on June 17 to make donations to several swimming-related charity organizations as follows:

    Austin American-Statesman Swim Safe program ($3,000)
    Since 2000, the Safe Swim program, through programs offered by the YMCA and City of Austin Aquatics, has provided swim lessons to over 12,000 at-risk children. For more details about the program, visit the program website at http://community.statesman.com/swim_safe.php.

    We encourage STLMSC members to considering supporting this organization with individual donations. If you make a donation, please list STLMSC in the "Organization" field for tracking purposes.

    Swim Across America ($1,500)
    Swim Across America's mission is to unify the swimming community to fund life-saving cancer research and clinical trials. Since its inception, Swim Across America has raised over $65 million to fund cancer research. For more details about the program, visit the program website at http://www.swimacrossamerica.org/site/PageNavigator/SAA_Homepage.html.

    We encourage STLMSC members to considering supporting this organization with individual donations. If you make a donation, please list STLMSC in the "Note" field for tracking purposes.

    Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame ($1,000)
    The Texas Swimming & Diving Hall of Fame exists to showcase great achievements and accomplishments from the state's rich aquatic history. The Hall of Fame was the brainchild of Tex Robertson, the former UT Swimming coach and a long time Masters swimmer. The Hall of Fame is housed at the Texas Swimming Center at the University of Texas and we encourage you to visit the exhibits. For more details about the Hall of Fame and to make a personal donation, visit the website at http://www.tsdhof.org/.

    We encourage STLMSC members to considering supporting this organization with individual donations. If you make a donation, please list STLMSC in the "Message of Support" field for tracking purposes.

  • STLMSC members, the USMS Rules Committee has issued the following rules interpretation to be consistent with USA Swimming rules. Please review the memos below for more details.

  • 4JUN

    Minutes from the LMSC Annual Meeting:

    The 2016 Minutes from the South Texas LMSC Annual Meeting can be downloaded for your reading pleasure.

  • 26JUN

    Memo regarding the use of therapeutic tape:

    USMS rule 102.12.1E (governing pool events) says that "Any kind of tape worn on the body is not permitted unless approved by the referee". USMS rule 303.7.3 C (governing long distance and open water event) also says that "Any kind of tape worn on the body is not perm itted unless approved by the referee"

    Therefore, to provide clearer guidance for officials, the following interpretation is issued jointly by the USMS Rules Committee and USMS Long Distance Committee.

  • 26JUN

    Memo regarding warmups in dual-sanctioned swim meets:

    The conduct of a sanctioned event shall be in strict compliance with applicable USMS swimming rules and administrative regulations, or when the sanctioned event is held simultaneously in conjunction with a USA Swimming sanctioned meet, with applicable USA Swimming rules and administrative regulations."

    The phrase "applicable rules and administrative regulations" is covered in part by the current dual sanction agreement between USA Swimming and USMS dated December 2014 (included as Appendix B of the USMS R ule Book). This agreement defines a "combined meet" as USMS and USA -Swimming athletes swimming in the same heats without specific lanes being allocated for each organization. A combined meet may be sanctioned by both USA Swimming and USMS and all swimmers "competing according to USA- Swimming rules".