The COVID-19 crisis will have long-term and far-reaching effects on all of us. But we are swimmers. We are a tight-knit resilient tribe. When we stick together, we can overcome any challenge in our way. 

Because your health and wellness is our primary focus during these unprecedented times, we've put together information, resources, and updates pertaining to the COVID19 pandemic as it relates to U.S. Masters Swimming and its members, clubs, coaches, volunteers, events, and fans below.

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Member Communications/Updates

March 19, 2020

A message from the USMS CEO and President regarding coronavirus updates and resources

Dear USMS Family,

The health and wellness of our members, your communities, and your families is the priority during these unprecedented times. The COVID-19 crisis will have long-term and far-reaching effects on all of us. Although swimming may not be the priority for most right now, many of you have already expressed a longing to get back in the water for a USMS workout or to race in a USMS event. Our focus at USMS during this pandemic is to continue to support our membership any way we can and ensure USMS workouts and events can resume as quickly as possible when it is deemed safe.

Currently, many of our local pools are closed, upcoming USMS events have been postponed or canceled, and we’ve been directed to distance ourselves from social settings or, in some cases, shelter in place. During this period of uncertainty, USMS will strive to deliver our members (whether you are swimmer, coach, club, facility administrator, event director, official, volunteer, or combination of it all) a continued connection to the water; health, wellness, and fitness tips; and, where possible, to foster social connections with your teammates and fellow swimmers.

Some of the things you can expect from USMS in the coming days and weeks

USMS.org will have regular updates for the Masters Swimming community and a resource page with relevant information and articles during this time, including what swimmers should know about the coronavirus.

New swimmer-centric dryland and yoga workouts will be posted regularly, both of which can be done at home. The USMS website also has an archive of dryland workouts and articles available to you.

USMS social media channels will continue to provide communication as planned and updates as available. Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
STREAMLINES newsletters will continue to be produced with some adjustments in the content provided based on the current situation.

SWIMMER magazine will continue to be published and distributed with features celebrating the 50th anniversary of USMS.

For Coaches and Clubs

A toolbox of resources and suggestions on how to stay engaged with your swimmers while your club’s normal operations are suspended is forthcoming.

Webinars to stay in contact with peers and share suggestions on communication, planning, and navigating challenging times with aquatics facilities, among other topics.

Communications in addition to STREAMLINES for Coaches from USMS Club and Coach Services are forthcoming to share updates, ideas, and address challenges.

USMS will be developing support strategies to help clubs resume operations as quickly as possible once it is deemed safe to do so and facilities are reopened.

Events

USMS recommends all sanctioned and recognized events be suspended through May 10, in accordance with current recommendations from the CDC. This may last longer based on updated guidance from the CDC and federal government.

We’ll be preparing to reinstate events as quickly as possible once it is deemed safe to do so.

USMS will be coordinating with Local Masters Swimming Committee volunteers to provide support to event directors and ensure meets and open water swims can resume quickly.

Our hearts and thoughts go out to those people who have and will be affected by this virus, and we appreciate all of those on the front lines working to contain it. We encourage you all to stay in contact with your teammates and support each other as much as possible during this time. The USMS staff and volunteer leadership will continue to plan and ensure we are prepared and able to support you, our clubs, and our events when we can return to swimming.

Until then, we’ll provide additional updates as we have them. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions, needs, suggestions, or concerns.

Stay safe,

Dawson Hughes, USMS CEO
Peter Guadagni, USMS President

You can reach out to USMS via the following methods:

Membership – membership@usmastersswimming.org
Club and Coach – clubandcoach@usmastersswimming.org
Events – events@usmastersswimming.org
Volunteers – volunteer@usmastersswimming.org
National Office Phone – (941) 256-8767

Your Friends at USMS
membership@usmastersswimming.org | 941-256-USMS (8767)

March 13, 2020

USMS Cancels Spring Nationals and Strongly Recommends LMSCs Suspend Events Until April 30

Dear USMS Family,

U.S. Masters Swimming has canceled the 2020 USMS Spring National Championship and suspended all of its education courses through at least April 30.

USMS is also strongly recommending that all LMSCs and clubs suspend or cancel sanctioned events through at least April 30. USMS will continue to monitor COVID-19 developments and will make an announcement regarding whether future competitions and courses will be impacted.

In addition, USMS’s Adult Learn-to-Swim Month campaign won’t be promoted in April this year.

Spring Nationals registrants will receive a refund.

USMS encourages all of its members to adhere to prevention best practices and follow the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and their local health officials for updates regarding COVID-19, and strongly discourages swimmers who are sick from attending workouts.

You can read USMS’s full announcement here.

Your Friends at USMS
membership@usmastersswimming.org | 941-256-USMS (8767)

March 10, 2020

Coronavirus Update

Dear USMS Family,

U.S. Masters Swimming is closely following updates regarding COVID-19 (also called the coronavirus) and will continue to operate as usual, which includes the sanctioning and hosting of events. USMS will abide by the recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other health officials to ensure the safety of athletes, coaches, volunteers, fans, and staff at our events.

USMS recommends that all clubs, workout groups, and event directors refer to the CDC and other local health officials for updates on COVID-19 in their area, and also recommends that all clubs, workout groups, and event directors promote prevention best practices and consider taking additional measures, including having hand sanitizer readily available and performing extra disinfection of areas of possible transmission (e.g., restrooms, showers, doors). In order to best support our members at this time, USMS encourages event directors to have flexible refund policies.

USMS encourages all swimmers to adhere to best health practices and follow local health officials for updates, and discourages swimmers or fans who are sick from attending workouts or events.

We’re continuing to move forward with our planning for the 2020 USMS Spring National Championship in San Antonio. We’re working closely with our hosts, Northside ISD Aquatics and San Antonio Sports, to ensure a safe and enjoyable event. Participants who do not wish to compete will have until March 30 to request a full refund by contacting events@usmastersswimming.org. (Here is the CDC's guidance for travelers.)

USMS is also continuing to prepare for the 2020 FINIS College Club Swimming National Championship in North Carolina, working closely with the meet host and the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

We’ll continue to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak diligently and provide updates and information to our members through email communications as they become available. We thank you in advance for taking every precaution to protect yourself and others.

Your Friends at USMS
membership@usmastersswimming.org | 941-256-USMS (8767)