2010 Pre-Convention Information

United States Aquatic Sports

Convention XXXI Information

Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion
Dallas, TX
September 15-19, 2010


General Information:

U.S. Masters Swimming will conduct public meetings from September 15-19. All delegates should plan to attend meetings beginning with the first House of Delegates meeting on Thursday morning, September 16 at 9:45 a.m. The final House of Delegates meeting will be held on Saturday afternoon, September 18. Delegates are expected to attend all House of Delegates meetings. The Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday, September 15 from 8:30 a.m. through 2 p.m. is open to any delegates wishing to observe. The coaches and sports medicine presentations onSaturday , September 18 at 8:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. are also open to all delegates.


Convention Registration & Hotel Reservations:

Please download the convention and hotel registration document from the U.S. Aquatics Sports website.  All persons attending any meetings at the convention must be registered. Registration fees are:

- $150.00 - EARLY registration postmarked by August 24, 2010
- $175.00 - LATE registration postmarked on August 25, 2010 or later


Pre-Convention Delegate Packet:

The pre-convention packet containing annual reports for all entities and meeting agendas for committee meetings are available here in PDF format. All delegates are expected to download and read the pre-convention packet prior to arriving at convention.

Complete Pre-Convention Packet (2.4 MB PDF file)
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Individual Sections of Pre-Convention Packet:


Resources for New Delegates:

On behalf of the USMS Executive Committee, I'd like to welcome all of the new delegates to the 2010 USAS Convention and share with you some essential reading prior to your arrival in Dallas.  We have created a "New Delegate Survival Guide" that provides a very high level introduction to the convention activities and guides you through the check in and certification process, highlights some of the important meetings, what to wear, workouts (you've got to get that blood flowing first thing in the morning!), and of course, the social activities!  Please be sure to attend the "New Delegate Orientation" meeting on Thursday morning (9am), right after your Zone meetings, where I will provide introductions to several of our volunteer leaders as well as the National Office, and walk you through the convention proceedings.  We will also pair you up with a veteran USMS volunteer for lunch on Thursday so you can get even more of what is going on explained to you.

One of the first things you will notice is that all of the meetings you attend follow parliamentary procedure, using "Robert's Rules of Order."  It will seem overwhelming at first, but you will soon realize that it provides structure, efficiency and fairness.  We have created a short guide to the rules that you should definitely read before you arrive.

The convention schedule is also included here, so I encourage you to begin to map out your agenda as you plan for an action packed, stimulating, and fun convention!

Please take the time to read these materials, as well as the convention packet above and bring your questions to the "New Delegate Orientation" meeting on Thursday morning.

I look forward to meeting you all and most importantly, would like to thank you for your extremely important volunteer work that keeps USMS growing!

Ed Tsuzuki
VP Local Operations