We at USMS know you are looking for guidance to be able to conduct safe and fun sanctioned in-person events for our members. We started implementing a phased approach to return to competition as of Nov. 1, 2020. Since then, several dozen in-person USMS events have been held safely and provided valuable feedback. 

With vaccinations total increasing and the CDC's revised recommendations from May 13 for those who have been fully vaccinated, USMS is providing Phase 3 Return to Competition guidance to reduce restrictions on events and provide more flexibility for LMSCs and event directors to determine the appropriate approach for their region.

Though challenges remain, most areas of the country are now allowing events to be held, and USMS encourages providing in-person competition opportunities for members where it has been deemed safe.


Communications and Updates

Through the new USMS Community (launched Apr. 2021), we would like to offer USMS sanctioned events the opportunity to post about and promote their events in the Events and Results group. Community is open to all USMS members and discussion around sanctioned events is encouraged.

Virtual Events

Virtual events that can be completed in a workout setting (pool or open water) provide additional opportunities for USMS members to participate in competitions and fitness events, especially in areas where in-person events are not yet feasible. USMS currently plans to host the following events for members:

USMS encourages clubs and event organizers to get creative by hosting virtual pool and open water events in a variety of formats. These events can be used as fundraisers for clubs. A few options: 

Important Notes

  • If you're aware of any meets that have been canceled or postponed to a future date, please contact Volunteer Services so we can assist in updating the Calendar of Events and our sanctions database.
  • Participant accident and general liability insurance will remain in place as long as USMS-approved activity guidelines are followed. See USMS insurance page for more details.

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Please continue to follow the guidelines established by local, state, and federal health officials in your area.