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 COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to U.S. Masters Swimming and its members, clubs, coaches, volunteers, events, and fans below.

As we develop new communication, messaging, and programs to navigate COVID-19, the National Office will facilitate idea sharing throughout USMS. Please share any thoughts, suggestions, or ideas with Volunteer Services. Please connect with us if you have any questions or concerns.

Most important, stay healthy and safe, and look out for each other during this crisis.

Volunteer Communications and Updates

USMS COVID-19 Relief Program for Clubs

U.S. Masters Swimming's Board of Directors has approved up to $250,000 in matching grant funds that LMSCs may use to support local clubs’ efforts to restart Masters programs when safe and appropriate. LMSCs are asked to consider creating a relief fund to provide grants to clubs in their LMSC to make use of the matching grants from USMS. Check out the COVID-19 Relief Program for Clubs for more information, matching grant funding framework, a sample grant application for clubs, FAQs and more.

2020 Annual Meeting

The 2020 USAS Convention has been canceled. The USMS Board of Directors are supportive of this difficult decision because it is in the best interest of the health and safety of USMS delegates. (read full communication)

The board approved moving USMS's 2020 Annual Meeting to a virtual format. Should you have questions regarding the 2020 annual meeting, please contact Volunteer Services.

Event Sanctions and Fees

The USMS Board of Directors has approved a return to sanctioned competitions starting November 1, 2020. Visit the COVID-19 Event Resources page guidance and recommendations for hosting a USMS-sanctioned event during these unprecedented times.

To encourage the reintroduction of events as appropriate, the board voted to waive all national sanction fees for the remainder of 2020. As part of this action, the board is recommending that LMSCs remove any of their additional sanction fees.

Important Links

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