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.

Event Sanctions and Fees

We started implementing a phased approach to return to competition as of November 1, 2020. We understand not all LMSCs will be able to begin holding events due to state, local, and facility restrictions; however, we want those who do conduct events to plan with USMS guidelines and recommendations in place. Refer to the Sanction Fee Grid for more information and visit the COVID-19 Event Resources page for guidance and recommendations for hosting a USMS-sanctioned event during these unprecedented times.

Important Links

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