LMSC Membership Coordinators

  1. A member must wait 60 days after competing for one club before affiliating with a new club, except at the time of annual renewal.
    1. Per Article 201.3.5 of the USMS Rule Book - A swimmer shall not represent any club in competition for 60 consecutive days before transferring affiliation to another club, unless this transfer takes place at the time of annual registration. A swimmer may compete for only one club during a meet. A transfer submitted during a meet, including at the time of annual registration, may take immediate effect only if the swimmer has not yet competed in the meet. Swimmers may declare unattached status
      at any time without written application except during a meet in which they have already competed. Swimmers who intend to compete as unattached in a meet should contact their LMSC membership coordinator or the USMS National Office prior to the meet to request that their registration status be changed. The LMSC membership coordinator or the USMS National Office shall change the club affiliation of the swimmer to the UC and note the effective date. Note: This rule change shall take effect beginning with the 2021 membership year.

  2. A member must contact either the National Office or the membership coordinator of the LMSC in which the new club is located (it may be the same LMSC) to request the transfer. The LMSC can request the member complete an Application for Transfer of Club Membership form and submit it to the membership coordinator of the LMSC in which the new club is located (it may be the same LMSC). 

  3. This tutorial explains how to enter a transfer in the registration software.

  4. If a member registers in your LMSC but makes a mistake when registering and selects the wrong club in your LMSC, you may correct the member’s club affiliation by editing it in the member’s record. (Note: you may only perform this correction for clubs located in your LMSC. If the member registered in the wrong LMSC, contact the National Office.)

  5. Transfers may not be entered with an effective date that is in the future. This is because transfers are dependent upon the member having not competed for his current club during the past 60 days.

  6. If a member of your LMSC transfers to a different LMSC, you will receive an automated email message to inform you of the transfer. Printed membership reports for your LMSC will no longer include the member who has transferred out of your LMSC. But the registration database will contain a transfer transaction in the member’s record, including the date of transfer.

  7. The registration software reports will include the appropriate transfer transactions and fees for payment to the national office.

Member FAQs

I have moved to a different LMSC how do I change my USMS club affiliation
Answer: You will need to transfer to your new LMSC and club. Start by contacting the LMSC membership coordinator for your new LMSC. Your membership coordinator will provide guidance on your transfer request. A list of membership coordinators is available here.
How do I contact an LMSC Membership Coordinator

Contact the LMSC membership coordinator for the LMSC you wish to transfer into. A list of membership coordinators is available here.

I registered as UC and swim with a program how do I transfer to that club
A member must wait 60 days after competing for one club before affiliating with a new club

ExampleToday is March 8 and I am a member of Club ABC. I swam in a meet yesterday, representing Club ABC. I want to swim in a meet in May but I want to represent my friend’s club, XYZ. How do I do that?

Because you swam in a meet representing Club ABC on March 7, you won’t be eligible to transfer to Club XYZ until May 7. Sometime before May 7 you’ll need to complete a transfer form and send it, with any applicable transfer fee, to the membership coordinator of LMSC where club XYZ is registered. Note that you should not swim in any meets now with your old club.  If you intend to swim in any meets before May 7, it should be as unaffiliated.

I want to swim in the USMS Summer Nationals meet but want to represent a different club

ExampleToday is June 5 and I am a member of Club PQR. I want to swim in the USMS Summer Nationals meet, which begins on August 9, but I want to represent my friend’s club, FGH. The entry deadline for the meet is July 4. I can’t transfer to club FGH by July 4 because I swam in a meet on June 1 where I represented Club PQR. How can I enter Nationals and swim for club FGH?

As long as the effective transfer date is before the first day of the USMS Summer Nationals meet, enter with club FGH.  Initially, your entry will appear on the “unverified list” (because your entry does not match with what is listed in your member record).  Once the transfer has been processed, your entry will be verified. Note that you should not swim in any meets now with your old club.  If you intend to swim in any meets before Summer Nationals, it should be as unaffiliated.

I want to swim in meets during my 60 day waiting period

ExampleI am currently a member of Club JKL and I swam in a meet yesterday representing that club. I want to transfer to Club DEF a couple of months from now, but I want to swim in some meets during my 60-day waiting period. How can I do that?

So that you do not jeopardize the 60 day waiting period, it is highly recommended that you contact your LMSC membership coordinator and have them update your member record to UCxx (Unaffiliated with a program).  If for whatever reason you do not do not have your member record updated (meaning it is still showing your club as JKL), you must enter any meet during the 60 day waiting period as Unaffiliated (UCxx) and be sure that the meet results also show your club affiliation as Unaffiliated (UCxx, sometimes abbreviated in meet software as UNAT).

November Annual Renewal

ExampleToday is November 10, 2020, and I am a member of Club BCD. My 2020 membership runs through December 31, 2020. For 2021I want to register with Club QRS. Can I go ahead and renew my 2021 USMS membership now, joining QRS, but still represent Club BCD at a meet in December under my 2020 membership?

No. Per Article 201.3.1, “There shall be only one USMS membership per individual permitted at any time.” If you renew for 2021 between November 1st and December 31st 2020 with club QRS, your 2021 membership and club affiliation is with club QRS from that date forward.