View Full Version : New Team

Robert H Phillips
November 2nd, 2007, 11:54 AM
Were thinking of starting a team in Medina, OHio. It will be at a city rec center so their are no pool fee's if your a member which we all are.

What are the Pro's and Con's of forming a offical team registered with the USMS ?

Of course those of us who want to compete will join USMS, but we have others who just want to improve their stroke or do Triatholons. We want to keep costs at a minimum.

Bob :drown:

November 2nd, 2007, 01:23 PM
Were thinking of starting a team in Medina, OHio.... We want to keep costs at a minimum.
the basics for starting a usms team is easy. just fill out the form and send in the fee (usually about $30/yr). the form is typically available through your LMSC Registrar. you should be able to find them starting with the Local Programs (LMSCs) (http://www.usms.org/lmsc/) page at usms. (contact info for the Registrar is typically listed on the LMSC Officers page for your LMSC.)

the source for the form is available in the LMSC Handbook (http://www.usms.org/admin/lmschb/) (p13 under Registration (http://www.usms.org/admin/lmschb/lmsc_hb_reg.pdf) in the '07 version), but it is better to get the form from your local registrar. i just referenced this in case you want to have a boo at it to see what you are getting into.

one thing you will need to do is select a team abbreviation.
just the other day i was trying to find the current team abbreviation list at usms, but came up dry. the '07 lmsc handbook TOC lists it as being p15-14 in the Registration section... but it was not there. ?
... anyway...
you select an abbreviation of 2-4 letters, and your LMSC Registrar will "Make certain the two- to four-letter abbreviation selected by a new club is not already being used"....

usms also has some material on their web to help you get started... try:
USMS Administration (http://www.usms.org/admin/)
and you might find this .PDF of particular interest:
Building A Successful Masters Swim Club (http://www.usms.org/admin/building.pdf)

while this may seem like a lot of formality, it can be kept fairly simple.

as for pro's and con's?...

the only real "con" i can see is just having to jump through the hoops every year to stay registered. after that it is just a matter of what you put into it.

i suppose as far as meets go the beef (or "con") that i have is that "regular folks" seem quickly intimidated and rarely come back, which makes competing a very, VERY individual thing for them.

but as far as practice goes, i've seen a wide range of speed. most everyone (that bothers to show up regularly) is fairly fit and healthy, and everyone generally enjoys that part of the experience. i don't think i've ever seen anyone who stuck with it NOT improve their skill and health, and that is a HUGE plus. the About (http://www.usms.org/about.php) and FAQ (http://www.usms.org/faq.php) pages at usms will give more info regarding individual membership.

the best part of having a team at meets is that you can do relays, and IMHO they are by far the funnest part of meets. just visit even one medium sized meet and you will see why for yourself.

a lot of folks prefer coached sessions with a group. this can be very hi-tech and formal (like hiring a professional coach, etc.), or you can just get workouts off the web (usms has sections dedicated to this on their web, and on this forum).

insurance is another benefit. but as mentioned here recently on another thread this is less of an issue as most facilities are already covered.

if you have some folks even remotely interested in forming a usms affiliated team then i urge you to give it a try. it could be fun! and that is the best benefit for sure.