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    New, Fun Membership Options for 2014

    Registration has opened for the 2014 membership year. This year there are two new membership options.

    Recognized Masters Coach Add-on (Optional; $30.00)

    Regardless of whether or not you choose to become a certified Masters coach, you can become a recognized Masters coach by choosing this option during registration or updating membership at any time during the registration year. The fee is $30 and includes these benefits:

    • Credibility and identity as a Masters coach
    • Special sponsor discounts
    • Discounts on continuing education, including $10 off each level of certification
    • Acknowledgement on usms.org (View a list of current recognized coaches)
    • STREAMLINES for Coaches monthly e-newsletter
    • Eligibility for hospitality at Spring and Summer Nationals, select volunteer opportunities, and special coaching assignments at the FINA World Championship
    • Teaching opportunities in the Masters track at the ASCA World clinic


    For questions about all Masters coach educational programs and certification, contact Bill Brenner, Club and Coach Services Director.


    Vanity Permanent ID (Optional; $50.00)

    Your permanent ID is a 5-character string that uniquely identifies you as a USMS member. It's included as the last 5 characters of your annual registration number, such as 1234-9X4C3.

    For a one-time fee of $50, you can choose your own permanent ID. (Think of it like a personalized license plate.) Choose an ID that reflects your association with your swim team, a major sports team, your school, your name, your hobby or pets, your favorite swimming event, or use your creative skills to come up with something else fun, personal, or whimsical. From then on, you will always be identified on your membership card via your chosen ID.

    The rules are simple. Choose any 5-character string that includes only letters or numbers and does not include the letters I, L, O or Q (you may use the numerals 1 or 0 instead).

    Example Vanity IDs

    A regular auto-assigned registration number:
    1234-12345

    A custom ID for a Nebraska Cornhuskers fan:
    1234-HUSKR

    A vanity ID for breaststroke:
    1234-200BR

    A vanity ID honoring your favorite dog breed:
    1234-B0XER (note -uses numeral 0 instead of letter O)
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    Re: New, Fun Membership Options for 2014

    IDs that have already been snagged include:

    PEACE
    MERMD
    SPRNT
    0CEAN
    WATER
    RDS0X
    W0WSA
    TEXAS
    1500F
    VETTE

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    Re: New, Fun Membership Options for 2014

    SW1MS is gone, but SW1MR is available, at least as of today...
    "What, Me Worry"? - Alfred E. Neuman

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    Re: New, Fun Membership Options for 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by Jayhawk View Post
    IDs that have already been snagged include:
    RDS0X

    I wish I'd thought of it.
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    Re: New, Fun Membership Options for 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by ekw View Post

    I wish I'd thought of it.
    Do REDSX instead...

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    Re: New, Fun Membership Options for 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Do REDSX instead...
    Hmm. That could have a different meaning, couldn't it?

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    Re: New, Fun Membership Options for 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by Jayhawk View Post
    Hmm. That could have a different meaning, couldn't it?
    Well, yes, it could also mean that baseball from Boston!!

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    Re: New, Fun Membership Options for 2014

    baseball team...

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    Re: New, Fun Membership Options for 2014

    S0XXX
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    Re: New, Fun Membership Options for 2014

    BOSOX

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    Re: New, Fun Membership Options for 2014

    Will there be a list kept and/or published for old and new permanent ID numbers for people who have changed their ID numbers? For example, anyone who is maintaining any sort of top times or records outside of the USMS national office will be tracking two different people who are named Tracy Grilli, with the same birthdate, but are different people in USMS because they have different ID numbers.

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    Re: New, Fun Membership Options for 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    BOSOX
    BEARD
    ..<))><

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    Re: New, Fun Membership Options for 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by rxleakem View Post
    BEARD
    Already crossed my mind, along with ORTIZ or PEDEY. Too bad KOJI isn't long enough.

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    Re: New, Fun Membership Options for 2014

    Dibs on DROWN.

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    Re: New, Fun Membership Options for 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by osterber View Post
    Will there be a list kept and/or published for old and new permanent ID numbers for people who have changed their ID numbers? For example, anyone who is maintaining any sort of top times or records outside of the USMS national office will be tracking two different people who are named Tracy Grilli, with the same birthdate, but are different people in USMS because they have different ID numbers.
    Hi Rick,

    Yes, we run a merge operation after creating the new vanity ID to move all references we have to the "old" member to the "new" member (the one with the vanity ID). The "old" master member record is then updated to refer to the "new" member. All of this is kept consistent within our database and registration tools, but no, there is no public listing of these merges. Note that this is not a unique situation for vanity ID's. We've run about 2,000 merges over the past year for people who we have discovered have registered as a new member instead of re-registering over the years. So you could run into this situation with any off-line databases you may have even if we had not implemented the new vanity ID option.

    We can talk offline about possible ways to allow you to get this info, as this is too technical for this thread.

    When will the first breaststroke hater get BRSUX as an ID?
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    Re: New, Fun Membership Options for 2014

    @matysekj, it would be great if the "old" master ID redirected to the "new" vanity ID.

    For example:
    http://www.usms.org/people/07EEF
    Should now redirect to:
    http://www.usms.org/people/1500F

    Should be doable with .htaccess rewrites or a PHP script to redirect if a "new" vanity ID has been implemented for a swimmer. (Sorry if this is too technical for the thread...)

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    Re: New, Fun Membership Options for 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by matysekj View Post
    Yes, we run a merge operation ...
    Still going to be a pain for those of us with databases containing permanent ids...

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    Re: New, Fun Membership Options for 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by mmlr38 View Post
    @matysekj, it would be great if the "old" master ID redirected to the "new" vanity ID.

    For example:
    http://www.usms.org/people/07EEF
    Should now redirect to:
    http://www.usms.org/people/1500F

    Should be doable with .htaccess rewrites or a PHP script to redirect if a "new" vanity ID has been implemented for a swimmer. (Sorry if this is too technical for the thread...)
    Done. I had thought of that recently, but just hadn't gotten to it yet. You reminded me - thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by smontanero
    Still going to be a pain for those of us with databases containing permanent ids...
    No doubt, but as I said this is nothing new. There have been thousands of merges done already in the absence of this new vanity ID option.
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    Re: New, Fun Membership Options for 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by matysekj View Post
    Done. I had thought of that recently, but just hadn't gotten to it yet. You reminded me - thanks!
    Awesome, thanks for the quick response!

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    Re: New, Fun Membership Options for 2014

    Since the "L" isn't an option, FLYER was my #1 pick, and I didn't want to do "F1YER" 'cause it doesn't look right, so I did:
    Permanent ID: JAMES

    I know, very original. I could've done my last name as well since it's also 5 letters
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