This topic was raised at the Colonies Zone meeting at convention and there was some very good discussion around it. If you have ideas or suggestions that could hep, please post them. We would like to continue the discussion and get some ideas moved into actions.

Tim Lecrone mentioned that his LMSC has reached out to college club teams. Charles Leroy Smith suggested looking to college-aged swimmers who do not know how to swim as a potential source of members (eventually). Wyatt mentioned that at the University of Maryland the beginning swimmer classes in the kinesiology department are filled and that colleges could reach out the ALTS programs in the area or truly partner with the ALTS program. Bill Brenner mentioned that ALTS provides a curriculum for instructors to follow, which allows for the ALTS instructors to customize their lessons, based on the swimmer. Jeff Strahota then brought up that it seems the college club programs are not always well organized or have decent coaches. His idea would pair up USMS teams and college club teams to give the college club programs access to better organized workouts, which would then increase the awareness of USMS to college-aged swimmer. Charles mentioned that marathoners and CrossFitters are started in embrace deep water running, which could be a source of new members as well. Doug Sayles then suggested simply talking to college club swimmers to present USMS in an organized way to those swimmers. He asked if the National Office had any kind of presentation for that, and Bill said they would be willing to provide materials. Jen Masqueiler also mentioned that reaching out to community college students are an untapped source of members. Her team reached out to Harford CC and have already had 11 students join their team. The students mentioned to her that the inclusiveness of USMS was appealing. Jeff Strahota then mentioned that it appears, based on this meeting's attendance, that about 25% of the Zone delegates are under ~40 (and most of those delegates are under 35). Ed Tsuzuki then mentioned that there is an initiative at the national level to help college club programs flourish. Ed mentioned that they do not really want to join USMS, but are extremely interested in the infrastructure (registration, rankings, sanctions, etc.) that USMS has and could provide to the college club system. He also mentioned that the program has not started officially yet (there is a line item in budget to start the program in 2017). Wyatt then mentioned that the cost for some younger swimmers can be prohibitive and that is something that needs to be investigated. Crystie McGrail mentioned that some teams pair up older and younger swimmers and the older swimmer would pay for the younger swimmer. Leo Letendre mentioned that a similar set up to the SSLF goggle drive could be a solution. Jeff Strahota then mentioned that this discussion continues to get into a circular discussion about who should be the driving force behind resolving some of this issue and that it would be helpful if something came down from USMS. Wyatt then stated that the Futures task force identified that cost is a high concern for the younger age groups. Jeff Roddin mentioned that we should also look into helping out older swimmers who have encountered hardships as well.Tim Lecrone mentioned that his LMSC has reached out to college club teams. Charles Leroy Smith suggested looking to college-aged swimmers who do not know how to swim as a potential source of members (eventually). Wyatt mentioned that at the University of Maryland the beginning swimmer classes in the kinesiology department are filled and that colleges could reach out the ALTS programs in the area or truly partner with the ALTS program. Bill Brenner mentioned that ALTS provides a curriculum for instructors to follow, which allows for the ALTS instructors to customize their lessons, based on the swimmer. Jeff Strahota then brought up that it seems the college club programs are not always well organized or have decent coaches. His idea would pair up USMS teams and college club teams to give the college club programs access to better organized workouts, which would then increase the awareness of USMS to college-aged swimmer. Charles mentioned that marathoners and CrossFitters are started in embrace deep water running, which could be a source of new members as well. Doug Sayles then suggested simply talking to college club swimmers to present USMS in an organized way to those swimmers. He asked if the National Office had any kind of presentation for that, and Bill said they would be willing to provide materials. Jen Masqueiler also mentioned that reaching out to community college students are an untapped source of members. Her team reached out to Harford CC and have already had 11 students join their team. The students mentioned to her that the inclusiveness of USMS was appealing. Jeff Strahota then mentioned that it appears, based on this meeting's attendance, that about 25% of the Zone delegates are under ~40 (and most of those delegates are under 35). Ed Tsuzuki then mentioned that there is an initiative at the national level to help college club programs flourish. Ed mentioned that they do not really want to join USMS, but are extremely interested in the infrastructure (registration, rankings, sanctions, etc.) that USMS has and could provide to the college club system. He also mentioned that the program has not started officially yet (there is a line item in budget to start the program in 2017). Wyatt then mentioned that the cost for some younger swimmers can be prohibitive and that is something that needs to be investigated. Crystie McGrail mentioned that some teams pair up older and younger swimmers and the older swimmer would pay for the younger swimmer. Leo Letendre mentioned that a similar set up to the SSLF goggle drive could be a solution. Jeff Strahota then mentioned that this discussion continues to get into a circular discussion about who should be the driving force behind resolving some of this issue and that it would be helpful if something came down from USMS. Wyatt then stated that the Futures task force identified that cost is a high concern for the younger age groups. Jeff Roddin mentioned that we should also look into helping out older swimmers who have encountered hardships as well.