Our Mission: To promote a positive environment that will allow Missouri Valley’s athletes, coaches, officials, and volunteers the opportunity for success in the sport of competitive swimming.
Our Vision: Missouri Valley Swimming is continually looking to the future, by challenging its volunteers, coaches and swimmers to reach for a standard of excellence; thus positioning our LSC as a leader in the Midwest and USA Swimming.
FTLL Meet Cancelation
The 50 Free Shoot-Out to be hosted by the Ft Leavenworth Lancers on January 17-19, 2014, has been
New Executive Director for Missouri Valley LSC
Dear athletes, coaches, non-athlete members and supporters,
It is with much enthusiasm that I greet you as the new Executive Director for
Missouri Valley Swimming. This LSC is a tremendous organization, and I am excited to join the
leadership team and help move us forward.
Many of you may recognize my face from the recent past. I spent eight years with
the Lawrence Aquahawks and three with the Kansas City Blazers. During that time, I was lucky enough to
work with many incredible athletes, parents and coaches. From the crucial, developmental ages to large
stages in elite swimming, I have been fortunate to experience the excitement of a first “A” time as
well as the elation of a swimmer making finals at US Nationals.
During my coaching days, I also took on several roles within the LSC. Serving as
Age Group Chair for four years, and Scheduling Committee chair for two, I have an extensive background
with the framework of Missouri Valley Swimming. For the past two years, I have helped lead a not for
profit arts organization in Ithaca, New York. As Executive Director there, I worked with a steadfast
board of directors to chart an exciting new course. I now bring those combined experiences with me to
help not only with the day-to-day operations but to help take our organization into the future.
In the coming days and weeks, I will be reaching out to clubs hosting
championship meets to serve as a resource for any questions or concerns they may have. I also plan to
visit with current committee chairs in an effort to lend a hand with administrative tasks that need to
be taken care of. In addition, I wish to serve the members of our community with any questions or
concerns they may have regarding Missouri Valley Swimming operations. I can be reached at the office
number and email listed below.
Again, I’m excited to serve our local swimming community, and look forward to
meeting many of you in the near future.
Assistant Coaches for Midwest All-Stars Meet
Missouri Valley coaches who are interested in serving as an Assistant Coach as part of the MVS
All-Stars team are encouraged to submit the online application below. The Midwest (LSC Age Group)
All-Stars Meet will take place on January 10-12, 2014, in Lawrence, Kansas. Assistant Coaches must be
available at 3:00pm on Friday, January 10th, for team warm-ups and through the end of the meet on
Sunday, January 12th. The deadline to submit an application is Sunday, December 1, 2013. A qualified
applicant will show a passion and enthusiasm for swimming, excellent organization and great
communication skills. Relevant experience for this type of meet will be taken into consideration. This
is a fun, fast meet and offers the opportunity to coach some of the fastest young swimmers in our LSC.
All qualified MVS coaches are encouraged to apply.
Meet Entries for Midwest All-Stars Meet
The Midwest All-Star (LSC Age Group) Invitational will take place on January 10-12, 2014, in
Lawrence, Kansas. Athletes that wish to participate in this meet must submit an
online Meet Entry
form, which must be received by the All-Star Team's Head Coach NO LATER THAN 7:00pm on Monday,
December 16, 2013. Entry forms received after this date cannot be accepted.
All 14 and under athletes with at least one Short Course 2013-2016 National Motivational "A"
time during the current Short Course season (beginning September 1, 2013) should apply. Selections
will be based on the top five swimmers for each event. Each swimmer is allowed to participate in up to
two (2) events per session, not including relays. Athletes should indicate their event preferences when submitting the application; however, the final All-Star roster and athlete
entries will be based on the most competitive team lineup for Missouri Valley Swimming. Athletes will
be notified of team placement and events no later than Friday, January 3, 2014. For questions or
additional information, please contact Katie Price, MVS All-Star Head Coach, at
Head Coach for Summer Central Zone Meet
Missouri Valley coaches that are interested in serving as the Head Coach of the MVS Zone Team are
encouraged to submit the online application below. The Central Zone Meet will take place on August
8-10, 2014. The venue for the meet has not yet been announced. The Head Coach must be available
Thursday, August 7th, for team warm-ups and through the end of the meet on Sunday, August 10th. Other
duties will include, but are not exclusive to: meet entries, apparel orders, budget planning,
selecting a support staff, organizing team functions, communicating to parents and swimmers, normal
swim meet duties, etc. A qualified applicant will show a passion and enthusiasm for swimming, excellent organization and great communication
skills. Relevant experience for this type of meet will be taken into consideration. This is a fun, fast meet and offers the opportunity to coach some of the fastest young swimmers in our LSC. All
qualified MVS coaches are encouraged to apply. Applications are due by Monday, April 7, 2014.
Renewing Registrations for Non-Athletes
Non-athletes re-registering for 2014 should check their membership cards for the expiration date of
their background screening. Many MVS non-athletes have background screenings that will expire soon. If they are planning to re-register for 2014 they should update their background
screening immediately and before registering for 2014.
All non-athletes registering for 2013 must have a current background screening and completed the
Athlete Protection Training (APT) course. Both are done from the USA Swimming website and the
applicable links are listed below. Background screenings are only valid for 24 months and if your
first screening was initiated in 2011, then you are required to renew the screening prior to
registering for 2013. Please note following:
- There is no Level I or Level II with a renewal of your background screening. It is the
same screening for all non-athlete members who are renewing their initial Level I or Level II
- The renewal background screening costs $19. The initial (first time) background screening
- Background screenings (initial and renewal) are done from the
Swimming website. New non-athlete members need to use Option 1 (for either Level I or II) and
follow the instructions. Renewing non-athlete members need to use Option 2 and follow the
- If a member takes the initial $39 Level II screening instead of the renewal $19 screening,
they will not need to also complete the renewal screening. However, USAS will not refund the $20
difference between the initial Level II and the renewal screening.
- The first background screenings will not expire until January 2013. Members are welcome to
renew early, but if they do so their new background check will expire 24 months from the month in
which they do the renewal screening, not 24 months from the date when their initial screening
The background screening (initial or renewal) can be done before you are registered. Officials and
coaches initiating a background screening for the first time must complete a Level II screening;
individuals registering as ‘other’ need to complete a Level I screening. Background screens are good
for two years and your membership card shows when the background screen expires.
Successfully completing the Athlete Protection Training (APT) course is required in order to be a
member of USA Swimming. APT course documents and resources are available on the
USA Swimming website.
These training tools will help members understand the scope and effects of abuse in our sport,
recognize the signs of grooming behavior and boundary violations, understand how to establish
boundaries and protect against false allegations, and know how to react and report when abuse is
suspected. To take the APT course, you must be currently registered, or have registered in the past,
and have an ID number to gain access to the training.
Non-athletes registering without completing the APT do not receive a membership card until the
training (and background screening) is completed. This means that although you may have completed an
online registration form or mailed a paper form to the MVS office and not received a card, you cannot
serve as a meet official. The MVS Registration Chair tries to process non-athlete registrations within
two days of receiving them, so after you send in a registration please wait two days and then try to
complete the APT. If you have problems, please contact the MVS office at 785-841-0999 or via email at
email@example.com for assistance.
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The list of approved Safety Training, CPR and First Aid courses that coaches must take to maintain their coach membership is available on the USA Swimming website. All coaches needing to recertify
in any of these areas should review this list to ensure they only take a certification course that will be accepted by USA Swimming... [Link]
What USAS Does for Its Members
Very often clubs, swimmers and coaches ask what USA Swimming does for them besides providing insurance. USA Swimming recently held a workshop to answer that question. The workshop participants from each LSC learned about the vast resources available from USA Swimming. The following document highlights some of these resources... [more]
Registrations for coaches and officials can be submitted using our online registration form, or by printing a form and mailing it with your payment to the MVS Office. Registrations for swimmers must be done through their team or club.
To complete your registration online using PayPal, use our Online Registration and Payment Form.
To print and mail your registration and payment, use our
Printable Registration Form.
Please note that when using our online registration form, you MUST also submit the PayPal form, which follows our online form, to have your fees paid by credit or debit card. If you only complete our online form and skip the PayPal form, it does NOT register you unless you also mail your payment to the MVS Office.
All teams and clubs need to be aware that a non-athlete registration with USA Swimming does NOT provide for workman's compensation insurance. Such insurance must be provided by the team or
Pool Certifications and Specifications
For a World, American, or US Open swimming record to be recognized, the racing course must be certified by USA Swimming. Having racing courses that are accurate and consistent is a
goal of all competitors, officials, coaches and swimming enthusiasts. It should be standard practice when a pool is built and commissioned that the length, width and depth are checked and certified
as in compliance with USA Swimming rules. Pools certified by USA Swimming as meeting these requirements is available on this site. Specifications for commonly used pools within the MVS area are
also available... [more]