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.
Central Zone Open Water Championships
The Central Zone Open Water Championships will be held
in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin on June 29-30, 2013. On Saturday, June 29th, there will be an Open
Water clinic to give athletes strategies for open water swimming as well as encouragement to continue
with this side of the sport of swimming. The Open Water Clinic is for all participants and coaches and
will start at 3pm with a Pasta Dinner following at 6pm. On Sunday, June 30th, the actual competition will be held at
Lake Andrea Beach with competition for 10 & Under (.5 mile), 11-12 (1 mile), 13-14 (1.5 mile) and an
Open 5K (3.1 mile). Pleasant Prairie is located on the Wisconsin/Illinois border off of I-94 and 30
minutes from the Milwaukee Airport or 45 minutes from Chicago O’Hare Airport. The Rec Plex is just 2
miles from the Interstate. This meet will be the only Central Zone Open Water
competition for the summer of 2013. The August championship meets (Senior and Age Group) will not have
an Open Water component.
Laura Hineman will be the designated Missouri Valley Swimming Coach for the Open Water Zones meet.
If you have swimmers who are planning on attending but you are not planning on attending as a coach,
please contact Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org or
913-236-1231. Laura will be able to help facilitate a warm-up and help watch your swimmer at the
competition and training day before the meet.
National Championships and World Championship Trials
Have you and your team made plans to come to Indy in June for the biggest USA Swimming competition
of the year? Expected to compete at the 2013 Phillips 66 National Championships & World Championship
Trials are London gold medal winners Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin, Tyler Clary, Nathan Adrian, Matt
Grevers, Katie Ladecky, Allison Schmitt, and all the active members of the USA Swimming National Team
along with USA Swimming's up and coming athletes. It's going to be an amazing field and the first
major championship for the London Olympians since the Olympic Games. Local organizers hope to fill the
stands with young swimmers and their families cheering on their favorite athletes.
Competition days are Tuesday through Saturday, June 25-29, with prelims beginning each day at 9:00
AM and finals at 6:00 PM. Plan to visit the Fan Expo in the gymnasium on the upper level of the
Natatorium; it will be open daily from 9:00 AM to Noon and 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM with autograph signing
sessions beginning each day at 4:00 PM.
All-session and daily tickets are now available. All-session tickets include heat sheets and
parking; daily tickets include parking. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting the event website
Here are a few other opportunities related to this event for your team to consider:
The local organizing committee has obtained special hotel rates for this event. If you need overnight
housing, visit the convenient
reservation system created for this event.
For only $250, your team can become a Team Sponsor and receive 15 complimentary daily tickets plus
the option to purchase more tickets at half price. Become a Team Sponsor and bring some vans of young
swimming fans to the Nationals to see their heroes compete. We hope you will consider this opportunity
to get involved in this summer's national championships & world championship trials! Team Sponsor
package information is available on the event website and included below.
Voting for Age Group Coach of the Year
Each year, Missouri Valley recognizes excellence in coaching with its Age Group Coach of the Year
Award. This is every coach's opportunity to help recognize some of the great Age Group coaches we
have in our LSC by voting for the candidate of their choice. The winning candidate will receive
recognition at the American Swim Coaches Association World Clinic and a $250 grant from Missouri
Valley Swimming to attend the clinic.
Only coaches registered with Missouri Valley Swimming are allowed to vote. Swimmers, parents,
officials and others cannot place a vote. Ballots will be accepted from coaches until midnight of
Friday, May 24th. When the voting period has ended, ballots will be tallied and the winner announced
in early June.
Coaches for Central Zone Championships
Missouri Valley coaches that are interested in serving as part of the MVS Central Zone Team staff are
encouraged to submit the online application below. The 14 & Under Central Zone Championship Meet will
take place on August 2-4, 2013, in Topeka, Kansas. Deadline for applications is Monday, June 3rd.
Free Athlete Protection Training for Athlete Members
USA Swimming launched its free online Safe Sport Program for its athlete members on April 9th. The
online program will empower athletes with information about sexual abuse prevention, how to identify
inappropriate behavior, and how to report concerns. The athlete education is available on the USA
Swimming website at www.usaswimming.org/protect.
The comprehensive online program includes information about how offenders operate; how to recognize,
respond, and report boundary violations; myths and facts about child sexual abuse, and USA Swimming's
Athlete Protection Policies and Procedures. The addition of the athlete training represents the third
and final phase of USA Swimming's online education launch. The education for athletes is optional, but
In 2012, USA Swimming launched optional parent training for all parents of its athlete members. In
2011, the organization began mandatory online education for its coaches, non-athlete members and
volunteers. USA Swimming requires all non-athlete members to complete this training as a condition of
USA Swimming has developed one of the most comprehensive safe sport programs in Olympic sport. Its
abuse prevention initiative is rooted in six core areas: Policies & Guidelines; Screening & Selection;
Training & Education; Monitoring & Supervision; Recognizing, Reporting & Responding; and Grassroots
Engagement & Feedback. For more information about USA Swimming’s Safe Sport program, visit
Complimentary BoardSource Membership
As a part of USA Swimming’s ongoing efforts to provide leadership and skill-building resources that
support and strengthen swim clubs, USAS is now providing a complimentary annual membership with
BoardSource to every head coach and every club board member. This yearly membership normally would
cost $99 per year. This membership is recommended for both the Head Coach and all Board of Director
members. BoardSource membership is a year-round educational resource that helps to connect, engage,
inform, guide, counsel, and support a community of thousands of nonprofit leaders from across the
country. To learn more, please review the introductory letter below.
Adding Missouri High School State Times to SWIMS
If coaches want their club’s high school swimmers' times added to the USAS SWIMS database, please
be certain that someone from the club returns "Form C" to John Rempert and Lori Metz, OZ SWIMS
Officer, before the state meet date. If the form is turned in after all other times have been
uploaded, they will not be able to add additional times on a rush basis even if needed to qualify for
an event/meet. John may be reached at 314-705-2499 or
email@example.com, Lori may be reached at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-221-5175.
Renewing Registrations for Non-Athletes
Non-athletes re-registering for 2013 should check their membership cards for the expiration date of
their background screening. Many MVS non-athletes have background screenings that will expire on
January 31, 2013. If they are planning to re-register for 2013 they should update their background
screening immediately and before registering for 2013.
USAS Approves Legislation Affecting Member Clubs
Last month the USA Swimming House of Delegates approved important legislation enhancing existing
safeguards for the Safe Sport Program. Two of these pieces, Articles 305.3.6 and 305.3.7, require
clubs to implement (1) an action plan to address bullying and (2) a policy guiding electronic
communication between adults and athletes, respectively. The House of Delegates also approved a
deadline for implementation of these policies, and all clubs are required to adopt policies to satisfy
Article 305.3.6 and 305.3.7 by Monday, January 14, 2013. If a club chooses not to, or is unable
to, create its own policies, the model documents listed below will become the default for that club, and the
club will be expected to implement these documents. If a customized policy is developed and approved
by a club, these default documents will no longer apply. Each member club has the responsibility to
approve and implement its own policies. For more information, please read the USAS letter listed
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]