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January 22, 2018 - Meet Equipment Rental Update

This email is to remind all teams of the requirements for the transportation and care of the Maryland Swimming Meet Equipment. The requirements listed below are in the current MDSI Meet Directors Handbook and in the soon to be released MDSI Meet Management Guide.

Maryland Swimming is enforcing the requirement to transport all Maryland Swimming Equipment in a CLOSED vehicle. This means that equipment may not be transported in a open truck bed.

Transporting equipment in a closed vehicle helps maintain and extend the life of the equipment. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

If you have any questions please contact the Maryland Swimming Equipment Chair, Clarke Nyman at coach.clarke.est@gmail.com.
MDSI Equipment Transportation & Care
All equipment shall be transported in a closed vehicle.

The timing console, cable harnesses, buttons and starter are kept in large storage containers and fit in most cars.

The touch pads (60” or 72”) require a pick-up truck or a van with the seats removed.

The scoreboard (8 feet long) fits in a large van or long bed pick-up.

When not in use, touch pads shall be stored in the shipping / storage case used for transport.

Touch pads may not be stored lying on the face or touch-sensitive portion of the pad.

Touch-pads should be removed during warm ups and between sessions to reduce wear on the pads.

Pads shall not be left in vehicles during weather below 32 degrees to prevent condensation on electronic parts or in hot weather when internal vehicle temperatures can exceed 135 degrees. These conditions can cause the pads to crack or warp.

Care shall be taken to avoid splashing water or moisture contact to the timing computer console.

It is the host’s responsibility to mark any damaged or non working equipment and notify the Equipment Chairperson by email.

The host’s team is charged for the costs of repair and/or replacement for equipment abused, or broken due to mishandling, and may not rent timing equipment again until the charge has been paid.

Under no circumstances can any of the timing equipment, the pads or related supplies be modified without the express permission of the Equipment Chairperson.

Teams shall return all equipment or make arrangements with the Equipment Chair within 48 hours of the end of the meet.

Any team that does not return any meet equipment is charged for all costs, not to exceed $300.00, incurred by the Equipment Chairperson for retrieving the equipment. The team also forfeits the right to rent equipment for a period of one year.


January 21, 2018 - Regional Coaching Clinic

https://www.usaswimming.org/news-landing-page/2018/01/15/regional-coach-clinics  

MD Swimming will support coaches who attend the Regional Clinic on Long Island in April .


January 18, 2018 - January Board Meeting Notes for Coaches


January 13, 2018 - 2018 USA Swimming Diversity Select Camp Applications Open

2018 Diversity Select Camp

Each spring, USA Swimming invites 48 athletes from underrepresented populations to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs to participate in a three-day camp program which includes pool training, motivational/educational sessions and team-building activities.

Selection is based on times swum at USA Swimming sanctioned events.

The National Diversity Select Camp athlete application is OPEN. The application window will close on Friday, February 9, 2018 at 5pm Mountain Standard Time. Athletes must apply themselves.

Athlete Application: https://www.usaswimming.org/utility/landing-pages/club-dev-camps/dsc-app


January 13, 2018 - RAC Classic – Revised Monday Schedule