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How to get started
This page includes all of the information and forms necessary to apply to USA Swimming as a NEW member club.
USA Swimming offers two classes of membership: (1) Group members, including clubs, seasonal clubs and organizations; and (2) Individual members, including athletes, coaches, officials, and non-athletes. Individual members register through their clubs, or, if not associated with a member club, directly through the local Registration Chair.
If you have any questions, please contact your Local Swim Committee (LSC) Registration chair or the Member Services Department at the National Headquarters. We recommend that you review all of the material on this web page before submitting your application.
CONTACT YOUR LOCAL SWIMMING COMMITTEE (LSC)
Obtain an LSC Application form from your LSC Registration Chair. To determine your zone/LSC/registrar, please view the LSC Zone Map (found on the LSC Registration Chair page).
Pick a name for your club
Choose something unique and fun. Keep it clean. All name submissions will be reviewed for approval.
Determine the structure of your club
Please review the following links to determine how your club will function.
Legal & Financial Operations
Hire an attorney and accountant to guide you in the set-up of your legal and financial operations. (Secure a Federal Tax ID number, set up a nonprofit or for profit business, sample bylaws, articles of incorporation, etc)
Meet with primary supporters and lay out your plans
Formally establish your governing body.
Have the Head Coach and one other club leader complete the Club Leadership and Business Management School 101 Online Course.
Safety Action Plan
Establish a safety action plan for each facility that is being used (including pools used for meets only). Familiarize yourself with risk management and insurance issues. (Safety/Loss Control Manual, Insurance Coverage FAQ.)
Establish training schedules, group requirements, team policies (Sample Club Handbook).
Hire, train, and be sure that all staff meet the requirements for coach membership in USA Swimming (coach safety, educational, and background screen requirements). Be sure to follow hiring practice guidelines established by USA Swimming.
Advertise, publicize and conduct tryouts.
Register all athletes with USA Swimming and conduct Racing Start Certification for all swimmers.
We recommend that you review all of the material in this section before submitting your application. If you have any questions, please contact the following: