Fundamental Objectives and Purpose of the Camp:
Each year, two Zones host a camp. In 2020, the Western and Central Zones will host their camps. Although USA Swimming supports these camps, each Zone is encouraged to develop a camp plan that reflects the goals of the Zone.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update:
In prioritizing the health and wellness of all our members, USA Swimming has made the decision to suspend all our events, camps, conferences including the 2020 Zone Diversity Select Camps.
Understanding the importance of these experiences, we are excited to share that we are working on a virtual version of the camp that will include classroom sessions on topics that would have been covered during this year’s camps. Further information has been shared with attendees.
Athletes must be between the ages of 11-16 and cannot have attended the National Diversity Select Camp or the Zone Select Camps. The Zone Diversity Committee establishes the performance requirements for applicants. LSC Diversity and Inclusion Chairs select the athletes that will attend camp. The athlete application is now closed. Selected Central Zone Diversity Select Camp Athletes can be found here.
Selected Western Zone Diversity Select Camp Athletes can be found here.
The purpose of the camp is to create an atmosphere of Motivation and Educational opportunities for athletes of underrepresented cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic groups to develop the necessary Leadership skills to achieve Excellence in their sport and their home communities.
Any USA Swimming registered athlete member who is eligible to represent the USA in international competition: a U.S. citizen who has NOT represented another country in international competition, in the case of dual citizens (your sport nation must be the United States), meets the qualification time standards, has not previously attended a USA Swimming Zone or National Diversity Select Camp. Athletes must represent an underrepresented community and/or an ethnically underrepresented population that is less than 10% of the current USA Swimming membership. These populations can include: African American, Hispanic, Asian or Pacific Islander, Native American, LGBTQ+ and others.
The camp host determines each camp site. The USA Swimming Zone Diversity Camp Manual was developed through a coordinated effort with input from Zone Diversity Coordinators and previous camps hosts as a resource for hosting a successful Zone Diversity Select Camp. To view the manual click here.
The manual is primarily for site hosts and the zone DEI Coordinator.
NUMBER OF ATHLETES:
Zone Diversity Select Camps should have a maximum of 48 participants. Camp hosts use the USA Swimming Zone Diversity Camp Manual to plan their camps.
The Zone establishes the fee for the camp. USA Swimming contributes $10,000 to each camp. The home LSC may cover the remaining expense for their athletes.
The Western Zone camp fee is $200 per athlete.
The Central Zone camp fee is $225 per athlete.
Personal coaches of athletes who qualify are welcome to attend the Regional Diversity and Inclusion Summit. Their role at the camp is to participate in the summit and learn about the USA Swimming Diversity and Inclusion efforts. The personal coaches do not participate in the coaching of the camp.
REGIONAL DIVERSITY & INCLUSION SUMMIT:
The Regional Diversity and Inclusion summit is open to anyone who wishes to attend and learn about the USA Swimming Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programming and initiatives. Cost is determined by the Zone. Summit attendees are responsible for their own travel expenses.
Western Zone Summit: $200 per attendee- includes lodging, meals and airport transportation. To apply for the WZ Summit click here. The deadline to apply for the summit is April 10, 2020.
Central Zone Summit: $200 per attendee- includes lodging, meals and airport transportation. To apply for the CZ Summit click here. The deadline to apply for the summit is April 10, 2020.
USA Swimming staff will select the camp staff. USA Swimming staff also handles travel arrangements and outfitting of the camp staff.
USA SWIMMING STAFF:
Staff from the Sport Development are available for presentations and camp support.
STATEMENT OF INCLUSION:
The US Center for Safe Sport and USA Swimming prohibit discrimination against any member or participant on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender expression and gender identity is prohibited (304.3.3). In the event that a question should arise about whether an athlete’s request to participate in a manner consistent with his/her/their gender identity is bona fide, USA Swimming will refer to the Code of Conduct and follow its standard procedures of enforcement.
Morgan Weinberg, Senior Manager of Education & Programs
Click here for the Zone Diversity Select Camp Director job description.