The following provides information on the process that USA Swimming members must go through in order to request a competition category change.
As a transitioning athlete you may need to utilize a medication/substance that is prohibited and would require approval for use. To ensure compliance with these rules, please contact the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) at 719-785-2000.
STEP 1: Contact USA Swimming with request at:
STEP 2: USA Swimming intake process interview. This interview must be done over the phone, not over email exchange.
STEP 3: Required documentation provided to USA Swimming which includes the following:
STEP 4: Eligibility Review Panel reviews request with established criteria. If the panel does approve the request, it will be pending local and state laws.
STEP 5: Panel decision will be communicated in writing, and in person when possible, to athlete/parent/coach.
STEP 6: Administrative change initiated in SWIMS
STEP 7: Compete in new category with the following guidelines:
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