National Diversity Select Camp

 

USA Swimming invites up to 56 athletes from underrepresented populations to participate in a three-day camp program which includes pool training, motivational and education sessions and team-building activities. Selection is based on times achieved at USA Swimming sanctioned events.

Goals of the camp:
To empower athletes from diverse backgrounds and under-represented populations to:

• Demonstrate the viability of multicultural success in swimming
• Achieve performance excellence at every level of the sport
• Expound the benefits and value of participating in the sport of swimming
• Be positive leaders and role models that others from multicultural backgrounds can emulate.
Athlete Application Process

The National Diversity Select Camps are application based. USA Swimming will provide a link to apply and will notify athletes of selection no later than six weeks prior to the start of camp. Athletes will be notified directly via email if they have been accepted to the camp. Coaches and parent(s)/guardian(s) will also be copied on this notification.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

Qualification Standard

Athletes must have achieved at least one National Diversity Select Camp time standard to apply for selection. These times are AAAA National Motivational Times for 13-14 year olds. Times must have been achieved in a USA Swimming sanctioned or approved meet (able to be proven in the SWIMS database).*

 

* times swum during the July 2020 sanctioning period will not be counted due to the COVID-19 amendment to Article 202.2.1 of the USA Swimming Rules

SELECTION CRITERIA

The camp will consist of up to 28 athletes from each competition category.

 

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/Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Asian or Pacific Islander, Native American and others. Other athletes may be accepted if they represent another underrepresented demographic (e.g. LGBTQ+).

Up to 14 athletes from each competition category will be selected based on 2020 and/or 2021 LCM IMX point scores.

 

Then, the fastest applicant in each event will be invited for a total of 14 athletes from each competition category. Only LCM times will be accepted.

 

Additionally, three athletes from each competition category may be selected based on outstanding performance in one or more events.

 

Additionally, five athletes from each competition category may be selected based on Outreach membership status.

Camp Eligibility

Qualifying period:
January 1, 2020 through August 31, 2021. Only LCM times will be considered.


Eligible athletes will be 14-16 years of age*. Age is as of the first day of camp (May 5, 2022).


NOTE: Athletes who wish to attend the National Diversity Select Camp shall be US Citizens and be able to represent the USA in international competitions in accordance with the rules set in place by FINA. Athletes who are on or have been to any National Select Camps, National Teams/National Junior Teams or USA Swimming international trips*, including the 2019, 2020 and/or 2021 National Junior team will not be eligible for the National Diversity Select Camp. Athletes who previously attended the National Diversity Select Camp are not eligible. Athletes cannot attend Zone Select Camp & National Diversity Select Camp in the same year. Athletes must be Premium USA Swimming members. Flex members must upgrade their membership to be eligible to attend.


*Excluding swimmers who qualified for the National Team and/or National Junior Team for Open Water

SITE

Location: U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, CO*

 

*Due to potential COVID restrictions, the date/location of this event are subject to change & may take place virtually.

Dates

May 5-8, 2022*

 

*Due to potential COVID restrictions, the date/location of this event are subject to change & may take place virtually.

Cost
Each athlete selected for the camp will be provided lodging, meals, ground transportation to/from the designated airport and full airfare.
Home Coaches

In 2022, the coach of a selected athlete is also invited to attend the Diversity Select Camp in Colorado Springs, CO. The coach will be provided up to $200 in airfare reimbursement from USA Swimming. Housing, meals and local transportation for the coach will be provided by USA Swimming. Coach must complete a separate coach's process.

 


Camp Staff

Staff for the National Diversity Select Camps will be selected in two ways. USA Swimming staff will select the Head Coaches & Head Managers for each camp. Four assistant coaches & an assistant manager may be selected by an application process.  Applications will be posted on this webpage shortly. 

 

Coaching applicants 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/Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Asian or Pacific Islander, Native American and others. Others may be accepted if they represent another underrepresented demographic (e.g. LGBTQ+).

Camp Schedule
The National Diversity Select Camp will consist of five in-water workouts and a number of classroom sessions covering various topics.   The goal is to provide ignition, motivation, and information for athletes to continue to set goals, work hard, excel in swimming, and feel empowered to take ownership of their swimming careers and roles within their community. 
Disclaimer
This event may be canceled by USA Swimming upon reasonable notice for any reason, including but not limited to a force majeure event.  If deemed necessary, the event may be reassigned or rescheduled.
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.
Questions?

For more information, please contact Sam Cyliax, Manager, Program Operations.

 

scyliax@usaswimming.org  |  719-309-7198