National Diversity Select Camp

 

USA Swimming invites 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 swum 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.
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.


The application will be available on this page from January 15-February 19, 2021.
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 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+).

14 athletes from each competition category will be selected based on 2019 and/or 2020 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, 3 athletes from each competition category may be selected based on outstanding performance in one or more events.

 

Additionally, 5 athletes from each competition category may be selected based on Outreach membership status.

Camp Eligibility

Qualifying period:
January 1, 2019 through August 31, 2020. Only LCM times will be considered.


Eligible athletes will be 14-16 years of age*. Age is as of the first day of camp.


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. Athletes who are on or have been on any National Select Camps, National Teams/National Junior Teams or USA Swimming international trips**, including the 2018, 2019 and/or 2020 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.


*athletes who qualified for the 2020 National Diversity Select Camp will maintain their age eligibility to reapply regardless if they’ve aged out

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

***Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, athletes who qualified for the 2020 National Diversity Select Camps will maintain their eligibility to qualify for the 2021 National Diversity Select Camps.
SITE

Location: Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center*

 

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

Dates

October 21-24, 2021*

Athletes will arrive on Thursday and depart on Sunday morning.

 

*Due to 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

For 2021, the coach of each athlete will be invited to a special virtual learning opportunity. This session will be designed to cover different topic areas in the American Development Model (ADM).


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.

 

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 sessions and a number of classroom sessions. These camps are designed to be a motivational experience for athletes and are not heavy training camps.
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 Morgan Weinberg.

 

mweinberg@usaswimming.org  |  719-866-3211