ZONE SELECT CAMPS

Zone Select Camps bring the top swimmers in each zone together for a unique motivational experience. Selection is done automatically using the SWIMS times database.

 

*Selection criteria is subject to change until the time of selection.*

IMPORTANT UPDATE

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 USA Swimming Zone Select and Regional Diversity Select Camps will be canceled. In lieu of these absent programs, USA Swimming is announcing the Zone Select Performance Workshop and the Regional Diversity Performance Workshop to continue providing opportunities for our athletes at the age-group level. Dates for these events will be announced soon. 

Selections for the Zone Select Performance Workshop will be conducted automatically through the SWIMS database and selected participants will be contacted directly. Selections for the Regional Diversity Performance Workshop will be conducted via an online application that will be open February 22 through March 22 and will be available on the Regional Diversity Select Camps’ page.

 

A new grant program for LSCs to conduct camps will be unveiled later this month. More details to come soon.

 

Please see the full announcement here.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Each zone's camp will consist of 34 athletes from each competition category.

 

The fastest two available athletes in each Zone in each Long Course Meters (LCM) Olympic event is invited for a total of 28 male and 28 female athletes.*

 

*In 2021, we will expand the selection to include additional athletes. If an athlete who qualified in 2020 qualifies again in 2021, then we will invite down the list until we get to an athlete who did not attend the virtual 2020 camp.

Then, the top three IMX scoring athletes in the specified seasons in each age range are selected based on the specified IMX seasons:

 

  • LCM 2019/2020  (Female- Ages 11-12; Male- Ages 13-14)
  • LCM 2019/2020 (Female- Ages 13-14; Male- Ages 15-16)

IMX qualifiers will be selected by looking at both seasons combined in each age range.

 

If a swimmer was already selected based on an event selection, then the next swimmer with the highest score is selected.

Camp Eligibility

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

Eligible athletes will be the respective ages at the time of the qualifying swim:

  • Girls: 11-13
  • Boys: 12-14

NOTE: Athletes who wish to attend the Zone 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 Zone Select Camp. Athletes who previously attended the Zone Select Camp are not eligible**. 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

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

Site
The camp sites will be determined by USA Swimming.
Dates
The camp dates will be posted soon. Camps typically fall on Memorial Day weekend and/or the first weekend in June.
Home Coaches

An athlete's home coach has the first right of refusal and final say in determining if a selected athlete attends the camp.

Camp Staff
Staff for the Select Camps will be selected in two ways. USA Swimming will select the Head Coaches & Head Managers for each camp. Three assistant coaches will be selected by an application process.
Camp Schedule
The Zone Select Camps will consist of five in-water workouts and a number of classroom sessions covering various topics. The goal of this camp is motivational and is not a heavy training camp.
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

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.

 

Selection criteria is subject to change until the time of selection.

FAQs

Does my athlete need to be a US citizen to attend a USA Swimming camp?
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Can an athlete attend a Zone Select Camp in the spring and then attend National Select Camp in the fall?
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Can an athlete attend multiple camps in the spring? For example National Diversity Select Camp and Zone Select Camp?
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Can an athlete attend the same camp more than once?
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What is the progression of camps? Can an athlete "step down" a level from one year to the next?
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Where do LSC Camps fit into the progression? Can an athlete attend a Zone or National Camp and then attend an LSC Camp?
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