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About U. S. Swimming

United States Swimming (USS) is the National Governing Body for competitive swimming in the United States. USS was conceived in 1978 with the passage of the Amateur Sports Act which specified that all Olympic sports would be administered independently.

Prior to this act, USS was the Competitive Swimming Committee of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) located in Indianapolis, Indiana. USS Headquarters office was established in Colorado Springs, Colo., in 1981 and is located at the Olympic Training Center.

As the National Governing Body for the sport, USS is responsible for the conduct and administration of swimming in the United States. In this capacity, USS formulates the rules, implements policies and procedures, conducts the national championships, disseminates safety and sports medicine information and selects the athletes to represent the United States in international competition .

How is USS organized?

International
The international federation for the aquatic sports is the Federation Internationale de National Amateur (FINA). USS is affiliated with FINA through United States Aquatic Sports (USAS), which is made up of the four aquatic sports--swimming, synchronized swimming, diving and water polo.

National
USS is a Group A member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and has voting representation in the USOC House of Delegates.

Local
Within the United States, USS is divided into 59 Local Swimming Committees (LSCs); each one responsible for administering USS activities in a defined geographical area. Each LSC has its own set of bylaws under which it operates.

A House of Delegates with representation of athletes, coaches, members of the Board of Directors and clubs is responsible for managing the business affairs of each LSC.

United States Swimming is a non-profit organization made up of very dedicated volunteers. Interested individuals donate their time, energy and expertise at every level from the national Board of Directors to the local swimming clubs. All policy decisions are made through a chain of committees reporting to elected vice presidents.

The USS House of Delegates meets once a year at the annual USAS Convention and determines the rules and regulations for swimming for the following year. Between yearly meetings of the House of Delegates, an elected USS Board of Directors is charged with the responsibility of making decisions for the Corporation.

What Services and Programs are offered?

The USS Headquarters provides a variety of services and programs for its membership. Among the many services are publications, educational programs, fund-raising activities, sports medicine programs, video resources and general information about swimming related activities. The USS stuff is available to assist you in answering questions or providing additional information about United States Swimming. For information or assistance, contact:

USS National Headquarters
One Olympic Plaza
Colorado Springs, CO 80909-5707
(719)578-4578
(719)578-4669 (fax)

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