You MUST be a currently registered member of USMS or a FINA member National governing body on or before the day of your swim!
Swim First~~~Then enter/register for the 3000-Yard or 6000-Yard Postal National Championship. Have your completed split sheet handy to enter your splits at the prompt.
You can now swim your 3000 postal or your 6000 postal in either a 25-yard pool OR a 25-meter pool!
Customized meters entry pathway is provided during your online entry process. NO METERS TO YARDS CONVERSION required by the entrant! The software will do it for you! (See the LOCATION section below for full information.)
NO completed split sheets need to be submitted to the event director for individual online entries UNLESS you have broken an individual National Record. (Please see Splits section below for full information and split sheet retention policy)
ONLINE INDIVIDUAL ENTRY OPENS ON September 15, 2013
ONLINE RELAY REGISTRATION WILL OPEN ON November 28, 2013
All online individual entries and all currently processed mailed individual entries will be displayed by USMS Club and will include the entrant's time for the Club Relay Coordinators/Builder's reference. You will only be able to view a listing of YOUR USMS Club's entries.
Hosted by Central Illinois Masters Swim Team, Inc.
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Date: The 3000-Yard Postal and/or the 6000-Yard Postal must be swum in its entirety on or between September 15 and November 15, 2013.
- All online individual entry submissions must be completed by 11:59PM HT on Monday, November 25, 2013(See Records below).
- Complete split sheets will not be required to be submitted to the event director for individuals entering online UNLESS that entrant has broken an individual national record. However, split sheets must remain available upon request of the event director; if it is not provided upon request, the individual entry and applicable relays may be disqualified. Please retain a copy of your completed split sheet for one year after the entry deadline. (see Splits below).
- Completed split sheets for individual National Record breakers must be received by the event director by Monday, November 25, 2013.
- Mailed paper individual entries must be received by Monday, November 25, 2013.
- All online relay entry submissions must be completed by 11:59PM HT on Thursday, December 5, 2013.
- Mailed paper relay entries must be received by Thursday, December 5, 2013.
Objective: To swim 3000 yards or meters and/or 6000 yards or meters in its entirety in any 25-yard or 25-meter pool you choose. Event results are sent in electronically or by mail so you can compare yourself to other swimmers doing the same event. Some people do the 3000-yard Postal and/or the 6000-yard Postal event for competition, while others do it for fitness; all who wish to participate are welcome. The recorded time you submit determines the order of finish. If two or more swimmers report the same time, a tie will be declared.
Location: Swimmers shall swim the 3000-yard Postal and/or the 6000-yard Postal in any 25-yard pool or 25-meter pool. For events swum in 25-meter pools, swimmers must swim 3000 meters or 6000 meters. Please submit your splits and final times in the course that you swam your event. Final 25-meter times will be converted automatically by the online entry system by dividing the final times for completing 3000 meters or 6000 meters by 1.0936 and integrating them with 25-yard times.
Eligibility: This is a USMS-sanctioned event and all participants must be registered for 2013 with USMS (or the equivalent FINA organization for foreign swimmers) on or before the day of their swim. Foreign swimmers are not eligible for USMS records or All-American status. Entries submitted by mail must include a copy of your current 2013 registration card. Online entries for USMS swimmers will be verified automatically. All foreign swimmers who enter online must submit an electronic copy or mail a copy of their equivalent organization 2013 registration card to the event director by November 25, 2013.
Individual Events: Men and women compete separately in age groups of five-year increments: 18-24, 25-29, 30-34,…100+. The swimmer’s age on the day he or she actually completes his or her swim will determine his or her age group. Swimmers who change age groups during the event may enter twice, but must swim the event twice, once in each age group.
Relay Events: Relay events will be contested in three categories: 3 men, 3 women, or 4 mixed (2 men, 2 women). Each relay member MUST also enter the individual event and be registered with the same USMS Club. Unattached swimmers are not permitted on relays. Competitors shall be allowed to swim in only one same-gender and one mixed-gender relay in each postal event. The youngest relay member’s age shall determine the relay’s age group. Age groups are 18+, 25+, 35+,…95+. The cumulative time for the individual swims will be the relay time.
Club Event: Each Club will be entered automatically in the Club event. Club point scoring will be calculated based on Quality Points, which are ratios of each individual time to the corresponding USMS record for the gender & age group. The faster the swim the more Quality Points a swimmer earns. Club totals will be the sum of the Quality Points of its swimmers. Since every swimmer will receive Quality Points, every swimmer counts!
Fees: $8 for each individual entry ($12 for non-US FINA Masters swimmers) and $16 for each relay entry. Fees are non-refundable. Online entries must be paid by credit card (Visa or MasterCard). Mailed in entries must be paid by check or money order only – no cash. Foreign entrants may enter online with a credit card, or enter by mail submitting fees in U.S. funds via international money order or bank check drawn on a bank with a U.S. affiliate.
Awards: The top 10 finishers in each age group in the individual event and the top 3 relay teams in relay events will receive USMS Long Distance National Championship medals. First place finishers in each individual and relay age group will also receive a USMS Long Distance National Championship patch. Only one patch per event per participant will be awarded.
Rules: The 2013 USMS Rules govern these events, including USMS Rule 102.12.1 regarding swimwear. Drafting, flotation, and propulsive devices (pull buoys, fins, paddles, snorkels, wet suits, etc.) are not permitted. No more than two swimmers may share a lane. If a lane is shared, each swimmer must stay on his or her side of the lane during the entire race (i.e. no circle swimming). An adult acting as a starter/head timer/referee shall be present at all times during the swim. Each swimmer must have a verifier to count laps and record cumulative splits every 50 yards or 50 meters. The timing of the event may be done with a stopwatch or electronic timing device. One person may serve as a counter for no more than two swimmers per heat. A 3000 yard split in the 6000 yard postal event may be submitted for a record if requested in writing and at least two dedicated handheld watches are used to record the record split. It will not be accepted as an entry for the 3000 yard postal event; the events must be swum separately. No adjustment may be made for swims completed at altitude.
Records: If you break a national age group record, the record will be updated on the USMS Long Distance National Records webpage for 2014 and will be printed in the 2015 USMS Rule Book.
Unsporting Conduct: Any act of fraud, deception, or dishonesty in connection with this event or knowingly providing false information including name, date of birth, age or gender in this event entry form may result in disciplinary action by USMS pursuant to USMS Rule 402.3, 402.4.3, and 402.4.4
Splits: Cumulative split times must be recorded to the nearest second (final times for national records to the nearest 100th) on the official event split sheet available at www.usms.org/longdist/1hr_3000_6000_splits.pdf . Any split or final time submitted without tenths or hundredths will be defaulted to .99 second. Any split or final time submitted with tenths (.x) will be defaulted to .x9 second. Do not enter .00 if you have no tenths or hundredths of a second as a documented split. This split sheet must be kept for each swimmer.
ONLINE ENTRIES: If submitting your results online, you will be asked to enter only 300 yard or meter splits for the 3000-yard Postal and only 600 yard or meter splits for the 6000-yard Postal. Please submit your splits and final times in the course that you swam your event. Final 25-meter times will be converted automatically by the online entry system by dividing the final times for completing 3000 meters or 6000 meters by 1.0936 and integrating them with 25-yard times. Individuals entering online WILL NOT be required to submit a completed split sheet UNLESS that entrant has broken an individual national record. However, split sheets must remain available upon request of the event director; if it is not provided upon request, the individual entry and applicable relays may be disqualified. Please retain a copy of your completed split sheet for one year after the entry deadline.
Completed split sheets for individual National Record breakers must be received by the event director by Monday, November 25, 2013. Scan and email to: email@example.com or mail to 2013 3000/6000 Postal National Championships, Central Illinois Masters, 2 Raspberry Road, Bloomington, Illinois 61704
MAILED ENTRIES: If mailing in an entry, you MUST mail the split sheet with the entry form which must be received by Monday, November 25, 2013.
T-Shirts: The 2013 USMS 3000- & 6000- Yard Postal National Championships T-shirt is available for $17. Sizes adult small-XL. No T-shirts for FINA/International registrants.
Results: Complete results will be available via the internet. Preliminary results will be posted on the USMS website at www.usms.org by December 6, 2013, for two weeks. All corrections must be sent to the event director during those two weeks. Final results will be posted approximately one week later.
Online Relay Entries: Online relay entries will open on November 28, 2013. All online individual entries and all currently processed mailed individual entries will be displayed by USMS Club and will include the entrant's time for the Club Relay Coordinator/Builder's reference. You will only be able to view a listing of YOUR USMS Club's entries. Online relay entries must be completed by 11:59PM HT on Thursday, December 5, 2013.
Mailed Relay Entries: Please visit www.usms.org/longdist/ldnats13/ to download relay entry forms or send a SASE to: 2013 3000/6000 Postal National Championships, Central Illinois Masters, 2 Raspberry Road, Bloomington, Illinois 61704
Questions: Contact event director: Dave Gibson firstname.lastname@example.org 309.663.4019