There are readily available opportunities to compete in two programs, the Senior Games (aka Senior Olympics) and the US Masters Swim Program. In the Senior Games and Masters Swimming Programs the emphases are on participation and enjoyment. You direct the nature and intensity of your activity so that it is safe, healthy and fun for you.
Swim Club workouts are designed to accommodate people interested in preparing for competition as well as general fitness and recreation. If you are interested in but uneasy about competing, you may want to consider entering 1 or 2 events the first time or attending a meet with the team and watching.
Coached workouts, individual assistance, and/or information you can use on your own are offered so that you feel prepared to compete and enjoy the experience.
The Senior Games are good “entry level” meets for new competitors. Meets are generally short, and are very “user friendly,” i.e. relatively informal. Most meets are held in 25 yd. pools, the same length as the SaddleBrooke lap pool.
Traditionally, the SaddleBrooke Swim Team has participated in 3 local swim meets (Sierra Vista, Tucson and Green Valley), the State meet and the Relay meet held in the Phoenix area. These meets are listed on a separate sheet entitled, “Senior Games Swim Meet List.”
UNITED STATES MASTERS SWIMMING (USMS)
Traditionally, the SaddleBrooke swim team has not participated in USMS meets as a team, but individual swimmers from SaddleBrooke are USMS members/competitors. Membership in USMS is required in order to compete in the meets. Membership information is the File Box and is also available on line at the sites listed below. You may also join on line at www.usms.org. Last year the cost of membership was $40.00. For more information about USMS, its schedule of meets and the names of local teams you may use the web sites: www.azlmsc.org and www.usms.org.
Swimmer Friendly Rules in Brief
Starts–There is no need to dive in unless you choose to. A freestyle, breaststroke, butterfly or individual medley (IM) race may be started in any one of three ways;