Of the "Major Changes for 2021" outlined in the newest USMS Rule Book, the following have the most direct effect on Minnesota meets:

1.  The term "Meet Announcement" replaces the previously used "meet information" and "entry forms" terminology.

2.  The book clarifies the required timeline for release of the "Meet Announcement."  That document must be provided to all eligible swimmers at least one week prior to the entry deadline following the issuance of a sanction and it must include the order of events. The Minnesota LMSC may establish a minimum period of time longer than one week

3.  The meet director may cancel or postpone a meet after consultation with the h9ost organization, LMSC leadership, the meet referee and/or facility management in the event that "unusual or severe weather or other conditions preclude the possibility of safely and effectively conducting a meet or event."

3. Virtual meets may be held as competitions at multiple venues with the same order of events and all results merged.  Virtual meets may be held on different days at the multiple venues. All of the events must be completed within a maximum 10-day period in the same calendar year.  The age determining date shall be the same for the entire meet, that being the last day of the meet for SCY and December 31st for SCM and LCM.

4.  The guidelines for meets dual sanctioned by both USMS and USA Swimming have been clarified.

5.  Individual and Club membership fees are now the same across all LMSCs.  The 2021 fee for individual swimmers is $60.

6.  LMSCs must inform their members of election policies, procedures and details with at least 15 days of notice of an election.

About Minnesota Masters Swimming

Minnesota Masters Swimming LMSC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to a healthy swimming lifestyle for adult swimmers within 87 counties in Minnesota and 3 in Western Wisconsin. It is the local governing body for United States Masters Swimming (USMS).

There are 1,172 registered swimmers in the Minnesota LMSC and over 60,000 nationwide. Anyone 18 years of age or older is eligible to join. No prior competitive swimming experience is necessary.

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