2018 YMCA Long Course National Championship
2018 National YMCA Long Course - University of Maryland, College Park, MD
July 30-Aug 3, 2018

Theme: Animation (cartoon characters, princesses, super heroes)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

2018 YMCA LONG COURSE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

The YMCA of the USA is pleased to announce the 2018 YMCA Long Course National Championship will be held at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD beginning Monday July 30 through Friday August 3.

Address: 1115 Eppley Recreation Center, 4128 Valley Drive, College Park, Maryland 20742

This recently refurbished venue is conveniently within driving distance for many of our teams. The YMCA Long Course Championship was last held at the University of Maryland in 2010. We look forward to working again with the committed University staff who historically provide a high-quality meet experience for our athletes and families.

The University of Maryland is looking forward to welcoming the Y's youth athletes, coaches and families this summer. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 For Everyone
 

DORM LODGING (Click link)

University of Maryland has made 100 beds (50 rooms) available in the Bel Air student dorm for YMCA LCNats.  The Bel Air is immediately across the street from Eppley Recreation Center (i.e The Pool).

The dorm is traditional-style with bedrooms along a corridor and shared floor baths. Floors are co-ed. Bathrooms are single gender. Linen is provided. Rooms are air-conditioned.

The cost is $100/night double occupancy; $70/night single occupancy.  Housing is available to athletes, coaches and parents.

Deadline for reservation is July 22, 2018, 11:59 p.m. EST.

This is a great opportunity for economical lodging for small and large teams. that also eliminates the need for daily transportation to the pool and associated parking fees.   ....More

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 For Everyone Visits: 103  
 

HOUSING: 2018 YMCA LC NATS (Click link)

Y-USA is pleased to announce a large selection of hotel options with varied room rates. With affordability in mind, we have partnered with the local hotel community to lower overall travel costs for participants, their families and coaches. Please note the deadline to reserve the rooms at these reduced rates may vary from hotel to hotel. Please plan to reserve your room no later than June 25.

We are also exploring dorm housing options with the University. Please check back in a few weeks for an update. ....More

Sunday, June 3, 2018 For Everyone Visits: 237  
 

MEET ENTRY - CHAMPIONSHIP (Click link)
For Coaches: All Championship meet entries must be made through the YMCA Online Meet Entry System - Entry Deadline is Monday July 23, 2018 at 5:00pm ET ....More

Sunday, June 3, 2018 For Coaches Only Visits: 251  
 

MEET ENTRY - TIME TRIALS (Click link)
For Coaches: YMCA Long Course Nationals Online Meet Entry for TIME TRIALS. Time trials are only open to swimmers participating in YMCA Nationals. Time trials entry is separate from the Main Championship entry. Entry Deadline is Monday July 23, 2018 at 5:00pm (ET) ....More

Sunday, June 3, 2018 For Coaches Only Visits: 128  
 

PARADE THEME

The theme for the Parade of Athletes is "Animation". Athletes are invited to dress-up as their favorite animated character (e.g. princesses, super heroes, cartoon characters, etc.) for the parade. The parade will be held as part of the opening ceremonies before Tuesday's Finals session.

Saturday, May 19, 2018 For Everyone
 

CHAMPIONSHIP HANDBOOK (Click link)
The 2018 YMCA Long Course Nationals Championship Handbook (aka, Meet Invitation) provides information for Coaches, Swimmers and Parents to prepare, enter, attend, and compete in the championship. The Handbook is a must-read for everyone attending the Championship. ....More

Friday, May 18, 2018 For Everyone Visits: 679  
 

GENERAL INFORMATION

ON CAMPUS PARKING

Parking spaces on the University of Maryland campus are a scarce resource.   Several hotels in the area offer shuttle service to areas on campus including the Eppley Recreation center.  You might consider leaving your car at your hotel and taking a shuttle or walking to the pool if you are staying in one of the on-campus hotels.

PARKING GARAGE
The primary parking location for coaches, spectators and volunteers is the six story Terrapin Parking Garage which is less than a five-minute walk to the pool.

The cost of parking for the Terrapin Parking Garage is $12 for the day or $40 for the week (Monday thru Friday).  There is no fee for parking in the Terrapin Parking Garage on Sunday.  Persons with a parking pass for this lot will be permitted to enter leave and re-enter multiple times in the same day. 

PURCHASING PARKING TICKETS
The only way to park in this garage is to "PRE-PURCHASE A DAILY OR WEEKLY PARKING PASS ONLINE."  The attendant will only allow a car with a pre-purchased parking permit to enter the garage.  Anyone arriving at the Terrapin Parking Garage without a printed copy of their pre-purchased Parking pass will be redirected to one of several visitors lots on Campus.   Note: you cannot purchase parking passes/permits at the parking garage. They must be purchase online before you get to the garage.

All of these alternative visitor lots are a further walking distance from the pool and the metered parking cost will be $3 per hour.  Metered parking is obviously more expensive than the $12 all-day parking fee for the Terrapin Parking Garage

Once in the garage, you must leave your parking permit on your dashboard.  Any cars found in the Terrapin Parking Garage (Monday-Friday) without a valid parking pass on their dash are liable for a $75 ticket.   If the Terrapin Garage becomes full you will be redirected to the flat lot 4S north of the Terrapin Garage.  You will be permitted to park in lot 4S by displaying your parking pass on your dash.

SWIMMER DROP-OFF
There is a designated Drop-off area for swimmers in the front of the Eppley Recreation Center on Farm Drive. 

OVERSIZED VEHICLES
Buses and or vehicles that cannot negotiate the 7' 2'' ceiling clearance must purchase the oversize vehicle parking pass which will cost $40 per day.  Oversized vehicles will park in the flat lot 4S north of the Terrapin Garage.  Note: Due to limited space for large vehicles, the university encourages buses to use the drop off area and then leave the campus to park their bus.

HANDICAP PARKING
People with a valid handicap tag will be allowed to park in a group of handicap parking spaces to the left and right of the main entrance of the Rec Center (Farm Drive and Valley Drive.)  Handicap spaces are also available in the Terrapin Garage.  You may pre-order a parking pass and display it on your dash at the handicap spot or pay by the hour at the meter associated with the handicap space.  In addition to the parking pass, you must have a handicap license plate or handicap hang tag.

Note: if you have attended previous YMCA National Championships that were held at Eppley Rec Center, you are probably familiar with the parking lots that were behind and left to the Rec Center.  These parking lots no longer exist.  Although there is still a very small circled area, DO NOT DROP OFF SWIMMERS IN THIS AREA.  The buses and other vehicles may not be able to navigate the small area.

The link to purchase Parking Permits will be available the first week of July.




Wednesday, June 20, 2018 For Everyone
 

MAPS (Click link)

Four Maps to help orient swimmers, coaches, and parents to the University of Maryland and the Eppley Recreation Center: Campus Map,  Eppley Rec Center Area Map, Eppley Rec Center Building Overview Map, Pool Map ....More

Saturday, June 16, 2018 For Everyone Visits: 73  
 

ATHLETE VOLUNTEERS WANTED (Click link)

Coaches: Athlete volunteers enrich the YMCA Nationals experience and are a special part of the YMCA Long Course National Swimming Championship. If you have a swimmer or group of swimmers interested in participating in color guard, water banner, National Anthem, or devotion during the prelims or finals, please see the attached information and application form. Note: Attachment is a MSWORD Document.  Deadline for application submission is July 24, 2018 ....More

Monday, June 4, 2018 For Coaches Only Visits: 82  
 

EVENT FILE - MAIN EVENTS (Click link)
For Coaches: Event file for main championship events.  Entry deadline is Monday July 23 at 5:00pm ....More

Sunday, June 3, 2018 For Coaches Only Visits: 202  
 

EVENT FILE - TIME TRIAL EVENTS (Click link)
For Coaches: Event file for TeamManager/TeamUnify for the LCNats Time Trial Events.  Only participants of the Long Course National Championship may enter these Time Trial Events.  Entry Deadline is 7/23/2018 at 5:00pm ....More

Sunday, June 3, 2018 For Coaches Only Visits: 92  
 

VOLUNTEER PHOTOGRAPHERS (Click link)

To cover the Championship and provide pictures, volunteer photographers are needed. If you are interested, and willing to take picture to post on our web site during the Championship, please read and complete the linked application form. Note: Form is a Microsoft WORD document ....More

Friday, May 25, 2018 For Everyone Visits: 90  
 

TRAVEL ASSISTANCE FOR ATHLETES (Click link)

DEADLINE: 7/14/2018: YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) recognizes the commitment a swimmer makes to training and competing in swimming and diving competitions. We realize the financial strain these competitions can have on families. The YMCA of USA hopes to alleviate some of the financial pressures associated with participation by making financial assistance available to the parents/athlete to help support an athlete on local YMCA Financial Assistance with traveling to National Competitions (transportation and housing costs only) ....More

Friday, May 25, 2018 For Coaches Only Visits: 128  
 

COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY COACH INVITATION (Click link)

College/University coaches are welcome at all YMCA National Swimming and Diving Championships. We encourage you to come and see the talent that can be the future of your swimming team. Entry and heat sheets are complimentary. Please pre-register. ....More

Thursday, May 24, 2018 For Coaches Only Visits: 89  
 

MEET FORMS-EXTRA (Click link)
These forms are automatically generated during the Online Entry process. These templates are provided in the event you did not receive them during your Meet Entry process ....More

Thursday, May 24, 2018 For Coaches Only Visits: 59  
 

SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES (Click link)

Initial draft of Schedule of Activities.  An update will be made to the location of several of the activities in the next several weeks ....More

Thursday, May 24, 2018 For Everyone Visits: 364  
 

INVITATION FOR OFFICIALS AND TIMERS (Click link)
Officials and Timers: You are cordially invited to help us at the 2018 YMCA Long Course Swimming Championship Meet.

To properly conduct a championship meet of this magnitude requires a large number of officials to staff the deck each day. There is a need for YMCA Level I, YMCA Level II, and/or USA-S Officials each day at Preliminaries, Time Trials and Finals. All officials attending the meet are strongly encouraged to sign up to work at this meet.

Timer positions may also be available depending on the number of swim official volunteers. If you are experienced in timing, but are not an Certified Swim Official and would like to volunteer, we encourage you to do so.

The link of this article is to an MSWord invitation and pre-registration form. Download the document, fill in the form and then send the document to Rick Carson at rickcarson209@gmail.com ....More

Thursday, May 24, 2018 For Officials Visits: 81  
 

OFFICIALS TRAINING CLINICS

SWIM OFFICIALS TRAINER TRAINING

This training program will be held on July 29-30, 2018. Note: this training is only for Trainer Candidates

Facilitation Skills for Swim Officials Trainers will be held on July 29 from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM at "The Hotel at the University of Maryland"

Swim Officials Trainer Training will be held after Facilitation Skills from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at "The Hotel at the University of Maryland".

Class Training will involve actually teaching segments of the Level I or Level II program.  This will take place on July 30 at "The Hotel at the University of Maryland". The session will run from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM.

The prerequisites for this program can be found on the website. Registration for this program must be completed by no later than Friday, July 13, 2018. Registration is accomplished by e-mailing the lead trainer, Ed Miller (caefmilleriii@msn.com) and then completing a Trainer Application form obtained from Bridgett Zeitler at Y-USA (bridgett.zeitler@ymca.net).

SWIM OFFICIALS LEVEL I

Clinic will be offered for prospective new Level I officials as well as existing Level I officials needing to renew their certifications. The program will be held at "The Hotel at the University of Maryland" on Monday, July 30 from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM. To register for this clinic, contact the lead trainer, Judy Sharkey (jmsharkey@aol.com). Re-certifying officials must bring a copy of their meet experience record with them evidencing the meet sessions worked d the prior three year certification period.

SWIM OFFICIALS LEVEL II

This clinic will be offered for prospective new Level II officials as well as existing Level II officials needing to renew their certifications. The program will be held at "The Hotel at the University of Maryland" on Monday, July 30 from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM. To register for this clinic, contact the lead trainer, Chris Jung (chrisleexx@aol.com).  New and Re-certifying officials must bring a copy of their meet experience record with them evidencing the meet sessions worked over the prior three year certification period.

 "The Hotel at the University of Maryland" is located at 7777 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD.



Saturday, May 19, 2018 For Officials
 

TIME TRIAL QUALIFYING TIMES (Click link)
2018 YMCA Long Course Time Trial Qualifying Times. 
Note: only participants of the 2018 YMCA Long Course Nationals are eligible to enter these Time Trials ....More

Monday, May 7, 2018 For Everyone Visits: 518  
 

QUALIFYING STANDARDS (Click link)
2018 YMCA Long Course Nationals Qualifying Standards ....More

Thursday, February 8, 2018 For Everyone Visits: 5298  
 

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