2018 YMCA Short Course National Championship
Location: Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, NC
April 3-7, 2018 (Tuesday-Saturday)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

JOIN US FOR THE 2018 YMCA SHORT COURSE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Come join us in Greensboro, NC, April 3-7 for the 2018 YMCA Short Course Nationals. The evenue is the Greensboro Aquatics Center located at 1921 W Gate City Blvd, Greensboro, NC 27403.

With over 1,400 swimmers expected, the 2018 championship is not only an exposition of outstanding swimming competition but also a celebration of achievements by these young athletes. Join us and experience a world-class swimming venue, enjoy the antics of the "infamous" YMCA GateGuys, meet an Olympian at the Athlete Party, and dance and sing to the "Y.M.C.A." song. And let's not forget the Parade of Athletes. This year, the athletes are celebrating their STATE PRIDE by donning themselves in related creative costumes and circling the large pool deck for all to see.

And if this is not enough, meet four college/university swim coaches who will provide insight into the college recruiting process.  Watch all-day swimming with morning prelims, afternoon time trials, and evening finals.  Purchase commemorative apparel.  Get an autograph from (and maybe even a picture with) an Olympian.

Sunday, January 28, 2018 For Everyone
 

HANDBOOK/INVITATION (Click link)

The 2018 YMCA Short Course Nationals Championship Handbook (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.  Updated: 1/19/2018 ....More

Saturday, January 27, 2018 For Everyone Visits: 1645  
 

HOTELS AND LODGING (Click link)
With affordability in mind, we have partnered with the Greensboro Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Greensboro hotel community to lower overall travel costs for Championship participants. This year you will see a larger variety of hotel options, many at lower rates than previous years. Your support of the preferred Greensboro hotels is appreciated. ....More

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 For Everyone Visits: 1114  
 

GENERAL INFORMATION

MEET ENTRY - TIME TRIALS (Click link)
YMCA SC 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 March 26, 2018 at 5:00pm (ET) ....More

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 For Coaches Only Visits: 128  
 

MEET ENTRY - CHAMPIONSHIP (Click link)
All Championship meet entries must be made through the YMCA Online Meet Entry System - Entry Deadline is Monday March 26, 2017 at 5:00pm ET ....More

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 For Coaches Only Visits: 111  
 

GREENSBORO VISITOR GUIDE (Click link)
Welcome to the Gate City - Greensboro, North Carolina. We know that you will enjoy your stay and hope that you will take advantage of the many terrific things that Greensboro has to offer. Click the link for information on attractions, sporting events, shops, arts, breweries & wineries, restaurants, and more ....More

Sunday, February 18, 2018 For Everyone Visits: 62  
 

MAP OF POOL DECK (Click link)
Map of pool deck at Greensboro Aquatics Center for YMCA SC Nationals ....More

Sunday, February 18, 2018 For Everyone Visits: 75  
 

MAP - SPECIAL EVENTS CENTER (Click link)
Greensboro Parking and Special Events Center Map for the Aquatics Center. ....More

Sunday, February 18, 2018 For Everyone Visits: 56  
 

ANNUAL YMCA REGISTRATION (Click link)

Coaches: If you plan to attend 2018 YMCA Short Course Nationals, you must register your team and all attending coaches by Feb 28, 2018 with your YMCA Regional Rep.  Failure to register by this deadline will result in a $60 deck pass fee for unregistered coaches. ....More

Sunday, February 18, 2018 For Coaches Only Visits: 55  
 

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

Sunday, February 18, 2018 For Coaches Only Visits: 71  
 

FOOD AND BEVERAGE POLICY

Greensboro Coliseum and Aquatic Center Outside Food and Drink Policy
Spectators: Spectators are not allowed to bring in any food, snack or beverages into the Aquatic Center or Athlete Village. The GAC will have concessions each day of the meet. Re-entry parking privileges are allowed should anyone want to go off-site for meals.

Teams: No outside catering or take-out food is permitted at either venue. A team coach may bring a cooler into the Athlete Village (with water or Gatorade). Swimmers may bring in snacks and power bars for consumption if stored in their back packs,. There will be water available throughout the meet in on-deck coolers for swimmers, coaches and officials. Empty water bottles may be brought in for use at the water fountains.

Sunday, February 18, 2018 For Everyone
 

GAC POOL SCHEDULE
As you would expect, all public facilities in Guilford County NC, including Greensboro Aquatic Center (GAC) and Coliseum, will be closed on Easter Sunday. The pool schedule for the weekend and week is: 
  • Friday 3/30:  GAC open 7:00am-2:00pm - shared lanes, $5 per swimmer
  • Saturday 3/31: GAC open 7:00am to 2:00pm - shared lanes, $5 per swimmer
  • Sunday 4/1: GAC CLOSED
  • Monday 4/2: GAC open 7:00am to 8:00pm  - shared lanes, $5 per swimmer.  Pads will be set and test equipment from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday 4/3:  Championship Check-in, GAC open exclusively for YMCA swimmers at 6:00pm-4:00pm (no fee), competition starts at 5:30pm
  • Wednesday through Saturday 4/4 through 4/7: - Pool opens 6:00am and closes 30 minutes after last race. Dive Well and Rec pools will close at the start of the last race nightly


Saturday, February 17, 2018 For Coaches Only
 

LONG COURSE MEET FOLLOWING SC NATS ENTRY DEADLINE (Click link)
As has been done in the past, the Greensboro Community YMCA will be hosting a Long Course Time Trial meet for all participants of YMCA Short Course Nationals. The meet will be held at the Greensboro Aquatic Center (same location as YMCA SC Nats) on Sunday April 8, 2018 (day after the Y Nats Championship ends). Entry Deadline is March 29, 2018 at midnight. Click the link for the invitation.

Event file is available at this link: Event File

Please Note: This meet is hosted by GCY and is not part of the YMCA National Championship. This information is being provided as a courtesy to GCY and the coaches/swimmers participating in Y Nationals. YUSA and the National Championship Committee are not involved in this meet. All questions should be directed to individuals outlined in the invitation. ....More

Thursday, February 1, 2018 For Coaches Only Visits: 206  
 

ADOLPH KIEFER YOUTH CHARACTER AWARD (Click link)
As part of the Y's commitment to strengthen community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, YMCA of the USA and the Adolph Kiefer family will select from submitted candidates two individuals as the Adolph Kiefer YMCA Youth Character Award recipients for 2018. The 2018 Adolph Kiefer YMCA Youth Character Award recognizes one male and one female for their excellence in academic achievement and commitment to healthy living and social responsibility through YMCA competitive swimming. The selected individuals will be granted $2,500 each to be issued directly to the athlete's institute for higher learning.  Deadline March 21, 2018 ....More

Thursday, February 1, 2018 For Everyone Visits: 136  
 

TRAVEL ASSISTANCE FOR ATHLETES (Click link)

DEADLINE: 3/18/2018: 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

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 For Coaches Only Visits: 176  
 

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

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 For Everyone Visits: 71  
 

YMCA COACH OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS (Click link)



YMCA coaches play a critical role in the cognitive, physical and social-emotional development of young athletes. By using swimming as a vehicle by which to promote achievement, relationships and a sense of belonging, coaches take a holistic approach to youth development. The lessons learned through swimming help an individual to thrive well beyond the pool.

The YMCA Swimming Coach of the Year Award is presented annually to the person who best exemplifies this approach to his or her role as a coach. The recipient intentionally strengthens the foundations of his or her community and actively promotes youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. He or she maintains high standards for the YMCA's core values of honesty, caring, respect and responsibility.

Anyone can nominate a swim coach for his award: parent, swimmer, coach, YMCA professional, official. Forms and all supporting documents are due by March 1, 2018. The recipient is selected by YMCA National Coaches Association Executive Committee and the YMCA of USA Swimming and Diving Council. The recipient Will be announced at the YMCA National Short Course Championship Meet. The recipient does not need to be present at the meet to be chosen to receive the award.

Please do not send multiple submissions by different individuals for the same coach if these individuals are all aware that the coach is being nominate. Please consolidate all the information into one submission, if possible. ....More

Sunday, January 28, 2018 For Everyone Visits: 146  
 

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

Saturday, January 27, 2018 For Coaches Only Visits: 90  
 

ATHLETE VOLUNTEERS (Click link)
Athlete volunteers are needed to fill a special role in this year's YMCA Short 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. Deadline for application submission is March 29, 2018 ....More

Saturday, January 27, 2018 For Everyone Visits: 77  
 

MOMENT OF REMEMBRANCE (Click link)

During Short Course Nationals, members of our YMCA Swim Community who we have lost over the past 12 months will be remembered in a Moment of Silence. Please send the name of individuals to be remembered to Bob McDowell at bmcdowell@riverbrookymca.org.

Those we hold closest to our hearts never truly leave us. They live on in the kindness they have shared and the love they brought into our lives ....More

Saturday, January 27, 2018 For Everyone Visits: 43  
 

OFFICIALS AND TIMERS NEEDED (Click link)
Officials and Timers: You are cordially invited to help us at the 2018 YMCA Short 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 Robert Menck at rmenckiii@gmail.com ....More

Saturday, January 27, 2018 For Officials Visits: 115  
 

FAQ (Click link)

A perspective from our Championship Meet Committee athlete representatives:  Shannon Culbert and Susie Issenmann.

Is this your first time attending Short Course YMCA Nationals? Getting ready for Nationals can be very exciting, and the event is unlike any other competition you've competed in. Here are some frequently asked questions that might help you prepare for the event. ....More

Saturday, January 27, 2018 For Everyone Visits: 153  
 

OFFICIALS TRAINING CLINICS
YMCA Swim Officials Training Clinics offered at 2018 YMCA SC Nationals

As always, we will be offering several swim officials' training clinics at the 2018 Short Course Swimming Championships in Greensboro, NC in April. The clinics offered will be as follows:

Swim Officials Trainer Training

This program, which includes the prerequisite Facilitation Skills Training (FST), will be held on Monday and Tuesday, April 2-3, 2018.

The first phase will be held on Monday, April 2nd from 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM at the Sheraton Greensboro Hotel and will encompass parts of both FST and the Trainer Training program.

The second phase, which will also involve actually teaching segments of the Level I or Level II program, will take place on Tuesday, April 3rd at the Greensboro Aquatic Complex. The session will run from 7:30 AM until 2:30 PM.

The prerequisites for this clinic can be found on the website. Registration for this program must be completed by no later than Friday, March 16, 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 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 Greensboro Aquatic Complex on Tuesday, April 3rd from 9:30 AM until 1:30 PM. To register for this clinic, contact the lead trainer, Eddie Hughes (cehughes@spinxco.com). 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.

Swim Officials Level I

This 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 Greensboro Aquatic Complex on Tuesday, April 3rd from 9:30 AM until 1:30 PM. To register for this clinic, contact the lead trainer, Ed Miller (caefmilleriii@msn.com). 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.


Saturday, January 27, 2018 For Officials
 

EVENT FILE - TIME TRIAL EVENTS (Click link)
Event file for Time Trial events ....More

Saturday, January 27, 2018 For Everyone Visits: 253  
 

EVENT FILE - MAIN EVENTS (Click link)
Event file for main championship events ....More

Saturday, January 27, 2018 For Coaches Only Visits: 454  
 

QUALIFYING STANDARDS - TIME TRIALS (Click link)
Time Trials Qualifying Standards ....More

Saturday, January 27, 2018 For Everyone Visits: 459  
 

QUALIFYING STANDARDS/TIMES (Click link)
Qualifying times for the 2018 YMCA Short Course National Championship.

Note: if you have a previous copy of the time standards that indicate several changed event standard from 2017, this copy is an incorrect copy.  The correct standards have not changed from 2017  ....More

Saturday, January 27, 2018 For Everyone Visits: 5351  
 

GREENSBORO AQUATIC CENTER SELECTED (Click link)

2018 YMCA SHORT COURSE NATIONALS

The YMCA of the USA is pleased to announce that the YMCA Short Course National Championship Meet will return to the Greensboro Aquatic Center (GAC) in Greensboro, NC, in 2018, 2019 and 2020.  The 2018 dates will be April 3-7, 2018.

VENUE SELECTION PROCESS
Following a thorough review process that included a committee of event volunteers and swim coaches, Y-USA selected the GAC based on the high quality of the facility, the experience level of the staff, the reasonable cost to families and teams, and ongoing support of the local community. The selection committee thoughtfully reviewed each bid and visited all of the proposed sites. The committee's recommendation was determined based on an extensive evaluation rubric, and coach feedback.

We look forward to working again with the qualified and committed staff of the GAC, the Greensboro CVB and our other local partners to provide a high quality meet experience so that our athletes can achieve their full potential.

AFFORDABLE LODGING
Y-USA is pleased to announce a larger selection of hotel options with lower hotel sleeping room rates for the 2018 YMCA National Short Course Championship.  With affordability in mind, we have partnered with the Greensboro Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Greensboro hotel community to lower overall travel costs for Championship participants.  This year you will see a larger variety of hotel options, many at lower rates than previous years. Your support of the preferred Greensboro hotels is appreciated. Please note the deadline to reserve the rooms at these reduced rates is March 17, 2018.  This is a full week later than past hotel reservation deadlines.

ADDITIONAL DISCOUNTS
In addition to the lower rates, when you book with these partner hotels, you'll receive coupons for additional discounts on local attractions and restaurants, generating even greater savings for you. These additional discounts are only offered to attendees who book the hotels listed on this site by the March 17 deadline. We are confident you'll want to take advantage of the overall savings involved when you book your hotel reservation with these partner hotels.

Please note that Y-USA has ended the relationship with the vendor utilizing the "Stay with Us" model for hotel reservations. We are confident that the partnership with the Greensboro Convention and Visitors Bureau will result in an improved experience for you at a lower overall cost.

The City of Greensboro is looking forward to welcoming YMCA athletes, coaches, families and friends in the spring. To book your hotel stay please click the link: http://ymca.lodginglead.com/event/ 

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017 For Everyone Visits: 812  
 

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