2024 YMCA SHORT COURSE
NATIONAL SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIP

April 2-6, 2024

Greensboro Aquatic Center - Greensboro, NC

 
Please use the hotel reservation system to book your rooms. This supports the Travel Assistance Fund for YMCA National Championship swimmers.

 

This year's Parade Theme is "Under the Sea".

 

Meet Handbook

The 2024 YMCA National Short Course Championship Handbook provides information for coaches, swimmers and parents to prepare, enter, attend, and compete in the championship.  The format of this year's handbook has been streamlined.  Meet operations details have been moved to the separate appendix document.  Updates to the handbook will be made when additional information is available.  Latest Version of Handbook last updated 02/26/24 with correction to entering intact relay section.  Appendices to SC Handbook.

Schedule of Activities

This is the schedule of swimming events and activities for each day of the meet.  The schedule contains event/activities, dates/times and locations.  For coaches, swimmers, officials and parents.  Latest Version of Schedule last updated 2/8.

Key Information for Coaches

This document will serve as the agenda of discussion items at the Coaches meeting on Tuesday, April 2. 

New Order of Events for this year 

Our coaches have recommended a new order of events and their recommendation has been implemented for 2024.  The changes primarily involve the days the relays are swum.  Also, the order of two events on Day 5 has been flipped to give the 100 freestylers additional time between their individual event and the 400 freestyle relay.  New order of events, with changes highlited in yellow.

Meet Qualifying Times

The period for achieving the Qualifying Time Standard  is February 1, 2023 through the entry deadline.  List of Time Standards

Pool Map

Map of Pool Deck at Greensboro Aquatic Center for YMCA National SC Championship.  View Deck Map.   

Athlete Dinner with Olympian Ashley Twichell

Athletes and coaches are invited to have dinner and hear from Olympian Ashley Twichell following the meet session on Tuesday, April 2. 

Tuesday, April 2 - 6:30-7:30 PM
Special Events Center, Hall B (next to Athlete Village)
Menu: Lasagna, Vegetarian Lasagna, Salad, Bread, Lemonade, Cookies/Brownies
*If any coach or athlete on your team has food allergies or dietary restrictions, contact Laurie Dubrick.
Cost: $25 per person - register and pay as part of your team entry to the meet (click here for instructions)
Ashley will be available for photos and autographs before and after the dinner.

Entry Information

ENTRY DEADLINE: Monday, March 25 at 9:00 pm ET

The Swimcloud entry system will open for entries on March 1, 2024.  Documentation for using the Swimcloud entry system is available here.  

The link to the entry system for the Championship meet is here.

The link to the entry system for the Time Trial meet is here.

If you experience problems while using the Swimcloud entry process you can ask for help.

A swimmer having only the bonus qualifying standard in the 1000 freestyle or 1650 freestyle may enter that event and may be selected to compete in that event if the event does not fill (maximum 32 entrants) with swimmers having the regular qualifying time in either event. Coaches will be notified at meet Check-in.

Also continuing this year, there are additional qualifying standards for the 200 Medley Relay and 200 Free Relay. May use 400 Medley Relay and 400 Free Relay times to qualify when a 200 time can not be proven. Will be seeded last as non-conforming time.

Entry File for Championship Meet      Entry File for Time Trial Meet

Submitting Insurance

Each YMCA represented in the meet must have a current Certificate of Liability Insurance filed with YMCA of the USA. See SAMPLE that includes the exact wording required. New this year: The COI is filed by your YMCA's MOYP Administrator or CEO in the Data Collection Hub. This is the same place they submit your YMCA's annual report. Send questions to Meredith Griffin.

Attestation & Declaration Forms

Find the required attestation and CEO/Executive Director declaration forms on the Championship Forms page. Deadline is March 29.

Eligibility Waiver Request - To request a waiver of one of the eligibility requirements for a swimmer, the head coach completes and submits this electronic form with as much detail and supporting material as possible. Submit no later than Monday, March 25 (entry deadline).

Coach Authorization Form - For YMCA teams that will not have a certified, registered and approved coach on deck with their athletes for part or all of the meet. Complete this form and bring to Meet Check-in.


Athlete Travel Assistance

Up to $600 is available to athletes who would not otherwise be able to travel to the meet through the YMCA Athlete Travel Assistance Program. The athlete's head coach submits the application and payment is made to the athlete's YMCA. Athlete must be receiving financial assistance from their local YMCA. Deadline to submit is March 25. Full information and application submission link HERE.

Senior Recognition

As part of our Senior Recognition at the meet, we are creating a presentation to be shown on the video screen at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.  If you are a graduating senior and would like to be included in the presentation, please submit your information before March 23.  Details for Submission.

Athlete Volunteers - Reflections & National Anthem

Athletes are invited to offer a Reflection or perform the National Anthem prior to the start of a meet session. National Anthem performers must have experience performing the National Anthem in front of a large group and may be asked to submit an audio sample before being selected. Apply HERE.

Athletes - Apply to Carry Your State Sign in the Parade of Athletes

Athletes or coaches may use this link to apply to carry your state's sign in the parade. Assignments will be made on a first come-first serve basis and if the sign is lost or damaged, your YMCA will be charged $50 for replacement.

YMCA Swimming Coach of the Year

The recipient does not need to be present at the meet, but this award will be announced during the 2024 YMCA National Short Course Championships. Nominations are due by March 15.

Moment of Remembrance

During the meet, members of our YMCA Swim Community who we have lost since we last met in April 2023 will be remembered in a Moment of Remembrance.  We are preparing a slide show to recognize these individuals.  If you would like to have an individual included, please send their name, their connection to YMCA swimming and their picture to Bob McDowell at [email protected].

 

Timers and Officials Needed

Volunteer timers and officials are needed for all sessions of the meet. Officials: Use this link to sign up. Timers: Use this link to sign up. Those who work at least four sessions receive a shirt, complimentary parking pass and an all-session spectator pass.

All volunteers are required to register in the YMCA National Youth Event Volunteer Registration system, as well as to complete a Y-USA or USA Swimming background check within the past two years, Athlete Protection Training within the past year and read and sign the Y-USA attestation form including a Code of Conduct with Youth.

Team Dinners at the Greensboro Aquatic Center

The Greensboro Aquatic Center will be providing the opportunity of team meals (Dinner) again this year at YMCA Short Course Nationals. We will be offering team meals Wednesday, April 3rd – Saturday, April 6th.  The order deadline will be Wednesday, March 20th.  More Information, last updated February 29 with menus for each day.

College/University Coaches Invitation

College/University coaches are welcome at all YMCA National Swimming and Diving Championships.  We encourage you to come see the talent that can be part of your future team.  We do request that all college coaches check-in at meet registration/coach check-in with their business card or school identification and a photo ID.  You will receive complimentary admission, complimentary heat sheets and a listing of attending teams, coaches and swimmers.  You may use this form to pre-register.

Hotels

Use this link to reserve hotel rooms for yourself and/or your team.

By using the hotel reservation system, you are supporting the Travel Assistance Fund that helps athletes in need. Please support the meet and YMCA swimmers and reserve your rooms through this system.

Visitors' Guide

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.  For information on attractions, sporting events, shops, arts, breweries & wineries, restaurants, and more  Click Here.

Long Course Time Trial - Sunday, April 7

The Greensboro Community YMCA (GCY) Swim Team will run a long course time trial meet on Sunday, April 7. Contact Cynthia Shannon with questions.
 

More information will be added throughout the season. Check back regularly.