2024 YMCA LONG COURSE
NATIONAL SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIP

Tuesday, July 30 - Saturday, August 3

Florida Aquatics Swimming & Training (FAST)
Ocala, FL

This year's Parade Theme is  "OUT of this WORLD"
 
IMPORTANT: Hotel booking is through MCI, a nationally recognized company and partner of the YMCA. PLEASE use this service in order to get the best rates for your hotel rooms and at the same time support the Travel Assistance Fund, which provides assistance to swimmers who are not able to afford this meet otherwise. See link below.

 

Joint Press Release announcing Site for 2024 YMCA Long Course National Swimming Championship

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Meet Handbook

The 2024 YMCA Long Course National Swimming 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 06/06/24.  Appendices to LC Handbook last updated 06/02/24. Coaches Meeting

Facility Map

View and download the map of the Florida Aquatics Swimming & Training (FAST) facility with the setup for the YMCA Long Course National Swimming Championship. View Map

New this Year: Pre-Meet Coaches Meetings

Unlike previous years, where the coaches meeting was held in person the day of Check-In, this year this meeting will be held prior to your arrival in Ocala as a ZOOM meeting.  It will be held Wednesday, July 24 at 8:00 PM EDT.  At least one coach from each team should plan to participate.  A recording of the meeting will be made and posted.  Details for joining the ZOOM meeting will be posted here prior to the day of the meeting.  There will still be an on-site meeting for coaches NEW to YMCA Nationals.  It will be on Monday, July 29.  See the Schedule of Activities for time and place.

Contact List

Need to contact someone about the meet, find appropriate contact in this list.

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. If they do not see the COI Submission portal, they just need to go into MOYP and edit role assignments then access the COI Submission as association data steward. Send questions to Meredith Griffin.

Customized list of YMCAs that have participated in recent national meets (as of 6/13/24).  If you don't find your YMCA in the customized list, then use the full Current list of all YMCAs (as of 6/13/24).

Entry Information

ENTRY DEADLINE: Monday, July 22 at 9:00 pm ET

The Swimcloud entry system will open for entries on July 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.

Meet Qualifying Times

The Qualifying Times for the 800/1000 Freestyle and 1500/1650 freestyle were changed on 5/23/2024.  The new Qualifying Times are the old Bonus Qualifying Times.  The bonus time standards have been eliminated. The period for achieving the Qualifying Time Standard  is April 1, 2023 through the entry deadline.  List of Time Standards

Entry Files

Championship Meet           Time Trial Meet


Volunteers

Officials 

If you are willing to volunteer as an official at the meet, please complete this form.

Timers 

Volunteer timers are needed for all sessions of the meet.  Timers: Use this link to sign up. Those who work at least five sessions receive a shirt and an all-session spectator pass. Hospitality will be available for timers at the sessions they work.

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.

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.


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 July 22.  Full information and application submission link is HERE.

Senior Recognition

As part of our Senior Recognition at the meet, we are creating a presentation.  If you are a graduating senior and would like to be included in the presentation, please submit your information before July 19.   Details for submission.

Moment of Remembrance

During the meet, members of our YMCA Swim Community who we have lost since we last met in April 2024 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].


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