As of today you can start registering and renewing your USMS membership for 2010. This is also the easiest time of the year to attach to a team or change your affiliation. I took screen caps all the way through the process of renewing *and* joining a new team so you can see how the whole thing works. It’s pretty easy and only takes a few minutes. A quick note before you rush out and register, make sure your club is registered for the 2010 season. If they haven’t done so you can’t attach to them!
First you have to go to http://www.usms.org/reg/ or click the big “Join USMS” button I have on the side of my website.
Once you’re on the USMS registration page, fill in your Zip code in the box provided and click join.
This takes you to a page that gives your LMSC and 2 options to register 1)Online 2)Snail Mail. I highly recommend online registration, I think it’s easier for everybody. To register online click the big “Register Online Now” link.
On this screen you need to choose your particular situation. Since I am renewing I chose the “Yes, I am or was a member at one point in time.” Once you’ve chosen an option click the submit button.
On this screen enter your name, sex, birth date, and the last 5 digits of your previous USMS number. Proceed by clicking Submit.
On the Biographical section of the sign up you need to enter your name, address, email, phone number, etc. There are some bonus questions to be answered as well if they apply to you. You can also change your team here. *If* you wish to change your team affiliation, click the “select a new club” link. Otherwise skip down two pictures to the waiver screen.
First you’ll get the above screen. Since I’m moving to a new team in the same LMSC I chose option #1.
Next up is a screen where you can chose your team from a drop down menu. If you can’t find your team there’s a good chance that they haven’t registered yet for 2010. You can’t attach to a team if they are registered! Once you pick a team and click submit it will take you back to the biographical information screen. Re-verify all the info on that page and then click submit.
The above is a waiver for participating in Masters Swimming. Check the agree box, fill in some initials and click submit.
Next up is the payment screen. Fill in all your billing information and click Submit to process your credit card.
You are now registered for 2010! I highly recommend that you click the “print” link that I have highlighted above so that you can view and save the PDF version of your USMS card. Print out a couple copies to stick in your swim bag, wallet, etc. and keep a digital copy handy on your computer so it’s easy to print one off for mail in meet entries.
If you got through the whole process and managed to mess something up, don’t sweat it too much. Contact your registrar who is listed on your card. They can help you fix any mistakes you have made.