The American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) released a statement on Wednesday supporting a pair of proposals that will be on the table at USA Swimming’s Annual Business Meeting this weekend.
The ASCA supports the revised proposal for the restructuring of the USA Swimming House of Delegates (HOD), along with a new proposal for a Coaches Advisory Council.
The proposal to restructure the HOD, which would guarantee that coaching representation returns to 41 percent, equal to that of the athletes, was amended after the ASCA opposed the restructuring proposal take place at the Special HOD Meeting on June 30 and urged USA Swimming to give coaches equal representation to the athletes.
In order to comply with United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) bylaws, athlete representation on USA Swimming’s House of Delegates, Board of Directors and National Committees is required to increase to 33.3 percent. As a result, the initial proposal published in late April greatly reduced coach representation while increasing that of the athletes—now, the two are set to be equal.
“This latest proposal is a far cry from the original proposal published in late April which greatly reduced coach representation,” the ASCA statement reads.
“Not only does this latest version bring the House of Delegates into compliance with the USOPC Bylaws and Federal Law, it also recognizes the important voice of coaches whose livelihood depends on the sport.”
The working group that negotiated the proposal included Gulf Swimming’s Tim Bauer and Allison Beebe, Florida Swimming’s Ira Klein, Colorado Swimming’s Shawn Smith and Georgia Swimming’s Beth Winkowski.
Click here to read the full proposals that will be voted on at USA Swimming’s Special House of Delegates Meeting on September 25.