The process for requesting a sanction or a recognition for an event begins the same way as it does to add an event to the USMS Calendar of Events. During the process, you will indicate that you want to request a sanction or a recognition, and your request will automatically be routed to the appropriate LMSC Sanctions Chair.
Any sanction or recognition fees, if charged by an LMSC, will still have to be submitted separately and you will receive instructions at the end of the submissions process. But all event related information, including documents such as a meet entry form, should be submitted using the online process.
Sanctioned vs Recognized
ALL competitors in sanctioned events must be USMS members or a member of a FINA-recognized national governing body for Masters swimming. This is necessary for the safety and enjoyment of the swimmers, for liability and excess personal accident insurance coverage to be in force, and for official consideration of performances. Times achieved at sanctioned events, conducted in strict compliance with all mandatory swimming rules of the USMS rule book, as defined in Part 1, shall be considered for USMS national records, USMS Top 10 times, and FINA world records.
In recognized events, swimmers are not required to be USMS members. Only USMS members are covered by liability and excess personal accident insurance. For additional information on insurance coverage, refer to the "Insurance Swim Meet Coverage Grid" in this handbook. Times achieved at events may be considered for USMS national records and Top 10 times if the event has been granted recognition and a designated USMS observer is present and verifies in writing that the conduct of the competition conforms to the relevant USMS swimming rules and administrative regulations.