COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, October 10. USA Swimming posted the complete package of amendments to the rules and regulations of the organization as voted on by the House of Delegates at the United States Aquatic Sports Convention held in Anaheim, Calif.
On Sept. 12, SwimmingWorldMagazine.com reported on a few items that proved to be of some interest. Text in italics is from that original report.
Proposal R-6 (proposed by the Rules and Regulation Committee) eliminates the requirement that the fastest time for each competitor be used for entry into an event, which has drawn the recommendation from the Rules and Regulations Committee for approval. Similar to the NCAA's system of seeding, this will allow coaches the opportunity to use strategy based on the performance level of each swimmer at the point of competition.
This proposal was split to eliminate the requirement for the fastest time to be used in any event, but kept in place that requirement for USA Swimming championship events.
Proposal R-14 (proposed by the Board of Directors) would give the Board of Directors sole authority to approve the annual budget of USA Swimming, rather than the House of Delegates. This proposal has drawn the recommendation of the Rules and Regulations Committee for approval. The proposal further states that instead of presenting the annual budget to the House of Delegates for adoption, USA Swimming's Treasurer would only need to present and explain the budget to the House of Delegates. This eliminates a level of checks and balances between the Board of Directors and House of Delegates, which could be a cause for concern or be seen as streamlining the process.
This proposal was defeated, keeping budget authorization in the hands of the House of Delegates.
Proposal R-24 (proposed by Treasurer Peter Carney on behalf of the Board of Directors) would eliminate the Program Endowment Fund, originally developed to provide financial benefit and support for new and existing USA Swimming programs. The justification listed is that the "current budget process coupled with the dues increase has made this endowment obsolete." The current fund would then be converted into unrestricted usage for the Board of Directors.
This proposal was adopted, therefore eliminating the Program Endowment Fund.