The information provided below is a guideline for both MSABC Club Registrars and individual members in order to assist in registration requirements, whether they be renewals or new members.
Club and member registrations are valid September 1-August 31. Please note that as of September 2019, all registration fees for Masters swimmers in BC are to be paid directly by Interac to Swim BC at firstname.lastname@example.org and not to MSABC as in previous years. Cheques are also accepted.
The Swimmer Registration Fee to join MSABC is $39. There is no fee for a club to register with MSABC.
Coaches:The Coach Registration Fee is $78.50. Through the coach registration process, there are 2 invoices generated (Swim BC and CSCTA). Coaches are registered through the RTR system, a step-by-step guide to how to register them in the RTR system is found on page 5 of the Masters Registration Manual. We recommend any coaches working for your club be registered in this system to assure they are properly covered by insurance. If your coach is coaching an age group program, they are likely already registered (please check with the coach). For, Masters only coaches, please register in Category “D”.Coaches are registered through the RTR system, a step-by-step guide to how to register them in the RTR system is found on page 5 of the Masters Registration Manual. We recommend any coaches working for your club be registered in this system to assure they are properly covered by insurance. If your coach is coaching an age group program, they are likely already registered (please check with the coach). For, Masters only coaches please register in Category “D”.
In most cases, members register with MSABC through their local Masters Club. There are over 30 registered Clubs with 1500 swimmers in MSABC to choose from. A list of Clubs is provided on our website.
In order to join a Club within your area, please contact the Club’s Point of Contact and inform them that you would like to join. If you need any information or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the MSABC Registrar.
Clubs are to administer and maintain a copy of all their swimmer’s application/waiver forms.
In early September, MSABC’s registration provider will initiate the re-registration process. They will register all their swimmers through Swim BC. Once Club Registrars login, they will be able to commence their registrations.
It is understood that in some cases, members might wish to register without a Club affiliation. These members will be assigned to the Dogwood Masters Swim Club which was a club created to accommodate MSABC’s unattached swimmers as, per FINA Master Rules. For results to be recognized by FINA, you must swim representing a club. Please complete the waiver form found on our membership page, and notify registrar at email@example.com. The following steps for payment and completion of registration will be emailed out by the registrar.
STARTING A CLUB:
Every year, there are a few new Clubs that start up within MSABC. They are most welcome to join and their Club and Staff will have access to all MSABC privileges and coverage. A comprehensive information package on starting up a Masters Club is available on our website.
All fees are to be forwarded to the SwimBC (address identified on our Swim BC invoice). Cheques are to be payable to Swim BC and must match the number of swimmers as identified on the Invoice from the Registration system Invoice(s).
PROOF OF REGISTRATION:
Any member swimming out of the country can request a “proof of registration” letter. This is a requirement for most International Meets, including USMS meets.
MSABC INSURANCE POLICY:
All members in a MSABC Club must be registered MSABC members; registered unattached swimmers are permitted in MSABC. Only members of the Club or other registered members of MSABC or FINA affiliates may participate in training programs or camps of that Club. Insurance coverage is provided to these individuals through a yearly payment per registered member by MSABC to Swim BC
Retired members of Clubs may participate in social activities of the Club but insurance coverage is not provided. Guests may be invited to Social events of the Club but insurance coverage is not provided. Additional coverage special event coverage is available through application forms available from Swim BC.
There presently is no MSABC Coach Assessment fee by SwimBC; therefore Clubs should register their Coaches as Swimmers for insurance coverage. No Coach can coach or attend swim sessions of a MSABC club without being registered for insurance through MSABC or Swim BC. Any coach not covered by insurance will put the Club and Swim BC at risk, with serious consequences.
MSABC clubs renting time and lanes from Aquatic facilities must ensure all their swimmers and coaches are registered with MSABC, or be a visiting MSC/FINA affiliate registered swimmer. No unregistered swimmers are permitted.
In the case of a new swimmer under the “MSABC new member” trial, the club must ensure the new “trial” swimmer fills out a MSABC waiver form prior to joining in with a club’s swim practice. Trial period is not to exceed two weeks.
Any Club operating a swim meet or swim camp must ensure all participants are MSABC members or FINA affiliates.
Any Club participating at a Swim Meet must ensure all their members are registered members. No coaches are permitted on deck or perceived to be coaching if they are not registered members with MSABC or FINA affiliate.
Club/Individual membership inquiries, proof of registration letters or any question can be forwarded to the MSABC Registrar