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Experience Points System

1 point For each swimmer with a disability coached per year
1 point For each additional type of disability coached
5 points For coaches on the US Paralympics National Team Trip
1 point For each trip assigned to as an Assistant Coach on the Trip List
2 points For each trip assigned to as a Head Coach/Team Leader on the Trip List
1 point Placing an athlete on an international team
2 points Placing an athlete on a World Championship Team
4 points Placing an athlete on a Paralympic Games or Deaflympics Team
5 points Serving in an international role in the sport (official, classifier, committee member, technical advisor)

Qualifying Requirements per Level

  Education Experience Achievements Contributions
Level 1 Minimum
10 pts.
Must coach an athlete with a disability for a minimum of 1 year (consecutively). Introduce a minimum of 1 athlete with a disability to the sport of swimming.
Level 2 Minimum
20 pts.
Must coach 2 athletes with a disability for a minimum of 1 year (consecutively) or 1 athlete for 2 years (consecutively).
  • Introduce a minimum of 5 athletes with disabilities to the sport of swimming; OR
  • serve in a volunteer leadership role with a local or community organization (LSC; etc.)
Level 3 Minimum
30 pts.
  • Coaches must have a minimum of 5 internationally classified athletes; OR
  • 5 athletes who have achieved national level qualifying times in their respective classification.
  • Introduce a minimum of 20 athletes with a disability to the sport of swimming; OR
  • write and publish an article on disability swimming; OR
  • present at a recognized conference or seminar on disability swimming
Level 4 Minimum
40 pts.
  • Minimum of 1 athlete on a Paralympic Games or Deaflympics Team; OR
  • 2 athletes on a World Championships Team; OR
  • 20 different athletes who have finished in the top 3 at their respective National Championships
  • Serve in a leadership role at the national level; AND
  • have made major contributions nationally to the sport.
Level 5 Minimum
50 pts.
  • On international coaches list for their respective organization; AND
    • minimum of 2 athletes who have medaled at a Paralympic Games or Deaflympics; OR
  • 4 athletes who have medaled at a World Championships; OR
  • 10 athletes who have been finalists at a Paralympic Games or Deaflympics
  • Serve in a leadership role at the international level; AND
  • have made major contributions internationally to the sport.

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