The NISCA U.S Para Swimming All America Program is new for the 2019-2020 school year. Similar to the NISCA All America Swimming program, the U.S. Para Swimming All America team will annually recognize the fastest high school Paralympic swimmers in the country.
Here is what you should know about this exciting new NISCA program:
1. Applications are for the Para All-America award are free for NISCA member coaches. Each application will cost $30 for non-NISCA members. Please renew your membership now, and encourage others to join to receive the benefits throughout the school year.
2. In order to be eligible for the Para All-America team, athletes must be classified by USA Para, and a copy of the classification must be submitted with the application. Paralympic swimming competition is open to athletes from all three impairment groups (visual, intellectual and
physical). A system of letters and numbers is used to distinguish the sport classes: “S” is for freestyle, backstroke and butterfly; “SB” is for breaststroke; and “SM” is for individual medley.Swimmers with physical impairments compete in sport classes 1 - 10. Swimmers with visual impairments compete in sport classes 11 -13. Swimmers with activity limitations due to an intellectual impairment compete in S/SB/SM14. To familiarize yourself with the classifications, please visit https://www.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics/athlete-classifications/swimming/
3. After reviewing state meet results for states that currently include paralympic events, we have seen many “unclassified” athletes in those results. Please work with any para athlete in your program to get their classification documented as soon as possible. For further information on U.S. Paralympics national classification policies contact U.S. Paralympics at 719-866-2030
4. In order to be eligible for the NISCA Para All-America team, the qualifying time must have been accomplished in an interscholastic competition. This does not have to be a championship meet,
but meet results from the interscholastic competition must be submitted to NISCA for verification of the performance. THE TIME MUST HAVE BEEN ACHIEVED IN A HIGH SCHOOL MEET.
5. The time standards for each event are listed for both short course yards and meters. There are different time standards based on a swimmer’s classification for each event.
6 The application deadlines will be as follows (late fees will apply):
Fall applications are due by December 31, 2019
Winter applications are due by March 31, 2020
Spring applications are due by June 15, 2020 - this is the absolute last day for submitting applications
Certificates will be mailed to the athletes in July 2020.
Please help spread the word about the Para All-America program. Share the time standards with high school and club coaches, as well as swimmers, so those swimmers who may be close to the standards can use these times as motivation for the upcoming season!