ABOUT ASA U.As the national governing body for collegiate club swimming, ASA U. provided opportunities for student-run collegiate swim clubs to enjoy the sport of swimming in a friendly, competitive environment.
Leading the Way
ASA’s innovative and progressive rulebook facilitates unique, fun meets conducted with ease and the utmost integrity.
• 25s of every stroke
• dive-in backstrokes
• flip turns in every stroke
• medley relays in any order
• mixed gender relays
• no DQs for disadvantageous acts
ASA is in a unique position to lead the way on rule innovations in the sport of swimming. We led on only disqualifying for forward movement on the blocks (not sideways or backward movement, which is not advantageous). We avoided the tech-suit debacle by banning tech suits before they were ever used in ASA competition and may be the only national swimming organization never to have allowed them. We are also leading the way on stroke rules, for example, with dive-in backstroke and flip turns on all strokes.
Many of the top coaches and swimmers in the world are watching with excitement as ASA explores this new territory.
Jim Steen, Kenyon College, the most successful NCAA coach ever, upon learning of ASA's use of dive-in backstrokes:
"I love dive-in backstrokes!"
Don Easterling, legendary NC State swimming coach, before he knew of ASA's turn rules:
"It's my opinion that before you're finished, you'll be flipping the turn on butterfly. I've seen a lot of changes in the sport. You used to have to touch with your hand on freestyle and more recently on backstroke. I think that sometime soon, within the next 20 years, maybe, they'll eliminate the hand-touch on butterfly and maybe breaststroke too."
What's Different About ASA U. Participants?
ASA U. clubs are different from many collegiate swim clubs of the past, which were essentially social clubs that used swimming as a common interest. ASA U. participation calls for professionalism, planning, goal-oriented action, collaboration, competitiveness, care, integrity, and a love and enjoyment for the sport of swimming that had no outlet for club swimmers before ASA U.
ASA U. participants inves time, energy, and care into their clubs, having common direction and purpose. Before ASA U., club swimming meets had no rules, no history, and no competitive seasons: meets that were called championships had no entry requirements or qualification procedures, no sanctioning body that provided rules and ensured fair competition conducted with integrity, and no connection to any other meets. ASA U. offers a full school-year of competitive swimming that is
structured as a season, with true championship meets. ASA U. clubs operate
under a common set of rules and requirements and have representation in
the swimming community as a group. ASA U. meets function in the context of a season and have a history with centralized results and opportunities to establish Collegiate Club Swimming Records.