NSST Summer 2022

USA Swimming

We are now a full-fledged USA swimming program, similar to many other programs around the Des Moines area.


This year, as part of their NSST registration, each swimmer will receive a USA Swimming Flex Membership.


What does this mean?

  • First and foremost, it provides insurance for the team and coaches.

  • It provides vital training for our coaching staff to help our club and your swimmers continue to grow.

  • A USA Swimming membership gives your swimmer access to a plethora of swimming resources and materials.

  • It also allows us to offer more competition opportunities to our 11 & older swimmers. This includes high level meets, meets further away, and meets in different formats (e.g., 50 meter pools, Prelim/Final meets)

    • These opportunities are completely optional and will come at an extra expense to each swimmer, in the form of upgraded USA Swimming memberships and meet registration fees.


What this doesn't mean:

  • Huge price increases. Due to the nature of our long standing relationship with Des Moines Public Schools and North High School and the ability to register for USA Swimming with a Flex membership, our prices will not drastically change.

  • Increased travel for competition. We will continue to offer the same high quality practice and competition to all of our athletes that we always have. Older athletes will now have the opportunity to travel to higher level meets if they would like.

10 & Under Swimmers

Our North Side Swim Team coaching philosophy follows the belief that new and young swimmers need time to develop their technique and not more intense competition. This means we do not offer USA Swimming competition to 10 & Under swimmers.


Because of this, there are two registration options for 10 & Under swimmers.

  • Flex Membership - This is included in your current NSST registration fees. It allows swimmers and clubs all of the perks of a premium USA swimming membership.

  • Outreach Membership - This provides a Premium membership at no additional cost to qualifying low income families. This membership offers additional opportunities if you qualify.

11 & Over Swimmers

Our North Side Swim Team coaching philosophy follows the belief that new and young swimmers need time to develop their technique and not more intense competition. It also states we like to provide our older more experience swimmers with a higher level of competition.


We are working on setting up USA Swimming memberships for all of our swimmers. There are three membership options for 11 & Over swimmers.

  • Flex Membership - This is included in your current NSST registration fees. It allows swimmers and clubs all of the perks of a premium USA Swimming membership and gives swimmers the opportunity to swim in up to two USA Swimming meets (meet entry fees will apply) below the championship level per year.

    • Flex athletes who have reached the two meet maximum and wish to continue may upgrade to a Premium membership by paying the Flex/Premium difference ($58).

  • Outreach Membership - This provides a Premium membership at no additional cost to qualifying low income families. It also offers discounted meet entry fees ($5 per meet). If you qualify for this membership option, it is a great opportunity even if you do not plan on participating in USA Swimming meets.

  • Premium Membership - This is available to any swimmer who wishes to compete in more than two USA Swimming meets per year or championship-level meets they qualify for.

    • Swimmers who wish to upgrade to Premium will pay the Flex/Premium difference ($58).

NSST Summer 2022: USA meet schedule