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July 28, 2020 - USA Swimming August Sanctions Update

  • USA Swimming August Sanctions Update
As we continue to navigate these challenging times, we remain focused on supporting our teams and members in their return to training and competition.
We are aware of the considerable differences and effects of the COVID-19 crisis across the country and are being mindful of these as we further develop our “crawl, walk, race” strategies, initially introduced in June.
Following input from athletes, coaches, committee volunteers, and staff, the USA Swimming Board of Directors approved the following event sanctions for August 2020:

  • LSCs will be limited to the sanctioning of meets comprised only of athletes and clubs registered within the LSC.*
  • There will be no restrictions on the use of times

(*A club, geographically isolated within their LSC, may be granted the opportunity to compete in an adjacent LSC with permission from both the club’s LSC and the adjacent LSC.)
More than anything, it is important to remember that all training and competition must conform to local, MD state, and federal public health guidelines.


July 28, 2020 - Non Sanctioned Virtual Meets – the Webinar!

  • Non Sanctioned Virtual Meets
Yesterday, the 27th of July, there was a USA Swimming webinar about a new meet classification called non sanctioned virtual meets. Here is the link to that presentation.   https://vimeo.com/442396145/339523718b

 

 


July 28, 2020 - In Water Skills & CPR Certifications

If your In Water Skills (Lifeguarding) and/or CPR expired between March 1, 2020 and July 30, 2020 – you were given an extension by USA Swimming, until July 31, 2020 to get them completed.

The initial July 31st extension date is almost here and many coaches in the country  still do not have in water access to update their certifications. So USA Swimming has extended the extension until December 30, 2020.

They emphasize that in states or locales where in Water testing is available, that everyone please get it done as soon as possible – and not use the December extension.

That would be us here in MD…

So if your in water or CPR expired between March 1 and December 30, 2020 – you should be getting the update done as quickly as possible – or as you approach the expiration date..

If either one expired before March 1, 2020 you may not take advantage of the extensions.

All other certifications must be updated on time  – before they expire. There is no extension for: APT, Background Checks, CAT, On Line Safety Training for Swim Coaches, FOC 101/201

Any questions – please email office@mdswim.org


July 28, 2020 - Virtual Sanctioned and Non-Sanctioned Meets

USA Swimming Introduces Virtual Competition Format

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Swimming, the national governing body for the sport of swimming in the United States, today announced a new virtual competition format for its members, allowing swimmers from across the country to compete against one another from the comfort of their local pool.

The new competition style, which marks the first time USA Swimming has held virtual meets on a national scale, allows swimmers to return to racing while reducing the risks of travel and large gatherings in venues. Athletes who compete in these virtual meets will swim in their local pools and submit their times to USA Swimming just as they would for a traditional meet. These results will then be showcased on a virtual meet leaderboard, in a unique time search database and in a newly designed meet simulator widget on usaswimming.org/times/virtual-offerings/virtual-meet-simulator.

While created to address short term concerns caused by the global pandemic, the virtual competition tool is a long-term investment for the sport that can help bridge the gap between summer league competitors and premium year-round members, and introduce competition to beginner-level club swimmers. The virtual format will allow for both sanctioned and non-sanctioned meets.

For more information on virtual meets, please view the following resources:

All training and competition must conform to local, state, and federal public health guidelines.

Questions regarding this new format can be directed to virtualmeets@usaswimming.org.


July 22, 2020 - USA Swimming Meet Sanctioning

USA Swimming Meet Sanctioning (July 1 – 31, 2020; indefinitely)
 
TO: USA Swimming House of Delegates
CC: Operational Risk Committee, Rules & Regulation Committee
FROM: Bob Vincent, USA Swimming Board Chair
SUBJECT: USA Swimming Meet Sanctioning (July 1 – 31, 2020; indefinitely)
DATE: July 21, 2020

Pursuant to Article 4.7 of the USA Swimming Corporate Bylaws, and in the interest of member safety due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the USA Swimming Board of Directors has taken the following actions related to meet sanctioning, with the advice and consent of the Operational Risk Committee, Rules & Regulation Committee, and legal counsel:

June 16, 2020: To amend Article 202.2.1 of the USA Swimming Rules to limit LSCs to the sanctioning of meets comprised only of athletes and clubs registered within the LSC through July 30, 2020.* Furthermore, times achieved in sanctioned meets during this period may not be used for any USA Swimming programs, camps, or competitions above the LSC level. Those meets include, but are not limited to, Zones, Sectionals, Futures, Junior Nationals, U.S. Open, and the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Swimming. All competition must conform to local, state, and federal public health guidelines.

*A club, geographically isolated within their LSC, may be granted the opportunity to compete in an adjacent LSC with permission from both the club’s LSC and the adjacent LSC.

This action was taken after numerous teams and LSCs asked USA Swimming for opportunities to compete, while recognizing that there are still considerable differences across the country in respect to access to pools and the need to maintain a level playing field.

July 16, 2020: To amend Article 202.2.1 of the USA Swimming Rules to limit LSCs to the sanctioning of meets comprised only of athletes and clubs registered within the LSC through August 31, 2020.* All competition must continue to conform to local, state, and federal public health guidelines.

*A club, geographically isolated within their LSC, may be granted the opportunity to compete in an adjacent LSC with permission from both the club’s LSC and the adjacent LSC.

Further, to amend Articles 202.4 and 202.6 of the USA Swimming Rules to require certain COVID-related precautions in order to issue meet sanctions and approvals, including a safety plan, assumption of risk, and release of liability, which will remain in place indefinitely.

This action progresses USA Swimming’s crawl, walk, race approach by allowing times to count but still restricting competition to a limited geographic area and thereby limiting swimming-related travel. The indefinite nature of the meet sanctioning and approval requirements account for the anticipated longevity of the need for COVID-related safety precautions.