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July 1, 2020 - USA Swimming COVID-19 Relief Program Grants – Round 2

USA Swimming COVID-19 Relief Program Grants – Round 2

To: Zone Directors, LSC General Chairs, LSC permanent staff, Club Presidents, Head Coaches

As shared in late May, the USA Swimming Foundation has pledged up to another $1.5M to support phase two of the COVID-19 Relief Program, which focuses on supporting a return to business for member clubs.

The application period for phase two is now open. The grant guidelines and information can be found here: usaswimming.org/utility/community-quaratine-resources/covid-19-relief-program-for-teams

The application for this next phase will be done online. Clubs must complete the application form by visiting: usaswimming.smapply.io/prog/usa_swimming_covid-relief_grant/

The application deadline is Friday, July 10, 2020.

Further questions about the USA Swimming COVID-19 Relief Program can be sent to clubgrantrelief@usaswimming.org.

GRANT GUIDELINES

June 30, 2020 - 2020 Annual HOD Date & Time

HOD will be a ZOOM meeting  – August 2nd from 1-3 PM.. Link will be sent to each clubs 3 certified delegates


June 30, 2020 - New MD Swimming Club

BAY

Bayside Aquatics

Head Coach: Karen Bisnett

Training Facility: Bowie State University Aquatics Facility


June 29, 2020 - Annual Coaches Meeting July 8th at 7PM on ZOOM

Coaches Meeting Agenda 7-8-20

The MDSI Annual Spring Coaches Scheduling Meeting has been scheduled for July 8th at 7PM. It will be a ZOOM meeting – the link will be emailed to all Head Coaches.

As many coaches as would like, may attend from your team, however each club only gets 1 vote at this meeting. That designated voting coach must be pre-registered with Trevor Rill. Access to the voting platform will be by email invitation, only. 

Register with Trevor now: Trevor Rill 

If you do not register your club will not be able to vote . No last minute registrations can be processed the evening of the call!!

On Wednesday, July 8 at 7pm we will be having a meeting to discuss what we will be doing for future meets. As you are aware, there are no meets scheduled through August, but as facilities begin to reopen and teams are allowed back into their pools, we want to keep everyone updated and informed about the LSC’s plan for hosting meets.

June 27, 2020 - USA Swimming Return to Competition Plan

Please note – MDSI will issue our own plan in accordance with this USA one..

 

USA Swimming Return to Competition Plan

Last month, USA Swimming introduced the concept of a crawl, walk, race approach to our return to competition. As part of that return to competition plan, for July 2020, the USA Swimming Board of Directors has approved sanctioning of meets comprised only of athletes and clubs registered within the sanctioning LSC.*

Furthermore, with the recognition that many of our clubs have limited or no access to facilities, and to maintain a level playing field, times achieved in sanctioned meets during July 2020 may not be used for any USA Swimming programs, camps, or competitions above the LSC level. Competitions above the LSC level include, but are not limited to, Zones, Sectionals, Futures, Junior Nationals, U.S. Open, National Championships and the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Swimming. LSCs may use times achieved for LSC programs, meet qualifications, etc.

All competition events must conform to local, state, and federal public health guidelines. An LSC shall establish submission deadlines for sanction or approval applications and shall publish such periods, along with relevant instructions and forms.

Given the varying access to facilities and myriad of local requirements, USA Swimming understands that clubs and athletes may not be able to attend or host a traditional sanctioned competition. In the coming weeks, USA Swimming will share new practice-based opportunities for recognition and fun virtual events in which our clubs and athletes can participate.

Every club planning to host or attend a meet must develop a Return to Competition plan. Return to competition can only occur if and when your local authorities have deemed it safe to return to competition. USA Swimming in no way endorses conducting practice or competition in violation of any local, state, or federal guidelines.

To access USA Swimming’s Return to Competition plan, visit the link below.

(*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.)