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April 16, 2020 - HOD and Coaches Scheduling Meetings Postponed
The MDSI Annual HOD scheduled for May 31, 2020 has been postponed until further notice.
The MDSI Annual Spring Coaches Scheduling Meeting scheduled for May 3, 2020 has ben postponed until further notice.
The Annual MDSI Athletes Meeting scheduled for May 31st, 2020 has been postponed until further notice.
April 10, 2020 - Rescheduled 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials
Rescheduled 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Swimming Slated for Omaha in June 2021
Olympic-qualifying event confirmed for the CHI Health Center Omaha, June 13-20, 2021
April 5, 2020 - Fantastic Interview by Peter Leib with Dietician Kathryn Violette
For those of you who do not know – Peter was a Professional Chef in his other life!
March 30, 2020 - Super Sectionals Cancelled
The LC Super Sectional Meet scheduled for May 28-31 in Richmond, VA is now cancelled. Virginia Swimming has not yet made a decision concerning the LC Zone meet in August.
March 30, 2020 - Dryland Clarification.
USA Swimming, in a call this morning, clarified to the extent possible the Risk Management Policy regarding at home dryland activities. The policy sent Friday represents the bottom line as to coverage for Supervised virtual activities. There is no wiggle room.
What does this mean for coaches and athletes?
1. The USA Swimming insurance coverage only applies if you maintain a 1:8 coach to athlete ratio in a virtual coach-supervised (line-of-sight) session. It is linear – 2 coaches – 16 athletes; 3 coaches – 24 athletes etc. The remainder of the USA Swimming Policy applies as well.
2. The Maryland Swimming Disclaimer needs to be invoked if you do not adhere to the 1:8 ratio referenced above or if you are using a non-coach-supervised at home dryland activities protocol.
3. Safe Sport protocols must be adhered to at all times regardless of which process you are using.
4. Parents need to be notified of which policy or disclaimer you are using. At this time, the verbiage suggests but does not mandate a signed release for at home dryland training. Maryland Swimming is asking that you send the Maryland Swimming Disclaimer or USA Swimming Policy in an email to each family outlining your team’s at home dryland protocol. No signature will be required at this time. However, if you wish to set up a google doc or similar receipt of email process, please feel free to do so.
Questions regarding at home dryland insurance coverage may be directed to me. I will answer or find the answer for you.
Thank you for keeping your athletes engaged, for continuing to coach and support your athletes, and mostly for keeping everyone safe.
Anna Summerfield, General Chair – Maryland Swimming.