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Dear Waterdevils Families,

Planning for the 2021 season is underway, and we would like to share some information about what to look forward to this year, including plans for the registration process. While this season will be very different from years past, we are committed to delivering the best possible experience for the team despite the ongoing and continuously evolving COVID-19 pandemic.

The health and safety of our swimmers, our coaches and the Marinwood staff are our top priority. As we design our 2021 program, we are working to maximize participation and pool time while taking care to follow applicable Marin County and California State public health safety guidelines. We expect these guidelines to change over the course of the season, and we will work to adjust our program accordingly.

What we know:
The Marin Swim League (MSL) has determined that the 2021 season will begin on April 1.

As of now, the county is allowing 2 swimmers per lane, which would mean 10 Waterdevils per practice session.


What we expect our 2021 program to look like:
We expect to run multiple consecutive sessions, similar to our 2020 Fall Swim program, for the months of April, May, and June.

As with the Fall program, we will likely offer the choice of two days per week (Tu/Th) or three days per week (M/W/F).

Sadly, we do not expect to be able to run our popular Tadpole Program given the close contact required to coach our littlest Waterdevils.

We are currently considering options for offering swimmers the opportunity to compete in a meet environment. While there will be no dual meets, MSL plans to serve as a central clearinghouse for optional virtual “meets”, allowing teams to submit swimmer times and publishing leaguewide results.

If we proceed with these meets, we will be required to have volunteers on deck, including timers and judges, so please be prepared to pitch in!

We expect program costs to be similar to 2020 Fall Swim, but we will know more as we finalize projected expenses for the season.

What we don't know:
We don't know how often the County & State will update guidelines for outdoor activities, which we hope will evolve to allow us to increase the number of swimmers in the pool concurrently.

We don't know if we will offer the program through July. This will be determined by member interest, coaching availability and pool availability.

We don’t know what volunteer commitments/duties will be required. This will depend on how often we decide to host meets. We ask that you please be prepared to volunteer—we are all in this together, and we want to make this as successful as possible for our kids!

What to do next:
Watch for an email invitation in the coming weeks containing a link for team registration through Team Unify. Email will be sent within the first week of March.

Use the link to complete your free 2021 team registration, which will tell us who is interested in the program.

Watch for an email containing information about enrolling in the first 2021 Spring Swim session. We are still finalizing program details, as noted above, but we will communicate with registered team members as soon as we can.

We will share additional information as plans are finalized, and we appreciate your support as we work to create the best possible team experience in this highly uncertain environment. We look forward to a great season. Go… D-D-DEV… I-I-ILS!



Sincerely,


Kathleen Kilkenny

President

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