May 11th League Meeting Update
May 13, 2020
I just wanted to give you an update regarding the 2020 swim season. On Monday night the league discussed its plans for the 2020 season and clubs expressed their desire to have a swimming season, even if its not a traditional season. Everyone could agree that it was just important to have kids swimming and get back into a routine with structure again.
There's no reason to cram everyone on deck on a 90 degree day wearing masks. We have an automatic timing system and we can get times without a volunteer army. We discussed having virtual meets and just sharing times afterward with the opposing club. We want to be as adaptable as possible and make sure the kids are safe and having fun.
Seniors were also a topic. The league wants teams to recognize their seniors however possible. Also while we didn't take an official vote, the overall consensus was that seniors would be permitted to swim in 2021 as well.
The 2020 championships are cancelled. Currently we are out around $9000 between bleacher and PA system rentals. Championships don't work without sponsorships and ads and this was the worst possible time to try and get sponsors because the big ones were all closed down. The Tricounty championships are also cancelled and I'm trying to make a case for them to follow Suburban's lead and not cancel their season either because that could be devastating for a lot of their clubs that are swim team driven.
Whatever it takes...
Coach Skinner is flexible about developing a new norm for this season and is all in for whatever it takes to get kids safely swimming again.
We're fortunate to have undoubtedly the best sanitation system of any club in Tri County or Suburban. The CDC states "There is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, spas, or water play areas. Proper operation and maintenance (including disinfection with chlorine and bromine) of these facilities should inactivate the virus in the water." For those that checked out the link to our UV system, you know that UV instantly deactivates bacteria and viruses. We also have added the extra salt cells, so we have an abundance of layers of disinfection going on.
We also have the largest pool in Gloucester county so we have the ability to break up into smaller groups and spread out.
No matter what, it will not be business as usual. There will be a new norm to swimming this summer and we're going to do whatever it takes to make sure there is still swimming. Unlike the camping industry, we do not have a strong state association for swim clubs but I've been trying to organize a united front on establishing the new norm. Tonight I'll be attending a zoom meeting for Cherry Hill Pools and Thursday I'll be sitting in on Tri County's meeting. Suburban is going to get together again on May 26th or sooner if something comes down from the state.
We don't have an official start date for practice or a revised schedule but again, the coaches are flexible on that. I'm hopeful that this week we will learn dates and guidelines for opening from the governor and we'll be able to put forth a schedule once we have that.
I greatly appreciate your patience and I hope you share our enthusiasm for getting back to swimming with whatever the new norm looks like. If you have any questions, shoot me an email. I'm extremely busy between meetings and preparing the swim club so I may be a little bit shorter in my responses but your feedback is important to me.
Looking forward to seeing everyone again soon!