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NEW 2021 Swim Meet Procedures

1)      Each club may have their own occupancy requirements as dictated by current Healthy at Work guidelines. It is possible that a given club may have to restrict spectators to ensure all athletes, coaches, and workers can fit within their requirements. Healthy at Work guidelines may be changing or expiring during the season therefore coaches and delegates should communicate several days ahead of time, so all stakeholders understand the spectator rules for that week.

2)      CDC and Healthy at Work guidelines will likewise be changing as the season progresses. All clubs are asked to comply with current guidelines as well as directives from the Northern Kentucky Health Department. If there is a government requirement in place, everyone must comply. If there is a government recommendation, individual clubs will determine the best course of action. At all times, stakeholders should always act in their own self-interest and take whatever health precautions they feel are prudent.

3)      To limit the number of swimmers behind the blocks, the league will enact the following procedures this season:

a.       All events will perform “fly-over” starts where the heat that finishes will remain in the water until the next heat starts. This does not apply during 25-meter events or backstroke events.

b.       A clerk-of-course will operate for all age-groups. We will have one heat on the blocks, one heat staged six feet behind the blocks, and one or two heat lines up further behind the blocks or to the side of the blocks. As a heat starts, the waiting heats will advance one position. Swimmers advancing to the block should allow the swimmers that remained in the water to exit before moving to the blocks. Individual clubs will determine how they will mark the appropriate heat locations.

4)      We will use one Timer / Recorder per lane. To assist in determining appropriate placement of the swimmers, we will utilize a “Picker” on each side of the pool at the finish end. There should be one picker form each team, if possible, and they should each have a stopwatch to assist the timers in getting accurate times.