Pacific Swimming/ USA Swimming and COVID-19 - Update - 3/27/2020

For updates and information regarding COVID - 19 in the swimming community see links below-

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March 27, 2020 - Message to Our Membership from the General Chair - 3/27/20

Message to Our Membership from the General Chair

Dear Pacific Swimming Community Members,

The Pacific Swimming Executive Committee met on Wednesday, March 25th to assess the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on our sport and update our response measures.

Currentlyall of our teams are prohibited from conducting swim practice let alone hold swim meets. This severe loss of income is directly hurting many of our teams and the Executive Committee will be sending out a survey to our clubs to assess their ability to cope with the loss of income and help us in figuring out what we can do as an LSC to help them get through this difficult period.

We also discussed plans for restarting swim meets once it is safe to do so. The Committee decided that Pacific will cancel all May meets with the goal of resuming swim meets starting June 1st. This is contingent of course on the guidance of our public health experts which we will continue to follow. Since none of us has a “crystal ball” to know exactly how long it will take to get to the other side of this pandemic I would like to explain how we came to this decision.

  • Our primary goal is to keep our membershipsafe and it was felt that social distancing measures most likely will be continued into May.
  • The coaches on the Committee strongly recommended that swimmers have at least two to three weeks of practice and conditioning prior to competing in a swim meet.
  • The Committee believes it is an unfair burden to invite families to signup for swim meets that stand a good chance of being cancelled.

We know that this decision directly impacts your family and continue to ask for your patience and understanding as we navigate our way through this epidemic. Be assured our Board of Directors will continue to monitor the COVID-19 developments and will actively reassess our response as conditions evolve.

I urge all of our members to follow the guidelines of our local public health experts and keep your family safe. We are looking forward to seeing you and your family poolside as soon as conditions allow.

David Cottam
General Chair

March 17, 2020 - USA Swimming Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - March 17, 2020

Dear USA Swimming member,

Since first communicating with our members about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have received ample feedback, much of it focused on the safety measures being recommended. We sincerely appreciate the comments and responses you are sharing.

As of today, the CDC and White House are urging a nationwide halt to gatherings of more than 10 people for the next eight weeks, citing the risk of the coronavirus. This includes avoiding eating or drinking in bars, restaurants, and food courts, and discretionary travel, shopping trips
andsocial visits. This should also include team training and practices.

In light of the current situation, beyond the previously announced cancellation of the TYR Pro Swim Series at Mission Viejo and the postponement of the combined Open Water National and Junior National Championships, USA Swimming is mandating the cancellation of all its sanctioned events across the U.S. through April 30, 2020. This will be continuously reassessed based on health and governmental authorities’ information.

Beyond our clubs and teams, we can all play an important part in helping to curb the spread of COVID-19.

We encourage you to visit our website often for the
most-up-to-datenews and information:

Thank you,
USA Swimming

March 14, 2020 - A Note to Pacific Swimming Regarding The Next 30 Days

A note to Pacific Swimming Members:

A very tough week is coming to an end. Earlier this week, choosing to prioritize the health of the membership, USA Swimming strongly recommended cancellingall swim meets for 30 days. Pacific Swimming, as well as nearly every other LSC, is following their recommendation by cancellingupcoming meets including our most elite meet, the Far Westerns Championship. In many cases the decision was taken out of our hands as many local health departments, school districts and recreational agencies cancelledsports programs and restricted access to their facilities. We are all disappointed, but now is the time to protect those at risk in our communities. As we transition into this “new normal” of social distancing, please check our website for updates and other LSC news.  No one knows what will happen after this 30-day period comes to an end, but some public health experts are warning that these extreme measures will need to be extended.

To minimize disruptions, Pacific Swimming will continue to process meet sanctions that fall outside of this 30-day period, but they will be subject to cancellation should the 30-day period be extended. Pacific Swimming encompasses a large and diverse geographical area and our policy will continue to follow the recommendations and guidelines of the county health departments which have jurisdiction over the various venues where our meets will take place. Please be patient with us as well as your swim club leadership as we work together to safeguard the health and wellness of our communities by conforming to public health guidelines. We wish you and your family good health as we all navigate these challenging circumstances with everyone’s safety and well-being our top priority.  We look forward to seeing you on a pool deck soon. 

Pacific Swimming Board and Staff