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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
Dear Pacific Swimming Community
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.
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
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
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.
March 17, 2020 - USA Swimming
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - March 17,
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:
March 14, 2020 - A Note to Pacific
Swimming Regarding The Next 30 Days
A note to Pacific Swimming
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
Pacific Swimming Board and