April 2, 2020
How will the COVID19 Pandemic affect the 2020 HSL swim season?
Short answer, we are not sure.
Wednesday April 1 the Harford Swim League held its monthly board meeting and discussed the status of the 2020 Summer Swim League. Thanks to President Darren Schillinger for setting up a web meeting to enable the board to meet. Several scenarios for the 2020 season were considered including business as usual, a reduced season, postponing the start of the season, etc. The consensus among the team representatives is that currently there is insufficient information to make a final decision for the 2020 season. The goal of the board is to provide the maximum opportunity and experience for the swimmers. There are a lot of factors that must be considered including pool availability, volunteer training, financial viability of teams in a potential short season and coach's employment commitments.
The HSL board has decided to wait until April 29 for additional
information from the Governor before deciding about the season. At
that time the board will also explore options the would benefit all
swimmers in the event the season would have to be cancelled due to
the COVID-19 virus, including the possibility of raising the age
limit to 19 for next season so no one misses their final
The board plans to meet again on April 29 in hopes that we will have enough additional information from the state of Maryland that will help in making a decision about the season. If you have questions concerning your teams plans for registration, etc. please contact your team representative or governing body. Please take the opportunity to thank your team representatives for the volunteer service to make the league a success and provide an excellent opportunity for swimming in Harford County.
Please stay healthy and safe.
Secretary, Harford Swim League
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