May 16, 2020
Hello NNA Families,
Returning to Practices:
We finally have some information about getting back to business as normal.
Swimming pools are supposed to be relatively safe. The CDC announced that 1 part per million (PPM) of chlorine is enough to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The pools in this area are almost always maintained at 2-4 PPM.
First of all, the City of Reno considers us (swim teams) to be in the Phase 2 of the roadmap. That is good news for us. I was told that as early as Tuesday, May 26thwe might be able to get back into the pool at Northwest. The city will try and bring back their staff and teach them the new state cleaning guidelines. There will have to be some changes for us to stay safe. I have heard several different and some conflicting things, but the one that is consistent is the very limited use of locker rooms. There will be no changing in them. The swimmers will have to come to the pool with their suits on and leave with them on as well. They will be able to use the bathrooms but there may be additional guidelines for us to follow that come out later.
The City of Reno will also try to open Idlewild pool June 6thfor the swim teams. They are in the process of draining the pool right now. This would be great to allow the teams to spread out a little easier. Plus outdoor pools are supposed to be safer due to better air circulation. The other pools in the city will remain closed. Northeast is being replastered so it will be closed all summer. Trainer pool is open for open swim only and the city deemed that a phase 4 situation so would not be opening it at all this year.
Practice times are still up in the air at this point, but we may have to do expanded time slots to cut down on the total number of swimmers in the facility at one time. The pools will also have a limited number of spaces available in the stands. And they do recommend wearing precautionary apparel (such as masks) if in the stands. All lifeguards will now have to wear masks.
Here are some links that USA swimming has published on the topic of what types of plans should be used.
Update your team accounts:
Because of limited pool space due to the pandemic, we are requiring all team members to have their account in good standing to return to the pool. If you have an outstanding balance, you will need to pay it before returning to the team. You can also take this time to update your addresses, payment information, etc.
City of Reno Price Increase:
The City of Reno will still be implementing a price increase for its pools in July, so we all have that to look forward to. We are not sure if they will follow through due to the current situation but I wanted everyone to be aware of that.
We will be doing a novice/intersquad meet in June as a fun meet for the kids. Just to get back into the swing of things.
We are also currently still planning on hosting the Silver State Championships in July. The meet may be a little different than before. We may do a two-day meet. We may have several different sessions, such as a 10 and under session, and 11-12 session and a 13 and over session. It may also be split up by gender. It may be short course or long course. Basically, it will be different and the actual format is up in the air as this is uncharted territory.
There is also the possibility of us doing our annual Donner Dip open water swim in August. We will see if we can get event permits next month.
Team Top 10s:
I have had time to update the team records and top 10 per age group. The will be posted on the web site later today.
Thank you for all of the generous donations. They have helped the team tremendously during this unsure time. If you would still like to donate, please follow the link below:
Safe Sport for Swimming:
USA swimming and Pacific swimming are requiring that all team, and members of those teams take Safe Sport training to help keep our athletes safe in swimming. I have attached the information sheet for everyone to look at. Please log in and take the course. It will help our team become a Safe Sport recognized team. Please let me know if you have any other questions.
We will continue to do Zoom online practices everyday. We will do this at least until we get back in the pool. I have had several requests to continue doing them through the summer, but we will see how our schedule shakes out first before we commit to that.
We are still planning on doing our summer swim team so please let your friends know that they can swim this summer with us. Signups are on our web site on the online registration tab. They will open for signups tomorrow.
Thank you for everything and I hope this new helps everyone out with planning.