Indiana Swimming Updates for Summer 2020
May 20, 2020
Swimming Updates for Summer Training, Championship Meets &
Adaptations to Sanctioning and Scheduling May-September
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To All Indiana Swimming Club Leaders:
We hope this communication finds you and yours safe and healthy. In this note you will find Indiana Swimming’s guidance & resources to consider the start date of returning to practice in the Govenor's 5 Phase Plan as well as Indiana Swimming’s Board of Director’s decisions on the 2020 Summer Championship Meets & Adaptations to Sanctioning & Scheduling from May-September 2020.
Back to the Deck
As our clubs begin returning to the pool and planning to begin organized practices It is important to note that we understand there has been some question if our USA Swimming member clubs fall under the “Rec League” start date of June 14. After doing our research, along with communication we received with the Governor’s office, we have found that USA Swimming clubs fits into the Phase 3 of the state’s #BackOnTrack plan.
Governor's move of stage 3 up to 5/22 (USA Swimming Team Practices)
Page 9 of the Executive Order speaks to community recreational sport leagues. It states that non-contact sports, such as swim, “may conduct practices, drills and conditioning but may not compete with other teams”. This EO is effective 12AM on Friday, May 22.
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Note: This is permissible in pools not designated or located on school campuses (which must wait until July) along with adhering to specific venue guidelines and availability. *Indiana Governor’s 5 phase plan https://backontrack.in.gov/2348.htm
We strongly recommend that our clubs follow the USA Swimming’s Return to Competition Roadmap https://www.teamunify.com/NewsShow.jsp?&id=702348&team=czinlsc and guidelines (Link Below) for a safe return to practice by using these best practices and adhering to all state & local health and social distance requirements. https://www.usaswimming.org/docs/default-source/coaching-resourcesdocuments/covid-19-team-resources/facility-reopening-plan-guidelines.pdf?sfvrsn=8a533a32_2
Our goal is to educate our club leaders with this information and in being compliant with the Governors guidelines he has set forth.
The Indiana Swimming Board of Directors and Committees have also explored options for potential dates and scenarios for a Summer Championship Series of meets. After gathering feedback from clubs throughout the LSC we have found that the lack of access to pools for training throughout the summer has the potential to create an unfair playing field among all our teams.
The Board of Directors has made the decision not to offer an Indiana Swimming LSC Summer Championship Series of meets in 2020. LSC Leadership feels this decision is in the best interest of our athletes and will allow teams to gradually build back to competition and training in support of the USA Swimming Roadmap to competition. Clubs may host meets based on facility availability and guidelines set forth by the state & local health departments and facility requirements.
Summer Sanctioning & Scheduling
USA Swimming Board of Directors has made the decision to revoke all existing USA Swimming sanctions and suspend granting sanctions through June 30, 2020.
In April the Indiana Swimming Board of Directors made the decision to adapt the existing sanctioning and scheduling policies and procedures and allow clubs to re-schedule cancelled meets due to USA Swimming’s moratorium. Additionally, once the moratorium is lifted meets already on the summer schedule can be re-schedule and additional meets may be added to the schedule under the guidelines listed below. Finally, on a case-by-case basis teams can reschedule if there is insufficient training time between a facility opening and the date of the meet. The adapted sanctioning and scheduling process is effective from May 1, 2020 through September 11, 2020.
First and foremost, the adaptation to the Sanctioning and Scheduling Policies and Procedures below are reflective of the current State and CDC health restrictions which have closed facilities and altered the day to day operations of clubs.
*All Indiana Swimming sanctions will be granted moving forward based on USA Swimming guidelines and in compliance with all State and CDC health recommendations in reference to social distancing.
Next, meets originally scheduled for May 1 through July 13, 2020 can now be re-scheduled for dates beginning July 13 through September 11, 2020. The specific approved provisions are as follows.
- Teams must be in the current ISI Summer Calendar for consideration to reschedule a meet.
- Host must submit a request to Indiana Swimming in writing for change of date and rationale for rescheduling. Submit to Michele Deluna at Michele@inswimming.org
- ISI will have the final decision on the re-scheduling of meets
- The 50-mile radius geographic restriction of teams hosting meets will be waived during this period.
- The restrictions regarding number of meets (Invitationals) allowed on a weekend will be waived.
- New invitational meets will be accepted on all open dates from week of July 13 through the week prior the Indiana Swimming House of Delegates with no restrictions excluding conflicts with the Championship meet P&P.
- Closed invites, time trials, dual meets etc. will continue to be accepted per USA Swimming rules
- All requests for rescheduling or the addition of invitational meets during this time period will require a deadline of July 1, 2020
- The Scheduling of dates and Sanctions will not be granted without a confirmation of a facility & receipt of a safety action plan.
Approved April 20,2020 by the Indiana Swimming Board of Directors
Adaptations to Scheduling & Sanctioning P&Ps in reference to summer meets
To be considered for sanction approval, clubs will be assessed against the following criteria:
- Pool availability
- Amount of time teams have available to train before racing (4 weeks)
- Host clubs will exercise professional courtesy in accepting teams from another meet already scheduled
Please refer any questions to Tony Young at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will continue to take appropriate steps to ensure that every decision we make is one that with a focus on the health and safety of our athletes, members, staff, and volunteers.
For more information or questions, contact
Indiana Swimming Executive Director Tony Young