In May 2020, USA Swimming
introduced the concept of a crawl, walk, race approach to our
return to competition. As part of that return to competition plan,
for July 2020, the USA Swimming Board of Directors has approved
sanctioning of meets comprised only of athletes and clubs
registered within the sanctioning LSC.*
Furthermore, with the recognition that many of our clubs have
limited or no access to facilities, and to maintain a level playing
field, times achieved in sanctioned meets during July 2020 may not
be used for any USA Swimming programs, camps, or competitions above
the LSC level. Competitions above the LSC level include, but are
not limited to, Zones, Sectionals, Futures, Junior Nationals, U.S.
Open, National Championships and the U.S. Olympic Team Trials -
Swimming. LSCs may use times achieved for LSC programs, meet
All competition events must conform to local, state, and federal
public health guidelines. An LSC shall establish submission
deadlines for sanction or approval applications and shall publish
such periods, along with relevant instructions and forms.
Given the varying access to facilities and myriad of local
requirements, USA Swimming understands that clubs and athletes may
not be able to attend or host a traditional sanctioned competition.
In the coming weeks, USA Swimming will share new practice-based
opportunities for recognition and fun virtual events in which our
clubs and athletes can participate.
Every club planning to host or attend a meet must develop a Return
to Competition plan. Return to competition can only occur if and
when your local authorities have deemed it safe to return to
competition. USA Swimming in no way endorses conducting practice or
competition in violation of any local, state, or federal
To access USA Swimming’s Return to Competition plan, visit
here. Or view the document here.
(*A club, geographically
isolated within their LSC, may be granted the opportunity to
compete in an adjacent LSC with permission from both the
club’s LSC and the adjacent LSC.)