July 25, 2020
We hope this message finds our TWST Families healthy and enjoying the summer weather! Now that the end of July has arrived, we would typically be planning for the upcoming TWST season. Unfortunately, that is not the case this year with so much uncertainty as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is a quick update regarding what we know right now.
We are hoping to secure pool time at the Burt Flickinger Pool at ECC City Campus, 12-1:30 pm Monday-Friday. This would begin August 10th for Senior, Junior, and Silver team practices. More details will follow in the next week or so including rates and practice schedules. ECC is still waiting for approval from its board of trustees to open the facility. We are also researching additional pool time in the Southtowns for late August and September.
As for the regular 2020-21 season, TWST is waiting for NY State and the school districts to develop their plans to return in the fall. At this point, it is unclear when outside organizations like TWST will be allowed to use the school facilities. To be clear, almost all USA Swimming swim clubs in WNY have the same dilemma. Coach Becky has been assertive in exploring any options to conduct TWST swim practices, including other school districts and ECC. The reality is that competitive club swimming in the COVID-19 era will be a lot different compared to what it used to be. This is especially true for practices, competition, and rates as we may be required to pay more for pool rental.
We understand this is unsettling for swimmers and their families but the TWST Coaching Staff and our new TWST Board are committed to this team. Thank you for your support and patience as we work to find solutions to get back in the water!
Colin Adams - President