Michigan Swimming, Inc. COVID-19 Update: Revised Sanction & Approval Process
Fellow members of Michigan Swimming,
I write today in hopes that you and your families are staying well and healthy.
At its November meeting, the Michigan Swimming, Inc. Board of Directors took several actions with respect to sanctions and approvals. Those actions are outlined below for your reference.
Sanction, Approval, Observation Moratorium
The Board of Directors has placed a moratorium on all sanctioned, approved, and observed competition from November 18, 2020 through December 8, 2020, inclusive.
This moratorium may be extended at Michigan Swimming, Inc.'s discretion to comply with any new or existing federal, state, or local laws, orders, guidelines, or other instruments carrying the weight of law. Any such extension will be communicated as soon as possible.
Revised Sanction Policy
The Board of Directors revised the Michigan Swimming, Inc. COVID sanction & approval policy, updating it to version COVID-004.
Key changes are outlined below:
  • Relaxed (not eliminated) the requirement to pre-seed and not accept deck entries. Please see page 6 of the current policy for additional details.
  • Added a requirement that an agent of the host club hand-sign a COVID-19-related waiver and indemnification agreement as condition of receiving a sanction or approval. A template from Michigan Swimming, Inc. is available below, but a host club may propose its own version of the agreement so long as it complies with the requirements set forth in Michigan Swimming, Inc. Policy COVID-004. See page 5 of the current policy for additional details.
The relevant documents have been updated to reflect the above changes and are available below:
To download the Microsoft Word templates from the SharePoint site, please click the "..." icon in the upper right-hand corner of your screen and select "Download".
Clubs wishing to apply for a sanctioned, approved, or observed competition to take place on or after December 9, 2020 must comply with Michigan Swimming, Inc. Policy COVID-004. So long as clubs comply with the aforementioned policy and all other existing Michigan Swimming, Inc. Rules & Procedures and policies, any such requests may be submitted to the Michigan Swimming Office for processing during the period of the current competition moratorium.
Michigan Swimming, Inc. will continue monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and make updates to its operations as necessary. Michigan Swimming, Inc.'s top priority remains the health and safety of its members, the aquatics community, and the broader population of Michiganders.
We recognize that these are incredibly challenging and trying times for our members and community, and we understand that everyone is experiencing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in different ways. If there is anything we can do to further support you as we all navigate this situation together, please do not hesitate to let me know. We are here as a resource to you, and I encourage you to use us as such.
Thank you all for your continued dedication and passion to our sport and members. I could not be more proud of how our entire community has stepped up despite such adversity and uncertainty. Because of this, I know we will get through this and come out stronger, together. Our community continues to inspire me each and every day, and it is a privilege to lead such an incredible group of people.
Kind regards,
Joe Gazzarato
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Michigan Swimming, Inc.

Published: November 24, 2020