January 21, 2021
Report of Occurrences for COVID-19
USA Swimming has previously requested that any incidents of COVID-19 infections be reported to Colorado Springs (https://www.usaswimming.org/news/2017/02/07/report-of-occurrance-form). As always, please provide a copy to the PNS Safe Sport Chair as well. At today’s (Thursday, Jan. 21) USAS VideoCon, Joel Shinofeld, Director of Sport Development, again asked all LSC’s to gather and submit any COVID-19 occurrence reports. The objective is to provide an accurate overview of the safety of pools using the protocols produced by USAS in conjunction with NIH and the CDC. This will provide data support the opening of facilities and to improve the access to water for both practice and competition.
Note that the data provided last week on the safety was based on the US Open which included 1100 athletes, and 400 coaches and support personnel at meets that were hosted at nine different facilities.
In addition, the CDC has now approved the USAS COVID protocols as a safe and effective measure of risk reduction. USAS and the CDC have established an on-going, joint working relationship to support the protocols as the pandemic is addressed. Although the CDC cannot issue a “seal of approval”, Joel Shinofeld has offered to support and participate in any discussions with the various state and local DOH or other public health organizations, school districts or other facility operators. He can present the process of the creation of the protocols and the involvement of both the NIH and the CDC in the protocol approvals.
Season Culminating Competitions Survey Plus
Earlier today, Colleen in the PNS Office forwarded the Western Zone survey of coaches to understand the number of swimmers who might participate in a season culminating meet. There are a number of alternative dates, locations and meet organizations that are being considered. Please provide the Zone with your club’s interest and preferences.
In addition, the Zone reviewed several other meets at a meeting of the LSC’s on Jan. 16. Utah is planning a Senior Level meet for March 25-27 that might include a 50M time trial session on the first day (March 24?). Utah is planning for 250 LSC swimmers and expects to be able to welcome approximately 200 additional swimmers from other WZ LSC’s. Qualifying standards are the 2020 (1) WZ Sr. Zone qualifying times. The meet will be held at Dixie State College in St. George, Utah (about 2 hours from Las Vegas, direct flights are apparently available).
Open Water Dates and Sites
The Lake Las Vegas location will again be the site for the Zone Open Water Meet. The date will be either September 11 or the 18th . The Sandpipers will again host the meet which will include a 12&U category for swimmers.