February 22, 2021
Hello Trails families!
We have missed you all so much and are excited to be talking about the 2021 summer season. There are still a lot of details we don’t know yet, but there is reason to have hope and start planning!
The board has been doing everything we can to enable the team to gather at the pool this summer. Of course, we are coordinating with the village and the conference to be sure all the pieces are in place. The good news is the village has every intention of opening the pool in June. In addition, all ten teams in the conference are planning to participate in a summer season.
Pre Season Survey. The information we need to know next is who plans to return to Trails. The number of swimmers reflects directly to our budget and affects scheduling for meets and practices. We are including a link to a quick survey, so the board can have some idea what to expect as far as enrollment. If you don’t know whether your swimmers will participate, that’s okay! We know there are a lot of considerations. But it is important that everyone responds to this survey, even if you select Maybe, especially if there are any questions or concerns you have that are within our control. It is also vital to communicate if you know you will not be returning.
Schedule. We are planning for a June 7 start date to get in the water based on the pool's opening schedule. Tentative conference dual dates are June 15, 22 and 28 and July 13. We do not know yet whether the Algonquin pool and some others in the conference can host meets so some events may be virtual.
Because of the delayed start, our season also will end later in the summer then usual, with a tentative date for a conference championship on July 24 (and possibly the 25th). Dekalb will host this meet and it's possible it will be multiple sessions to accommodate the number of swimmers.
Practice schedules and meets also may be different depending on enrollment, facility guidelines and pool availability. We appreciate everyone's flexibility!
Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or ideas for our season. You can email Sara at [email protected] or any of the board members. We are going to be thinking outside the box this year and welcome your input.