In the event of unexpected severe weather like a thunderstorm, the decision to open or close a pool is made by each YMCA branch. All of our TYDE practices, indoor and outdoor, WILL swim in heavy rain but will delay or cancel when thunder or lightning are present in the area.
Per YMCA policy, in the event that thunder or lightning is heard or seen from the pool deck, the affected pool will be closed for 30 minutes from the last roll of thunder or from the last sighting of lightning. In these situations, practices of one hour or less will be cancelled.
All cancellations and/or weather-related changes will be posted to our TYDE facebook page, our TYDE twitter page, in the Team Feed section on the TYDE website and the OnDeck Parents app (available for download at the Apple and Google Play stores. We will also send an email and/or text message when feasible. Please Note: To receive TYDE text message alerts, it is the responsibility of the TYDE account holder to make sure their account is updated with a SMS/cell phone number and carrier and that it has been verified.
These team communication avenues should always be your first resource when checking the status of TYDE practices and/or meets during severe weather as they will contain the most accurate and up-to-the-minute information.
In regards to severe winter weather, TYDE will GENERALLY follow the public school system where each YMCA branch is located to determine whether or not to hold TYDE practice. When the local public school system cancels school, announces early release or cancels after school activities, TYDE will also cancel practice. This includes early morning and Saturday practices.
On the occasional days when school is canceled and severe weather does NOT come as forecasted, we will attempt to provide afternoon practice if a coach can arrive safely at the branch. These situations will always be on a case-by-case basis and on questionable days, we will email all families by 2:00pm that day.
Swim meets are RARELY canceled due to weather because of the difficulty to reschedule them and, just like practices, swimmers are only encouraged to attend if they can make it to the pool safely.