COVID-19

COVID-19 Resources

Georgia Swimming members, we know this is a time full of unknowns and adversities, but we are here to help the best way we can. If you have questions, concerns, your club needs help, etc. we are here to support you in any way possible. We are posting resources and updates here for all members of our LSC to use, as we are following the USA Swimming's and the CDC's guidelines, and we suggest others do the same. We hope everyone stays healthy and safe! If you have a question or need help from the LSC, please send an email to Megan Kingsley, Executive Coordinator, at admin@gaswim.org and the email will be passed to the board and others as needed.

Georgia Swimming LSC has written a letter to Governor Kemp, and it has been sent to him to discuss the opening of pools for competitive swimming. Stay strong!

COVID-19 Grant Application

The impact of COVID-19 has presented our swimming community with many challenges. To support Georgia Swimming member clubs, the Board of Directors has authorized a pool of up to $125,000 to be allocated for member clubs who apply for a one-time, program payment to help manage through disruptions to club business operations and financial challenges during this period.

 

To be considered for a program payment, the applicant must:

  1. Be a member club in Georgia Swimming in good standing
  2. Attest that the member club has applied for or received Small Business Administration COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan and/or Payroll Protection Program as well as documentation of additional efforts to secure local, state and federal relief.
  3. Be (a) currently a Safe Sport Recognized Club or (b) commit to being a Safe Sport Recognized Club by having initiated the application to become a Safe Sport Recognized Club within the earlier of June 30, 2020 or thirty (30) days following federal, state, local, USA Swimming and/or LSC authorization for member clubs to resume practice (as applicable). Member clubs shall make arrangements to repay Program payments to GASI for failure to complete Safe Sport certification obligations under (b) herein.
  4. Member clubs that do not qualify as a 501(c)(3) organization must provide a W9 to the GASI Treasurer prior to Program payment. Such Program payment may be regarded as taxable income by the IRS for non-501(c)(3) member clubs. Such clubs should consult their tax advisor.

Please read through the accompanying materials, and, if interested, complete and submit your member club’s application by May 31, 202 to admin@gaswim.org. Your application will be logged and the member club’s head coach on record will receive a confirmation from our business manager, and we will be making payments as quickly as applications can be processed and checks issued.

 

Please reach out to Megan Kingsley of you have any questions.

 

Best Regards,

Steve Potter

General Chair

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Club Support

The most meaningful financial relief recommendations for clubs will come from individual club’s banks and the SBA

Pandemic Forbearance Programs – Mortgage and loan relief

CARES Act – grants and loans for non-profits

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Disaster Loan Assistance

GASI is not providing financial advice. The information above is an attempt to provide links to information from
relief organizations. Clubs should seek guidance from their board and/or financial advisors.


How you can protect yourself:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

USA Swimming & GSI Statements:

The Then and Now of Pool Operation & Programming Adaptions

Update from USA Swimming on Insurance Coverage - 3.27.20

USA Swimming Covered Activities Update

Letter from USA Swimming Revoking the LSC’s power to issue sanctions

USA Swimming & GSI Statement March 17/22

GSI Statement March 14th, 2020

USA Swimming Statement March 17th, 2020


2020 Georgia Age Group Select Camp Updates:

2020 Georgia Age Group Select Camp, COVID-19 update 


Resources We Suggest:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

Federal Recources:

a.   H.R.6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act (passed the House and on the way to the Senate)

b.   Small Business Administration (SBA)

c.   US Small Business Administration (SBA)-Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19

d.   SBA to Provide Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

e.   IRS COVID–19 Tax Relief  

f.    Small Business COVID-19 Planning/Guidance 

g.   US Chambers of Commerce – Combating the Coronavirus Resources and Guidelines for Small Businesses

            h.   Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

i.     CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

HOD Spring Updates

The April HoD is officially canceled related to USAS and regulatory instruction - we will reschedule when we have clearance and/or more information from USAS and regulatory authority, so stay tuned! We’re planning April on our normal committee operating conference call rhythm (e.g. Age Group gets April 1, BoD gets April 8, and so on) as we move forward. 
 

 
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