The ECA Board of Directors and Executive Coaching Staff are busy behind the scenes in preparing for a return to operations. Please check this page often for updates for each site and more information as we deal with this ever-changing crisis.
Frequently Asked Questions
When will sites open?
ECA is following N.C. public health guidelines and USA Swimming guidance in determining when and how swimmers can safely convene. State officials are considering allowing swimming pools to open in Phase 2, which at the earliest would be May 22 if benchmarks for Phase 1 are met.
Greenville: Minges Natatorium in Greenville is most likely closed through the summer; ECU has not provided information on when its athletic facilities will open. We are exploring other options for pools in the area.
Camp Lejeune: Camp Lejeune is closed with no announced date of reopening.
Morehead: The SportsCenter in Morehead City hopes to open in Phase 2 if the state allows.
Washington: The Moore Aquatic Center in Washington is waiting on word from the City about the pool reopening and what protocols will need to be followed. Pool management is hoping for a reopening in Phase 2, but it may not be until Phase 3. Some swimmers may be able to swim in Greenville once we have a plan for returning to the water there.
Cape Carteret: We typically shut down our usage in the months of June-August at the Cape, but we hope to be back in the water there in fall.
Are other alternatives being looked at for in-water practice?
Greenville: ECA is investigating holding practices at other pools in Greenville if the ECU pool is closed through summer.
Washington: We are waiting on word from the City about the pool reopening and what protocols will need to be followed. There are not other options in Washington for swim practices.
Carteret: In-water training is being planned for the outdoor pool at the Sports Center in the next few weeks. More information will be out soon.
Camp Lejeune: We are waiting on word from MCCS on when we can access the pool. There are not realistic alternatives to the pool on base.
USA Swimming has provided guidance about how many swimmers can be in each lane, and this will be strictly followed.
Coach Scott continues to provide video dryland training and Coach Doug is working on a live dryland program via Zoom. Our coaches are working to determine a plan for in-person dryland training soon.
How can I keep my swimmer engaged in dryland activities?
A good way to keep your swimmer active is to make dryland activities a family affair. Several families are doing the workout videos together. If the dryland videos are too much for you, just take your swimmer on a walk or bike ride. Continue to encourage them as much as possible.
Also, have them take advantage of the ECA Dryland Challenge program. Logging their workouts each day will help to keep them motivated and engaged. They might not make the leader board at this point, but at least there will be some accountability.
When will in-person dryland resume?
USA Swimming has provided rules for dryland training requiring a ratio of 1 coach per 8 swimmers with social distancing.
Coaches are developing outdoor dryland training protocol based on the guidelines and hope to offer this in person in the next 2 weeks.
This is not mandatory training; swimmers can continue to train on their own if they and parents do not feel safe resuming in-person activities at this time.
ECA continues to accept donations to help offset the financial burden brought by the pandemic. All donations of any amount are greatly appreciated and are tax-deductible since we are a not-for-profit.
The incentive program that Coach Casey enacted is still available. There are only a few backpacks still available at the $250 level if you wish to make a donation. We will come up with another incentive once backpacks run out.
Zoom meetings with coaches are continuing for select groups. Expect emails if your swimmer's group is meeting.
We are continuing the #ecawellnesschallenge and #ecadrylandchallenge to keep kids engaged on our Social Media outlets. Please continue to update us with photos on what your kids are up to!
Please continue to check back for additional updates. The executive coaching staff will meet Thursday, May 14, so this page will be updated after that.