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2020 Season FAQs

The PG Pool Killer Whales are excited about our 2020 season. The PG Pool Killer Whales team is in the Prince-Mont Swim League, whose teams follow its own guidelines as well as those of the CDC, the state of Maryland, Prince George’s County, and USA Swimming. Swimmers’ health and safety are the highest goals of the PG Pool Killer Whales. Below we try and answer some questions that you may have about the season.

 

What to Expect? A Season Like No Other

  • The goal is for the kids to have some fun and get some exercise. This is NOT the Olympics. It’s not even a regular season. So, please, remember that the Killer Whales motto remains: “We’re all here for a good (and safe) time.”

  • There may be new rules this year. Please follow them. Please don’t yell at any adults even if you’re frustrated or worried. Everyone is doing the best they can.

 

To be safe, the team will:

  • Require social distancing for swimmers AND parents (lots of chalk, cones, and other reminders).
  • Masks on deck for officials
  • No sharing of any items INCLUDING GOGGLES.

 

Who will the Coaches be?

  • We will wish Coach Paul (and Maeve, Joe and Maia) a fond goodbye as they head off to Iowa sometime in early July. He will get the team started. Long time swim team members Jake Rosenwieg-Stein and Matthew Nolan will continue as assistant coaches and will take over coaching once Paul departs. Many older swimmers will be assisting with coaching so that children can socially distance.

 

 

Does your child need a swim suit?

 

 

How will Practices work?

  • Practices will be different and will involve social distancing.
  • Please check the Practice Times tab on the website for any changes or updates.
  • Team has entire pool for practices Sunday – Friday, 8:30 – 11am (plus Saturday morning meets).
    • We are still trying to determine who will swim when. (Please be patient with us).
    • Some younger swimmers, especially, may not swim every day, depending on the number of swimmers.
  • Swimmers will be divided into training groups: one group of older swimmers and two groups of younger swimmers.
    • Swimmers will be assigned smaller sub groups within their training group. They will stay with that group during each practice.
  • Parents are responsible for their swimmers. If your child is under 10, they MUST HAVE A PARENT or other responsible person over 15 on the grounds. If your child is over 10, but cannot be trusted to follow the following rules, please attend practice. You know your kid.
    • Swimmers will NOT be allowed to change at the pool and will have to leave the grounds after their practice.
    • Swimmers should use the restroom at home.
    • Swimmers will NOT be allowed to shower after practice. Do that AT HOME.
  • Swimmers will need to bring:
    • Their own filled up water bottle
    • A large towel or yoga mat
    • Their own goggles and swim caps if they use those
  • Swimmers will not be using shared kickboards, flippers or pull buoys this year.
  • Coaches are working out social distancing based on the layout of our pool, following CDC, USA Swimming and PMSL recommendations.  Please trust that they are doing the best they can to remain within guidelines and best practices. 
    • If you are concerned about something, please email a coach after practice. Do not approach them on the deck.

 

Will there be swim meets?

  • ALL meets will be virtual: NO teams will travel. All meets will be at our pool.
    • Times will be shared virtually with Division Data Manager who will compare times and post meet results.

 

When will meets be?

  • UPDATE:  See list of swim meets here
  • If pool opens on June 20 or 22, we could have three meets and then Divisionals, starting on July 11. If the pool opens later, meets would start on July 18 and there would be no Divisionals. 
    • Meets can be run on any day, and we will likely split team into two meets to reduce crowding.
      • Timing and number of meets will depend on the number of people who join the team
    • Any meet/s for the week (Sunday – Saturday) must be completed by mid-day on Saturday.

 

What new responsibilities will parents have this year?

  • Parents will be responsible for making sure their child makes it to their race. We will provide more information before the first meet as this remains a work in progress.
    • Heat sheets will be distributed to ALL parents before the meet.
    • There will be no check-in process. If you arrive late but show up for your heat/race, you will be permitted to swim.
    • We encourage you to download the OnDeck Ap.
    • We hope to have a designated person who will be able to help you with answers to questions via text. 

 

What else will be different this year?

  • Events might be run by distance rather than age group. Or a combination of distance and age to make for more competitive races.
    • If event has mixed ages, the computer will break swimmers up into correct age groups for places by age group and points.
    • Boys and girls can swim in same heats.
  • There will be no relays. 
  • There will be no “swimming up” into the next highest age group.
  • There will only be 1 timer per lane. As a result, no league records will be set.  
    • It may be possible to document PGP Killer Whales records.
  • As few family members as possible should attend meets.
    • One parent and no non-swimming siblings, if possible. Or, older children can be dropped off.
  • Parents will be asked to only watch the meet when their child is swimming and then to make room for other parents.
  • There will be no concessions. BRING YOUR OWN SNACKS AND WATER.

 

How many events may my child swim?

  • A maximum of three individual events per swimmer allowed. 

 

What about Meet Officials?

  • Everyone on deck will be asked to wear a mask. This is not optional.
  • Meet officials include:
    • 1 Ref/Starter (one position this year. Probably Helen Searls). 
    • 4 Stroke and Turn Judges – PMSL is extending, for one-year, expiring certifications
      • Disqualifications: We are figuring out how DQ slips from deck official/s will, in a contactless manner, get to: referee, coach, data manager, and referee.
    • 1 Head Timer holding 2 watches.
    • 6 Timers. (Potentially 6 back-up timers) One timer per lane. Potentially with 2 watches. Watches will be sanitized before and after each meet.
      • We are figuring out a safe process to get times to data manager (the person who enters times into league database).
    • 1 Data Manager, and likely an assistant data manager.
    • 1 Clerk of Course. While an official Clerk of Course is not required, we will have someone who leads this role and they will need significant support from parents. The Clerk of Course is the chief kid wrangler and ensures swimmers are lined up in right event order, heat order, lane order. Parents will be given a program showing heat and lane for swimmers. Parents will be responsible for getting swimmer to the start and for children remaining socially distant. This will be especially important for the parents of 10 and unders.
    • 1 Announcer. The announcer will help ensure swimmers are aware of which event are lining up and be their fun and upbeat selves.
  • Because there will not be another team, we will not have:
    • Place judges
    • Team rep

 

What about awards?

  • We will have participation trophies.
  • Ribbons are a maybe.

What are the order of events at the swim meet?

Event

Type

B/G

Age

Distance

Stroke

#1

R

B

18 & Under

200

Medley

#2

R

G

18 & Under

200

Medley

#3

I

B

10 & Under

25

Fly

#4

I

G

10 & Under

25

Fly

#5A

I

B

11-12

50

Fly

#5B

I

B

13-14

50

Fly

#5C

I

B

15-18

50

Fly

#6A

I

G

11-12

50

Fly

#6B

I

G

13-14

50

Fly

#6C

I

G

15-18

50

Fly

#7

I

B

8 & Under

25

Free

#8

I

G

8 & Under

25

Free

#9A

I

B

9-10

50

Free

#9B

I

B

11-12

50

Free

#9C

I

B

13-14

50

Free

#10A

I

G

9-10

50

Free

#10B

I

G

11-12

50

Free

#10C

I

G

13-14

50

Free

#11

I

B

15-18

100

Free

#12

I

G

15-18

100

Free

#13A

I

B

8 & Under

25

Breast

#13B

I

B

9-10

25

Breast

#14A

I

G

8 & Under

25

Breast

#14B

I

G

9-10

25

Breast

#15A

I

B

11-12

50

Breast

#15B

I

B

13-14

50

Breast

#15C

I

B

15-18

50

Breast

#16A

I

G

11-12

50

Breast

#16B

I

G

13-14

50

Breast

#16C

I

G

15-18

50

Breast

#17A

I

B

8 & Under

25

Back

#17B

I

B

9-10

25

Back

#18A

I

G

8 & Under

25

Back

#18B

I

G

9-10

25

Back

#19A

I

B

11-12

50

Back

#19B

I

B

13-14

50

Back

#19C

I

B

15-18

50

Back

#20A

I

G

11-12

50

Back

#20B

I

G

13-14

50

Back

#20C

I

G

15-18

50

Back

#21A

I

B

12 & Under

100

Medley

#21B

I

B

13-14

100

Medley

#21C

I

B

15-18

100

Medley

#22A

I

G

12 & Under

100

Medley

#22B

I

G

13-14

100

Medley

#22C

I

G

15-18

100

Medley

#23

R

X

8 & Under

100

Free

#24

R

B

9-18

200

Free

#25

R

G

9-18

200

Free