Bux-Mont Swim League
Swim Meet Procedures
Towamencin Swim & Dive Team
This Bux-Mont League dual meet proposal is prepared with collective guidance from the Bux-Mont Swim League’s Health and Safety Committee as well as current USA Swimming, PA DOH, Montgomery County DOH and Bucks County DOH standards.
***Meet procedures are subject to change as federal, state and local COVID mitigation regulations are adopted or revised.***
Teams: All Bux-Mont League teams will create team specific health and safety plans (herein). Health and safety plans will be posted on both the Bux-Mont league website as well as each teams websites. All teams will also be responsible for appointing a COVID rep and their contact information should be easily available to team members to report any exposures or positive tests. The TST Covid rep is Lisa Sommer. Her contact info is [email protected] or 610-405-7257.
Schedule: The Towamencin Swim Team will be hosting swim meets at the Towamencin Township Pool for the following teams and events;
- Fanny Chapman
Masks: All Bux-Mont League swimmers, coaches and volunteers will wear face masks at all times; except when actively engaged in the act of swimming, stepping onto the blocks before their respective races or exiting the pool after races. Each team will be responsible for monitoring mask compliance during practices, competitions or other team events.
Swimmers will be encouraged to bring a resealable bag to contain their mask while they are competing.
Health Screenings: All Bux-Mont League swimmers, coaches and volunteers should complete daily health screenings to ensure that participants aren’t showing COVID symptoms. Each team is responsible for creating a system to administer screenings and track results.
Swimmers, coaches or volunteers who have experienced any of the following symptoms in the past 48 hours should refrain from attending any Bux-Mont League events.
- fever or chills
- shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- muscle or body aches
- new loss of taste or smell
- sore throat
- congestion or runny nose
- nausea or vomiting
If a swimmer/volunteer does not complete a health screening or refuses to do so, they will not be permitted to enter the pool area.
Temperature Checks: All Bux-Mont League swimmers, coaches and volunteers will have their temperature checked before entering the pool for practices or competitions. Anyone registering a temperature over 100.4 will be sent home. Each team will be responsible for taking temperatures for their athletes during practices, competitions or other team events.
Entrance into pool facility
Use office for practices and meets
A coach or two check temps and take attendance (practices/meets)
Exit pool facility
Use gates by shed to EXIT only
Spectators: No spectators will be permitted at any Bux-Mont League practices, competitions or team events in the summer of 2021. The Bux-Mont League will investigate options for live streaming of events and disseminate that info to participating teams prior to the competition season. Each team will be responsible for restricting spectator access and monitoring entrance/exit of athletes, coaches and volunteers at all team events.
Max Capacity: Towamencin Township Pool will be following local and state guidance on capacity numbers. The current allowed maximum for events in Pennsylvania is 250 individuals.
Volunteers: In the interest of reducing the overall number of people on the pool deck for meets, each Bux-Mont League team will be responsible for creating a “bare bones” volunteer list.
The Towamencin Swim Team will (tentatively) enact the following draft volunteer plan;
- No snack bar permitted; as such, no snack bar volunteers
- Two timers for each lane (Total:16). Timers will travel as a group when going to the other side is necessary.
- Four table volunteers (Two from each team)
- Two stroke and turn judges (one from each team)
- Four lineup volunteers (Two from each team) to assist swimmers with getting to their lanes
- 2 Mask Runners (8’s & 10’s Session) - Suggested 2 from each team?
- Two temperature check volunteers (present at entrance to pool facility)
Team Seating: Bux-Mont League teams will create seating plans to preserve social distancing between competing teams as well as between all athletes. Each team will be responsible for monitoring social distancing guidelines in their respective areas.
Towamencin Swim Team members will sit in the grass area between the team shed and pool. Away team members and coaches will sit in the grass area by the diving well.
Lane placement: Bux Mont League teams will create a lane placement chart to preserve social distancing between competing athletes at dual meets. Lane placement for competitions will be based on each pool's size, shape and specific guidelines.
Towamencin will utilize all 8 lanes of its pool for meets. The Towamencin team will occupy lanes 1-4, with higher seeded swimmers in the lanes closer to the center. Away teams will follow the same rule using lanes 5-8.
“Flow” of athletes: Bux-Mont League teams will create an athlete flow chart (or plan) to preserve social distancing between competing teams as well as between all athletes. Each team will be responsible for communicating this plan to their athletes and ensuring athletes, coaches and volunteers are meeting the host pool’s guidelines.
Dual Meet Warm-ups: Bux-Mont League teams will create a specific warm-up plan and schedule to ensure that competing teams are kept separate during warm-up periods. In pools where multiple pools are available, those spaces should be utilized. Each team is responsible for making sure they meet each pool’s max swimmers per lane and max swimmers in the pool guidelines while meeting social distancing guidelines for their own athletes. Host pool will communicate warm-up schedule and procedure to the away team during pre-meet communication.
Towamencin will establish 25 minute warm up periods, with TST being the initial team. Each warm up period will consist of 20 minutes of generalized warm up laps performed by the team. During this 20 minute period, the swimmers will use the entire pool. The final 5 minutes will be used to perform starts/dives from the block end of the pool. The swimmers will split the lanes, using the even lanes to dive in and the odd lanes to return to the starting end of the pool.