2020-04-16 Message from USA Swimming

To: Local Swimming Committees
 
 
We hope this communication finds you and yours safe and healthy.
 
We commend all our leaders across the sport for their hard work and dedication over the last several weeks in finding ways to stay connected and engaged with our members. We are hopeful that the additional tools and resources provided by USA Swimming have assisted in your ongoing efforts and we welcome your feedback or requests for additional materials.
 
While we are cautiously planning for our eventual return to pools, we are also acutely aware of the current environment and the ongoing safety measures still in place in many jurisdictions across the country. In an effort to ensure that our community continues to play a positive role in this nationwide public health effort, and to ensure an even and level playing field among all our LSC’s,  the USA Swimming Board of Directors has made the decision to revoke all existing USA Swimming sanctions and suspend granting sanctions through May 31, 2020 . Prior to the end of May 2020, the Board will evaluate whether to extend the suspension period. This will be continuously reassessed based on health and governmental authorities’ information.
 
As previously communicated, LSC’s should take appropriate steps to reevaluate their sanction processes and adjust them as needed to limit foreseeable penalties for late or delayed sanctioning applications.
 
We encourage you to visit our website often for the most-up-to-date swimming community Coronavirus resources: 
 
Should you have any questions, please direct them to USA Swimming Managing Director of Sport Development Joel Shinofield –  jshinofield@usaswimming.org .
 
We remain committed to doing what is best for the health and wellness of each of our members and the sustained long-term success of our sport.