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Who We Are During the COVID-19 Hiatus

Welcome to the Fremont Area Swim Team Website

Greetings FAST Families:
 
We are working to keep you engaged with us and the greater swimming community.
 
During this COVID-19 hiatus we're using multiple ways to stay connected with you
 
Using some of these options, you will be able to join community and continue to work toward your goals.
• FAST COVID-19 Crisis Communication Plan Updates: The Head Coach Provides a current public health response-related Team strategy  
• Video Sharing: Training videos are added weekly to the FAST practice Calendar and FAST YouTube Channel
• Workout Sharing: Training workouts designed by FAST Assistant Coach Shane Ahrens appear on the homepage tab "For Parents" 
• Social Media Sharing: Coach Shanks posts regularly on Twitter @FAST_swims, while Head Asst. Coach Heather Daniels creates FACEBOOK Content
• Zoom Meetings: Coach Shanks convenes the Coaches on a weekly video conference to plan team activities and online content
• Live Webinars: A weekly Coach-led informational webinar will be held every Monday and Tuesday

 

Who Are We?

The Fremont Area Swim Team (F.A.S.T.) is both a YMCA team and a registered USA Swimming team. F.A.S.T. competes in the YMCA of Nebraska Aquatic League and the Midwestern Swimming region for USA teams. We also partner with the Fremont Special Olympics Swim Team and FASTERS a Fremont-based United States Masters Swim Team. 

YMCA Mission: God has given us the pathway to life and health through Jesus Christ and the Holy Scriptures. It is the mission of the Fremont Family YMCA to help put these Christian principles into practice through programs that help build spirit, mind and body for all.

The Team competes in regional and national championships the year round. 

FAST is headquartered at the Dillon Family Aquatics Center @ the Fremont Family YMCA in Fremont, NE.

To visit with the Head Coach, call Eric Shanks 402-450-3412

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Please help us know our online audience.

Survey Monkey Regarding COVID-19 Hiatus Online Access/Usage

Please peruse the playlists on the FAST Team YouTube Channel

FAST Team YouTube Channel

Please review the FAST Team Events Calendars "Practice Calendars" and "Team Events" 

Current/Upcoming and Past/Archived

 

Fremont Area Swim Team Crisis Communication Plan Update

Synopsis

What is the COVID-19 Hiatus and what is being done during this time?

The Hiatus is a conditional period of public health recommendations to cease all group activities, practice social distancing and develop online platforms for supervised team activities in the home. During this time, FAST will follow USA Swimming (USAS) advice regarding jurisdictional public health and safety guidance, Swim Club closures, sanitation and social distancing guidance. The FAST Head Coach participates in video conference meetings with representatives of other area swim teams, USAS, and the USAS Central Zone office. These meetings are coordinated by Midwestern Swimming which is the local USAS governing body for the Nebraska and western Iowa region. Head Coach Shanks is in contact with other YMCA swim teams, has shared the team crisis plans, and receives updates from YMCA Swimming. Coach Shanks has begun the process of planning for a start up process for the team to return to the water. This will be a staged process that will follow national, regional, and local public health guidelines and will be entirely dependent on the policies set by the Fremont Family YMCA CEO. 

 

COVID-19 HIATUS FAQs

 

What will the Start-up look like?

The most likely scenarios will literally mirror the last several days of swimming in March 2020. Some participants will recall that prior to the pausing of the all YMCA programs, members were supported with advice to self monitor and were encouraged to initiate discretion  regarding personal health concerns. In the most likely re-entry to the pool, members will probably see a gradual opening of pool space for exercise and recreation. You should anticipate being encouraged to use your discretion when returning to activities that may include small groups of people. Most likely, there will at first be no all swim group swim practices as before. Facilities like ours will implement physical spacing and attendance restrictions in the first few weeks. The Coaching staff will coordinate with the Dillon Family Aquatics Center Director to reserve lane space according YMCA pool use rules and within the guidelines set by local public health officials, USA Swimming, YMCA Swimming, and Midwestern Swimming. I expect you will see a period of non-coached lap swimming, followed by a period of small group coached sessions during morning, early  afternoon, late afternoon, and early evening times. After a few weeks of small group coached sessions, it is likely that larger group practices will be implemented. However, Midwestern Swimming area coaches are discussing potential public health and USA Swimming guidelines that may permanently restrict the size, frequency, and time frames of swim team practices. Moreover, even though all FAST Coaches are trained in universal precautions and water safety, Certified by USA Swimming and two of us are also YMCA Certified, every swim coach should expect to be required to complete new training to address swimmer safety to interdict spreading of viral contagions.   

What are the online platforms developed by FAST?

The FAST Head Coach has implemented a crisis communication action plan to include online team events and activities to member parents through various digital mediums. SafeSport guidance has also been deveopled for general use and online safety in the folder "For Parents. Mediums include Team Unify Team Events Calendar, Team Unify Practice Calendars, FAST website Member/Practice Groups email messages, FAST website team "News", FAST YouTube channel, FAST Twitter account, Fremont Family YMCA Website, Fremont YMCA Fitness Instructor YouTube channel, personal email communications, individual member phone calls, and in-person discussions via video conferencing applications where appropriate. The FAST Head Assistant Coach is responsible for contributing to the FAST Facebook legacy account.

How long will we be out?

We really don’t know how long our pool will be closed. While there has not been any official announcement, we should anticipate that FAST will remain out of the pool through June. 

 

How is this affecting the FAST coaches?

At this time no one on the Coaching staff is employed by the Fremont YMCA. The YMCA has ceased all YMCA programs and Coach Shanks was laid off under the COVID-19 unemployment insurance stimulus bill. The Assistant Coaches will be compensated for creating online content through a grant offered by Midwestern Swimming. FAST is awarded approximately $500 by this grant. 

 

What about team membership fees?

For the months of April, May and June every membership is temporarily suspended. No team fees will be charged until futher notice. A survey was issued to assess team use frequencies of FAST Coaching-generated web-based resources. Results indicate that FAST family online use includes some FAST resources at least once per day. Depending on Fremont Family YMCA member fee policies, USA Swimming fee structure changes, and FAST Board of Directors guidance, a post COVID-19 Hiatus fee structure is likely to be implemented at a future date to be determined. And it is unlikely that levels will begin again where they were in March.Coach Shanks will stay apprised of all fee changes and will keep you informed of any changes.

 

How are the coaches going to help us stay fit?

The coaches have developed dry-land exercise sessions specifically for FAST members. Members may access these materials and links through the team website and social media, including the Team Unify team homepages, YouTube, Twitter, FACEBOOK and ZOOM. The content and schedule for live sessions is on the team practice calendar. The FAST YouTube Channel also offers a library of video playlist for swimming education, fitness and recreation. 

 

What about other ways to stay connected?

Many of you are already staying connected through informal, socially-distanced gatherings.  We are planning to arrange some team-wide opportunities to get together on-line – stay-tuned and send us your ideas.  To facilitate communications across the team. In addition, during this period we plan to post messages (with photos!) from current and former team members –  If you would like to share a message to the team, parents must let Eric know.Swimmers may not communicate directly to a Coach. All communications must be between Coaches and parents.

 

What can FAST do to support our larger community?

First of all, we need to practice physical separation and follow Social Distancing Guidelines from public health officials.

Secondly, the Fremont YMCA website is maintained and updated with a wealth of useful information about physical and mental health and ways to interact safely to support each other. 

 

 

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