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.  


Communications


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. 
 
Greenville: Minges Natatorium in Greenville is most likely closed through the summer; ECU has not provided information on when its athletic facilities will open.  For now, Greenville has secured pool time for Senior group at Ayden Country Club.  Practice resumed June 1.  We are working on other options for more groups.
 
Camp Lejeune: Camp Lejeune is closed with no announced date of reopening.
 
Morehead: Carteret resumed practice on June 1 at the outdoor pool at the Sports Center for Senior and Currents.  Swimmers are rotating out water time and dryland work.  Plans are in effect for resuming age group programing as well.
 
Washington: Washington was able to resume practice on June 1.  Swimmers are rotating out dryland work and water time.  
 
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: Greenville has secured pool time for Senior group at Ayden Country Club.  Practice resumed June 1.  We are working on other options for more groups.
 
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.
 
Dryland training 
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.  
 
Fundraising
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. 
 
Communication
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!
 
Further Information
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.