2020 Season Updates

April 30: HBCC Update

We are monitoring the current situation closely along with the ASA regarding the 2020 swim season. Keeping within the guidelines that have been set out, swim team practice will not start on May 11th as originally scheduled. If the situation improves, and the guidelines allow, we will look into the possibility of a swim season with a delayed start, however, our priority, as always, is the health and safety of all members, guests and the HBCC staff. As we know more information over the coming weeks, we will communicate that with everyone.

Jeff, Campione, HBCC General Manager

 

April 2 Update: Hang In There Summer's Coming

We hope this email finds you and your families doing well and healthy and at home. We wanted to touch base to give you an update on the coming swim season. We are still and holding pattern regarding details on start dates for the season. I know that many of you are getting questions from your families, especially after the recent announcement from the Governor regarding schools for 2020. Hopefully, this update will give you some insight and answers.

We still plan on having a swim season. We feel very strongly, as do many teams that we have talked to, that our summer swim season will be exactly what families and children need after being cooped up for weeks on end. ASA and our teams are the perfect opportunity to reconnect with our friends and neighbors and a great way for our kids to get active again.

Several things will need to happen to get us back in the water. Step one, a release from state and local officials to get back our lives and get together in groups again. This should open the door for teams to resume registration and get their swimmers signed up. Step two, getting the pools open and ready for use. Pool management companies are on the exempted list to continue work, so they are still currently working on getting pools cleaned up and ready for the summer. Step 3 will be starting practice. Step 4 will be swim meets. All of these things are going to happen, the big key will be when they happen, this will determine our calendar.

While a delayed start will impact the availability for some of your families, I think we all agree that an altered swim season is far better than no swim season. We understand this may have an impact on team sizes and the viability of some teams. This altered season, may not allow the normal ramp-up time and weeks of practice prior to the season you are accustomed to. However, we all need to be flexible and open to different options in order to make this season a reality.

Some additional options that have been advanced include virtual swim meets, where teams swim at their own pools and email each other their results. This would permit better controls on social distancing if that were still a concern.

Registration and Late Fees. We know that your families might be hesitant to sign up now, with the uncertainty of our situation. To that end, we are putting a hold on all late fees for the season until further notice.

We encourage your all to remain patient and positive in this uncertain time. We know it is hard to wait with the weather getting warmer and the summer approaching, but I am confident we will have a season. We thank you all for your continued support of the league and the sport we all love. We hope to see you all on a pool deck soon.

Take care and stay healthy,

Franke Marsden, Atlanta Swimming Association
fmarsden@atlantaswimming.com

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