| USA Swimming Return to Competition Plan Last month, USA Swimming introduced the concept of a crawl, walk, race approach to our return to competition. As part of that return to competition plan, for July 2020, the USA Swimming Board of Directors has approved sanctioning of meets comprised only of athletes and clubs registered within the sanctioning LSC.*|
Furthermore, with the recognition that many of our clubs have limited or no access to facilities, and to maintain a level playing field, times achieved in sanctioned meets during July 2020 may not be used for any USA Swimming programs, camps, or competitions above the LSC level. Competitions above the LSC level include, but are not limited to, Zones, Sectionals, Futures, Junior Nationals, U.S. Open, National Championships and the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Swimming. LSCs may use times achieved for LSC programs, meet qualifications, etc.
All competition events must conform to local, state, and federal public health guidelines. An LSC shall establish submission deadlines for sanction or approval applications and shall publish such periods, along with relevant instructions and forms.
Given the varying access to facilities and myriad of local requirements, USA Swimming understands that clubs and athletes may not be able to attend or host a traditional sanctioned competition. In the coming weeks, USA Swimming will share new practice-based opportunities for recognition and fun virtual events in which our clubs and athletes can participate.
Every club planning to host or attend a meet must develop a Return to Competition plan. Return to competition can only occur if and when your local authorities have deemed it safe to return to competition. USA Swimming in no way endorses conducting practice or competition in violation of any local, state, or federal guidelines.
To access USA Swimming’s Return to Competition plan, visit the link below.
(*A club, geographically isolated within their LSC, may be granted the opportunity to compete in an adjacent LSC with permission from both the club’s LSC and the adjacent LSC.)
RETURN TO COMPETITION PLAN
The Scholastic All America (SAA) application is now available on the USA Swimming website. The quick link to get to the application and relative information is:
Athletes are the only individuals who may access the application so please make sure that athletes only sign in to their account.
East Carolina University recently announced the elimination of its swimming & diving program. An ECU alumni group has begun a pledge drive to save the program. If interested in joining this effort, you can email your pledge to SaveECUSwimandDive@gmail.com.
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East Carolina University announced Thursday that it is reducing the number of its intercollegiate athletic programs by four, effective immediately. The action is being taken as part of the University’s overall budget restructuring efforts and is part of a detailed analysis of ECU’s athletics financial position during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Affected programs are men’s swimming and diving, women’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis and women’s tennis. The move affects 68 student-athletes and nine coaches. ECU previously led the American Athletic Conference with 20 sports (following the departure of Connecticut) and will now have 16 sports (9 women’s, 7 men’s).
The Save ECU Swim & Dive petition below has been initiated so the swimming community can voice its concerns. Please join North Carolina Swimming in petitioning ECU to reconsider this decision.
Over the last several weeks, planning for resuming practices has produced wide-ranging conversations about the role of competition in our return to pools. While the perspectives vary, what is clear is that our clubs and teams are looking for a conceptual plan for competition.
With that, we are sharing the framework of our three-month recommended roadmap for a safer return to competition for our members. This conceptual plan, based on the current health environment, encourages fostering competition in practice in June; the prospect of intra-squad, virtual meets, and small community-based dual meets in July; and regionally based competition in August.
Most importantly, all steps within this progressive strategy require compliance with local, state, and federal public health guidelines.
In support of our recommended approach, and in a continued effort 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 June 30, 2020. This action is intended to be the final prohibition on meet sanctioning (absent an adverse change in circumstances). While there are still significant safety considerations regarding meet sanctioning, including social distancing, travel, etc., the Board anticipates returning sanctioning control and discretion to LSC’s (subject to certain restrictions) in July.
The targeted return-to-competition guidelines are further detailed below:
A return to practice, where possible, is our primary focus. When your athletes are ready, we encourage fostering competition in practice, making racing a fun part of your return to the pool plan. Whether you are racing 15 meters, odd distances, or their favorite event, keep it fun and use the opportunity to set positive expectations.
The goal is to return to small competitions such as sanctioned intrasquad meets, virtual meets, and potentially community-based dual meets. These meets may require individual age-groups, limited event orders, and new uses of technology.
USA Swimming staff continues to plan for a regionally based series of non-championship meets in August for athletes at the sectional level and above. We know there are still several challenges to be overcome to make these meets a reality, but as with our LSCs, we must all have a Plan B and a Plan C for competitions this summer.
If your club or LSC would like to work with staff to develop ideas for creating competition opportunities this summer, please reach out to Brendan Hansen, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Tom Avischious, email@example.com.
In addition to plan developments, many club leaders have reached out regarding insurance implications upon re-opening. Below is an explanation of the impact on the organization’s insurance policy(ies).
There are two key requirements that insurers will seek in order for insurance to apply:
- Compliance with the most stringent and enforceable re-opening guidelines of your jurisdiction (i.e.: social gathering criteria) and;
- Continued compliance with USA Swimming guidelines such as coaching certification, safe sport provisions and virtual dryland practice guidelines.
Regarding the legal jurisdiction to follow where competing guidelines may apply, it is important to make a good faith decision of what the club believes is the proper and safe guideline. A local attorney should be consulted if there is ambiguity about which law or governmental authority should be followed.
There are two key insurance coverages provided as part of the USA Swimming membership. These include:
- General Liability insurance, which is silent on COVID-19. This means that the insurance company will be evaluating coverage on a case by case basis in the event a demand is made against the club from a third party. Other than COVID-19, any other standard claim (such as a slip and fall) should afford coverage.
- Participant Accident insurance, which provides payment for accidents/injuries above any healthcare costs. For this insurance, COVID-19 is specifically excluded as this is intended to cover for accidents only and not illness.
Should you have additional insurance questions, please reach out to USA Swimming Senior Director of Risk Management Steve Levine at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-201-4685.
If you have any questions about sanctions or a return to practice, please email Joel Shinofield, email@example.com.
We encourage you to visit our website often for the most-up-to-date swimming community Coronavirus resources: https://www.usaswimming.org/utility/swimming-community-coronavirus-resources.
We thank you for your continued support.
Any team registered with North Carolina Swimming during the annual performance period is eligible to participate in the Club Development Incentive Program. Participating clubs can earn up to $1,400.
Here is a link to the Club Development Evaluation Form Worksheet that participating clubs are asked to review. Clubs can use the worksheet to track their points, but to simplify administration please use the Online Evaluation Form to record your points and submit to North Carolina Swimming for approval.
Due to COVID-19 concerns, the 2020 Spring HOD meetings originally scheduled to be held in Wilmington will now shift to online meetings.
- Please continue to submit your meet bids online using the Meet Bid Form.
- Click here to view the calendar. You can voice any concerns to the Operations Committee prior to or at the online meeting on Sunday, April 19th, at 9:30 AM.
- We will not have a virtual HOD meeting on Sunday afternoon. Legislation that has been submitted will be pushed to September with the exception of any items that are time sensitive. These items will be posted on March 29th and decided at the Board of Directors meeting on Saturday, April 18th.
There will be no NCS meetings in Wilmington. Please remember to cancel your hotel reservations if you were planning to stay in Wilmington to attend NCS HOD meetings.
East Carolina Aquatics (ECA) recently earned Safe Sport Club Recognition and made headlines in its local newspaper. Other clubs, too, have learned that Safe Sport Club Recognition is a great way to promote your club and your sport!
All NCS clubs are strongly encouraged to become Safe Sport Recognized – and earn $1000 from North Carolina Swimming!
Click the following links for more details.
Coaching staff and club members from the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina Riptyde (TYDE) met recently with NCS Safe Sport Coordinator, Rebecca Landre, to discuss Safe Sport and review the requirements on becoming a USA Swimming Safe Sport Recognized club. All NCS clubs are strongly encouraged to begin the process of becoming Safe Sport Recognized.
Click the following links to learn more.
The final roster for the 2019 IMX Camp has been announced and is posted below. The camp will be held at the Greensboro Aquatic Center on December 28-29th. Applications for the camp are now closed. Additional information will be sent to those on the final roster once all details are finalized. Congratulations Swimmers!