CSRC coaches and parent volunteers have been working hard for weeks on a plan to provide CSRC Members with a viable and safe way to conduct Swim Team this summer. While many other organizations have cancelled summer activities for kids, CSRC Swim Team leaders decided to adopt a “wait and see” approach, delaying any decision to cancel, while trying to avoiding the risks of pushing ahead too quickly. This plan is based on information drawn from numerous swim and health professionals and organizations, including local competitive teams, local summer league teams, governmental agencies, healthcare professionals, industry groups (such as USA Swimming), CSRC's pool management company (which also manages large pool facilities for competitive teams), and other swim leagues from across the country. In deciding whether and how to proceed with Swim Team this year, the goal was to follow closely in the footsteps of other organizations under greater time pressure to restart their programs, drawing on their innovations and hard work, while taking enough time to learn from and hopefully avoid any missteps along the way. CSRC Swim Team coaches and parent volunteers believe this plan creates the best reasonable option to provide the CSRC Swim Team experience this summer, while prioritizing the health and safety of all participants. Please note that the specifics of this plan are subject to change based on factors such as changing governmental requirements, adjustments based on experience under this plan, and the number of participants.
Practices will be Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, in two (2) separate sessions, one from 8 am – 8:45 am, and the other from 9 am – 9:45 am. No meets currently are scheduled – they are all TBD, based on the number of other teams that end up participating (we know of at least two (2) other teams right now) and where the State reopening guidelines end up. To adhere to maximum gathering and social distancing requirements, and to help with any necessary contact tracing on the back-end, Signup Genius will be used for practice sign-ups each day. Practices will be limited to approximately 60 swimmers per session, with no more than three (3) swimmers* in any single lane at a time. While not in the water, minimum distances of 6 - 10 feet will be maintained between all individuals (swimmers and coaches). Swimmers 10 & under are encouraged, but not required, to wear masks while entering and leaving the facility. Swimmers 11 & up are required to wear "face coverings" (as defined by NC Executive Order 141) while entering and leaving the facility. Coaches are required to wear face coverings at all times while at the facility, unless in a location where prohibited or prevented from close contact (6 feet) with others, either by physical barrier or other clear demarkation. (updated June 26, 2020)
* Note – the current Phase 2 reopening plan calls for no more than two (2) swimmers per lane at any time, but consultants have advised that this limit is intended to apply to circle swimming (i.e., swimming laps within the same lane, where swimmers would pass each other).This plan calls for one direction swimming only, with no passing – swimmers in each lane will swim in the same direction, exiting the water at the end of the 25-meter pool length, and then walking back around to their beginning point, maintaining social distancing.Essentially, we anticipate having one swimmer at the end of a lane (finishing their length), one in the middle (half-way through their length), and one just entering the pool (at the beginning of their length), for a total of three.Distances between swimmers in the same lane are intended to be in excess of 6 – 10 feet at all times.
PLEASE SEE IMPORTANT NOTICE BELOW ABOUT SHRIMPS (SWIMMERS 6 AND UNDER).
Practice Procedures for Swimmers & Families - please review all this information with your swimmers prior to their first practice.
Additional Important Notes
Action Plan if a Swimmer or Coach tests positive for COVID-19