We have been looking forward to the 2020 swim season with eager anticipation, and learning the ropes as your new co-presidents. Given the extenuating circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are doing the very best we can given a number of circumstances over which we have absolutely no control . . . your patience with this process is much appreciated!
We would like your input to help us decide what is the best direction for our team to take this summer. We are very fortunate to have secured our very own Conor Sokolowsky as head coach this season, and he is dedicated to helping us come up with the best plan possible for swim practice safety and efficiency (this will likely mean that swimmers will have "assigned" practice times this year). These practices would begin no earlier than June 22; this is contingent upon the Kingspoint Club's ability to open the pool on their target date and subject to change.
We have a couple of different options for meets (which would look very different from what we're used to with limiting the number of people on deck and adhering to social distance guidelines outside the pool area):
The Virginia Peninsula Swim Union, which governs our summer swim league, is organizing a four-meet season (meets July 6, 13, 20, 27). Champs is still TBD. Each team would be responsible for hosting two (socially distanced) swim meets and would attend two away meets.
We have also discussed organizing an intra-neighborhood swim season, in which we would still have organized practices but the meets would have many fewer people, making it (in theory) easier to maintain reasonable social distancing.
Concessions will not run this year due to the challenges in ensuring adequate safety practices, which would take away a significant portion of our fundraising, so swimmer fees would increase.