In the spring of 2020, we heard from many teams and leagues as they grapple with decisions about what to do for this season. Most are in wait-and-see mode, keeping their ear to the ground for CDC recommendations and guidance from their local officials.
We've been hearing from some of our customers, and here are a few ideas they're considering as they wait to make their final determination about this season:
- Delay the full season by a few weeks --
A delay in the start of the season would result in the delay of the end of the season as well. Due to pool availability and parents' vacation plans, some teams aren't sure if this will work.
- Delay the start of the season, with a condensed version of the season --
This would mean fewer meets for this season -- even if it's only 2-3 meets. Some teams are considering canceling the end-of-season championship meets. This would keep the season more compact, plus reduce pressure to improve with a shortened season. This would really help keep the emphasis on FUN.
- Conduct "virtual" meets --
If teams are trying to limit attendance and participation at meets, for a "dual meet," both teams could swim at their own pools, record their times, then marry up the times afterward as if both teams were at the same pool.
- Offer a shortened season at the end of the summer or early fall --
If teams are unable to hold practices and meets in the early part of the summer, some are considering holding a shortened season later in the summer. This might only last a few weeks, and there may only be 1-2 meets (which may have to be intra-squad, depending on whether other teams in the league are able to participate).
Many teams want to salvage as much of the season as possible. Kids, families, and coaches love the community bonding, the sense of fun, and the traditions that summer swimming brings. Once kids are able to get back out of the house, they'll love seeing their friends (and parents will love getting their kids active again). The season may look very different this year, but pretty much everything looks different right now... :-)
What are some ideas that your team or league have been discussing?
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