By Reach for the Wall Staff
What a tumultuous week we’ve had in the swimming world! Over the course of several days we saw Swimming World and SwimSwam report on Mission Viejo getting back to training with their group of 18 elite swimmers. Later this week, SwimSwam ran a story that David Marsh and his Elite group are using a 22 yard backyard pool to get back to training. USA Swimming also published their recommendations/guidelines for re-opening facilities and practice groups.
On May 6th, USA Swimming held/published their ‘Virtual Town Hall’ to address some of the prevailing concerns and perspective on guidelines:
All of this news has provided some hope and ideas for what the short-term ‘getting back in the water’ may look like. Then yesterday, the Northern Virginia Swim League (NVSL) announced they are cancelling the summer season, citing logistics and challenges too onerous to proceed. From the NVSL website (we bolded for emphasis): “The common thread in the feedback, along with the disappointment of missing a special summer tradition, was the commitment to health and safety. The Board greatly appreciates the constructive conversations that advanced the discussion on the status of the 2020 season. We took into account as much information as we could to determine whether the League could operate in a safe and healthy way that did not put overwhelming logistical and organizational pressure on the League’s teams.“
With reports from Florida (Berkeley) reopening and the Kentucky LSC proposals aimed at allowing private pools to work toward reopening, we (Reach for the Wall) are watching closely for success stories and potential models that could be applied within the DMV for operating this summer (and beyond).
With all of this news, some too overwhelming to think about, remember to enjoy the time you have with your family-Happy Mother’s Day!!! Follow guidelines from our local and state government and stay healthy! The more we do as a community to reduce the spread, the better the opportunity to return to the pool.