USA Swimming Hands Out August Sanction Update: Times Will Count for All Qualifications

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Long Island Aquatic Club, a Metropolitan LSC member, will only be allowed to host meets with members of that LSC. Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

USA Swimming provided an update regarding its return to pool strategy that was initially introduced in June following input from athletes, coaches, committee volunteers, and staff. The USA Swimming Board of Directors approved the following event sanctions for August 2020:

  • LSC’s will be limited to the sanctioning of meets comprised only of athletes and clubs registered within the LSC.
  • There will be no restrictions on the use of times.

This means that if a meet is to be held in Indiana, only teams from the Indiana LSC will be allowed to compete in that meet. If a team from the neighboring Illinois LSC wants to compete in an Indiana meet, they will need permission from both the host club’s LSC and the adjacent LSC. This will apply only for meets in the month of August, and updates should occur periodically.

USA Swimming’s first scheduled national level meet will be the TYR Pro Swim Series November 5 – 8 in Richmond, Virginia, with another Pro Series occurring a week later in Irvine, California.

Full letter from USA Swimming:

Dear members,

As we continue to navigate these challenging times, we remain focused on supporting our teams and members in their return to training and competition.

We are aware of the considerable differences and effects of the COVID-19 crisis across the country and are being mindful of these as we further develop our “crawl, walk, race” strategies, initially introduced in June.

Following input from athletes, coaches, committee volunteers, and staff, the USA Swimming Board of Directors approved the following event sanctions for August 2020:

  • LSCs will be limited to the sanctioning of meets comprised only of athletes and clubs registered within the LSC.*
  • There will be no restrictions on the use of times

(*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.)

More than anything, it is important to remember that all training and competition must conform to local, state, and federal public health guidelines.

3 comments

  1. Athanasia Phelan

    Finally some decent news but we need meets in order to achieve times!!!

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