USA Swimming Sends Out September Meet Sanctioning Update

With September quickly approaching, USA Swimming sent out its monthly sanctioning update on Friday. The continued correspondence by USA Swimming ensures that clubs have the latest information for sanctioning meets and reminds coaches of what is allowed when it comes to competition.

In recent months, the primary form of competition has been intrasquad time trials, which have allowed athletes the opportunity to step on the blocks and race. Through this approach, several swimmers have produced impressive times, most notably rising star Claire Curzan, a contender to qualify for next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. In time-trial action, Curzan has established several National Age Group (NAG) records, including becoming the youngest female to crack the 50-second barrier in the 100-yard butterfly.

Here is the letter that USA Swimming sent to its membership:

Dear members,

We remain focused on supporting our teams and members in their return to training and their continued progression through our “crawl, walk, race” return to competition.

There has been little change in circumstance regarding necessary precautions to take due to COVID-19 and the related access to water. As a result, the USA Swimming Board of Directors approved the following event sanction for September 2020:

  • Local Swimming Committees (LSC) will be limited to the sanctioning of meets comprised only of athletes and clubs registered within the LSC.
  • 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.
  • LSCs will establish submission deadlines for sanction or approval applications and will publish these deadlines, along with relevant instructions and forms.
  • More than anything, it is important to remember that all training and competition must conform to local, state, and federal public health guidelines.

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