The London Roar will have the option to retain most of their star Australians who sat out last season. The LA Current also brought back two 2019 standouts in Kathleen Baker and Ryan Held for their pool of potential retainees.
What does the ‘Protected List’ Mean?
This week, the ISL will be announcing each team’s “protected” athletes: effectively, the pool from which each team will be retaining athletes as part of the draft process. To be clear: these are not the lists of athletes that a team will protect; rather, it is the group from which the team will choose up to 15 to protect, and from which fans will pick 1 additional swimmer to protect.
That means the new information will tell us two big things: which athletes have declined or refused to return to their former teams (which is something the league is, apparently, allowing), and which athletes are being given special exceptions after skipping the 2020 season and being allowed to return to their 2019 teams. Also excluded are athletes who didn’t register for the 2021 ISL season.
DRAFT PROCESS IN BRIEF
- On June 21, teams will announce the first 5 athletes that they will retain from their 2021 rosters.
- On June 28, teams will announce up to 10 additional athletes that they will retain from their 2021 rosters. After that, there will be a public vote for a 16th athlete that each team will retain from their 2021 rosters.
- On June 29, teams will draft the remainder of their rosters, with the lowest finishing teams from last year’s season getting advantageous draft positions.
- Click here to read a more detailed description of the draft.
This group of “protected” athletes are not yet actually retained. Today’s lists show the athletes who have “confirmed their commitment to remain on their current team if selected by the team’s General Manager or if elected by the fans online, during the ISL Draft.” That means teams can essentially choose to retain athletes from these lists.
An athlete who doesn’t agree to stay with their team from last season will enter the draft pool as a rookie. Unretained athletes from this list will enter the draft pool as a veteran.
We also ran through each team’s roster in the spring for a very early look at who each team should try to retain. You can read that story below:
- Analysis: Who should each ISL team retain for 2021?
- Final list of 940 names registered for ISL Draft Pool
London Roar Protected Swimmers
- London was able to retain essentially all of its stars, including those who did not compete last year. The sizable group of Australians who didn’t make the trip to the Budapest bubble last year (Emma McKeon, Cate Campbell, Bronte Campbell, Minna Atherton; even Kyle Chalmers who withdrew due to injury, not due to travel restrictions) pretty much all show up on this protected list, and should earn a lot of the early retention spots.
- A handful of former London swimmers are not registered for the league this year and don’t appear on this list: Elijah Winnington, Harriet West, and Siobhan-Marie O’Connor among them.
LA Current Protected Swimmers
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- The biggest thing we learn from this LA Current list is that athletes who competed in 2019, but were never announced to a roster in 2020, are eligible to be retained by their 2019 team. Kathleen Baker and Ryan Held were pretty key scorers in 2019, but did not compete in the league in 2020. They are in the LA Current’s protection pool, suggesting that 2019 ISL competitors who skipped the 2020 season will be part of the roster retention process.
- A few key names from the 2020 LA Current roster are not registered for the 2021 ISL season: Claire Rasmus, Kendyl Stewart, Ella Eastin (recently retired) and Zane Waddell, who didn’t compete in 2020 and retired shortly after the season.