USA Swimming Will Sanction Meets in July, Times Won’t Count for National Meets

USA Swimming has announced that it will allow competitions to resume in July with some restrictions. 

However, times achieved during meets in July will not count towards qualification for any USA Swimming programs (including national select camps) or meets above the LSC level, including Zones, Sectionals, Futures, Junior Nationals, Nationals, the US Open, or Olympic Trials. LSCs will be allowed to use times under their own guidelines. 

In its press release, USA Swimming said that this is being done, “with the recognition that many of our clubs have limited or no access to facilities, and to maintain a level playing field.”

Notably, USA Swimming has not released updated time standards for the Olympic Trials after they were postponed until 2021 due to coronavirus. 

The organization also announced that during the month that it will only sanction meets composed of teams from the same LSC. The LSC represented will be determined by the host team. 

USA Swimming has already announced its “crawl, walk, race” guidelines for returning to competition, which will still be implanted under the new plan. 

Additionally, all meets will be subject to state and local guidelines, while all clubs planning to attend meets must develop return to competition plans. 

USA Swimming has not sanctioned meets since they recommended that they be cancelled on March 12. The organization later mandated cancellation of all meets and suspended all sanctions through June 30. 

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fewfewfew
1 year ago

Can someone explain the rationale for not letting these times count for national meets? Aren’t times still times?

Admin
Reply to  fewfewfew
1 year ago

The idea seems to be that they don’t want swimmers to feel pressure to return to train before they’re comfortable doing so, and to protect swimmers whose pools aren’t open yet.

Techsuitsroverrated
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

Then USA Swimming should have different time standards for every state because states like California have infinitely more swimming resources than states like Alaska. See how this makes no sense?

CASWIMMER
Reply to  Techsuitsroverrated
1 year ago

Many pools in California are not open. We have ZERO pools available in our large county in California. We have no advantage, our club hasn’t touched water since March 12. From what I understand Alaska opened pools last month.

Techsuitsroverrated
Reply to  CASWIMMER
1 year ago

CASwimmer, u obviously have completely missed my point.

Leslie
Reply to  Techsuitsroverrated
1 year ago

Your point was that California has infinitely more swimming resources available. His point is that ZERO pool availability means infinitely LESS swimming resources. Please respect the frustration of those in California without swimming resources currently.

10U DAD
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

Protecting them from what? This seems an arbitrary way to punish those athletes who have trained hard to stay in shape despite not having a swimming pool for 3 months. I am trying hard to understand this policy, but it is wildly subjective. What is the criteria for the return to a ‘level playing field’?

coach
Reply to  10U DAD
1 year ago

Arizona just shut down their gyms. We may not have a “level playing field” for several months.

Sam P
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

Granted my kids are swimming now but even if they weren’t, I would still want all the other kids times to count. This smells like swimming politics to me.

Sam P
Reply to  fewfewfew
1 year ago

Exactly! It’s not like these kids are swimming faster just because other clubs/kids aren’t swimmming. They would have achieved these cuts whether or not all LSCs/clubs are open or not. Like you said times are times.

Coach
1 year ago

As someone who volunteers a lot for usa swimming … do they ever do the right thing? What the hell? Betterv yet, there’s nobody left to talk to there because there’s nobody left who has a clue about club swimming.

Jay
Reply to  Coach
1 year ago

The committee that ultimately makes recommendations to the Board of Directors is made up of Club Coaches. The USA Swim Staffers who accepted the Voluntary Separation Package will definitely be missed, But those of us remaining will definitely help the Club Coaches around the USA in any way possible.

coach
Reply to  Jay
1 year ago

This initiative came directly from staff.

Guerra
Reply to  Jay
1 year ago

…said like a true politician. Keep on passing the buck.

Guerra
Reply to  Coach
1 year ago

I wonder if USA Swimming is going to lower or waive the membership and sanction fees now that they are providing less services and resources for member clubs and making ridiculous regulations to limit how much money clubs can make??? They just don’t have a clue. Grass roots swimming = RIP

Michael Lawrence
Reply to  Guerra
1 year ago

…. leaving things in the hands of the LSCs

Guerra
Reply to  Michael Lawrence
1 year ago

…Yeah and that’s just as bad if not worse.

MarkB
Reply to  Guerra
1 year ago

Of course, they’ll lower the fees. It makes sense … oops.

Hawkeye
1 year ago

I can understand the reasons for not using these times to be fair to those who don’t have open pools yet. How do you think they will determine qualification for National Select Camps without a long course season?

Whatever
Reply to  Hawkeye
1 year ago

They won’t.

Duh
Reply to  Hawkeye
1 year ago

It’ll be cancelled with everything else. Duh.

Mark Rauterkus
1 year ago

Same LSC. Humm. Guess there might be a lot of UNATTACHED swimmers. There is always at work-around that is often worse than expected. Unintended consequences sound familiar.

It is going to be a bumpy ride.

Mark Rauterkus
Reply to  Mark Rauterkus
1 year ago

(*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.)

Curios
1 year ago

The post says that times won’t count for qualifying times for meets but does not mention NAGs. Does anyone know if times will qualify for NAG records?

Admin
Reply to  Curios
1 year ago

That’s a good question. I can ask.

Meet ref
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

Times will not count for NAGs

John
Reply to  Meet ref
1 year ago

You’ll have to extrapolate that a bit….

Anonymous
Reply to  Curios
1 year ago

They will not count for NAG records.

Techsuitsroverrated
1 year ago

This crap makes no sense, just like every other decision made by our incompetent politicians and governing bodies of just about every entity I can think of. A time is a time. The swimmer earned it whether with access to a pool or without. Tired of stupid people.

itsyaboi
1 year ago

Call me crazy, but if someone can make a trials cut “without having access to a pool”, BIG props to them they earned that cut!!!

Kevin
Reply to  itsyaboi
1 year ago

1000%. For anyone who didn’t have a cut prior to COVID, the odds are stacked more heavily against them now due to the substantial time out of water. If you can be out of the pool for 2-3 months and come back to achieve a qualifying time after 1 month back in the pool, that is a phenomenal accomplishment that must be rewarded.

Jordanwins2golds
1 year ago

like the song from Cabaret, “Money makes the world go around”.

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