The COVID-19 crisis will have long-term and far-reaching effects on all of us. But we are swimmers. We are a tight-knit resilient tribe. When we stick together, we can overcome any challenge in our way. 

Because your health and wellness is our primary focus during these unprecedented times, we've put together information, resources, and updates pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to U.S. Masters Swimming and its members, clubs, coaches, volunteers, events, and fans below.

As we develop new communication, messaging, and programs to navigate COVID-19, the National Office will facilitate idea sharing throughout USMS. Please share any thoughts, suggestions, or ideas with Volunteer Services. Please connect with us if you have any questions or concerns.

Most important, stay healthy and safe, and look out for each other during this crisis.

Volunteer Communications and Updates

2020 Annual Meeting

The 2020 USAS Convention has been canceled. The USMS Board of Directors discussed this possibility at our last meeting and were supportive of this difficult decision because it is in the best interest of the health and safety of USMS delegates. 

During that meeting, the board approved moving USMS's 2020 Annual Meeting to a virtual format, should the decision to cancel the USAS Convention be made. There is still a lot to plan and work through for a virtual meeting so stand by for more details as they are developed. In the interim, please continue to select delegates and proceed with other LMSC or committee work relating to the annual meeting.

Should you have immediate questions regarding the 2020 annual meeting, please contact Volunteer Services.

Read the full communication here

Events and Sanction Fees

To encourage the reintroduction of events when appropriate, the board voted to waive all national sanction fees for the remainder of 2020. As part of this action, the board is recommending that LMSCs remove any of their additional sanction fees. (read the full communication here)

USMS is continuing to recommend LMSCs not sanction traditional format in-person pool meet or open water events through June 30. However, this recommendation does not extend to virtual or ePostal events, for which sanctions may be considered so long as participants are directed to follow facility, local, state, and federal safety and social distancing guidelines.

The USMS Board of Directors will consider the approach to sanctioning again during its June 15, 2020, meeting and will provide more detailed guidance thereafter. For any potential standard events (i.e., nonvirtual, in person) in the coming months, it will be imperative that plans are implemented following all guidelines to ensure the health and safety of USMS members, volunteers, and organizers.

Refer to the COVID-19 Event Resources page for more information. 

 

Important Links

Please continue to follow the guidelines established by local, state, and federal health officials in your area.