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Mountaire Park 2020 Swim Team Season – IMPORTANT UPDATE (posted May 9, 2020)

Dear Mountaire Park Swim Team Family,

After careful consideration and with heavy hearts, we wish to announce that the upcoming 2020 swim team season has been cancelled for Mountaire Park. This is not a decision that was taken lightly. The guidelines, rules, expectations, and means to run a summer league team in light of COVID-19 have been reviewed by our swim team leadership and the leadership of our sister pools in the Sandy Springs community.

The Decision Making Process

After receiving many communications from ASA (the governing body of the summer swim team program) about what to expect in June or July IF swim team were to happen, we attended a meeting on May 4th directed by ASA in which all teams in our league attended. ASA walked us through the parameters and strict expectations for what would need to be done to help ensure the legal safety and physical safety of our club, coaches, swimmers, and pool community at large. There is absolutely no possible way to guarantee that we can meet all of the new guidelines 100% of the time. Under any other circumstances, there would be some flexibility to these rules. However, the consequence of a misstep would put the lives of every person in our summer program at risk, including not only swimmers and coaches but also parents, caretakers, and extended family members.

Our swim program's main purpose has been and will always be to provide your children with a summer they will never forget! A summer filled with the best memories of friendship, sportsmanship, team spirit, and growth. If we were to meet all the new expectations 100% of the time, our program would be unrecognizable. Below, we’ve listed a sampling of the rules required to legally run a swim team this summer.

2020 Rules & Regulations (limited list)

  • No parents, siblings or caretakers would be allowed on the deck. Furthermore, you would never experience watching your child swim in a race or complete a practice at any point during the season.
  • All children would be required to be dropped off at the front door of the pool and have their temperature taken by a coach. Parents and siblings would be required to return to their car during the practice and then "pick up" their swimmer from the front door once practice was over. Same process would be repeated for the next age group after all swimmers from the previous practice have exited the deck with their parents.
  • Swimmers would be required to be 6 feet apart at all times while on the deck and in the water.
  • Swimmers must learn specific swim patterns while in the water for drills, practices, etc. to help ensure the safety of those around them. Only 2 people would be allowed in each lane at one time (10 people in the pool total).
  • Swim meets would be virtual. No volunteers, no parents attending. All times would be recorded during each different age group practices and then sent over to the other team for comparison (it is projected that there will only be 50 people allowed on the deck through the end of July).
  • No items would be shared, such as kickboards.
  • No assistance can be provided to children as far as putting on swim caps, goggles, etc.
  • Coaches would be required to coach from the deck and would not be allowed in the water with the swimmers to do any hands-on instruction. All feedback would be verbal as a 6-foot distance must be maintained at all times with the exception of water safety emergencies.
  • No special events are allowed to take place, including the end of season awards banquet, due to the limited number of people that can gather at one time.

All this said, we want our program to remain positive, encouraging, and most of all FUN for everyone. We recognize that the new rules and risks involved with running a summer swim season are not worth ruining the favorable 55+ year legacy our program has had. It is also not worth risking what could be many more amazing summers for our swimmers, parents, coaches, and pool family. You should know that we arrived at this decision after many discussions internally with our swim team reps, coaches, the Mountaire pool board, and with our sister pools in Sandy Springs (Hammond Hills, Riverside, and Mark Trail). We all agree that an A-typical summer swim season (as described above) is not in the best interest of what we are trying to accomplish for the kids and the community.

As we mourn the loss of this this season, we cannot wait to be back in the pool with you in 2021. The league is in discussions about granting a "red shirt season" to all seniors which would allow them to swim with us next summer!!!! We will communicate updates on this point as they become available.

Swim Clinics

We are hoping to hold some swim clinics for very small groups in July (assuming the pool is open, and it is safe for us to gather for instruction). The clinics will be exclusively run by Coach Danielle, Coach Turner, and Coach Sam. Details on this opportunity will be released towards late June. We plan to wait as long as possible before sending out sign ups to ensure the program is safe and feasible for all parties involved.

Refunds for Swim Team Fees

For the folks who already registered to swim with us, thank you. We have full intentions of refunding your investment in full and will reach out to those families affected directly. You can expect to hear from us in the coming weeks.

Finally, please pass along to your kids how the swim team reps and coaches are already planning the 2021 season to make it the BEST SUMMER YET. As they say, the best rainbows only come after rain!!!!!!

Sincerely,

Your Team Reps - Amber Cooley & Brooke Brown

We look forward to swimming with you next season and if you need a refresher on all the fun we had in 2019, check out our end-of-season video.

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