Poolesville Piranhas Swim Team
 Poolesville Piranhas Swim Team

It should come as no surprise that this 2021 summer swim season will be very different than all others in the past. After the disappointing cancellation of the 2020 season, we all look forward to this summer. However, there will be many changes designed to keep everyone safe during swim practices and competition. We appreciate your understanding and help to make this season the best it can be.

 

The Piranhas will have a Parent Meeting as follows:

  • When: Tuesday, June 1 at 7:00pm – Rain or shine
  • Where: Western County Outdoor Pool
  • Restrictions:
    • Only 1 parent per family is allowed to attend (to reduce crowding)
    • No swimmers or children allowed
    • Face mask is required for everyone
    • Maintain 6 feet of separation between people

Listed below are some guidelines about practices, meets, health protocols, and swimmer evaluations. Please refer to the 2021 MCSL documents provided during the online team registration process for full details.

 

Practices

    Practices will begin during the week of June 2nd.

    Everyone is required to maintain at least 6 feet of distance between one another. Face masks must always be worn until a coach directs swimmers to enter the pool. There will be a limit of 6 swimmers per lane.

    Practice times are yet to be determined. After team registration closes, the participant numbers will be reviewed and practice schedules will be set accordingly and then communicated at the above Parent Meeting. Due to various restrictions, we cannot guarantee swimmers will be able to practice every day. 

    Parents will not be able to request siblings to be assigned to the same practice group if they're not within the established age group breakdown. This also applies to members of carpools and any other such requests.

    Depending on how practices are assigned, swimmers will not be able to make up missed practices or switch practice assignments with another swimmer.

    Swimmers must remain outside the facility fence until a coach directs them into the pool area for practice. Swimmers should not arrive more than 10 minutes before their practice start time.

    Swimmers must arrive ready to swim – locker rooms will not be available for changing clothes. Coaches will direct swimmers where to stand and place their personal belongings for practice. For inclement weather, a waterproof bag is recommended. Equipment, such as kickboards or other items, will not be provided by the team/facility.

    Parents, family members and spectators are not allowed on the pool deck or within the facility fence.

    Refer to the MCSL 2021 COVID-19 Policy and Procedure for more details.

 

Meets

    Everyone is required to maintain at least 6 feet of distance between one another.
    There will be a limit on the number of swimmers and volunteers allowed at every meet. Parents, family members and spectators not volunteering at the meet are not allowed on pool deck or in the facility. 
    Swimmers must arrive at the meet ready to swim – locker rooms will not be available.
    Face masks must be worn until a coach or official directs swimmers to remove them for the race.
    Swimmers must have a plastic bag for their face masks while swimming their race.

    Refer to the MCSL 2021 COVID-19 Meet Protocol for more details.

 

Health Protocols

    Prior to arriving at the facility, temperatures must be taken. Anyone registering 100.4 or above may not attend practices or meets.
    If anyone is experiencing any symptoms of illness, they may not attend practices or meets.
    The Head Coach and Team Rep must be contacted immediately regarding any potential/actual COVID-19 exposure or positive test so the proper authorities can be notified.

    For more information on potential/actual COVID-19 exposure or positive tests, please refer to the MCSL 2021 COVID-19 Policy and Procedure.  

 

Evaluation for New Swimmers

    At this time evaluations are on hold until team size and available space are determined.  If we can hold swimmer evaluations, the minimum qualifications are as follows:

  • 8 & Under Swimmers: Must be able to swim 1 continuous length (25 meters) of the pool using a coordinated stroke and rhythmic breathing, and be able to float on their back.
  • 9-12 Year Old Swimmers: Must be able to swim 1 continuous length (25 meters) of legal freestyle with good rhythmic breathing and 1 length (25 meters) of legal backstroke.
  • 13 & Over Swimmers: Must be able to swim 2 continuous lengths (50 meters) of legal freestyle with good rhythmic breathing and 2 continuous lengths (50 meters) of legal backstroke.