USMS continues to focus on supporting clubs and coaches in their efforts to
restart USMS workouts
as soon as appropriate, based on facility, local, state, and federal safety and social distancing guidelines. Although restarting daily club activity is the immediate priority, USMS is also looking at the best ways to allow members to find motivation, compete, and race again in creative formats conducive to new norms.
USMS is continuing to recommend LMSCs not sanction traditional in-person pool meets 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 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.
Virtual events that can be completed in a workout setting (pool or open water) will be the most practical path to ease back into competitions and fitness events. USMS has plans to host several events in the summer and fall and will provide guidelines in the coming weeks for locally hosted virtual events. More information can be found on the new COVID-19 Event Resources page that will be updated regularly.