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“It’s a Fluid Situation” “This action is unprecedented.” “We are in a marathon.” “Social Distancing.”

So many new phrases in our language that we just haven’t used to this extent before. And we have only been using them for just over a week.

As an organization and as individuals, we have to realize that the Covid-19 drama we are all part of, is new to everyone, the situation is fluid, and it is evolving daily.

Just over a week ago the BCSSA Board made the decision to cancel the Coaching Conference. At that time, Tuesday, March 10th, groups of up to 150 were deemed ok by the health officials. Two days later, groups of less than 50 were recommended, then less than 20, and now, try not to be in any group at all. On the 10th there was no hint that borders would be closed, flights cancelled, every major sport cancelled and a litany of swimming meets, including the Canadian Olympic Trials, postponed.

My point is, we do not know what tomorrow will bring, what recommendations will come forward from Dr. Henry, when swimming pools will be opened or for that matter, when the border will be opened.

The current situation leaves us with some big questions.

Will the season open on May 1st?
Will we have a regular season?
Will there be a Provincial Championships this year?
What about our coaching staff if we are limited to small groups or no groups at all?

The short answer is, NO ONE knows. The situation is changing so rapidly that only a fool would make predictions. By the end of April, we know that we will be in a completely different situation than what we are in now, we just don’t know what that situation will look like.

The BCSSA Board is in communication with each other.

We are watching and waiting. And the waiting is the hard part. Waiting will be our hardest task but with reference to the season and our sport, it is what we have to do.

In the meantime, there are some things we can do:

Take care of yourself and your families, including your swim family.
We recommend that all clubs postpone their paid registrations until we are closer to May 1st.
A Board Member is talking to Active about their refund policy yet these talks are difficult with so many businesses now closed or on a work from home regimen but in the meantime, postpone any paid registrations.
Stay in communication with your City Recreation Dept but remember, they can’t predict what is going to happen.
Plan for the season but be aware, the season could be shortened, or modified.

The BCSSA Board of Directors will communicate any information we learn and will be giving decisions or recommendations in late April about the upcoming season.

Our swimming world is not alone in the trials we are facing. Our whole country, our whole world, is facing the same difficulties.

In the meantime, take care of yourself and your family.

Danny Shilds,

President, BC Summer Swimming Association

president@bcsummerswimming.com

Covid-19 Update Regarding Coaches Conference

Posted by Kat Coatesworth at Mar 13, 2020 12:06PM PDT
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Due to concerns about the global spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) the BCSSA Board has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 BCSSA Coaches Conference. All those who have already registered will be issued full refunds as soon as possible.

Board President Danny Schilds commented today, “First and foremost is the safety of the community, the athletes and their families. We continue to monitor this rapidly changing situation and will be looking at alternative means of supporting coach education and development in BC.”

The BCSSA will continue to monitor the Provincial Health Authorities for guidance on activities and events, and will provide updates. The Regional Page will continue to share as much information as possible and please also continue to check the BCSSA website at www.bcsummerswimming.com for news and communications on an ongoing basis.

Ross is proactively working with each team in our Region to undertake risk assessments and develop potential mitigation plans for holding Meets to look out for the well being of all of our membership and still leave opportunities open for our children.

For more information about the coronaviruses (COVID19), please visit the WHO website at https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

Registration for the Summer is Open!

Posted by Revelstoke Aquaducks at Mar 6, 2020 7:53AM PST
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Click the big red button to the left to register for the summer (or scroll to the bottom if on a mobile device)! The Early bird registration discount is in effect until April 3rd, so don’t delay. Contact July Wilkey, our registrar, if you have questions. (aquaducksregistrar@gmail.com).

The document Summer_Registration_Ad_2020_FINAL.pdf was attached to this post.

OK REGIONAL JOB AT PROVINCIALS- UBC

Posted by Ross Hoshizaki at Feb 12, 2020 2:12PM PST ( 0 Comments )
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Hello Everyone

As a region, we have been very fortunate since I have been regional director. At the provincials we have had many years where our families were not responsible for much at the provincial meet. Most of the time, a few select people did the jobs that were requested by the province and the rest of the region only had to time of officiate as need be. This year will be different. We are responsible for security in the upcoming year, and I will be asking someone from our region to spearhead and arrange the security for the provincials. I am in discussions with the meet manager for the exact number and locations for each day. Once, I find out the numbers, I will circulate them and during the regionals it will be required that everyone needs to sign up to help at the event, either timing or security. I find that some jobs may be difficult at times but, it is an opportunity to meet other people from the region and it can be fun. I will post more info as it comes to me.

Ross

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NEW RULES

Posted by Ross Hoshizaki at Feb 12, 2020 2:02PM PST ( 0 Comments )

Hey Everyone:

Just a heads up for the coming year. The BCSSA has changed many rules for the coming year. Most changes affect Diving, Water Polo, and Artistic (formerly known as Synchro) but their are a few that affect speed swimming. If you are an official, coach or wanting to know more, look at the rule book that is now online on our new BCSSA website.