We’re very excited to kick off the 2020 Cardinal swim team season May 26th However, the safety of our swimmers, coaches and families has to be the most important part of our practice planning. We have done a lot of research in preparing our practice approach and we feel confident that we have an opportunity to provide a fun and yet safe environment for our swim team. We do understand that everyone won’t feel comfortable with the steps we’ve taken so we invite you to watch a practice or contact one of the swim reps for more information if you have concerns.

Do not attend practice if you, or a member of your household does not feel well. This includes the following symptoms: difficulty breathing, nasal congestions, new cough, runny nose, shortness of breath, sneezing, new sore throat, unexplained body aches, fever greater than 100°F or chills in the past 24 hours.
**Sending sick swimmers may result in closing the swim team program

The following practice guidelines will be applicable during the 2020 swim team season and until further notice. There will be a coach’s meeting in advance of the season to review these. They will also be shared with all swim team families for reference.

PREPARING TO SWIM – Protect against infections

  • People who have been near someone who is sick or diagnosed with Covid-19 should not attend swim for 14 days
  • Wash your hands with a disinfectant soap and water (for 20 seconds or longer) or use a hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available, before going to the pool.
  • Minimize use of the bathrooms, no changing. Swimmers should arrive and leave in their swimsuits.
  • Arrive as close as possible to when activity begins and do not congregate with other swimmers.
  • Avoid touching gates, fences, chairs, benches, etc. if you can. Use the provided hand gel upon entering the facility. Swimmers should place their belongings 6 feet or more from other non-family member swimmers.
  • Bring a full water bottle to avoid touching a tap or water fountain handle.
  • If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve/arm area.
  • Coaches will review the “rules” at the start of each practice, please review them with swimmers at home as well. Swimmers who do not abide by the rules may be given one warning before speaking to parents and/or suspended from team practices for some period of time.
  • Non-swimmers (including siblings from other practices) should wait outside the pool area during practices, only swimmers, coaches and parent reps are allowed on deck. The only exception to this may be a Chirps parent at the discretion of the coach.


  • Lifeguards and coaches will wear provided masks.
  • Chlorine levels will be maintained per recommendations
  • Follow directions for spacing and stay at least six feet apart from others.
  • Do not make physical contact with others, such as shaking hands or giving a high five.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Do not share goggles, swim caps, water bottles, food or towels.
  • Bring your own kickboard if you have it. Kickboards will be provided if needed and will be disinfected between practices. Swimmers should keep their kickboards with their stuff in between uses, for the duration of the practice.
  • Blocks will be disinfected between practices.
  • Maintain appropriate social distancing from other athletes when taking a break. Cones will be used on the deck to mark appropriate distancing for drills.
  • Chirps sessions may require a parent or adult family member to be in the water with the swimmer
  • Potential practice session layouts, click here.


  • Leave the facility as soon as reasonably possible after practice through the exit gate, which will be propped open to minimize contact.
  • Avoid congregating with other non-family member swimmers
  • Wash your hands thoroughly or use a hand sanitizer after leaving the pool.
  • Do not use the locker room or changing area


  • Swimmers will be required to sign up for sessions in advance. Depending on demand and capacity restraints, limits may be placed on number of swimmers allowed in a session and number of sessions attended during a week.
  • In some scenarios there will be only one swimmer per lane, with the exception of family members who may share a lane.
  • In other scenarios, swimmers will be staggered or snaked through the lanes to keep an appropriate distance.
  • Sample practice layouts are included in a separate document. These are examples of how social distance may be kept with different combinations of swimmers. Coaches will finalize layouts in advance of practices based on signups and use cones to manage the flow of swimmers.

NOTE: CDC states that “There is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, spas, or water play areas. Proper operation and maintenance (including disinfection with chlorine and bromine) of these facilities should inactivate the virus in the water.”