This summer has brought with it monumental change in how we can safely operate our team given the current pandemic. In order to help manage everyone’s safety, a component of our process is to check the temperature of kids before practice. Here are some tips to help us manage that:
We are screening all swimmers for temperatures over 100, as this one of the potential predictors of COVID-19.
The weather in Tucson has become quite warm, and our fellow younger athletes may be arriving hot for practice simply by being out in it. This is common for us Tucsonans, but it plays havoc with our thermometers. Please help us manage our pre-workout temperature checks. It’s easy in our Tucson climate to overheat and not notice it—we’re used to it, but it’s still a concern. Please follow the ideas in this list:
• Check your swimmer’s temperature before you leave—100º is the magic number to be BELOW. Stay at home if it is high.
• Keep swimmers cool on the trip over.
—in a cool car
—out of the sun
• If biking in, they must arrive much earlier to cool down before temp check
• Keep swimmers hydrated
• Stay in the shade
• Swimmers must bring cool water
• Swimmers are being checked in the shade for temps at or over 100.4°
—They will be held from practice if they’re at or above this temp.
• Consider sending a personal, inexpensive oral thermometer to send with your kid for a second check if their temp reads high.
Kids cannot swim if they are presenting with a sustained temperature at or over 100º
We are concerned about COVID-19, but a very real potential is heat exhaustion and stress. Temps approaching 100° make us concerned about this.
Remember: heat exhaustion is a real underlying concern for athletes. Even in the pool.
Helpful Tips for a Happy Swimmer
- Attend as many practices as possible. Swimming is a strength sport; the more practice your child gets in, the better swimmer they will become.
- Don’t judge or compare your child to other swimmers. Healthy competition is great and should be encouraged but not to the detriment of their own efforts.
- Cheer for all the swimmers from all the age groups. Reinforce that your swimmer is part of a team.
- Cheer them on. Let your swimmer know you are happy to be there watching and that win or lose you are proud of them.
You are a role model. Your child is watching you. How you react and behave at the meets is how your child will learn to react and behave as well. Be a great teacher.
The coaches will assign each swimmer a buddy. The idea behind buddies is that the swimmers will meet other swimmers whom they may or may not have had the opportunity to befriend. Buddies are usually selected from extreme age groups so that very young swimmers are paired with swimmers from older age groups. Buddies will do different supportive things for each other during the meets and championships. It’s important the parents provide encouragement for the buddy system. A swimmer who is neglected by their buddy is an unhappy swimmer.
Some SAAA Rules
This is by no means a comprehensive list of the SAAA rules. For complete information you may visit the web site www.saaa.org or ask one of the coaches to see a rules book.
For Dual Meets:
- A swimmer may swim 3 individual events and 2 relays per meet.
- Points at a dual meet are awarded for first through third place (5-3-1) in individual races and relays score first and second place (7-3). Each team can only score once in a relay. Points are awarded for the first heat only. Swimmers in additional heats will be awarded ribbons but not score points for the overall team point total.
- Swimmers may “swim up” in age group in dual meets but may not swim up in championships.
- Swimmers 8 years and younger swim 25 yards (one length) and all other ages swim 50 yards (2 lengths) per race.
- The order of events is the Medley Relay, Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Freestyle, and the Free Relay. 6 and Under exhibition backstroke and freestyle often vary where they are fitted into the schedule. Some teams rearrange these events to accommodate letting these younger swimmers leave early. 6 and Under swimmers may or may not swim in relays.
- The order of swimmers in relays is Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly, and Freestyle. The order of the IM (Individual Medley) is Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Freestyle. The IM is available at the invitationals only.
- At invitationals, swimmers may swim in all four individual events.
- No swimmer can swim in a meet until their paperwork is officially stamped and returned to the coaches. Coaches are required to have this paperwork on deck at all times.
- A swimmer must compete in three official meets (individual events) to be eligible for the championship meet. This can include three dual meets or two dual meets and one invitational.
- Swimmers may not switch lanes during any race- during individual and relay races, all swimmers must remain in the lane in which they begin.
- Code of Conduct– swimmers, coaches, officials, and parents must behave in a respectful, appropriate, responsible, and safe manner at all SAAA events. This code of conduct includes language as well as actions. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted at SAAA sanctioned events.