The 2021 County Meet is scheduled for July 30-August 1 at Acalanes High School. We anticipate following the same meet format as in past years, with relay trials on Friday night and individual event trials/finals as well as relay finals on Saturday and Sunday. If there is any change in the format due to local health restrictions/guidelines, we will notify teams immediately. However, we are optimistic and excited that the County Meet will run as it has in the past.
Tech Suit Update:
-Although USA Swimming changed their guidance on tech suits for 12&under swimmers this past fall, these new restrictions will not be enforced at the 2021 County Meet or required for qualifying meets. The County Committee will address tech-suit guidance in the next off-season; we remain focused on other aspects of hosting the 2021 County Championship Swim Meet for the summer rec swimmers.
-As previously communicated, the qualifying times for the 2021 County Meet remain unchanged from the 2019 meet and are posted on our website.
-We have received many questions from teams seeking guidance about the number of timers required at dual and invitational meets this summer. At the County Meet we will continue to follow USA Swimming timing rules and standards. For other meets this summer, our suggestion is for meets to have 3 timers per lane and require to have at least 2 timers per lane. If there is a situation based upon facility restrictions due to Covid where teams are significantly restricted in the number of people allowed on the pool deck, and those restrictions allow for only 1 timer per lane, we will accept those times for County qualification purposes.
-All other County Meet eligibility guidelines will be followed. Those guidelines are posted on the website.
-We are aware that Blackhawk Swim Team voluntarily chose not to follow County Meet eligibility guidelines this season and, therefore, will not participate in the 2021 County Meet. Although the County Eligibility Rules state that qualifying times must be obtained in competitions against other teams that adhere to County Meet eligibility guidelines, for this year only we will not be enforcing this for teams who had previously scheduled meets with Blackhawk, unaware that Blackhawk chose to not to follow off-season eligibility guidelines. To be clear, no swimmers from any other teams will be penalized for competing in meets vs. Blackhawk; those swimmers will be eligible to qualify for County in those meets, and those meets can be counted as one of the 3 necessary meets required for participation in the County Meet.
-The new County website continues to develop and improve. Each team will be receiving an email from our website designer, Lisa Hales, asking to update your team’s information. Eventually the website will be the destination for all County-related information and updates and will also serve as a general resource for the summer recreational swim teams in the County.
-If your team has a coaching job opening either for this year or next year, please email Lisa with those details. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
-If your team is hosting an invitational meet this summer and you are still looking for interested teams, please email Lisa directly with that information, also, and she can post and distribute to teams.
Off-season Clinic Reminder:
We are excited about the continued relaxing of restrictions by our local health officials as they pertain to youth sports and we are becoming increasingly optimistic about the chances of making a summer recreational swim season possible. And we are committed to preserving the spirit and intent of the County Meet eligibility guidelines for the 2021 season. We are hearing in the community that there may be teams holding March clinics that exceed what is allowed by those guidelines. As a reminder, alignment with the County Meet spirit, intent, and eligibility rules is completely voluntary by any team, but is required in order to participate. If your team intends to participate in the 2021 County Meet, please make sure the following guidelines are being met:
• Swimmers’ participation in organized swimming lessons/clinics may not exceed 15 hours in total or 45 minutes for any given session during March (whether in or out of the water)
If your team has any questions about the compliance of your planned March clinics, please email email@example.com
County Meet Website Update:
We are also excited about the progress of the new County Meet website: contracostacountymeet.com.
Lisa Hales (a dedicated Orinda Park Pool parent) has offered to build and maintain this website she created for the County Meet last month. Lisa has previously developed the websites used by OMPA and the Lafayette Swim Conference. Lisa has already uploaded the County Meet records, and created tabs within the records pages to scroll back and look at historical records in each event. She also has many great ideas on how to make the County website both the main source of communication and information for the County Meet and a general resource for the summer recreational swim teams in Contra Costa County. Eventually we hope to use the website for the following:
-Update team contact information
-Provide resources for teams looking to post/schedule dual meet and invitational meet information
-List summer coaching job opportunities and a resource for finding qualified substitute meet workers (timers, clerks, etc.)
This is all a work in progress and the first piece we want to build is a tab for teams looking for coaching help this upcoming 2021 season. If your team has a job opportunity they are looking to fill, please email Lisa directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Some items that would be helpful would be job title, team, contact person, description of expected hours, etc. or a full pdf of all the information. Please do not include anything regarding salary or compensation. This will help Lisa develop an online form that teams can submit in the future to make the process even easier.
We hope to send additional information to teams sometime in early April. As the local health guidelines continually change, we will provide relevant updates regarding the 2021 County Meet. And we plan to monitor how both the local high school swim teams and the USA swim community address and adapt to the health restrictions in order to learn from them and be able to host a fantastic end of the summer championship swim meet.