PWCS Phase 2 - Swim Practices and Swim Meets

General Guidelines

  • Only team members who are swimming are permitted in the Aquatics Center during scheduled practice times.
  • No spectators are allowed inside the facility, and no one is permitted in the spectator area at any time.
  • Family changing room rooms are for emergency use only (the locker rooms will remain closed); swimmers are encouraged to use the on-deck shower before entering the water and after getting out.
  • No one experiencing the following symptoms will be permitted to enter the facility:
    1. A fever of 100.4 degrees or higher 
    2. A new cough not attributable to another health condition
    3. New chills not attributable to another health condition
    4. A new sore throat not attributable to another health condition or specific activity (such as physical exercise)
  • Swimmers and coaches are reminded to maintain at least six feet of distance from one another at all times in the lobby, hallways, and spectator area.  Once on deck, swimmers and coaches are asked to maintain at least ten feet of distance from one another.
  • All persons inside the Aquatics Center are required to wear face coverings at all times unless they are in the water.
  • If a swimmer or coaches develops symptoms of COVID-19 while at the Aquatics Center they must leave the facility immediately. If they are not able to leave the facility immediately, they must move to our isolation room as soon as possible.
  • In Phase 2, swimmers will be limited to three per lane, for a maximum of 45 in the water at any time. The maximum permitted number of people in the water and on deck will be 55 during this phase.

Entering the Facility and Symptom Screening

  • All swimmers will be required to enter the Aquatics Center through the main entrance (door #25).
  • Each team will be responsible for ensuring their swimmers complete the SWOL screening prior to arriving at the facility for their practice or swim meet each day. If a swimmer is experiencing any of the symptoms outlined above, they will not be permitted to enter the facility.
  • Each team should enter the building as a group, not individually. Coaches are asked to account for team members practicing that day in the parking lot or on the sidewalk prior to entering.
  • Once they have cleared the symptom screening and entered the facility, swimmers will proceed directly to the spectator area (via the lobby stairwell) and place their belongings in one of the designated areas. Swimmers will proceed to the pool deck using the stairwell corresponding to the end of the pool where they are practicing or warming up during a swim meet (they will use this stairwell exclusively for the duration of their practice or meet).
  • Swimmers will not be permitted to use the locker rooms, but may use the family changing room in emergency situations; per VHSL rules, swimmers are required to change into/out of their swimsuits at home (a reminder that deck changing is not permitted).  Swimmers will also be encouraged rinse off before and after swimming using on-deck showers.

On Deck, Entering the Water, Swimming, and Exiting the Water

  • Coaches will be responsible for ensuring their swimmers always maintain at least 10 feet of distance from one another when they are on deck and in the water.
  • Swimmers will be limited to three per lane and required to maintain at least 10 feet of distance from one another while in the water. Swimmers should enter the water on opposite ends of the pool to eliminate crowding on one wall during practice times.
  • Coaches will be responsible for ensuring swimmers enter and exit the water in a manner that will ensure at least 10 feet of distance between them at all times.

Exiting the Facility

  • Swimmers are required to exit the facility through the doors adjacent to the front desk in the lobby and proceed directly out door #25.
  • Swimmers are only permitted to enter and exit the pool deck via the doors on their respective side of the pool.  They are not permitted to exit the facility via door #26.

Swim Meets

  • The swimmer capacity for meets is 90.
  • Swimmers and coaches will be required to enter the facility in the same manner as they do for swim practice.
  • Once in the building, swimmers are required to stay in their designated team area unless they are participating in warm up/warm down or swimming in an event.
  • During warm ups and all events, swimmers are reminded to maintain at least 10 feet of separation while on the pool deck.
  • For individual events, no more than two heats (not including the heat currently swimming) are permitted to be on deck in the designated staging areas.  For relay events, only one heat at a time (including the heat currently swimming) are permitted behind the starting blocks.
  • Swimmers are required to wear a face covering at all times while on deck. Hooks will be available underneath the blocks to hang face coverings while swimming.
  • During relays, only the swimmer in the water and the successive swimmer are permitted to remove their face covering; the other two swimmers must keep their face coverings on until they are in one of those two positions. After exiting the water, swimmers must immediately put on their face covering.
  • Only one lap counter per lane will be permitted. Lap counters must clean their hands and wipe down the counter once finished using it.
  • Pre-meet conferences will be conducted via written communication (email).
  • Each lane will be limited to two timers.
  • Relay takeoff judges will be positioned at the sides of the pool, not the ends.
  • Diving judges will be placed on either side of the pool.
  • Warm up and warm down lanes will be limited to three swimmers per lane.
  • Table workers will be required to sit at least six feet apart.
  • Volunteers will be limited to the following:
    • 8 timers (and two backups, for a total of 10)
    • 1 head timer
    • 2 runners
    • 4 marshals
    • 2 table workers

PWCS Phase 3 - Swim Practices and Swim Meets

General Guidelines

  • Only team members who are swimming are permitted in the Aquatics Center during scheduled practice times.
  • No spectators are allowed inside the facility, and no one is permitted in the spectator area at any time.
  • Family changing room rooms are for emergency use only (the locker rooms will remain closed); swimmers are encouraged to use the on-deck shower before entering the water and after getting out.
  • No one experiencing the following symptoms will be permitted to enter the facility:
    1. A fever of 100.4 degrees or higher 
    2. A new cough not attributable to another health condition
    3. New chills not attributable to another health condition
    4. A new sore throat not attributable to another health condition or specific activity (such as physical exercise)
  • Swimmers and coaches are reminded to maintain at least six feet of distance from one another at all times in the lobby, hallways, and spectator area.  Once on deck, swimmers and coaches are asked to maintain at least ten feet of distance from one another. 
  • All persons inside the Aquatics Center are required to wear face coverings at all times unless they are in the water.
  • If a swimmer or coaches develops symptoms of COVID-19 while at the Aquatics Center they must leave the facility immediately. If they are not able to leave the facility immediately, they must move to our isolation room as soon as possible.
  • In Phase 3, swimmers will be limited to six per lane, for a maximum of 90 in the water at any time. The maximum permitted number of people in the water and on deck will be 100 during this phase.

Entering the Facility and Symptom Screening

  • All swimmers will be required to enter the Aquatics Center through the main entrance (door #25).
  • Each team will be responsible for ensuring their swimmers complete the SWOL screening prior to arriving at the facility for their practice or swim meet each day. If a swimmer is experiencing any of the symptoms outlined above, they will not be permitted to enter the facility.
  • Each team should enter the building as a group, not individually. Coaches are asked to account for team members practicing that day in the parking lot or on the sidewalk prior to entering.
  • Once they have cleared the symptom screening and entered the facility, swimmers will proceed directly to the spectator area (via the lobby stairwell) and place their belongings in one of the designated areas. Swimmers will proceed to the pool deck using the stairwell corresponding to the end of the pool where they are practicing or warming up during a swim meet (they will use this stairwell exclusively for the duration of their practice or meet).
  • Swimmers will not be permitted to use the locker rooms, but may use the family changing room in emergency situations; per VHSL rules, swimmers are required to change into/out of their swimsuits at home (a reminder that deck changing is not permitted).   Swimmers will also be encouraged rinse off before and after swimming using on-deck showers.

On Deck, Entering the Water, Swimming, and Exiting the Water

  • Coaches will be responsible for ensuring their swimmers always maintain at least 10 feet of distance from one another when they are on deck and in the water.
  • Swimmers will be limited to three per lane and required to maintain at least 10 feet of distance from one another while in the water. Swimmers should enter the water on opposite ends of the pool to eliminate crowding on one wall during practice times.
  • Coaches will be responsible for ensuring swimmers enter and exit the water in a manner that will ensure at least 10 feet of distance between them at all times.

Exiting the Facility

  • Swimmers are required to exit the facility through the doors adjacent to the front desk in the lobby and proceed directly out door #25.
  • Swimmers are only permitted to enter and exit the pool deck via the doors on their respective side of the pool.  They are not permitted to exit the facility via door #26.

Swim Meets

  • The swimmer capacity for meets is 90.
  • Swimmers and coaches will be required to enter the facility in the same manner as they do for swim practice.
  • Once in the building, swimmers are required to stay in their designated team area unless they are participating in warm up/warm down or swimming in an event.
  • During warm ups and all events, swimmers are reminded to maintain at least 10 feet of separation while on the pool deck.
  • For individual events, no more than two heats (not including the heat currently swimming) are permitted to be on deck in the designated staging areas.  For relay events, only one heat at a time (including the heat currently swimming) are permitted behind the starting blocks.
  • Swimmers are required to wear a face covering at all times while on deck. Hooks will be available underneath the blocks to hang face coverings while swimming.
  • During relays, only the swimmer in the water and the successive swimmer are permitted to remove their face covering; the other two swimmers must keep their face coverings on until they are in one of those two positions. After exiting the water, swimmers must immediately put on their face covering.
  • Only one lap counter per lane will be permitted. Lap counters must clean their hands and wipe down the counter once finished using it.
  • Pre-meet conferences will be conducted via written communication (email).
  • Each lane will be limited to two timers.
  • Relay takeoff judges will be positioned at the sides of the pool, not the ends.
  • Diving judges will be placed on either side of the pool.
  • Warm up and warm down lanes will be limited to three swimmers per lane.
  • Table workers will be required to sit at least six feet apart.
  • Volunteers will be limited to the following:
    • 8 timers (and two backups, for a total of 10)
    • 1 head timer
    • 2 runners
    • 4 marshals
    • 2 table workers

Resources 

Swim teams are encouraged to utilize the resources available below from NFHS, VHSL, and USA Swimming, Virginia Department of Health, and PWCS. 

NFHS Guidance for Opening Up High School Athletics and Activities (PDF)
VHSL Guidelines for Reopening Sports/Activities 
USA Swimming Community Resources 
Virginia Safer at Home: Phase Three Guidelines for All Business Sectors (PDF)
PWCS Health Protocols 2020-21 
PWCS Phase Guidelines for Out of Season Conditioning and
Return to Competitive Play (PWCS Intranet)

Phase Two Traffic Flow (see traffic flow document in doc bin below for more information)

We have developed a specific traffic flow for the facility to maximize social distancing for all team members and patrons.  We have placed markers and directional arrows on the floor to aid you in your movements through the facility.

  1. Swimmers will enter the facility through the marked doors at entrance #25.  Once inside, they will proceed to the spectator area (via the lobby stairwell) and place their belongings in one of the designated areas. Swimmers will proceed to the pool deck using the stairwell corresponding to the end of the pool where they are practicing or warming up during a swim meet (they will use this stairwell exclusively for the duration of their practice or meet). Note: the locker rooms will remain closed at this time, but family changing rooms are available for emergency situations. Swimmers are required to arrive and leave in their swim suit.
  2. Once done swimming, swimmers will gather their belongings and proceed to the exit doors nearest the entrance to the wet classroom. 
  3. Swimmers will then proceed out the doors marked exit only.

Schedules 

Current schedules for 2020-21 practices and swim meets are available below in the 2020-21 folder.

Please update this sheet with the names and emails for your parent volunteers (CTS, Hy-Tek, meet referee, etc.).

Looking for great pricing on your team suits? Contact Karen Murray (email: kamurray@metroswimshop.com) at Metro Swim Shop in Fairfax.

Fees for 2020-21

$6/lane per hour — swim & dive practices
$120 — dual meets (per team)
$120 — dive meets (split across schools with divers on the competition team)

View Swim Meet Results

Reminder

All practice space and swim meets must be coordinated through Allen Dunn (dunna@pwcs.edu; 571-374-6349).

This page was updated on 2/28/21 at 5:00pm.