This is from the league...I am so sorry! The season has been cancelled this year.
Dear ODSL Swimmers & Parents,
It is with deep regret that I inform you that we will not hold ODSL Sanctioned meets this summer.
We arrived at this decision on Friday May 1st during a WebEx call where a majority of the team representatives who were on the call voted to cancel the 2020 Season.
Over the past couple of weeks, the ODSL Board have been reviewing the most up to-date information provided by Virginia Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Governor Northam’s Phased Reopening Plan.
A few things became clear.
1-Social distancing guidelines are here to stay.
2-Face masks are a recommendation
3-Group size limitations. The current limit is a group size of 10 people, this could be increased but not enough to conduct a swim meet.
4-This virus KILLS (although the percent to total population is relatively small)
5-The way that this virus is spread is not conducive to conducting a swim meet
• Respiratory Transmission (how many of our swimmers whether sick or not cough, sneeze in the team area)
• Contact transmission. (Think about the amount of paper and items that we all must handle timer sheets, stop watches, DQ slips pens, pencils…etc. that would have to be sanitized prior to handing off to another person)
6-Putting 1 of our 3200 swimmers and 6000 parents at risk of catching this horrible virus far outweighs the benefit of conducting summer swim meets which, currently, we ALL need.
On behalf of the ODSL Board please stay safe, keep your families safe and we will come back stronger and better in 2021.