GKAISA Update: May 22

Team Reps and Coaches,

Pools have been given the “green light” to re-open this Tuesday, May 26, which means swim team activities can begin. I have attached two documents that were sent out by Knox County regarding Phased Re-opening. Knoxville and Knox County are following the State recommendations. Please read the attached and be sure that your team is operating within the guidelines.

Also, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published new guidelines for operating swimming pools during the coronavirus pandemic. The following is a link to an article that appeared in USA today that gives good guidance for swimming and swim-related activities:


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It is important that you also follow any rules related to COVID-19 precautions that are established by your facility.

The health and safety of our swimmers, coaches and volunteers are a priority, and we appreciate your diligence in adhering to the guidelines.


The COVID-19 Release is attached. Please send the PDF to your parents and have them complete it prior to the first time their swimmers hit the water for your first practice. Retain the originals for your files, and send a copy of each to GKAISA at 613 Scotswood Circle, Knoxville, TN 37919.


Thank you for your patience as we begin to work through the scheduling of our Virtual Meets. Our situation this year is one for which we did not ask; nor is it one for which we could plan. The information that is provided changes almost daily, so please know that the GKAISA Board is doing the best that we can. Our goal is to promote fun and healthy competition, and the virtual format is a way to deliver service in compliance with the current guidelines.

AGAIN: This is new to all of us, and it should not be stressful. Summer swim is supposed to be fun! We expect our teams to extend a lot of grace to each other and to be patient as we try to navigate this year’s “normal.”

We will plan to schedule two meets for each team, with meets to take place during the month of July. Since our programs have different opening times, we want everyone to have ample time to set your practice schedules and actually begin practicing before we start our virtual competition.

We will have Zoom meetings with our coaches, divided by League, this week. Team Reps are welcome to attend. Zoom links will be sent out in advance of the meeting. We will discuss proposed scheduling, format, etc. Our schedule will be as follows:

League 1: Wednesday, May 27 at 7:00 pm

League 2: Wednesday, May 27 at 6:00 pm

League 3: Tuesday, May 26 at 8:00 pm

League 4: Tuesday, May 26 at 7:00 pm

League 5: Tuesday, May 26 at 6:00 pm

Please send any questions regarding Virtual Meets that you may have to Sherren Chadwell at robsherren@hotmail.com. We will be sure that they are addressed during the Zoom meetings and will also send out a Question and Answer Email, just like we did following the Meet Director's and Coaches' Meetings.


As a Board, GKAISA has elected to extend all certifications for stroke and turn judges, starters and referees through the end of this season. However, we do encourage all certified officials to review the materials and re-take the test for certification. The materials and the links to the test are on the GKAISA website, and we will be posting training videos in the next week, as well.

If you have a parent who would like to be certified, please encourage them to complete the online training and take the certification test. If you have questions, please email Tom Schumann at tomschumann@aol.com.


Thank you again for having a positive attitude and being willing to pivot to make this summer as good as it can be. We are one of the few leagues in the State that is continuing this summer, and our hope is that we are an example as to how teams can make the best of a difficult situation to salvage some sort of normalcy for our young athletes.

You are the example, and they are looking to you. Your attitudes will have a lasting effect on the way that our athletes remember Summer 2020. We cannot control this pandemic, but we can control how we respond.

Happy Swimming!

Angelia Nystrom

GKAISA Board President

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