GKAISA News and Notes: June 5 Update

Team Reps and Coaches,

I hope that your seasons are off to a great start! I’ve heard many positive comments from parents about how your teams are conducting practices and following the recommended guidelines to minimize risks from COVID-19. Please keep up the good work!

Thank you for your participation in our League zoom meetings last week and thank you to our coaches on Coaches’ Council for a great meeting last Sunday evening. From those meetings, we have had a number of great suggestions for things that we can do this summer to make our season more fun and also easier for our teams and volunteers. Here are a few…


Because of limitations with the number of people who are able to safely congregate at our facilities and on our pool decks, the GKAISA Board has elected to extend certification so that any official who was certified in a job last year will retain that certification for this year. 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.

Additionally, any Head Coach or Assistant Coach can complete the training and serve as a certified official this year, either by completing the online training or by attending a live training with Tom Schumann. Details on the live training will be forthcoming. We hope that some of you will take advantage of this opportunity, as it will give you a better understanding in the coming years as to the roles of the various officials and the rules that comprise their decisions.


Beginning Monday, we will have a GKAISA Instagram and Twitter contest each week, where teams will submit photos that correspond with the week’s theme. When posting to either site, please use #GKAISA and be sure that your team is identified. On Friday afternoon, we will announce the week’s winner. The winning team each week will receive a sweet treat at a practice the following week.

Next week’s theme will be: “Show us your best social distancing.”


As long as Health Department directives permit, we will hold a “Senior Splash” meet on Saturday, July 25 at Knoxville Racquet Club. At that time, we will honor our GKAISA Seniors and award the Tom Schumann and Bill Lauer Service Awards and the James Rich Courage Award.

Any swimmer who is age 18 or who has just completed high school will be eligible to compete – even if your team is not swimming this year. Participation in this meet will not affect a swimmer’s ability to obtain a waiver to swim next summer.

Additional details will be forthcoming.


If you have a swimmer (or if a person in a swimmer’s immediate family) tests positive for COVID-19, please be sure to follow the recommendations of the Knox County Health Department (if you are in Knox County) or the State of Tennessee guidelines (if you are not in Knox County). If you have questions regarding the process and want to understand what happens if you have a positive case, please call Annabel Henley at the Knox County Health Department at 865.215.5331.


Thank you again for having a positive attitude and being willing to pivot to make this summer as good as it can be. We cannot control this pandemic, but we can control how we respond. Thank you for all that you are doing for your teams and your swimmers.

Happy Swimming!

Angelia Nystrom

GKAISA Board President

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