GKAISA News and Notes: May 13

Coaches and Team Reps,

Summer is almost here, and we are excited for another great season of summer swimming! This email contains some important information, so please review closely.


Team contact information has been updated on the GKAISA website. Please visit https://gkaisa.swimtopia.com/team-contacts to verify that your team’s information is correct.


The full schedules will be posted on the GKAISA website soon. Once posted, please verify that your team’s schedule is correct.


We will resume in-person clinics for Certified Officials this year. The schedule for Officials Certification Clinics is attached. Please note: In addition to the in-person clinics, we will be doing an online clinic on Sunday, May 23 at 7:00 pm.

Please encourage your parents to attend and become certified. Also, please encourage your coaches to attend, as the clinics provide a great refresher on the rules.


Thank you to all the Coaches who attended the Coaches’ Meeting. We had 100% representation from our teams. The PowerPoint from the meeting is attached. Please print and review.

Also, please take a few minutes to watch the video (link below) on shallow water blackout. It is informative and insightful and highlights the dangers of prolonged breath-holding to our swimmers.



Coaches Certifications are due June 1. Coaches much submit Athlete Protection, Concussion, Sudden Cardiac Death, and two signature forms required by State of Tennessee. Any coach not turning in the forms by June 1 will be fined $50.Please submit the forms via Google Docs on GKAISA website.

Information found at https://gkaisa.swimtopia.com/coaches-training-1. If you have any questions, please contact Breckenridge Morgan at Breckenridge.Morgan@mac.com.


Certificates of Insurance are due June 15. Please submit via Google Docs on GKAISA website. Information found athttps://gkaisa.swimtopia.com/meet-directors-notes. If you have questions, please contact Breckenridge Morgan at Breckenridge.Morgan@mac.com.


The GKAISA Championship Meet will be held July 29-31 at Allan Jones Aquatic Center on UT’s campus. The format will be different this year in order to comply with the COVID restrictions set by the University (which are different than the restrictions in our cities and counties). Please be sure that your swim families are aware of the following and that they understand the importance of compliance with any restrictions set by the University. Failure to adhere to the restrictions could result in our meet being shut down.

We will be limited to 300 total people in the building per session, including all swimmers, certified officials and meet workers. Teams will be limited to 2 coaches on deck (one for girls pool, one for boys pool).

Our TENTATIVE schedule is as follows:

Thursday, July 29

Morning Session: Ages 13-14 (Preliminaries)

Afternoon Session: Ages 15-Up (Preliminaries)

Friday, July 30

Morning Session: Ages 9-10 (Timed Finals)

Afternoon Session: Ages 11-12 (Timed Finals)

Saturday, July 31

Morning Session: Ages 8-Under (Timed Finals)

Afternoon Session: Finals for Ages 13-14 and 15-Up

NO SPECTATORS WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE BUILDING. All sessions will be live-streamed so that parents and friends can view the meet.

No concessions will be sold, and GKAISA will not operate a hospitality room.

Masks will be required at all times (except when swimming). Social distancing will need to be maintained both inside and outside. Teams will gather under their own tents in cohorts.

We will update information and provide additional details as they become available.


If you have a swimmer who was 18 last year and who desires an additional year to swim because of COVID, please complete the attached form and return it to Angelia Nystrom at anystrom@tennessee.edu  prior to June 1.


Coaches Certifications Due: June 1, 2021

Certificates of Insurance Due: June 15, 2021

Smoky Mountain Invitational: July 10-11, 2021 (Springbrook Park)

GKAISA Championship Meet: July 29, 30 and 31, 2021 (Tentative)

Senior Splash: July 24, 2021 (KRC)

Fall General Membership Meeting: Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Location TBD)

Happy Swimming!

Angelia Nystrom

GKAISA President

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