MCSL cancels 2020 summer swim season
We regret to inform you that the Montgomery County Swim League (MCSL) - the swim league that our Bethesda Barracudas summer team is in - has canceled the 2020 summer swim season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is the cancellation notice from MCSL.
Please refer to the MCSL website for answers to frequently asked questions regarding the league’s response to COVID-19 and the effects it will have for the 2021 summer swim season.
Stay safe and best regards.
- Jennifer Parks & Jim Hallmark (Parent Reps)
A message from the MCSL Executive Board
May 21, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic continues, and Montgomery County currently has a higher rate of infection, hospitalization, and death than many other counties in MD. Our county government has yet to remove the “stay at home” restriction and will be looking for sustained downward trends in several key COVID-19 related metrics (number of new cases in an environment of increased testing, hospitalization rate, ICU admissions, deaths and emergency room visits) before restrictions will be loosened. Unfortunately, there is no way to accurately know when these circumstances will occur. Nor is it predictable when outdoor pools will be allowed to open, or what level of restrictions will be required at that time.
As we all know, MCSL competitions involve the gathering of large groups and the close sharing of spaces, even if limited to some type of virtual meets. If the county eventually allows for the opening of outdoor pools, it is expected that those openings will be permitted under a condition of continued strict social distancing guidelines and group limitations. It will be incredibly difficult, if not impossible, to execute competition in a safe manner.
Since the very beginning of the pandemic, our primary concern has been and remains the safety and health of our athletes, coaches, and volunteers, as well as all the other people with whom these individuals associate. We delayed a final decision about this summer’s season as long as we felt possible to ensure a determination based on the most current information and guidelines. After much research, contemplation, consideration, and discussion, we regret to announce the cancellation of the MCSL competitive swim season for 2020.We understand many will have questions or concerns about what this means going forward. Please refer to the MCSL website for answers to frequently asked questions regarding our response to COVID-19 and the effects it will have for the 2021 season.We encourage our swimming community to use this opportunity to examine ways that this difficult and unexpected time of adversity may be used to help build resilience and persevera
The MCSL Executive Board