An important 2021 message
January 7, 2021
We continue to live in uncertain times with regards to COVID. Changes made to the stay at home orders on a regular basis to protect the health of our communities affect us all, summer swimming included.
That said, it is not impossible to imagine a summer filled with swimming for 2021. Here is what was made possible in 2020 by some very dedicated TSA members:
When we started the 2020 season, we had 35 athletes in swim and dive combined and six coaches. Our first week of practice was in the parking lot! We ended up with over 150 athletes, ran six swim meets and three dive meets- a full season for each. We had former coaches come back to swim, costumed and themed meets, slushie parties, and more smiles than we could ever count.
People asked us how would we have a season without in person meets, having to social distance between coaches and athletes, giving no ribbons or records- a summer of exhibition only. Did the teams even really matter?
The answer is YES- they matter to the kids and the kids matter to us. We moved practice even earlier in the morning to allow our members access to the pool. You know who showed up for practice? Everyone- even the 11 and ups, and they have a long history of coming to meets only.
In some ways it felt like "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" with COVID-19 being the Grinch in this metaphor. Despite every tradition that was taken away (the Dolphin Grille, meet breakfasts, team pictures, over-the-hill relays) to adhere to safe practices, "[Swim and Dive Team] came just the same." Our children enjoyed every second of a season spent acquiring water skills, making friends, learning good sportsmanship, building community, and growing stronger character.
How were we able to measure all of this without places, times, ribbons, and championships? We watched the kids- their smiles and cheers. We saw them develop closer friendships. The athletes actually looked forward to practice. At the last dive meet, hearing the thunderous applause for the divers by the swimmers brought tears to our eyes. In every way that is important, we think this was the very best summer of swim and dive for our community in a long time.
We do not yet know what 2021 will hold, but the TSA Board of Directors will begin planning for our all possibilities at our BOD meetings beginning on January 19th. Complete schedule can be found under Administrative and Meetings tab.
The health, safety, and well-being of our athletes, coaches, and families is our highest priority.
Tarheel Swimming Association
Welcome to the home of North Carolina's largest summer recreational youth swim league! Nearly 11,000 athletes aged 18 and under competed in 2019 for the TSA's 87 member teams located all over Wake County. If you are interested in swimming with a TSA team next summer, check out the club roster and club map to find one near you. Click on a pin for detailed information about that club.
Interested in Joining the TSA
The TSA is a non-profit corporation in the state of North Carolina. Private swim clubs within Wake County are eligible for TSA membership, subject to the provisions of the bylaws.
Those clubs interested in petitioning for membership must submit their petition before the February Board of Directors meeting. The petition must affirm a club's commitment to the organization's attendance and participation requirements.
If your club is just forming a swim team, we recommend that you swim a year as an Exhibition Team in order to learn TSA's procedures and practices. Please contact TSA President Tracey Mizell if you are interested.