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We are pleased to be able to announce that our TISCA Virtual Clinic Info is now posted! Go to the clinic website here:
https://tisca.coachesclinic.com/

Register today for a chance to hear some of the best current and retired Texas high school swim coaches, Olympians, college coaches and motivational speakers!

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UIL has released an additional round of regulations for the 2020-21 Season. Please look over the information and adjust as necessary.

2020-21 Swimming & Diving Season Updates (Released September 2)

  • Only dual or tri-meets will be allowed and only one level of competitors (Var/JV/9th). A school could bring a girls and a boys team, but they would need to be the same level.
  • Dual and tri-meets may have an additional 3 swimmers or divers from schools who may only have one swimmer. All three additional swimmers or divers may come from the same school or one swimmer or diver from three different schools.
  • Double dual or double tri-meets are not allowed. Max of 3 teams at swim facilities at any given time.
  • Meets that are DIVING ONLY (no swimming) are limited to no more than 40 divers, there is no team limit, there is just the limit on number of competing divers of 40.
  • District Meets may only have one level of competitors participating on site at a given time. Example: if Varsity Boys/Girls are swimming, JV would not be allowed on site until the varsity athletes have left.
  • There are no limits to dual and tri-meets provided no school time is lost.
  • Changes have been made to the qualifying structure for the 2020-21 regional and state meets and can be found on the 2020-21 Swim & Dive Calendar & Update (page 2).
  • Additional information will be released at a later time concerning District, Regional, and State Meets

Dual & Tri Meet Search & Interest

To accommodate the new Dual/Tri meet only format, TISCA has a form that coaches can fill out if they are interested in hosting meets. There is a Google Sheet that will show who is willing and any open dates they may have.

Form: https://forms.gle/VDD8ptM2Kq3FrAZJA
Responses: https://docs.google.com/.../1zAhPwuwWloCMEh1jbJYpdx.../edit

Updated 2021 Swimming & Diving Postseason Schedule

January 30: District Certification Deadline

  • Top 4 in each event advance to Regionals

February 5 & 6: Regional Meets {1 day, prelims/finals}

  • 1st place in each swimming event & top 2 in each diving event advance to state; next 8 fastest will be called up

February 19 & 20: Girls State Swimming & Diving Meet (tentative) {1 day, prelims/finals}
February 26 & 27: Boys State Swimming & Diving Meet (tentative) {1 day, prelims/finals}

Click here or see attachment for additional information on the UIL Website: 2020-21 Swim & Dive Calendar & Update

The document 2020-21_Swim__Dive_Calendar__Update_9-2.pdf was attached to this post.

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Upon confirming with the UIL, below are the preliminary procedures for the 2020-21 Swimming & Diving season. Please note that these may change at any time and updates will be sent out and posted here as they are made available.

LAST UPDATE: 23 July 2020

COVID-19 Information

  • TEA requires all school systems to develop a plan for mitigating COVID-19 spread in schools. UIL guidelines require schools to include UIL activities for the 2020-2021 school year as a part of this plan and carefully plan for mitigating risk of spread as students and staff participate in them. Schools must post these plans on the homepage of the school website or any other easily accessible area of the school website. These plans do not have require UIL or TEA approval.
  • Information on COVID-19 risk mitigation guidelines for the 2020-2021 school year can be found at this link

UIL Additions for 2020-2021

  • Physicals – For the 2020-21 school year only, any participant in athletics or marching band, in any grade level, who has not previously completed a preparticipation physical examination (PPE), and been cleared for participation, will be required to complete the medical history form as noted below, as well as a PPE prior to participation in any UIL practices, games, performances, or matches.
  • Academic Eligibility-Credit Requirements – For the 2020-2021 school year, UIL eligibility requirements for the first six weeks of school have been modified to allow a student to be eligible for the first six weeks if they accumulated at least two and a half credits since the start of the 2019-2020 school year. Schools may impose additional requirements.

Season Reminders Concerning 2020-21 Regulations

  • Beginning August 3rd the sport specific skill time will be increased to 2 hours per kid, per day. This will stay into effect for 5A & 6A schools through September 7th. If school has started (virtual or in-person) the athletic period would be included in that 2 hours.
  • Face coverings must be worn by any team or event personnel while not actively engaged in a swim or dive. This includes warm-up pools.
  • Invitational Meets may have no more than 8 total schools and only one level of competitors (Var/JV/9th). A school could bring a girls and boys team, but they would need to be the same level.
  • District Meets may only have one level of competitors participating on site at a given time. Example: if Varsity Boys/Girls are swimming, JV would not be allowed on site until the varsity athletes have left.
  • Additional information will be released at a later time concerning Regional and State Meets
  • Invitational Meets may have no more than 8 total schools and only one level of competitors (Var/JV/9th). A school could bring a girls and boys team, but they would need to be the same level.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and exercise equipment.
  • Pre and Post Meet Ceremony: Establish swimming & diving specific social distancing meet protocols including the elimination of handshakes before and after an event.

Important Dates
Conference 1A-4A Schools

  • Practices can begin
  • Meets may begin after August 17, 2020

Conference 5A/6A Schools

  • Practice & Meets may begin after September 7, 2020

January 30, 2021 District Certification
February 5 & 6, 2021 Regional Meet
February 19-20, 2020 State Meet

Clinic Update

Posted by Texas Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association at Jul 16, 2020 12:56PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
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I hope this finds you getting through the summer as best as possible. I know there are so many unknowns right now and it is hard to wrap our brains around what this next year is going to look like. I can answer just a few questions on that in regards to swim and dive season. I do know that as of right now, the UIL plans to keep all seasons as intact as possible. They are not considering swapping seasons or changing any state championships as of our last conversation. I can also tell you that the executive board has made the decision to move the clinic to a totally virtual platform. We do not feel it is in the best interest of our members to hold an in-person clinic this year. That being said, we believe we can pull off a fantastic virtual clinic and are seeking your input on what you would like to learn and/or who you would like to hear from during this opportunity.

Additionally, we want to get more of our membership involved and would like to get information from those that are interested. This is also included in the survey. Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey because this will help us to serve you better.

Go here to get started:* https://forms.gle/DpTpq1wXNp8G2PBH6*

Lastly, all of the honors and awards should be updated and finalized on the website – All-State lists, Academic All-State, records, top 50 lists and Theron Pickle Scholarship winners, Lifetime achievement recipients, and TISCA State Coaches of the Year.

Please let us know if you need anything or have any questions at all.

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In order to help our membership access certificates during this time, we have posted fillable certificates for the All-State and Academic All-State Awards. Please feel free to print these or send the link to your athletes to print for themselves should you not be able to see your athletes in person.