The Shenandoah Swim League announced on Thursday that the summer swim season has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Shenandoah Swim League’s Board of Directors met online via Zoom on Wednesday evening to discuss plans for the summer and decided to cancel the season, according to a news release sent by the league.
Steve Shaffer, the president of the Shenandoah Swim League and Central High School swim coach, made a motion to cancel any league activities this summer and leave the structure of the season and payment to coaches up to individual teams. The motion passed unanimously.
The motion allows for each individual team, in conjunction with their town, to offer a competitive swim clinic under the direction of their team’s representatives, head and assistant coaches. The only league requirement will be that each team be in compliance with the phase guidelines set by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam.
“It is with a very heavy heart we share this news with our community,” Shenandoah Swim League Vice President Corey Harlow said in the news release. “However, the health and safety of our swimmers and their families remains the top priority for both the executive committee and the board of directors.”
The release states that an announcement will be coming from each team’s directors no later than the end of June with further details. Athletes and their families should check their email, the league’s website and their team’s Facebook page for the announcement.