Swim Poll of the Week: 78% Believe YMCA of Central Florida Did Not Make Right Decision to Disband Swimming Programs

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This is the Swim Poll of the Week for Thursday July 16, 2020, sponsored by Strechcordz Swim Training Products. In our last poll, we wanted to know: Did the YMCA of Central Florida make the right decision to disband their swimming programs with no return in the foreseeable future?

The YMCA of Central Florida competitive aquatic sports have been disbanded indefinitely because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Florida has been hit harder than most states during the pandemic and the YMCA made the decision to discontinue the competitive programs at the 22 YMCA of Central Florida locations. That includes swimming, diving, water polo and artistic swimming.

“This decision was just about the aquatic teams and has nothing to with the aquatic centers themselves. They will likely re-open as soon as it is safe to do so, but the teams will not be a part of it,” YMCA of Central Florida District Executive Director Mike Brady told Swimming World.

Athletes will need to find new places to train, which is not an easy task with COVID-19 wreaking havoc on Florida.

The YMCA of Central Florida sent out an email to all coaches and participants that discussed the details.

“As a result of our assessment, it’s with heavy hearts that we inform you today that we won’t be able to bring back our YCF Aquatic Teams at any of our family centers for the foreseeable future until further notice,” the email reads. “We’re currently exploring the option of recreational level programs potentially being offered in the future, but we wanted to be as transparent and timely as possible with our competitive-level athletes so they can explore other program options outside of YCF. 

“We know this news comes as a deep disappointment which we share together with you. Our hope is that these programs may return sometime in the future if we have the capacity to offer them in a financially sustainable and safe manner with the level of quality they require.”

But the question remains for the swim poll of the week: Did the YMCA of Central Florida make the right decision to disband their swimming programs with no return in the foreseeable future?

We asked for the swim poll and you answered with…

Here are the answers:

Yes, not worth the risk – 22%

No, give them a chance – 78%


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1 comment

  1. Mike Pedraza

    The building will never open again as a YMCA.