2021 CNSL: What To Expect

April 23, 2021
Note: We continue to assess the best ways of running CNSL in the safest possible manner. We are grateful for your patience — be on the lookout for an update coming soon! 

One of Columbia’s most beloved traditions is back for summer 2021!

The Columbia Neighborhood Swim League (CNSL) will launch on June 16 for a season full of teamwork and swim competition in a fun, supportive environment.

This recreational league was sorely missed last year, and we couldn’t be more excited to open up registration on May 3. With 14 swim teams located throughout the Columbia, Ellicott City and Clarksville areas, CNSL is open to swimmers 18 years old or younger with all ability levels who meet the league requirements. For swimmers younger than age 10, this means swimming the length of one pool; swimmers age 11 and up must be able to swim two lengths of the pool.

Read on to learn more about how CNSL will operate this summer!


What To Expect This Summer

CA is doing everything possible to make this swim season feel as normal as possible. Due to COVID-19, however, there will be some adjustments to keep everyone safe. Nothing is set in stone, but for now, these are the main changes you can expect:
  • Meets will be virtual
  • No concessions
  • No pep rallies, charity nights or teen nights
  • No relays

Here’s a quick look at what will stay the same:

  • Four practices a week (two morning, two evening)
  • Four virtual dual meets
  • One virtual all-city meet
  • Time trials
  • League-wide charity collaboration
  • Spectators allowed (more specific details coming soon)
  • Awards, ribbons and fun!
The biggest change you’ll notice above is the virtual meet aspect. Essentially, CA is keeping swimmers in cohorts instead of overlapping with all of the other teams throughout the summer for safety reasons. When meets occur on Saturday mornings, the scores will be posted online on Monday or Tuesday.

Registration & More Info

To register your child, visit ColumbiaAssociation.org/login. Receive an early registration discount when you sign up before June 8. For registration assistance, contact the Aquatics office at 410-312-6332.
For more information on the summer 2021 season, check out the links below:
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