THE AAAA WEB SITE?
In the late winter of
2001 into the spring of 2002, the Association determined
that a dedicated Web Site was needed in order to
properly present and market its services to the public.
To that end, the www.aaaa-sa.org, com and net domains
were identified and acquired at no cost to the
generosity of an AAAA parent / official, space on a
local server was made available at no cost to the
Association. The necessary / required software was
researched and acquired by a private individual again,
at no cost to the Association. The Web Site was first
published to the World-Wide Web on 26 September 2002 and
has been in constant operation ever since.
By mid-2005, and as
expected, the volunteer services of the original host server
became unavailable and it was necessary to engage
another local hosting service, with significant costs now
attached. That server acquisition was managed
privately with no Association involvement. At
the outset and for a short period of time in the 2004 -
2005 time frame, the Association did assume
responsibility for server costs and domain
registrations. But since mid-2010, the Association has
never provided financial support of any
kind for any aspect of
the Web Site. All of those costs were and still are
As of the second
quarter of 2017 and for the past seven years, the
Association has had a fully functioning Web Site,
with a near full-time Web Master for which they have not
supported financially it in any way for nearly seven
years, i.e. a free
service to the Association in providing data and
information to its San Antonio clientele.
In addition, certain
management decisions made by the Association's Board of
Directors (BoD) during 2010, negatively impacted the
ability of the Web Site to serve its clientele in the
manner originally envisioned as they still do today.
All software and all
server costs are managed privately and have been since
mid-2010. The three domains are also owned and managed
privately, all as a result of the BoD management
decisions noted earlier. This arrangement is not
without its negative repercussions, but all attempts to
resolve the problems thus created have failed.
Despite the fact that AAAA has a
free, fully functional Web Site, there are
nevertheless elements within the organization who do not wish to conform to
the Site's Standards and Practices, which have been in
place for nearly 11 years. It seems that perhaps
this reluctance is mostly due to the fact that the AAAA
BoD does not exercise absolute control of the Site,
which is a direct
result of the management decisions made by the BoD in
alluded to earlier. There is also some suggestion
the reluctance is of a more personal nature. There is a small
possibility some attitudinal reorientation may occur in
the next few weeks, but that remains to be seen.
Meanwhile at this moment, it is unclear exactly how this
present situation will play out over the summer and into
the fall High School and Club seasons.
The present situation has compromised the posting of a
significant amount of both data and information
regarding certain summer long course meets in the Metro
Area. As has been the case previously, all
attempts to easily resolve the matter and bring the
data, etc. back to the Site have been unsuccessful.
As the present situation drags on,
with elements of the AAAA declining to utilize the Web
Site as their primary source of data and information
presented to the clientele it serves, it is becoming
increasingly obvious the current AAAA Web Site may cease to
exist in the not-too-distant future. It cannot
continue to exist in its present form with only PART
of the organization participating in its care and
feeding. Whether it might then return (with the
same Web Address) in some other form and serving a
perhaps wider, more inclusive and diverse clientele is
unknown at this time, but is most certainly under
As the San Antonio Swimming
Community is aware, one of the organizational elements
of the AAAA is undergoing significant changes at the
highest level of its management. The individual
selected for the position was announced today and, as
expected, was chosen from within.
The changes to management
and perhaps more importantly, leadership, noted above
present the "possibility" of a return to some kind of
normalcy for the AAAA Web Site. Whether that
possibility actually bears fruit remains to be seen.
It is most assuredly true that the Site was originally
developed to provide data and information to AAAA
athletes, parents and coaches in a consistent and mostly
uniform manner. In so doing, it has been and will
continue to be necessary and desirable to sometimes
present data and information regarding non-AAAA
competitions because, more often than not, there will be
AAAA athletes involved. However, even if that is
not the case it will still be about swimming in the San
Antonio Metro Area and, from a public relations
standpoint, far more positive than negative.
The AAAA Board of Directors (BoD)
met in regular monthly session Tuesday, June13th.
There has so far been no indication of any possible
"thawing" in matters related to the Web Site. It
is therefore likely the present circumstances will
continue for the foreseeable future. This is NOT
how things were originally envisioned and therefore not
the way they need to be. The BoD will have
to take some kind of definitive action if a return to
something resembling "normal" is to be brought about.
At this moment that seems unlikely.