The Cuda Nation

BBST Newsletter, Volume 10, Issue 6

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Barracudas win!

FINAL SCORE

Bridgeland Barracudas 1014

Cy-Mills Makos 436


To find your swimmers individual results, please login to the Barracudas Website and click on My Account, then click on each swimmer. Click on display options and choose yesterday's date. The meet results are also posted for this meet.

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Cuda Gear

If you have not picked up your team shirts, tattoos, towels or yard signs please contact Tuffli Nguyen at marketing@swimcuda.com


If you haven't picked up your swim caps & decals, please contact Wendy at events@swimcuda.com

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New system changes-technology updates

With the new system parents need to continue to check SwimTopia throughout meet for relay changes & updated heat sheets- we no longer print updated heat sheets but we re-seeded & update free relays before it's time to go to the ready benches, so use the digital versions, not the paper versions for most current info. We had a few relays not get to Swim because tent parents were relying on old info. People get sick & things change at the last minute so this is important to check.

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RSVPing for the meet

You must RSVP and choose your child's events for the meet by Tuesday at 9pm. Even if you are not coming, you must still RSVP "NO".


RSVP will open each Sunday at 8pm.


If you have not RSVP'd by Tuesday, we have to assume that you will not be attending and your child will not be entered into the meet.

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A note from Coach Ashley

Hi Cudas,

I'm so proud of how well you guys are swimming. We see lots of swimmers making improvements & becoming legal in more strokes - keep it up! 10 years as a team is a big deal & we are so excited you chose to be a CUDA!


We have a big team with lots of kids in each lane, please remember no touching other swimmers while at practice & to listen to coaches when they are describing a set to help you get faster.


As a reminder, each week YOU have to go online & SIGN UP for the meet. We used to say RSVP - but now YOU pick events. So when you go online from Sunday evening - Tuesday by 9pm, choose attending meet & pick 3 individual events you want to swim. Please choose the right option for your family - if you can't make late relays or may have to leave early, that's okay, just check can't be in late relays so the computer won't pull your swimmer. We know there are a lots of sports going on, & the computer will pull top 12 fastest times for relays, but if you check no late relays it will go to the next time in line. We want to make sure everyone is getting a shot at swimming a relay if they have the next fastest time.


If your swimmer gets disqualified in their event, the official is supposed to come tell them after they swim. You might want to remind your swimmer to listen for that because even though now we have access to a DQ report, I won't always know what the official saw to best describe to the swimmer what they need to change. Also keep in mind, they will write down what they see first & there may be more than one correction needed. I tried to talk to all kids at practice this past week & fill them in on things we can correct & we spent a lot of time on breast & fly this week to really help our new swimmers.


We have started awarding swimmer of the week after our first meet. There are couple of things that go into our coaching staff choosing 'Swimmer of the Week' - encouraging teammates, having great spirit at meets & a great attitude at practice, being courteous & not fighting over who goes first in a lane, letting others pass when necessary, working hard in practice, dropping times, improving their strokes, becoming legal for the first time, improving dives, listening in practice, being on time, coming to practices, taking corrections well & making adjustments, & just overall representing Cuda Pride! We look forward to awarding more swimmers of the week throughout the season.


Coach Ashley

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got pictures?

If you have pictures from this season send them to secretary@swimcuda.com or share #cudas2018 on your social media.
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good sportsmanship

Please remind your swimmers about showing good sportsmanship in both practices and meets. There will be no profanity or rough play at any meet or practice. This behavior is unacceptable and your swimmer may be removed from the meet or practice. We want your child's summer league to be a positive experience and fun for all.
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Bridgeland Barracudas vs. Jersey Village Stars

When: May 26th

Where: Jersey Village Pool

7800 Equador Street

Houston TX 77040


Please note that the Jersey Village pool is meters, not yards. All times will be converted, so the times will appear slower.


The volunteer position sign-ups will open at 8 P.M. TONIGHT (Sunday, May 20th) on http://www.bridgelandbarracudas.com. Spots are limited, so make a decision quickly. Please be respectful when choosing a volunteer spot. Do not take the maximum per family right away as it will mean others cannot sign up. The max per family is 2 shifts per meet.


RSVP for the meet closes Tuesday, May 22nd at 9pm and the volunteer sign up closes on Wednesday, May 23rd@ 9pm. You must RSVP "no" even if you are not attending the meet.


Swimmers, please arrive at 7:00am to check in. 11 and up check in at the table next to the volunteer check in. 10 and under check in at age group tents.


Coach Ashley will begin collecting all check in sheets at 7:15am. If you have not checked into the meet at that time, your child will be scratched from their events.

Warmups are begin at 7:30am. Your swimmers will be called by age group.


The meet will start at 8:30am.


If you have any questions, please contact me at secretary@swimcuda.com


Go Cudas!

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Invitational Meets

Our next invitational meet will be Summer Thunder June 3rd & 4th. Registration is now open. You will only be allowed to register your swimmer if they are qualified. A separate email will going out with more details about this invitational.


Invitational meets are held mid-season and at the end of season the weekend following the divisional meet. Swimmers must qualify, sign up and pay entry fees to participate in invitational meets.


Invitational meet costs are not included as part of your registration fees. Swimmers will pay for individual events they have qualified for and wish to swim. The team will pay for any relay events. The cost per individual event is approx $5.


Practice will be offered the week following the divisional meet before invitationals for any swimmer swimming in an end of season invitational meet.


More information about how to register for Invitational meets will be added closer to the meet date.


More information is on the website under Invitational Meets

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Communication

Sign up for Remind Alerts! You can text the following to 81010, or download the app. This is the way you will find out about practice changes.


  • 6U swimmers @cudas6u
  • 7/8 swimmers @cudas78
  • 9/10 swimmers @cudas910
  • 11/12 swimmers @cudas1112
  • 13U swimmers @cudas13u


Share your social media: #cudas2018

Like and follow the Bridgeland Barracuda Facebook page

Have questions?????

Have questions and need answers? Take a look in the Parent Handbook on our website. https://bbst.swimtopia.com/forms-and-docs
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How many Volunteer Shifts do we need this year?

Each family will need to volunteer for 5 shifts this year. If you have any questions, please contact Tyson Dailey at volunteers@swimcuda.com

a note from our volunteer coordinator

A reminder that essential roles will close on Friday a week before the meet at 5pm and all other jobs will open the Sunday before the meet at 8pm.


If any change to an essential role is needed after they are closed, they must contact me to work out a solution.


If there are any questions please contact Tyson Dailey

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School Year Practice schedule

April 23rd-May 31st

NO PRACTICE Memorial Day, May 28th

13 & up
4:00-4:45 pm

6 & under
4:50-5:20 pm

11 & 12 year olds
5:25-6:10 pm

7 & 8 year olds
6:15-6:55 pm

9 & 10 year olds
7:00-7:45 pm

Summer practice schedule-this has been updated

June 5th-June 14th

Mondays are afternoon practices are at the same time as "School Year" schedule times due to pool cleaning and maintenance.

Tuesdays through Fridays

6 & under

7:00-7:30 am

7 & 8 year olds
7:30-8:15 am

9 & 10 year olds
8:15-9:00 am

11 & up

9:00-9:45 am

Mark your Calendar

  • 5/19 Swim meet v. Cy-Mills (home)
  • 5/26 Swim meet v. Jersey Village (away)
  • 5/28 Memorial Day-no practice
  • 6/1 Last day of school-no practice
  • 6/2 Swim meet v. Blue Marlins (home)
  • 6/3-6/4 Summer Thunder invitational
  • 6/9 Swim meet v. Deerfield (away)
  • 6/15 Pep rally-no practice
  • 6/16 Championship meet
  • 6/18 End of season party @ Bridgeland pool
  • 6/24 & 6/25 RWB & Ponderosa Invitationals

PLEASE WATCH YOUR CUDAS & LITTLE SIBLINGS!

Although most of the kids playing around the pool are on the swim team and reasonably good swimmers, we request parents watch their kids. Even the best swimmer can struggle if they accidentally fall into the water.


It is very tempting for younger children to splash in the water around the diving boards or near the steps, but this is dangerous and not allowed during swim team practices and swim meets. Only registered swim team participants should be in the water and only during their designated practice time.


If your child is waiting for their practice to begin and wants to play ball, they must use the grassy area outside the fence between the pool and the playground equipment. Not only is it a larger area, but it is safer as well. Footballs, frisbees, and other sports balls are not allowed inside the pool area during practice and swim meets. We have had incidents in the past where parents and children have been hit.


Please keep your children from pulling the bark off the trees and removing the mulch at the base of the trees. The team is responsible for any damage to the landscaping around the pool area.


Climbing on the fence around the pool is not allowed. If you or your child need something outside the fence perimeter, please exit the pool area through the main pool gates to retrieve it.

We really want to keep practices open, meaning non-swimmers can be inside the gates during practice. However, if we have people that are not following the rules, we will have to do a closed practice. This means the only people allowed inside the pool gates during practice will be the coaches and swimmers in the current practice. All others would have to sit outside the gates.


If you have any questions regarding this request, please feel free to contact the Board of Directors at board@swimcuda.com


Thanks for your help with this!

RULES & REMINDERS FOR PARENTS AND SWIMMERS

As swim team practices begin, we need everyone's assistance in order to make efficient use of time and have a successful season as a result.

  • The pool, activity center and surrounding areas are no smoking (including vape) areas.
  • Alcoholic beverages may not be openly consumed in and around the pool area, including Festival Park and the Activity Center.
  • BBST has a zero tolerance policy for bullying. Any behavior determined by the Board of Directors to be bullying will result in the dismissal of that swimmer or family from the team without a refund. This includes swimmers, siblings, parents and other adults and children at practices, pep rallies, special events, or meets.
  • Pets are not allowed in the pool area (except for Service Animals wearing the proper identification).

butterfly sponsors

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2018 Bridgeland Barracuda sponsors

Thank you to all of our amazing sponsors!

Cuda Families, we encourage you to show your support of these businesses as a thank you for their contributions to our swim team.

Go Cudas!

Title sponsor

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Charles E. Dyer IV

Gold sponsors

silver sponsors

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The Goddard School

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Bronze sponsors

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Contact us

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding the Bridgeland Barracuda Swim team, please feel free to contact the Board of Directors, Board@swimcuda.com. For individual board members, see the BBST website.


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