The Cuda Nation

BBST Newsletter, Volume 8, issue No. 7

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Cudas Win!

Week of May 15, 2016

Our first meet of the 2016 was a success! The Cudas swam fast and took the lead quickly. We had several Cudas break team records, those are listed in this Cuda Nation!

Final Score, Deerfield Village vs. Bridgeland Barracudas

Deerfield 528

Bridgeland 720

We have our first Home meet of the season this weekend against the Copperfield Dolphins. Make sure you come to as many practices as you can so we can "Dizzy the Dolphins" and take another win!

Go Cudas!

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Practice and the Weather

Similar to the beginning of our season, the weather is looking very wet this week. Although this is not ideal practice weather, we will still be meeting for practice unless communicated otherwise by 3 P.M. daily!

Factors that are taken into consideration when deciding whether to have practice or cancel:

  • Flooding: Our coaches do not live in the community, so if they can't get here, we can't have practice.
  • Can't see the bottom of the pool: This is a safety thing and is the exact rule in place for public pools. If the coaches can't see the bottom of the pool, nobody gets in. If the rain is coming down hard enough to impair visibility in the pool, we are most likely not able to do dry land either.
  • Thunder and Lightning: This is a hue reason for practice being canceled. Not only can swimmers not be in the pool, but we have to clear the deck (area around the pool) as well.
  • Other safety concerns: If there are other safety concerns that will risk endangering the swimmers, parents, and/or coaches, we will cancel practice.

The decision to cancel practice is not something we take lightly. The board of directors works with the coaches beginning early in the day and a decision is made as soon as possible.

If we cancel practice, we will do so no later than 3 P.M. each day. Cancellations will be communicated via Remind texts and Facebook. Depending on the availability, an email may also be sent out.

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NEW Team Records!

Due to NWAL rules, we are unable to include the full name of our swimmers here. However, if you login to our website, you can see their name there. Great job and congratulations, Cudas!

Girls' 10 & under 50 Free-B.F., 34.86

Boys' 10 & under 50 Free-L.C., 36.21

Girls' 11-14 100 Free-A.M., 1:00.91

Boys' 11-14 100 Free-T.M., 59.21

Girls' 11-12 50 Free-Z.C., 29.32

Boys' 11-12 50 Free-M.O., 27.84

Girls' 13-14 100 IM-A.M., 1:10.69

Boys' 13-14 100 IM-T.M., 1:07.31

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Swimmers of the Week

Wanna know who got Swimmer of the Week?

Go to & LOGIN. Then, go to "Team" and "Swimmer of the Week".

We would love to share their names in our Cuda Nation, but NWAL requires us to only share swimmer names if they are in a password-protected area of the website. It is all about swimmer safety.

These swimmers of the week have really "Unleashed the Force"!

Go Cudas!

Themed Practice Thursdays (TPT)

Each Thursday, we will have a Themed practice based on who we are swimming against that weekend.

If your swimmer comes to practice dressed for the theme, they get a prize!

Take a picture of your Cuda swimmer wearing their TPT outfit and post it on Facebook. Make sure to include #CudasTPT2016 so we can find it and feature it in the Cuda Nation!

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Friday, May 20th, 6-7pm

Festival Park in Bridgeland

Come join us for our weekly Pep Rally as we get our swimmers ready to Dizzy the Dolphins on Saturday!

Don't forget your chairs and/or picnic blankets along with frisbees, kites or anything else you want to bring for your kids to play with. The pep rallies are a fantastic time to connect with other swim families and for kids to make more friends on the team.

For this pep rally, each swimmer will get one Kona Ice snow cone! If you have non-swimmers at the pep rally (Parents, siblings, friends, etc), you may purchase one for them, if you want.

Please take a moment to RSVP for this event using the form below, following these instructions:

  1. First Name of swimmer(s)
  2. Last Name of Swimme(s) followed by the number of swimmers you will have attending the Pep Rally so we know how many snow cones we need (example, Shepherd-2; this would indicate my swimmer's last name is Shepherd and there will be 2 Cuda swimmers at the Pep Rally from my family).
  3. Email address

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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W2 Meet, Bridgeland Barracudas (Home) vs. Copperfield Dolphins (Away)

Saturday, May 14th, 8:30am

16902 Bridgeland Landing, Cypress, TX 77433

This is our first home meet! Please note, arrival times are earlier than when we were at the away meet! Please be there on time so you can get your yellow card and be prepared to swim in warm-ups.

Parking is always a challenge at our pool. The lot in front of the pool is reserved for coaches, board members, chair people, NWAL offiicials, and Butterfly sponsors.

When parking along the street, please keep in mind that emergency vehicles must be able to get between the cars in the event of an emergency. If you park somewhere that does not allow this, you may be ticketed or towed. We are not in control of this and neither is the HOA. The officers that normally patrol our neighborhood watch for this every meet.

Swimmers must arrive no later than 6:40 A.M. for this meet! Yellow cards will be collected at 7:15 A.M. and swimmers that haven't gotten theirs will be SCRATCHED from the meet. Please do not pick up a swimmer's card unless they are at the meet. If you pick up a card for a friend or neighbor, but they do not show up, that can affect our relays negatively.

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Saturday Volunteer Information

If you signed up for a volunteer position for Saturday, check the timeline below to know when you need to arrive.

Remember, if you don't check-in by 7:00 A.M. (even 2nd session volunteers), you will be replaced and will not get your volunteer credits.

6:15 A.M.

Concessions set up

Parking Lot Director

Saturday Morning Set up

6:25 A.M.

11 & up Girl/Boy check-in volunteer

Volunteer Check-In table

6:30 A.M.

Tent Parents (10 & under)-BOTH SESSIONS

6:40 A.M.

All Swimmers

6:45 A.M.

Concession stand (snow cone and regular positions)

Head Timer

Ready Bench

Lane Runners



7:00 A.M.

Ribbon Writer

Time Verifier/Computer Assistant

Trash Can/Restroom Supply Monitor

Water Runner

All 2nd session positions: Tear down, timers, lane runners, scribes, etc.


All volunteers, regardless of shift, MUST check-in at the volunteer check-in table NO LATER than 7:00 A.M.

During your assignment, the Volunteer Coordinator will come and find you to confirm you are completing your assignment.

  • If you do not check-in by 7:00 A.M., you will be replaced with someone else and will not receive your volunteer credits.
  • If you DO check-in by 7 A.M. but do not show up for your shift or leave early, you will not receive your credits.

Questions? Contact Liz Gilbert,

Candy from your Coaches!

The Cuda Coaches want to see the swimmers after they swim each time at the meet!

When your Cuda gets out of the water after swimming in each event, have them go see the coaches. After giving them constructive feedback, the coaches will give your Cuda some candy!

This is a great time for your swimmer to ask about a DQ (disqualification) or to find out what to do better.

It doesn't matter if your Cuda is a 6 & under or an 18 year old, the coaches want to give them a high five and candy for their awesome swimming! Don't miss out!

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Important dates to add to your calendar

  • 5/20 Pep Rally, Festival Park 6pm
  • 5/21 Second Dual Meet, Home vs. Copperfield
  • 5/27 Pep Rally, Festival Park 6pm
  • 5/28 Third Dual Meet, Away vs. Cy-Mills
  • 5/30 NO PRACTICE-Memorial Day
  • 6/2 CFISD Last day of school-NO PRACTICE
  • 6/3 Pep Rally, Festival Park 6pm
  • 6/4 Fourth Dual Meet, Home vs. Spring Cypress
  • 6/6 Afternoon Practice
  • 6/7 First day of morning practice
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CUDA GEAR by Fresh Prints of Houston

This season, we have chosen to partner with a local business to help us meet our Cuda Gear demands. Fresh Prints of Houston is going to be handling the sale of all our gear this year.

You may purchase gear anytime throughout the week, day or night. If you want your order by Friday at the Pep Rally, you must order by the Wednesday before, at noon.

Click here to go to the online Cuda Gear store run by Fresh Prints of Houston.

Available products not yet shown on the site are:

  • Cuda Mom BLING shirt ("The force is STRONG with this Cuda Mom" on a black flowy racer tank)
  • Tube towel with the Cuda logo embroidered on it.

If you are interested in either of these items, please contact Rob with Fresh Prints to discuss how to get these,

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Practices are Monday thru Thursday

Please have your swimmer only attend your practice time. If there is a conflict please contact Coach Jennie at and the she will try to work with you. There are so many swimmers at each practice that the coaches gear each time toward a specific age group. Your swimmer will not be allowed to swim at a different age group if a Coach has not confirmed they may swim at a different time.

School Year Schedule

Now thru June 1st
NO PRACTICE Memorial Day, May 30th or the last day of school for CFISD on June 2nd.

13 & up **
4:15-5:15 P.M.

6 & Under & new 7 year olds *
5:15-5:45 P.M.

7 & 8 year olds
5:45-6:30 P.M.

9 & 10 year olds
6:30-7:15 P.M.

11 & 12 year olds **
7:00-8:00 P.M.

*All new-to-the-team 7 year olds must attend the 6 & under practice until the coach says it is time to move to the 7/8 practice.

**Swimmers 11 & Up will need tennis shoes everyday for dry land exercises (first 15 minutes of each practice). They may want to wear shorts and/or a shirt over their suit for this portion.

Summer Schedule

June 6th-June 23rd
Mondays are afternoon practices are at the same time as "School Year" schedule times due to pool cleaning and maintenance.

Tuesdays through Thursdays

9 & 10 year olds
7:00-7:45 A.M.

7 & 8 year olds
7:45-8:30 A.M.

6 & Under & new 7 year olds
8:30-9:00 A.M.

11 & up
8:45-9:45 A.M. (with 15 minute dry land)
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Bridgeland Barracuda Swim Meet Dates

These are the dates we will have meets including the FULL team!
Invitational Meet dates will be given later in the season, as soon as they are available.

May 14-DONE
AWAY meet vs. Deerfield

Final Score

DFV 528

BRLD 720

May 21
HOME meet vs. Copperfield

May 28
AWAY meet vs. Cypress Mills

June 4
HOME meet vs. Spring Cypress

June 11
AWAY meet vs. Gleannloch Farms

June 18
End of Season Championship Meet at Cy-Ranch High School

There will be a Pep Rally the Friday before each meet from 6 P.M. to 7 P.M. at Festival Park!
All meet sign-ups will be online again this year. This includes swimmer RSVP's and parent volunteers.

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Swim Lessons

Our coaches offer swim lessons!

They can come to your pool or you can go to theirs. If you are interested in swim lessons from our coaches, please contact them via email.

Please note: Our coaches are not currently allowed to give private swim lessons at the Bridgeland Pools. If this should change, we will inform you.

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).

Bridgeland Barracuda 2016 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

Bronze Sponsors

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, For individual board members, see the BBST website.

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