The Cuda Nation

BBST Newsletter, Volume 8, issue No. 5

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Picture Day and Time Trials

Week of May 1, 2016

Wow, this season is gearing up fast! We are already preparing for Picture Day and Time Trials! Our first meet is less than 2 weeks away!

Team shirts will be in tomorrow, Monday, May 2nd. We will pass them out before pictures.

DON'T FORGET! There is practice AFTER pictures! See the schedule in the Picture Day section below.

Time Trials are the 5th and 6th! An email was sent out Sunday around 3pm with details about Time Trials. The same information is included here.

We are excited for our season to get started and kids to begin competing.

Go Cudas!
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Team Pictures, May 2nd!

Our practice schedule will be different than normal due to the pictures.

Don't forget to get your order form ready before picture day. You will need to print it (located on Home page under "Links", also sent in an email), fill it out and have your money ready when you arrive.

Attire for pictures:

Girls-wear your Team suit (please, no large hair bows)

Boys-wear your Team jammers/brief and your team shirt (shirts will be delivered on May 2nd)

Schedule for Monday, May 2nd:

Pictures, 5:00 P.M.-6:00 P.M.

Individual Pictures 5:00-5:30 P.M.

Start lining up swimmers in height order for team picture 5:20 P.M.

Full Team Picture at 5:30 P.M.

Parents: Please help us out by supervising your children at all times. It is especially important for picture day that we do not have children running around in the pool area. If your child needs to run around while waiting on their turn for pictures, feel free to allow them to visit the park just outside the pool gates.

Practice, 6:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M.

6 & under plus new 7 year olds 6:00-6:30 P.M.

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

11 & up (NO DRY LAND) 7:15-8:00 P.M.

While it is not required to purchase a photo, whether individual or team, we encourage all of our Cudas to be present for the team picture.

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If you haven't paid your registration fees and/or volunteer deposit, it is due NOW!

These were due last Friday, April 29th. Without fees and/or volunteer deposit, your registration is INCOMPLETE and your swimmer(s) will be dropped from the team.

Please bring payment to Pictures tomorrow! Thanks!

How many Volunteer Credits do we need this year?

We have dropped this by 2 credits this year. You will only need 16 credits this season!

For more information on Volunteer Credits, contact Liz at
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Do you wanna be a DJ?

We are in search of our next Cuda DJ!

All of the equipment is provided (speakers, cords, mixer, amp, mics, etc). We even have an iTouch loaded up with awesome music to choose from! You can add your own music to the mix if you want. No need to talk on the microphone if you don't want to, we already have a DJ announcer, "Susie Q" Coe!

If you love music and would like the chance to spin some tunes, contact Brent McKay, or Liz Gilbert,
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Time Trials!

Time Trials are this Thursday, May 5th and Friday, May 6th!

Time Trials are an event that takes place before the first swim meet. This is when each swimmer swims each stroke they hope to participate in during an upcoming meet. In order to be included in a meet, swimmers must have a Time Trials time, otherwise, we are not capable of including them on the roster for that meet.

Don't forget to RSVP by Tuesday, May 3rd! Everyone will be automatically entered in Time Trials, but this is a good time to practice the RSVP you will have to do before each meet.

11 & up swimmers- May 5th
10 & under swimmers-May 6th

Please note: There will not be practice on May 5th or 6th due to Time Trials.

Place: Bridgeland Pool
What time: Warm-ups will start at 4:30 P.M. and time trials will begin at 5:15 P.M.
Who: All swimmers must get a time for each event they want to participate in for any meet. Without a trial time in that event, they are not allowed to participate in it at a meet.

Time Trials will be run like a mock meet this year. The biggest differences from Time Trials and a dual meet is that we will be the only team swimming, there will be no relays and no DQ's (disqualifications).

Volunteer credits will be offered during time trials! The volunteer position sign-ups will open at 9:00 P.M. TONIGHT (Sunday, May 1) on 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.

These are the events each swimmer will be swimming (unless they never plan on doing that stroke at a meet).

6 & Under-25 Free, 25 Back

7/8-25 Free, 25 Back, 25 Breast, 25 Fly

9/10-25 Free, 25 Back, 25 Breast, 25 Fly, 100 IM, 50 Free

11 & Up-100 Free, 50 Free, 50 Breast, 50 Fly, 50 Back, 100 IM,

Although we will have officials on deck watching, swimmers cannot be DQ'd (disqualified) during Time Trials.

If you are unable to make it to Time Trials as scheduled, you must get times on your own in a 25 yard pool. The new lap pool is 25 yards, so if you have signed your waiver, you could use that pool to get times.

Please submit times in a format (example 1:25.46).

All times MUST be submitted to no later than 5P.M. on Tuesday, May 10th. If times are not submitted by that deadline, your swimmer may not swim in the first meet.

We are looking forward to some awesome times at Time Trials!

Go Cudas!

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Important dates to add to your calendar

  • 5/2 Team Pictures from 5pm to 6pm
  • 5/5 & 5/6 Time Trials
  • 5/6 Last day to drop with refund (minus $10 t-shirt fee), EXTENDED
  • 5/10 Times required in the computer to compete in first meet
  • 5/13 First Pep Rally, Festival Park 6pm
  • 5/14 First Dual Meet, Away vs. Deerfield

Please Watch Your Cudas!

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.

Kids should only be playing in the grassy area to the side of the large blue awnings. Nobody is allowed to go to the back pool area (slides, splash pad and smaller pool). This is an insurance issue and part of the rules set forth by the Bridgeland Board of Directors, not the Barracudas.

We have seen several kids running around the hill near the splash pad area. This area is off-limits for playing per the HOA. The deck around the back pool is also off-limits. Nobody should be going back there for any reason.

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 your child would like to run around, we suggest using the grassy area between the pool and the playground equipment. Not only is it a larger area, but it is safer as well. We want all of our Cudas to stay safe!

If you have any questions regarding this request, please feel free to contact the Board of Directors at

Thanks for your help with this!

Swim Buddies needed for 6 & under practices!

We are looking for older swimmers (preferably 13 & up or strong 11/12 swimmers) to help with our 6 & under swimmers at their practice!

Swim Buddies stay in the pool with these swimmers during their practice. The goal is to have the Swim buddies help the coaches by assisting swimmers to correct their stroke and for safety reasons.
If your swimmer is interested in becoming a Swim Buddy, please contact Coach Jennie for more information.

For students seeking community service hours, the coaches will sign-off on them if you consistently help as a Swim Buddy!

Wednesdays are "Fins"days!

Make sure your 11 & Up swimmer remembers their fins on Wednesday each week as this is when the coaches will be using them.

Remember, you can get these at any sporting goods store, but at A-Gleam, they have a special for our team for just $23!

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.

Cuda Gear will be available online beginning May 6th.

Items we look forward to seeing from Fresh Prints:
  • Swimmer shirts
  • Parent Shirts
  • Cuda Mom bling shirt
  • Cuda Dad shirt
  • Water bottles
  • Visors and Caps (embroidered)
  • Tube Towels, embroidered with logo and name
  • and many more unique, custom items!
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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
AWAY meet vs. Deerfield

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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