The Cuda Nation

BBST Newsletter, Volume 10, Issue 9

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Summer practice schedule

No practice 6/15-join us at the last pep rally (see details below)

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

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chick-fil-a spirit night

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Chick-fil-A spirit night on 6/12 at the Towne Lake Location. 20% of all sales from 5pm to 8pm goes to the Bridgeland Barracuda swim team. Mention Barracudas when you order!

Address: 9823 Barker Cypress Rd.

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Barracudas win!


Bridgeland Barracudas 937.5

Deerfield Dolphins 535.5

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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Message from Coach Ashley

Hey Cudas -

This week for divisionals - YOU pick your 3 best or fastest events that you want to swim. It's a long day, but we are in an in door 10 lane pool this year, so that's AWESOME! YOU pick your events, & I will only change them if I need to spread points around or no one in an age group signed up for fly or I think based on who swims for the other team we have a better shot at scoring in a different event. If I do this, I will talk to the swimmer about it at practice this week.

Keep in mind, if you aren't willing to stay for the whole day or have somewhere else you need to be, please check - "attending but no late relays" so it won't choose your swimmer for relays & we aren't scrambling to find a replacement at the last minute. We had several swimmers leave early yesterday & a few of our relays didn't get to swim because we couldn't find a replacement at the last minute. Remember relays are created by the 12 fastest times we have on record. We have enjoyed watching swimmers "earn" their relay spot as they have changed a lot throughout the season.

Please tell a coach if you have to leave early so that we can start to find someone for relays before the relay is at the ready bench.

Please arrive on time for divisionals. We want you to warm up & test out the blocks/pool before you swim your events that day. We also need to re-do relays early if you're not there. We have the first warm up, arrive at 6:30am. WARM UP IS AT 7AM - we can't run over because all teams have a designated warm up time.

In swimtopia, it lists out what events you're swimming, if it says A-5, you're the first alternate for a relay. If it says A-6, you're the second alternate. Only 4 swimmers are actually swimming the relay, so A-1, A-2, A-3, A-4 all swim, A-5, A-6, A-7 are all there on standby, but doesn't mean they get to swim a relay. If people tell us they have to leave that are on a relay, then we pull the listed alternates first - this is why it's so important to tell a coach you are leaving, so we can let the swimmers listed as alternates know we need them to swim.

Please join us for the pep rally this Friday. We don't have practice this Friday, so we really want to rally together & get pumped for our championship meet. This year will be really close & we're hoping to remain undefeated, but we need EVERYONE'S help.

I'm so proud of all the improvements I've experienced, from dives, to legal strokes, to stronger finishes, to team spirit. Let's show our division who we are next Saturday & come to represent! I SAID A BOOM CUDA BOOM!

Coach Ashley

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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our last pep rally

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Important volunteer information

Each family is required to work 5 volunteer shifts this season. If you have not completed your hours, there will be a few shifts remaining at the end of season party.

Please remember, the championship meet is separate from the regular season. If your swimmer(s) is attending, you must volunteer. We cannot run a successful meet without your help.

Please log into your swimtopia account and check your volunteer hours scheduled. If there is a problem, please contact Tyson immediately.

If there are any questions please contact Tyson Dailey

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got pictures?

If you have pictures from this season send them to or share #cudas2018 on your social media.
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Championship/divisional meet

Let's keep our undefeated season going. This is our biggest meet of the year and we want to take home first place. In order to do that, we need your swimmers. Please commit to coming for this meet. Without our swimmers, we can't win.
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When: June 16th

Where: CFISD Natatorium

12550 Windfern Rd, Houston, TX 77064.

Divisional Qualification for Swimmers: The swimmer must have swam in at least two dual meets this season. If your swimmer wants to swim a stroke at the Championship meet (Divisionals), the swimmer must have an official time for the stroke (Time Trial time does not count and split do not count). If your child has only swam a stroke in a relay but not in an individual event this season, they do not have an official time for that stroke.

Reminder, there will only be an "A" relay in each age group for both boys and girls.

More information can be found in the official NWAL rulebook on page 8.

Volunteer Requirement: In order to successfully run this meet, each team must have an adequate number of volunteers present. If your child is swimming at the Championship meet (Divisionals), you MUST volunteer. This is a separate requirement from the rest of the season’s volunteer hours and does NOT go toward your 5 shifts. Remember, we want your HELP, not your money!

The volunteer position sign-ups will open at 8PM TONIGHT (Sunday, June 10th) on Every family participating in the championship meet must volunteer. This does not count toward your 5 volunteer shifts. Be sure to sign up for shifts.

RSVP closes on Tuesday, June 12th at 9pm and Volunteer sign-ups close on Wednesday, June 13th at 9pm If you have any questions regarding any of this, please feel free to email

Swimmers, please arrive at 6:30am to check in. All swimmers check in at the table next to the volunteer check in.

Coach Ashley will begin picking up sign in sheets at 7am. If you have not checked in at that time, your child will be scratched from their events.

Warmups will be at 7am. Your swimmers will be called by age group.

The meet will start at 8:30am.

Here is some additional information about the championship meet on Saturday.

  • The parking lot in front of the natatorium is reserved for coaches/officials/board members
  • There will be a blocked off area for food trucks-no parking in this area.
  • The ready benches are inside right next to the staging area. They will be lined up against the wall on bleachers. We will have blue painters tape to mark the seats 1-10.
  • We will have access to both pools for warmups. Warmup for Bridgeland is 7-7:30 in lanes 1-6. Once the meet starts, we can use the warmup pool for warm up or cool down. There will be a lifeguard there.
  • Blocks are only set up on one side of the pool. 100 yard relays will be diving from the side (relay legs 2&4)
  • No generators within 50 feet of the building and they can't be on the grass.
  • No set up in the entrance.
  • Must be parked in a legal spot, anyone parked in a fire lane or outside of a spot will be towed. Same for handicap parking
  • If there is rain or thunderstorms, only 1300 people will fit in the pool area. If you are inside, stay inside if you are under your tent stay there. If there is lightening, you might be asked to relocate to your car. The pool is grounded so there will be no need for delays due to weather
  • No wet swimmers in the seating area in the stands. Must have shoes and pants on to come to that area.
  • We will have to walk across concrete to get to the staging area. We will have baskets for shoes so the kids can wear them to the ready benches and from their race

Let's have a great meet and continue our winning streak! Go Cudas!

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no need to pack your lunch...we will have you covered with food trucks!

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RSVP for the pool party

Please RSVP for the pool party on the Barracuda website. This helps us to make sure we have enough pizza.

Dress is pool wear.

RSVP for End of Season party

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congrats to those swimmers that competed at summer thunder

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End of season invitationals

Bridgeland Barracudas will be participating at the Red, White and Blue Meet and the Ponderosa Invitational Meet held the weekend of June 22-24. Meet Eligibility Reports are available on the website under Meets/Invitationals. Swimmers can also achieve qualifying times at the Divisional Meet.

RWB - Red, White and Blue hosed by Cypress Fairbanks Swim Club (Fleet)
Klein Collins High School Natatorium
Entries and Money Due to BBST by 10 AM Sunday, June 17th

This is a fun meet that is broken into Red and Blue Divisions. Swimmers whose time meets the Red qualification times but not the Blue qualification time will be competing against other swimmers in Red Division for points and awards. Swimmers whose time meets the Blue qualification time but is not equal to or faster than the Blue cut off time (Ponderosa Qualifying Time) will be competing against other swimmers in Blue Division for points and awards. No swimmers may enter an event in which they have a Ponderosa time nor may they swim that stroke on a relay.

Awards for this meet are also different from regular meets allowing many swimmers to earn points and medals.

Friday: June 22, 2016 11-14 and 15-18 100 Free and 13-14, 15-18 100 I.M.
Warm-Up 5:00 PM, Meet Starts 6:30 PM

Saturday: June 23, 2016 All 10 & Under events
Warm-Up 7:30 AM, Meet Starts 9:00 AM

Sunday: June 24, 2016 The remainder of the 11 & Over events
Warm-Up 7:10 AM, Meet Starts 9:00 AM

For more information about this meet, please see the team website. The meet announcement and eligibility reports can be found under Meets/Invitational Meets.

PI - Ponderosa Invitational hosted by Ponderosa Westador Swim Team
Klein Oak High School Natatorium
22603 Northcrest Dr
Spring, TX 77389
Entries Due to Host Sunday, June 17th
Entries Due to BBST by 8 PM Saturday, June 16th Money Due to BBST by 10 AM Sunday, June 17th

This championship meet, often called the Best of NWAL Meet, has been in place since 1971. Qualification times are hard to achieve and it is an accomplishment to be a Ponderosa qualifier.

Meet is Saturday, June 23rd and Sunday, June 24th.
Prelims start at 9am with Finals beginning at 4:30 pm.

For more information on this meet, please see the team website. The meet announcement and eligibility reports can be found under Meets/Invitational Meets.

How to Register for End of Season Invitational Meets

To register for RWB or PI, please fill out the entries for your swimmer using the Meet Entry Icon next to the Invitational Meet on the website.

If you know you are NOT going to attend, please RSVP “No” for this meet.

If you know you are going to attend, please go ahead and put in your entries. You can add or update your entries if your swimmer qualifies for additional events or needs to switch meets. If your swimmer improves their time, their best legal time will be what is used for their entry time. Only times swam in an NWAL sanctioned meet (dual, Summer Thunder, or Divisionals) can be used for entries into these meets (Time Trials times do not count).

There are no bonus events for end of season invitational Meets. RWB has their events broken up by age group (Sat 10 & Under and Fri/Sun for 11 & Up). Ponderosa has their events scheduled by event (Saturday Free and Back/Sunday Breast, Fly &IM). Please refer to the Meet announcement for event order and day. If you plan to go back and forth between meets on the same day, you may be excluded from relays to ensure your team mates will get to swim.

There will be a table set up at the pep rally before the Divisional Meet on 6/15 collecting payments. I will also be collecting payments during the second half of the Divisional Meet (more details to follow). You will be able to add entries on the website until 8pm Saturday after Divisionals, June 16th. NO ENTRIES WILL BE ALLOWED AFTER 8PM SATURDAY, JUNE 16th. Payments after the Divisional Meet will be accepted Sunday Morning between 8 – 10 am at Laura’s home (12526 Bunker Cove Drive). Any entries with no payment as of 10 am Sunday morning will be removed and not entered into the meet.

We will be required to provide timers at this meet. The number of timers required is based on the number of swimmers we have participating in the meet. *** Timing slots will be assigned. Every effort will be made to assign timing slots before your swimmer finishes their events. If you are assigned a timing slot you are required to work it or find a replacement. If you are not willing to volunteer to time an approximate 30 - 45 minute shift – Do not sign your swimmer up. ***

If you need to make other arrangements for payment prior to Divisionals or have questions about this meet, please email the Invitational Chair Laura Eshelman at .

Time standards for invitational meets

practice times for invitationals 6/19-6/21

Only those swimmers that will be attending and have RSVP'd yer to Red, White and Blue or Ponderosa are eligible for practices this week.

Invitational Practice (June 19th-21st)

7:00-8:00am 10 and under

8:00-9:00am 11 and up

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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

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Have questions?????

Have questions and need answers? Take a look in the Parent Handbook on our website.

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

Mark your Calendar

  • 6/12 Spirit Night @ Chick-fil-A in Towne Lake
  • 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


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

Thanks for your help with this!


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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Thank you to i9 sports for providing breakfast in our hospitality room!

i9 Sports is the nation’s first and largest youth sports league franchise in the U.S. i9 Sports offers youth sports leagues, camps and clinics. We believe the value we provide must go far beyond the sport itself. It must be about more than the rules of the game. About more than who plays what position. About more than the score. i9 Sports focuses on how the game is played, how much fun we can make it for the kids, and how easy we can make it for the parents. i9 Sports offers an alternative to the disorganized, hyper-competitive, win-at-all-cost culture that pervades most youth sports programs today by providing age-appropriate instruction that's fun for kids and convenient for today's busy families.

Why i9 Sports?

• We focus on fun and safety for the kids and convenience for busy families.

• We emphasize good sportsmanship and age appropriate instruction. There are no tryouts or drafts, and we try to give every child equal playing time.

• Practices and games are on the same day, which means you only drive to the field once a week!

• No fundraising.

i9 Sports is the way youth sports should be. Come be a part of the experience beyond the game!

Visit to register today!

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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