The Cuda Nation

BBST Newsletter, Volume 8, issue No. 2

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Time to get in the pool!

Are you ready to SWIM?!? We will be having our first practice of the season next Tuesday, April 12th.
On Monday, April 11th, we will be having our "Meet and Greet" day, which is a little bit different than a normal practice. First of all, nobody will be getting into the pool on Monday, so no need to wear your suit, bring a cap, or a towel. Secondly, we will have different times than our normal practices as you are not swimming.

Please try to come to as many practices as possible!

Meet & Greet

Monday, April 11th:
15-18 year olds
5:00-5:30 P.M.


6 & unders & new 7 year olds
5:30-6:00 P.M.

7 & 8 year olds
6:00-6:30 P.M.

9 & 10 year olds
6:30-7:00 P.M.

11-14 year olds
7:00-7:30 P.M.


Remember, you don't need to wear your suit Monday because you won't be getting in the pool!
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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 coachjennie@swimcuda.com 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

April 12th-May 31st
NO PRACTICE Memorial Day, May 30th or the last day of school for CFISD on June 1st.

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 2nd-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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Important dates from beginning of the season to the first meet.

  • 4/11 Meet and Greet (no swimming)
  • 4/12 First Day of Practice (weather permitting)
  • 4/18 Swimmer Information Sheets and DUE to coaches
  • 4/22 ALL late registration fees and volunteer deposits DUE!
  • 4/29 Last Day to Drop with a Refund
  • 5/2 Team Pictures
  • 5/5 & 5/6 Time Trials
  • 5/10 Times required in the computer to compete in first meet

Equipment Swimmers Need

Every swimmer will need to provide the following items for practices:
  • Goggles (required)
  • Swim cap (optional, but highly recommended, especially for girls. All hair shoulder length or longer must be tied up.)
  • Fins, for all 11 & up swimmers (more information below)
  • Towel
  • Practice suit (girls: please no 2 piece suits like tankinis or bikinis)

Fins for 11 & Up swimmers

The coaches request swimmers 11 years old and up purchase fins to for practices.

Fins help to better and more effectively practice kicking techniques and endurance skills. The coaches will be using these with swimmers at least one time per week. Due to the different sizes fins come in as well as sanitary reasons, the team is unable to supply fins to borrow.

These can be purchased at A-Gleam Swim and Sport or any sporting good store.

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.
  • When your swimmer arrives at practice, have him/her sign-in, non-swimmers should leave a clear path to the gate for other swimmers entering the pool area.
  • Any non-swimmers attending practiced should be in under the blue awnings between the lane pool and lower level pools (this includes parents, siblings, and anyone else not currently participating in the practice).
  • Please refrain from sitting near the shallow end of the pool as this is a distraction for swimmers.
  • Please do not talk to the coaches during practice. They want to give your questions and comments the attention they deserve. Therefore, it is best to email them.
  • The lower level pool area and splash pad are off limits during practices per HOA rules. Please do not allow your children to play in or around these areas.
  • if your child would like to run around or play, please feel free to use the playground just outside the pool gate.
  • Bike riding is not allowed inside the pool gates. All bikes must be walked and parked inside the pool area.
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Swimmer Information Sheets

The coaches are requesting all swimmers have an information sheet on file. These are available on BridgelandBarracudas.com on the home page under the link section on the left side.
Please turn in your swimmer's information sheet no later than April 18th!

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!

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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.

Become an NWAL Official!

We are in need of more parents as officials! No previous experience required. You will be trained on everything you need to know.

Email Brent McKay for more information.
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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.

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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