The Cuda Nation

BBST Newsletter, Volume 9, Issue 1

Picture day

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 10th)

Schedule for Wednesday, May 10th:

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.

We will have modified practices on Picture Day, May 10th. The practice times are:
7/8 year olds: 6:00-6:45
9/10 year olds: 6:45-7:30
11 and Up: 7:30-8:15 (there will be no dry land)
*Please note: 6U will not practice this day.*

Time Trials

Time Trials are this Thursday, May 4th and Friday, May 5th!

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 2nd! 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 4th
10 & under swimmers-May 5th

Please note: There will not be practice on May 4th or 5th due to Time Trials.

Place: Bridgeland Pool
What time: Warm-ups will start at 4:45 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, April 30) 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. The coaches will have a lane open during all practices on Monday to get times as well. While the coaches will be timing those swimmers, parents will be responsible for turning the times into

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

All times MUST be submitted to no later than 5P.M. on Tuesday, May 9th. 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!


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

These were due last Friday, April 21st. Without fees and/or volunteer deposit, your registration is INCOMPLETE and your swimmer(s) will be dropped from the team. Your money is due no later than 5/3 @ 5pm.

How many Volunteer Credits do we need this year?

Every family needs 17 credits for this swim season. For more information on Volunteer Credits, contact Liz Gilbert at
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NWAL Officials

If you are a certified official or are interested please contact Dave Cobb
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School Year Practice schedule

Now thru May 25th

NO PRACTICE Memorial Day, May 29th

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 practice 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)


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

Mark your Calendar

  • 5/4 & 5/5-Time trials
  • 5/5-Last day to drop
  • 5/10-Team pictures
  • 5/12-Pep rally @ Lakeland Village Park
  • 5/13-Swim meet v. LOE (home)
  • 5/19-Pep rally @ Lakeland Village Park
  • 5/20-Swim meet v. Cy-Mills (away)
  • 5/26-Pep rally @ Lakeland Village Park
  • 5/27-Swim meet v. Copperfield (away)
  • 6/2-Pep rally @ Lakeland Village Park
  • 6/3-Swim meet v. Deerfield (home)
  • 6/9-Pep rally @ Lakeland Village Park
  • 6/10-Swim meet v. Jersey Village (away)
  • 6/12-Cudathon
  • 6/16-Pep rally @ Lakeland Village Park
  • 6/17-Divisionals @ Cy-Ranch HS
  • 6/19-End of season party @ Bridgeland pool
  • 6/24 & 6/25-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).

2017 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

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, For individual board members, see the BBST website.

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