Bear Branch Swim Team 2021

    Hello Bear Families!

    I am so excited that we will be back in the water this summer!  Things will look a little different this year but we will be having a season and I couldn't be happier!

    Registration is open online.  If you haven't had a chance to register, please do so!  If you register by April 23rd each of your swimmers will receive a free BBST t-shirt!  We also have a lot of other great BBST merchandise online and the store is open!

    If you have an older swimmer (8th grade or older) we have an exciting new opportunity for them!  The Bear Crew will be our swim team's leadership crew!  I have attached an application and a detailed description for those interested.

    Our meet schedule is posted on our website. Please take a look at it because our meets are where we see the most changes this year!  We will be splitting our meets by age group each weekend.  One weekend we will have 10 and under and the next weekend we will have 11 and ups.  The only exception to that is Time Trials and we will have the 10 and unders in the morning and the 11 and ups in the afternoon.  We have been given guidelines by NWAL (our governing organization) and our division is still trying to work out the details.  

    There have been a lot of questions about volunteer hours and I can't definitively answer those questions until our division comes to a consensus but to be safe, I would assume we will still need the same number of volunteers this season.  How so you ask?  Here is a fun word problem for you. 

    Overall, if we still have the same number of meets but we have half of the people at each meet, would that mean that volunteers need to work double the amount of time at half the number of meets?  ...I don't think so but still working it out

    Our practice schedule is posted online.  It is also a little different this year.  Our 9-10 age group will be first, followed by our 6 & U (green) and 7 &8 (blue) age groups.  There might be some 7&8 year old swimmers in the green group or some 6&U swimmers in the blue group depending on group size and ability.  The coaches will be making adjustments to the groups during the first few weeks of practice.

    We will be having a mandatory parent meeting via zoom on April 22 at 7pm.  This meeting is a requirement for all swim families, new and returning because of all of the changes this season. Please mark your calendars!

    Finally, we have a new team suit this season.  A representative from Swim Shops will be selling them at the pool the first week of practice.

    I think that's it for now! 

    Please let me know if you have any questions!

    Goooo Bears!

    -Kristin Rodriguez

    BBST President

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