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Spring/Summer 2018 Patch Program

May 1, 2018 - Aug 31, 2018
June 30, 2018


Hey Shark families,

This may be a duplicate email for some and new for others. If you have already signed up for the Spring/Summer 2018 Patch Program plese re-sign up again. I apologize for the confusion, I am still learning the ins and outs of the email system. 

B BB A AA AAA AAAA … what’s that all about? These letters represent the Motivational Time Standards set by USA Swimming. They are grouped by age groups: 10&U, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17 & Over.

For example a 10-year-old girl who swims a 43 second 50 free in Short Course Meters has a “B” time. When she cuts four seconds and swims 39 seconds she moves up to the “BB” time. The time standards are different in short course yards and long course meters, so make sure you’re using the correct chart. Our pool is short course meters.

The Sharks offer an optional patch program to help swimmers focus on these times & to celebrate improvements! We charge cost of all earned patches ($1 each) and those fees will be billed to your splash fee account. If you sign up, there are two choices:
1- Receive all patches earned during the season.
2- Receive just the top patch earned in each stroke for the season. *All participants earn patches per stroke, not patches for each distance. For example, a swimmer would get an "a" time in freestyle, but not an "a" patch for each distance freestyle. 

Please sign up before June 30th. Reply yes and write option 1 (all patches/stroke) or option 2 (top patches/stroke).

**Special note, times are earned for 50s and above. So, if your swimmer is mainly doing 25s at swim meets you may want to wait until he or she is swimming more 50s before signing up for the patch program. 

This is what the patches look like:

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Thanks & Shark Power!

Tracy Marks-Geib