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Membership Information

The Brownsville Aquatics is a non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors.

MISSION
Promote swimming, encourage swimmers to be successful at their chosen level, develop healthy behaviors and a lifelong love of swimming.

MONTHLY DUES
Dues and fund raising activities provide the financial base for Brownsville Aquatics. Fees are as follows:
1. USA swimming membership is $80 per swimmer, due annually (expires December 31st of each year).
2. Monthly dues per swimmer: One swimmer per family: $60 2nd swimmer in same family: $50 Each additional swimmer: $40
 Payment is due before the 10th of each month. After the 9th of each month, a late fee of $5 will be charged.
3. Swim meet entry fees: As determined by the meet host and are due upon signing up for the meet. Entry fees are nonrefundable.

FUNDRAISING
Brownsville Aquatics may require fundraising activities to help offset the cost of operations. It is expected that each family participate.

REFUND POLICY / PRORATED DUES
No fee adjustments are given for swimmer's absences. All dues are payable regardless of number of days the swimmer attends. Written notice is required from members wishing to cancel membership

ACCOUNT STATEMENTS
Account statement will be emailed 1st day of the month to email address provided on registration form. Dues are payable by the 9th of the month. If no payment is made, a statement will be mailed for immediate payment. After the 9th, the late fee will be be assessed. (See 'Monthly Dues' above)

ATHLETE TRANSFER
In accordance with USA swimming Rules and Regulations, Article 203: Representation - In order to represent a new USA Swimming team/club in a competitive event, 120 days must have elapsed without the athlete having represented any other team/club in USA Swimming competition; and in accordance with South Texas Swimming Technical Rules, Policies, and Procedures, section V-B: When transferring from one LSC to another, a swimmer must present a written transfer from his previous LSC indicating his last date of competitiion in an attached status and that the swimmer was in good standing in that LSC in order to make such a transfer.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE
Fall/Winter Spring Practice is Monday through Friday from 6:00 - 7:00 pm and from 6:00 - 7:30 pm for the advanced swimmers. Summer Practice is Monday through Friday from 5:00 - 6:00 pm. Advanced swimmers will practice from 6:00 - 8:00 am, Monday through Friday.

MEETS
All swimmers are required to attend at least (2) swim meets. Brownsville Aquatics will host two meets during the year; one short course and one long course meet. Other South Texas teams throughout South Texas also host meets. The head coach will notify and distribute all meet information. Payments must be made before any swimmer can register for a meet. No refunds will be given for missed meets/events.

SWIMMING ATTIRE
Recommended swimming attire and equipment: 1. Polyester swimsuits (girls) and jammers (boys) for daily practice. (Lycra suits will not hold up with daily use, as the pool chemicals are extremely harsh). 2. Goggles        3. Swim cap

Brownsville Aquatics Family Service Hours Policy

               As a condition of your membership with Brownsville Aquatics Swim Team, it is required that each swim family dedicate a specific amount of service hours assisting the team with running meets & other activities for our swimmers. The service hour’s policy has been implemented by Brownsville Aquatics Board of Directors effective April, 2012.  

               The success of Brownsville Aquatics is dependent on the participation of all parents. We host several meets each year and some social events, all of which necessitate many hours of work.  Our Service Hours program require parents to take an active role in their child’s swimming which means each family will be responsible for the operation of our swim club. WE NEED YOU TO PARTICIPATE!

               Each active account with Brownsville Aquatics, regardless of number of swimmers registered under, is required to complete 15 service hours within one year period as explained below.  

               The Family Service Hours Program runs from January 1 to December 31 and the billing rate is $15 per hour for any time “owed” to the team as of December 31.  However, if you fulfill the hour’s requirement then no additional dollars are “owed” to the team. Also, excess hours are not carried over to the following year. Hours are earned via jobs for helping with club operations, club support, and swim meet operations. For swim meet operations, hours credited are for home meets only. Parents are expected to help with timing, officiating, and general swim meet operations at home meets.

               The primary way to earn your service hours is to sign up for jobs that are necessary to run a swim meet. Job opportunities for home swim meets are advertised on the team website prior to the beginning of each meet. An email is sent to all active accounts informing parents about upcoming swim meet with link in the body of the email to jobs sign up page. There two main jobs categories; volunteering time and purchasing/donating items required for hospitality room and/or concessions.  Every job that involves running a swim meet is accompanied by a time hour credit. Time credits for swim meet jobs vary according to the size and duration of the level of swim meet. When you log into the website and click on the event/meet you are interested in, the job opportunities will be listed for the meet as well as the time hour credit. Please contact Ruth, our Team Manager, in case of any discrepancies in number of hours credited to account.

               If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of the Board members. As noted above, the success of BAS is dependent on the participation of all parents.  We really need parents’ time and efforts. We do not want people to “owe” time at the end of December when there are so many opportunities for everyone to benefit from parental involvement. WE NEED YOU TO PARTICIPATE!