BSL Weekly Update 8/20/18

BSL Weekly Update – Monday August 20, 2018
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Practice Schedule Changes
- Upcoming Practice Changes for August 20 – September 3
Senior Elite  8/20 Returning swimmers follow August Schedule; New swimmers begin 9/4
Senior  8/20 Returning swimmers follow August Schedule; New swimmers begin 9/4
AG Performance (AGP)  8/20 Returning swimmers follow August Schedule; New swimmers begin 9/4
AG Refinement (AGR) . 8/20 Returning swimmers follow August Schedule; New swimmers begin 9/4
AG Development (AGD)  8/20 Returning swimmers follow August Schedule; New swimmers begin 9/4
AG Foundations (AGF)  8/20 Returning swimmers follow August Schedule; New swimmers begin 9/4

2018 Returning and New Swimmer Practice Schedules
Returning swimmers resume practices today.  For the practice schedule for August 20 through Labor Day please see the schedule posted in the News section of the BSL website on July 30:

New swimmers will begin practice on September 4, 2018 at Inverness Country Club. 

Any potential variations to our normal practice schedule will be minor and announced in the coming days.

Vulcan 12 & Under Championship Series
Be sure to sign up your swimmer for our first meet of the 2018-19 short course season.  All BSL 12 & Under swimmers are encouraged to participate.  Instructions on how to sign up for a meet are at the following link:

2018-19 BSL Online Registration
Registration for the upcoming swim year is available now!  All swimmers must re-register each year to be eligible to train and compete with BSL.  If you have not registered yet, please do so immediately.  Any swimmers not registered by September 1, 2018, will not be eligible to practice or compete with BSL until registration is completed and approved.

2018 LC Season Concludes
The BSL 2018 summer season officially ended this weekend after Age Group Zones wrapped up and BSL's own Mason Mathias won high point for the 15-18 boys age group. After fast swims and fun times in Auburn, Knoxville and Huntsville. We are happy to say it was a successful long course season filled with many best times, a good number of finals swims and even a 1st place finish at Southeasterns! We are very excited to dive right into the short course season later this month. As for now, enjoy your break swimmers, you have earned it. Nice job BSL

BSL Fundraising
BSL needs your help to fundraise for our newest site.  Donations are tax exempt and can be made on our website or by sending a check to the BSL office.  Every donation helps, so please be sure to reach out to friends and family as we progress towards a bright BSL future.

BSL Office and Phone Number
BSL has a new address and phone number.  Beginning June 1, our new mailing address will be: Birmingham Swim League, 600 Vestavia Parkway, Ste 125, Birmingham, AL, 35216.  Our new phone number is: 205-832-0669

Monthly Bring-A-Friend Day
BSL welcomes our swimmers to bring a friend to practice and try swimming with their BSL group.  Monthly Bring-A-Friend Day will fall on the 3rd Wednesday of every month for our AG Refinement, AG Performance, and AG Foundations groups, while Bring-A-Friend day will fall on the 3rd Tuesday of every month for our AG Development group.  With our quality locations and experienced staff, your friend(s) and family will love BSL.

Team Vendor – Swim and Tri!
There are several customizable apparel and equipment items on our Team Portal!  Swim and Tri is the official team vendor of BSL!  Swim and Tri is one of the largest and most well respected swimming equipment vendors in the country.  Make sure to check out the Swim and Tri BSL Team Portal and look for all of the great discounts.  You can access the Team Portal by clicking the Swim and Tri logo on the BSL Home Page (toward the bottom right of the page) and using our Team Code.

BSL Team Store Ordering Instructions!
Several items such as T-Shirts, caps, hoodies, and car magnets can be billed to your account through the BSL Team Store.  Items in stock will be sent to your child at swim practice.  Please send any order to Coach Michael Bottchen at  For items available through the BSL Team Store, please click the following link:

BSL Team Hotel Discounts
Be sure to check out the available discounts on our team hotel blocks for upcoming meets!  Information and links can be found on the BSL website, when logged in, under the “Meets” tab and Hotel Info link.

Mark Your Calendars! – Upcoming Events and Deadlines
Please mark your calendars for the upcoming BSL Team Events and Deadlines

July 30-3 – 2018 USAS Junior National Championship in Irvine, CA (Qualifiers)
July 31-4 – Southern Senior Zone Championship in Huntsville, AL (Qualifiers)
Sept 9 – Vulcan 12 & Under Champioship Series (JAC) in Birmingham, AL (All BSL 12 & Unders)
Sept 22-23 – BSL Sprint Into Fall Invitational at Crossplex (All BSL Swimmers)
Oct 13-14 – CMSA Vance Rose Meet in Mobile, AL (All BSL Swimmers)
Nov 2-4 – BSL Cranberry Classic Invitational at Crossplex (All BSL Swimmers)

Long Range Planning
Please note the schedule of the following events which will take place several months from now
Nov 16-17 – AHSAA High School Sectionals (P/F) at Crossplex (High School Qualifiers)
Nov 30-2 – TBA in TBA (Non-High School State Swimmers)
Nov 30-1 – AHSAA High School State Championship at Auburn, AL (High School Qualifiers)
Dec 2 – Auburn Invite at Auburn, AL (High School Qualifiers)
Dec 5-8 – Speedo Winter Junior Nationals in Greensboro, NC (Qualifiers)
Jan 5 – Vulcan 12 & Under Championship Series (BSL) at Crossplex (All BSL 12 & Unders)
Jan 18-20 – MTS Gabby Rose Invite (P/F) in Memphis, TN (All BSL Swimmers)
Feb 22-24 – 2018 SC Southeastern Championship (P/F) in Huntsville, AL (Qualifiers)
Mar 1-3 – Southern Open (P/F) in Auburn, AL (All Groups)
Mar 14-17 – ESSZ Age Group Sectionals in TBA (14 & Under Qualifiers)
Mar 19-23 – NCSA Junior National Championship (P/F) in Orlando, FL (Qualifiers)

BSL Birthdays in August!
1 – Cailyn Kelly (13)
15 – John Lacy (13)
25 – Emerson Schneider (11)
29 – Aiden Bayne (13)

Get USA Swimming DeckPass Program for FREE!
The deck pass program for USA Swimming members has some great new features for all BSL swimmers.  This is a great way to keep track of times and set goals.  You can sign up for FREE at the USA Swimming website by clicking the following link:

OnDeck App
Be sure to download the OnDeck App by TeamUnify to your smartphones, as well as update your SMS phone number and carrier on your BSL account.  BSL Administrators use these methods to help distribute important or urgent information when necessary, in addition to our usual methods of email, social media, and BSL News section updates.  The OnDeck app is available on iOS and Android devices, use your BSL account info to log in!