May 31, 2016
Dear Braddock Heights Swimmers & Parents,
Welcome to the 2016 Summer Swim Season! For those of you who are new to the team, my name is Holly Brown and I am the Head Coach of the team this year. I’m fortunate to be joined by Assistant Head Coach Robby Tucker. We will be assisted by returning coaches Raegan Corcoran and Reilly Caldwell. Coaching for the first time are long-time Braddock swimmers and former Junior Coaches Kayla Burgess and Elise Wilson. This is an exceptional coaching staff. I am really looking forward to another positive and fun swimming season.
The Braddock Heights Swim Team offers a unique opportunity for kids to enjoy swimming competitively with other kids in their community. Our goal is to help every swimmer learn something while having fun with friends. Overall, the coaches plan to make the team fun and focused on technical skills. Of course we will work hard and try to win meets, but our goal is to help each swimmer be the best they can be, whether that means making the All-Star Meet or doing a legal breaststroke kick. If swimmers want to begin swimming competitively year-round, I plan to provide them with the tools they will need to make that transition in a safe and fun environment. We want them to learn to love swimming. It is a special thing to be a Braddock Heights Barracuda.
The season starts with evening practices at the Middletown High School pool. Once school is out, all of the practices will be at the Braddock Heights pool. The morning practices are set up so the younger swimmers swim first, then the older swimmers. Evening practices are offered only for those who miss the morning practice because of a schedule conflict, such as a camp. Swimmers must sign up for these practices in advance so we can provide adequate coaching coverage. On Fridays, we will have Fun Friday. We’ll have a little practice, then a time for the swimmers to enjoy an activity with their group. This year, we have some fun things planned on Fridays to get swimmers excited about the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio. One change you should be aware of this year is that most of our Spirit Events will take place at the Middletown Park pavilion rather than the Braddock pavilion. You will receive information as we go, but this is a significant change from past years.
Swim meets are on Saturday mornings beginning June 18. Every swimmer is expected to swim in the meets that they are able to attend. Meets are great opportunities for the kids to see their improvement from week to week. If a swimmer meets a qualifying time standard, they may also swim in the All-Star Meet on July 30. It’s easy to sign up for meets on our online team website at http://www.teamunify.com/recfsbhb/ . This is where most team communication will happen during the season. This is also where swimmers may choose their meet events, and parents sign up to volunteer. This year our team is hosting THREE home meets, including the Divisional Meet, at Middletown High School. It will take all of our families volunteering to help make these meets a success. Mark your calendars for these meets on June 25, July 9 & July 23.
If you ever need to contact me with questions or suggestions, you may talk to me before or after any practice. I can also be reached via TeamUnify or my email, [email protected]. .
I look forward to seeing you all at the pool!