The U.S. Swimming year runs from September through July.
BAT swimmers generally contract with the team for the full year. There are occasional openings to participate during the Long Course season only. This option is sometimes chosen by swimmers who have participated on another team and want to join a U.S. team mid-year.
From September through March swimmers practice and compete in 25 yard pools, also known as "short course." The team competes in 8-12 meets. We "peak" in February and March for championship season.
The "Long Course" season follows after a one week break in late March and runs through July. Meets are held in 50 meter pools in May through July. Championship season is in late July and early August.