Summer 2018 Tryout Dates
Monday, June 25 - 6:30pm
Monday, July 23 - 6:30pm
Wednesday, August 1 - 5:45pm
Tuesday, September 4 - 5:45pm
Please review and complete the following forms:
TRYOUT / EVALUATION FORM
These forms along with a non-refundable check for $50.00 payable to Berkeley Aquatic Club should be handed to the coaches prior to your tryout.
Should your athlete(s) be offered a place in the competitive program, in order to accept, there will be a 48 hour period in which to complete the online registration process.
Tryouts/Evaluations will be held at:
Berkeley Aquatic Club, 629 Central Avenue, New Providence. NJ 07074
Tryout Location: BAC Center of Excellence 629 Central Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07974
*Take Your Mark *Streaks *Snappers *Blues *Dolphins *Juniors *Seniors
Welcome to the Berkeley Aquatic Club team tryouts. All of us at the Club hope that your experience tonight will help to place your child in an appropriate group within our team structure. Not everyone will make the team but we should be able to advise you as to steps that will enhance the possibility of making it in the future. Please take every opportunity to speak with Club representatives, current athletes, parents and coaches.
In 1989, the Berkeley Swim School was developed to teach children to swim in a safe and fun environment. Since those early days, the Swim School has evolved to address competitive as well as non-competitive issues and needs in the field of aquatics. Many of our team coaches are involved in the Swim School and there continues to be great pride in advancing students to the ranks of our team. Brochures are available throughout the building for this year round program.
There will be no more spring tryouts during the year for the team, rather we will look to the Swim School to fill vacancies. Openings in the Swim School are posted in the pool area at the registration desk.
BAC offers a fully comprehensive package with professionals handling the needs of the athletes on a daily basis. The BAC Age Group Program is designed to develop aerobic conditioning through stroke drills and repetition with the primary emphasis focused upon developing sound stroke mechanics. Coaches provide consistent feedback, therefore all the instruction that the athletes need are found within the BAC program. There is an expectation that athletes arrive at practice prepared to focus, listen and learn. One on one, "private lessons” outside the BAC's practice schedule are considered a conflict of interest. BAC does not offer private lessons to athletes from other programs nor does the Berkeley Swim School offer private lessons to athletes within the BAC program. Athletes will have an opportunity to grow and flourish in the BAC program from the consistency of instruction from the BAC coaches. For any further clarification, athletes / families should approach the BAC Coach for that athlete.
The following are offered as minimal guidelines for the Berkeley Aquatic Club team programs. These guidelines are applicable for all BAC locations.
Take Your Marks (ages 6 - 8) Swimmers are at the Intermediate level: bilateral breathing, continuous backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, streamlines, and somersaults. Students have a good attitude at the tryout and are willing to try all strokes. Candidates will swim one length (25 yards) of each stroke and will be judged on speed and efficiency. Recommended classes: Advanced Beginner or Intermediate.
Streaks (ages 7 - 10) Swimmers are at the Intermediate level: All four competitive strokes are done legally with turns: good starts with streamlines and bilateral breathing freestyle. Students have been involved with competitive swimming and are knowledgeable about the basics of the sport. Candidates will swim two lengths (50 yards) of each stroke and will be judged on speed and efficiency. Recommended classes: Advanced Beginner, Intermediate.
Snappers (ages 8 - 11) Swimmers are at or above the Intermediate level. All four competitive strokes are done legally with turns; good starts with streamlines, and bilateral breathing freestyle. Students have been involved with competitive swimming and are knowledgeable about the basics of the sport. Candidates will swim two lengths (50 yards) of each stroke and will be judged on speed and efficiency. Recommended classes: Intermediate.
Blues (age 11 - 13) Swimmers are at or above the Intermediate/Young Adult A level. Bilateral breathing freestyle, continuous backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, streamlines and flip turns. Students have a good attitude at tryouts and are willing to participate in all four competitive strokes. Candidates will swim two lengths (50 yards) of each stroke and will be judged on speed and efficiency. Recommended Class: Intermediate/Young Adults.
Dolphins (age 13 - 18) Swimmers are at or above the Young Adult A level. Bilateral breathing freestyle, continuous backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, streamlines and flip turns. Students have a good attitude at tryouts and are willing to participate in all four competitive strokes. Candidates will swim two lengths (50 yards) of each stroke and will be judged on speed and efficiency. Recommended Class: Young Adults.
Juniors (ages 10 - 18) Serious, Gold level swimmers who have achieved success at local levels and in USA meets. Recommended groups or classes: Snappers, Blues, Dolphins, and Intermediate/Young Adults.
Seniors (age 13 – 18) Elite swimmers with serious regional, national, and international goals in mind. Recommended groups: Juniors, Dolphins or Blues group.
Days of Practices: Please check our web site - www.berkeleyaquaticclub.com CLICK ON ATHLETE INFO > AGE GROUP INFO
BAC AGE GROUP PROGRAMS:
Take Your Mark: Tuesday and Thursday OR Monday and Wednesday
Streaks: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Snappers: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Blues: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Dolphins: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Coaches: Tristan Formon, Dan Dougher, Anna Barry, Meredith Formon, Kevin Petto, Eric Fucito, Hank Buntin, Marlene Curtis, Elissa Ryan, Kevin Mahoney, Sam Petersen
SENIOR AND JUNIOR GROUP PROGRAMS (BAC and NPCP):
Juniors: Monday – Saturday
Seniors: Monday – Saturday
Coaches: Jim Wood, Tristan Formon, Sam Petersen, Paul Hansen, Hank Buntin
Tryout Registration Instructions: Please register online through the "BAC Swim Team Tryout" tab on the homepage, where you will find registration instructions, forms and program information. At that time, you will be required to pay a $50 NON REFUNDABLE tryout fee, payable only by credit card. If your athlete is accepted to the team and you decide to join, you will be billed $62 USA Swimming registration fee (or $5 transfer fee) and prorated fees based on start date.
Typically swimmers are notified either by email or phone by one of the coaches within 48 hours regarding their placement. Swimmers who are not accepted will have the option of enrolling in one of our many swim school programs. If you have an 8 & under athlete, please indicate your preference as to schedule: (This will apply only is placed into the TYM group only)
1. Mon/Wed Only 2. Tues/Thurs Only 3. 1st Choice M/W 4. 1st Choice T/Th
If the TYM group fills for one schedule, 8 & Under athletes trying out may be offered an opportunity to choose another schedule.
For additional info, check out our web site: www.berkeleyaquaticclub.com or contact BSA Communications firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions about the program BerkeleyTryouts@gmail.com
For questions related to fees or registration, please contact BSACommunications@berkeleyaquaticclub.com.