BSL Weekly Update 11/13/18

Nov 13, 2018

BSL Weekly Update – Tuesday November 13, 2018
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Practice Schedule Changes
- Upcoming Practice Changes for November 13 – November 25
Senior Elite  Thanksgiving Practice Schedule (TBA) Nov 21-24
Senior Thanksgiving Practice Schedule (TBA) Nov 21-24
AG Performance (AGP) - Thanksgiving Practice Schedule (TBA) Nov 21-24
AG Refinement (AGR) . Thanksgiving Practice Schedule (TBA) Nov 21-24
AG Development (AGD)  Thanksgiving Practice Schedule (TBA) Nov 21-24
AG Foundations (AGF)  Thanksgiving Practice Schedule (TBA) Nov 21-24

If you have not yet ordered your swimmer’s recommended equipment, please do so as soon as possible.  BSL practices use equipment to help teach and develop our swimmers.  All recommended equipment is available from our team vendor, Swim and Tri.  Remember to use the Team Portal and use the code BSL to get access to equipment packages and discounts, and please remember to use equipment made by our team sponsor, TYR.  Recommended equipment for each group is available under the “Parents” section of our website and below:
Age Group Foundations Recommended Equipment: Water Bottle, Kickboard, Fins, Mesh Bag, Backpack
Age Group Development Recommended Equipment: Water Bottle, Kickboard, Fins, Mesh Bag, Backpack
Age Group Refinement Recommended Equipment: Water Bottle, Kickboard, Fins, Mesh Bag, Backpack, Warm Up Jacket, Pull Buoy
Age Group Performance Recommended Equipment: Water Bottle, Kickboard, Fins, Mesh Bag, Backpack, Warm Up Jacket, Pull Buoy, Hand Paddles
Senior Recommended Equipment: Water Bottle, Kickboard, Fins, Mesh Bag, Backpack, Warm Up Jacket, Pull Buoy, Hand Paddles, Snorkel, Parachute
Senior Elite Recommended Equipment: Water Bottle, Kickboard, Fins, Mesh Bag, Backpack, Warm Up Jacket, Pull Buoy, Hand Paddles, Snorkel, Parachute

BSL Needs Officials!
BSL offers several home meets to our athletes to encourage competition and lessen the expense on families that would otherwise have to travel out of town for competition.  In order to host these competitions, BSL needs the time and effort of our families to volunteer their time and expertise for a successful swim meet.  One of our biggest needs at this time is USAS Officials!  We encourage ALL BSL parents to visit the new “Become a BSL Offical” page on our website as soon as possible.  Our coaches believe that once you see the ease and benefits of becoming an official, you’ll be eager to sign up!

Information is available at the following link:

Fan Cloth Ordering
The Fan Cloth Fundraiser closed on October 6. Thanks to all of you for participating. It will take Fan Cloth 2 to 3 weeks to get the order processed. As soon as we receive the shipment, we will contact parents to determine the best way to get your merchandise to you. I know some of you have ordered items to hold until Christmas, birthdays, etc.

BSL Becomes A TYR Sponsored Team!
BSL has partnered with TYR to support our meets and athletes!  TYR is rapidly becoming the premiere swimming developer and pro athlete sponsor in the world, including recently signed pro athletes such as Katie Ledecky and Simone Manuel.  Through our partnership with TYR, we will be able to offer discounts and benefits to our membership and BSL hosted meets.

Discounted TYR gear is available through our Team Vendor, Swim and Tri, via the Swim and Tri logo on the “Sponsors” section of our website.  Items range from the highest quality performance suits to long-lasting training suits and gear.  As a bonus, items purchased through the BSL team portal of Swim and Tri often include the BSL logo, helping our swimmers, parents, and fans recognize the BSL Family.  We ask that all athletes and families purchase TYR items through the Swim and Tri page, as both TYR and Swim and Tri support our program on a regular basis.

This does not mean that you need to replace all of your recently purchased suits, attire, and gear, no matter what brand they are.  What we do ask is when they need replacement in the future you will use TYR products through the Swim and Tri logo and BSL Team Portal.  Additional gear and discounts will be available at our hosted meets with Swim and Tri in attendance.  Please support our sponsors that help support BSL athletes!

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, or the BSL Sponsor Page.  REMEMBER all purchases through our Swim and Tri page go towards the benefit of Birmingham Swim League!

BSL Team Store Ordering Instructions!
Several items such as T-Shirts, caps, jackets, 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

Nov 16-17 – AHSAA High School Sectionals (P/F) at Crossplex (High School Qualifiers)
Nov 30-1 – AHSAA High School State Championship at Auburn, AL (High School Qualifiers)
Nov 30-2 – SWAT Nightmare Before Christmas Meet in Tupelo, MS (Non-High School State Qualifiers)
Dec 2 – Auburn Invite at Auburn, AL (High School Qualifiers)
Dec 5-8 – Speedo Winter Junior Nationals in Greensboro, NC (Qualifiers)

Long Range Planning
Please note the schedule of the following events which will take place several months from now
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 November!
1 – Brice Thompson (12)
2 – Jacob Hollis (12), Jackson Guyton (7)
5 – Zoharis Hernandez Diaz (11)
11 – Abby Whatley (9)
19 – Adeline Carroll (16)
29 – Peyton Wood (14)

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:

BSL Swim and Tri Team Portal
BSL Team Sponsor TYR

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!