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Bear Bulletin
11 May 2014
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B E A R B R A N C H S W I M T E A M
Upcoming Events
5/16 NO PRACTICE
5/16 Individual & Team Photos 4-6p
5/16 Pep Rally at Pool 6-8p
5/17 BBST vs. Fall Creek
5/19-22 Stroke Clinics ($10 per stroke)
5/24 Kings River vs. BBST
5/26 NO PRACTICE
5/31 Trailwood vs. BBST
6/6 NO PRACTICE
6/7 BBST vs. Woodland Hills
6/8-9 Summer Champs
6/9 Morning Practice Begins
6/11 NO PRACTICE
6/11 Swim-A-Thon (7-10:30a)
6/12 Bowling (10 & Under)
6/14 Mills Branch vs. BBST
www.BearBranchSwimTeam.com
You MUST COMMIT or DECLINE YOUR SWIMMER
by NOON on TUESDAY for this SATURDAY!S
MEET.
If you don!t, your swimmer WILL NOT BE
ENTERED INTO THE MEET!
Deep End is Off Limits During Meets
Parents and Team Parents,
PLEASE keep your
swimmers out of the deep
end during swim meets!


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Stroke Clinic
If you would like your swimmer to receive extra coaching and
practice on a particular stroke, go to the BBST website, sign in,
and sign them up under the Events tab at the bottom of the home
page. The cost is $10 per stroke, and only a small amount of
swimmers will be allowed each day.
Monday, 19 May Freestyle/Backstroke
Tuesday, 20 May Butterfly
Wednesday, 21 May Breaststroke
Thursday, 22 May Starts/Turns

Cash or checks will be accepted. The
clinics run from 7:15-7:45 p.m. on each day.
Unless you are
handicapped, please,
please, please DO NOT
PARK in the handicapped
parking spots at the Bear
Branch pool.
Parking in the parking lot of the
Bear Branch pool during a home
meet is not allowed EXCEPT
for those who display the correct
Parking Pass and for the
handicapped.
OPEN Board Positions
Please consider serving on the BBST Board next year. The
following positions will be open:
President
1
st
Vice President
2
nd
Vice President
Treasurer
If you are interested in running for one of those positions,
contact Patty Livingston or Paul Maxey.


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Meet Warm-Up Times
Home Meets 7: 00 a. m.
Away Meets 7: 30 a. m.
Pl ease be there ON TI ME and READY TO SWI M! On
time means be on deck in swimsuit, cap, and goggles no
less than 15 minutes before warm-ups begin.
Also, make sure that you circle your swimmer on the roster.
If they are not marked by 7:30 a.m., they will be removed
from all events.
If you are volunteering at that meet, you must sign yourself
in. If you dont, you will not be given credit for your time.
We need beverage donations to sell
and at the swim meets! Please
donate Coke products and Gatorade
(12 oz. only). THANKS!
How to Sign Up to Receive BBST Text Msgs
If you would like to receive text messages regarding important BBST
announcements, please following these steps:
1. On the BBST website, sign in and click My Account on the left-hand
pane. More choices will display underneath the heading.
2. Click on My Account. The Billing Account Configuration window displays.
3. Under the Account Info tab, click the Add SMS button. A New Text
Messaging Device pop-up window displays.
4. Enter your Cell Number into the field.
5. Select your Cell Carrier from the drop-down box.
6. Click the Send button. A Verify New Text Messaging Address pop-up window displays with
instructions.
7. Enter the Verification Code that you received as a text message into the field.
8. Click the Verify button. Your phone number now appears in the list as verified.


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2014 BBST Meet Schedule
17 May: BBST vs. Fall Creek
31 May: Trailwood vs. BBST

07 June: BBST vs. Woodland Hills

08 June: Summer Champs (10 & Under)
24 May: Kings River vs. BBST
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28-29 June: All-Stars & Ponderosa
Other Important Dates
Swim-a-Thon
Wed., 11 June from 7-10:30a
Bonding Events
Thurs., 12 June Bowling (10 & Under)
Tues., 17 June Scavenger Hunt (11 & Up)
Banquet
Sun., 22 June 5-8p
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14 June: Mills Branch vs. BBST
09 June: Summer Champs (11 & Up)


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Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a team swimsuit?
No, however, an appropriate swimsuit is required. Last
year!s suit will do, but if you need a new one, be sure to
attend the Suit Fitting Sale on Tuesday, 29 April at the
pool. We will have suits available, as well as goggles and
caps. Don!t forget your checkbook!

Do Bears swim in the rain?
You bet! Unless there is thunder or lightning, practice will
be held. Always check the website for updates on
practices. We will also send an email or text if you have
verified your cell number on the website.

When can I talk to a coach?
Please refrain from talking with the coaches during
practices. Often your questions can be answered by
Regina Ives, Sandra Trotti, or another veteran parent.
Our coaches are happy to talk with you after practice, or
send them an email, and they!ll get back to you ASAP.




What are Time Trials?
We run a practice meet early in the season so that
swimmers (and parents) can see how everything works
and experience our system. Every 12 and Under swimmer
participating will be asked to swim 4 events at Time Trials
(freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly), following
the order of events in a real meet. 10 and Under swim 1
length of each stroke (25 meters); 11 and Over swim 2
lengths of each stroke (50 meters). 9 and Over also swim
the 100 IM. If your swimmer is new at some of the strokes,
just encourage them to try it and do their best. This also
allows the coaches to assess the individual swimmers in
order to plan the line up for our first league meet.

How do I sign up for a meet?
You must declare your swimmer EVERY week by
Tuesday! Sign into the BBST website. On the home page
toward the bottom is a section called Events. Find the meet
you want to attend and click Attend/Decline or Edit
Commitment. Select your swimmer under the Member
Name column, and select Yes or No from the Declaration
drop-down. Click Save Changes. You have now declared
your swimmer.

How do I sign up for Service Hours?
Sign into the BBST website. On the home page toward the
bottom is a section called Events. Click Job Signup next to
the event for which you want to volunteer and follow the
instructions on the page. Please refer to the BBST website
to review the Service Hour Requirements.

Make sure that you sign in as soon as you get to the meet
at the Service Hours sign-in table so we know you have
arrived. This is the best way to ensure you get credit for
your shift.

BBST Board Members Contact Information
Parents, we ask that you stay off the
pool deck during practice. PLEASE do
not sit in the lounge or deck chairs or at
the tables around the pool. Remain
outside the gate during practices,
PLEASE! This is for the safety of our
swimmers.
President Regina Ives
ives@kingwoodcable.net
1
st
Vice President Sandy Trotti
sdtrotti@kingwoodcable.net
2
nd
Vice President Todd Marler
Todd.marler@ge.com
NWAL Rep Laura Roberts
lauralynroberts@yahoo.com
Coach Liaison Emily James
Emilyb25@hotmail.com
Secretary Julie Crump
juliecrump@cebridge.net
Treasurer Amanda Bass
Amandabass3@gmail.com
Website:
www.BearBranchSwimTeam.com


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How Parents Can Help Their Swimmer
1. Get to the meet on time. On time means be on deck in
swimsuit, cap, and goggles no less than 15 minutes
before warm-ups begin. This is very important, since
your swimmer needs to be warmed up to get the
maximum effort from their muscles and to prevent
injury. We also want the team to warm-up together. It
is nearly impossible to do a separate warm-up for your
swimmer when they are late.
2. Make sure you and your swimmer check in when
you arrive at the meet. Check-in sheets will be posted
in a common location at the meet. Either highlight or
circle your swimmers name and check all posted
sheets, as sometimes names are listed on more than
one form. If you are running behind or cannot find the
facility PHONE A FRIEND so we can check your
swimmer in before they take the sign-in sheets down.
3. Have your swimmer relax between events. Do not
allow your swimmer to run around in between events,
as this will tire your swimmer out and they will not be
ready for the next event. Bring something to keep
them occupied and rested (i.e., books, games, cards,
hand held games). Supervision of your child is your
responsibility at all times unless they are on
deck with the coach.
4. Food and drink is also an important staple at
the swim meet. Bring plenty of high-
carbohydrate type foods. Yogurt, fruits,
crackers, pretzels, cheese, and breakfast bars are
just some of the suggested foods to pack. A
sports drink or plain water is suggested for
hydration.
5. Do not leave the meet before it is over
without checking with your swimmers coach.
Your swimmer may be needed on a relay.
6. Bring chairs and blankets for you and your
swimmer to sit on.
7. If, at any time, you have questions regarding
your swimmers event, please talk to the coach.
Feel free to network with other parents, ask
questions, and share information. Above all,
relax and enjoy your swimmers performance.
8. Attend the Pep Rallies!
If your swimmer is not
signed in by 7:30 a.m. the
day of the meet, you will
be removed from all
events.


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