Special info re the meet

Hey Coaches,

If it is raining outside during the meet tomorrow we will have available seating inside the branch.

For the morning session we will be using half of the basketball court for seating. Please please please remind swimmers and parents that swimmers need to be COMPLETELY dry before going onto the court. If you could designate one parent from each team to monitor that for the team I would greatly appreciate it. We will also have a couple of volunteers monitoring that as well. We will have a white board in the gym that will display the current event in the water to keep everyone in the gym informed.

For the afternoon session we will be using the Teen Center and Functional Training Room in the back of the YMCA. It does get cold back there so remind swimmers to bring appropriate clothing. We will have the ready bench set up in the FTR. They will be taking swimmers out that back door and into the pool through the back double doors.

We ask that swimmers and parents travel through the locker rooms to get to the pool, gym, teen center and FTR. Once again please remind swimmers they need to completely dry off before going to the gym, teen center and FTR.

Thank You Coaches!

If you have any questions let me know!

Coppell aquatics director


Meet Entries – Please check ASAP!

Hi Barracudas! Please check these and let me know if something doesn’t seem right. Remember, I could only do one relay per age group and made it our fastest relay for that age group to see how we would place in the national virtual meet.

I’m looking forward to the day.

See you at the pool!

Coach Bug


Celebrating the Lipp family

Join us for an evening to celebrate the Lipp family and thank them for all that they have done for us. The Y will provide hot dogs, buns, condiments, water, and a cake.

We are asking families to bring ice and coolers for the group to use. Please bring your own sides and drinks for your family.

We need a headcount as soon as possible, so please RSVP here on the signup genius.

(Edit:  I have been informed the Y has ice, so for those that have offered to bring ice, it’s optional.  We would still like the coolers.)

Date: 10/20/2018 (Sat.)

Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm CDT

Location: Benbrook YMCA


Upcoming Officials Level 1 Class

A new Level 1 officials class has been setup for all those that are interested in getting involved more in the meets.  It will be Saturday, October 20th, from 8-12 (while the morning session is swimming) a the Coppell Y.

We would like to see parents of all age groups there, but we really need parents of the 10 and unders to step up into an officials roll.  We are required to provide officials for both sessions and as the kids age up, we need to back fill those spots.

I can provide the link to sign up as soon as it is available.


Lap-A-Thon Individual Fundraising Link

Attached is a spreadsheet with all of our swimmers who are registered for the month of October. Each has an individual fundraising link. If donors are making one time gifts (not per lap gifts), they can use the individual link to make a donation anytime between now and 10/22. If they are making a per lap gift, they can use the individual link to make their donation after the actual Lap-A-Thon! If they are making a per lap gift, we will need the swimmer to turn in their paper with the person’s name and amount per lap. They can turn in on 10/22.

This should be much better than last year! There will also be a swim team specific thank you email that is generated after a gift is made. We will follow up with mailed letters as well.

If a swimmer wants their individual picture changed (right now everyone’s pic is the team pic), they can just email me and I will update it for them.

Thank you!

Jacquelyn B. Kotar

Operations Director

Association Aquatics Specialist


1899 Winscott Road, Benbrook, TX 76126

(P) 817-249-0500

(E) JKotar (W) www.ymcafw.org

The Y: We’re for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Swim Team Fundraising Links.xls

October events at the Pool

· Floating Pumpkin Patch – Saturday, October 13, 2p-4p – Swim with pumpkins from 2p-3p and Decorate your pumpkin from 3p-4p! This event is $5/pumpkin

· Lap-A-Thon – Monday, October 22 (info sent to you earlier)

· Annual Trunk or Treat – Friday, October 26, 6p-9p – This event is free to the community and will be going on during swim team practice! The swimmers are welcome to stay, but please note that parking will only be available down by the baseball fields and that the pool patio will be in use for the event.

· Halloween Practices! Wear a costume you can get wet!

Blue Groups: Monday, October 29

Purple and Orange Groups: Tuesday, October 30

Yellow Group: Wednesday, October 31

· (There will be no afternoon practices Wednesday on the 31st)

2nd Annual Barracuda Lap-A-Thon!!

Last year was our first year hosting a Barracuda Lap-A-Thon! The event was extremely successful and raised over $8,000 benefiting several Barracudas who otherwise would not be able to participate on swim team! As last year was the first year, we realized some things that could have been done differently, specifically on the communication with donors side of things. Thanks for your patience as we worked through those hiccups. We’ve learned a lot for our 2018 Lap-A-Thon and plan to make the following changes:
Each swimmer will receive a fundraising link where their sponsors can donate online before or after the event. Anyone who does not donate through the link will receive a paper invoice in the mail after the event.

Thank you letters for sponsors will be specific to the Barracuda Swim Team and all of the great ways the funds raised will benefit swimmers of the team.

2018 Lap-A-Thon.pdf

Head Coach Search

Hello Swim Team Parents! Although we are heartbroken over the news of Coach Bug and the Lipp family moving to Longview, I’m anxious to bring in the best candidate possible to lead our team into 2019 and beyond. I’m looking for a few invested parent volunteers who would be interested in joining a search committee for Coach Bug’s replacement. In short the committee would assist with the following:

· Providing our interview panel with a clear vision of what they are looking for in a swim team coach.

· Meeting and greeting potential candidates for the Head Coach Position.

· Assist in welcoming the new Head Coach to the team.

If you are interested in assisting with the above, please email me (Jacquelyn) by Friday. Thank you!

Jacquelyn B. Kotar

Operations Director

Association Aquatics Specialist


1899 Winscott Road, Benbrook, TX 76126

(P) 817-249-0500

(E) JKotar (W) www.ymcafw.org

October 20 Meet Info!

Hi Barracudas! I’m excited about our October meet – it’s coming soon! This meet is special because it’s two meets in one: a Dallas League meet like usual; but it’s also a "virtual" national meet where our kids get to compete virtually against many other Ys all over the country. We’ve done this the past couple of years and I’ve always been really encouraged about how we do nationally. (Reminder, for our older swimmers, it is also a required meet for anyone wanting to qualify for the YMCA Short Course Nationals meet.)

The meet information is attached below. Please read carefully. This meet is also special because it’s the Lipps last one with the Barracudas. =( We would love for as many of you to come as are able.

Please make sure you fill out and submit the google doc entry form by Monday the 15th by 5:00pm.

See you at the pool!

Coach Bug

Y_CPY_20OCT18 virtual.pdf

Team Meeting Announcement

Hi Barracuda family. For those of you who were unable to make the team meeting today, I wanted to let you know what the announcement was. I wish I could sit down with each of you to let you know. It is with tears that I write this…

My family and I will be moving to Longview, TX in November. I will no longer be able to coach the Barracudas. My plan is to continue coaching through the month of October. We love this team and this Y. It has been some of the greatest 7 years of our lives. It’s been so SO much more than just a swim team. “Deeper than the pool.” You all are the reason we have stayed here in Fort Worth for as long as we have. And even now it wasn’t our plan to have to leave. We do believe however that God has good plans for us, and for each of you. It will be with very heavy hearts that we will say goodbye. Even in the sadness though we are excited about our next step. Chris, my husband (Mr. Bug as many of you affectionately call him!), will be the lead pastor at Hope Fellowship Church in Longview. He was made for that and I’m thankful for the opportunity.

Jacquelyn and I will be working hard to find a highly qualified person to take over as head coach, to continue to build this Barracuda family towards fun and excellence, and family. My assistant coaches will continue on being as excellent as ever. I’m so proud of them.

If you’re the praying sort, please be praying for us, and specifically our kids, as we make this transition. If you have any questions about the coach search Jacquelyn said you can definitely feel free to contact her.

I’m really excited about what we all still get to experience together even in this month of October. I’ll look forward to our meet on the 20th, and especially to our Lap a Thon on October 22, and for our Halloween practices which are always a blast.

Thank you so much to all of you for making this such an incredible seven years. Parents, you really are the greatest parents that any coach has ever gotten to work with. You have made my job so much easier, and I know that that is a VERY rare thing. Swimmers, I cannot even begin to tell you how much each of you mean to me. You make me laugh. You make me crazy sometimes. =) I could not be more proud of you. Thanks for letting me be your coach.

See you at the pool, for a little while more,

Coach Bug