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March 24 Meet info!

Hi Barracudas! I hope you’re enjoying Spring Break! We have one more meet before our Spring Championship meet in April! The info is attached. Please read carefully and use the google doc (Swim Meet Entry Form) found at the top of the page in the Meet Info/Entry tab to submit your entries. Entries are due next Monday (the 19th) by 5:00pm! I didn’t get to go to the last one with you all so I’m super pumped about this one! It will give us one last chance to get some good swims in before Spring Champs.

See you at the pool!

Coach Bug



Meet Entries for Highland Park H.S. Meet

Hi Barracudas! Here are the entries for the meet Saturday. Please look at them ASAP. If you thought you signed up but don’t see your swimmer here, please contact me ASAP! As we look towards Spring Champs in April and Lone Star in July, I check to make sure your swimmers have current times in each event, so some of the swimmers who have been with us for awhile, you may see that I’ve changed some of your preferred events for this meet.

I am also attaching a report of your swimmer’s top times as of the last meet.

See you at the pool!

Coach Bug



February 24 meet info!

Hi Barracudas! It’s about time for another meet! ALL Barracudas are eligible and encouraged to attend! This one will be at Highland Park High School. Please read the attached information carefully and then go to the meet info/entry tab of the blog to send in an entry form.

It’s a joy to coach your kids!

See you at the pool!

Coach Bug

Highland Park Meet 24Feb18 (pdf)


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More on our first hosted Dallas League Meet

Barracuda Parents,
We are finally hosting our first Dallas league meet. There’s has been quite a bit of planning going into this on the back end and now it’s showtime.
There is going to be a change in times. The morning session will still start warm ups at 9:30, but the meet will start at 10 instead of 10:15. So being on time for warm-ups is important.
The afternoon session will be pushed back by 30 minutes. Warm-up will start at 12:45 and the meet will start at 1:30. There was a larger response to the morning session than we anticipated. The good news is that each session is less than 3 hours.
We will need a multitude of volunteers Saturday, and maybe a few Friday.
Places we need people for morning and afternoon sessions. If you can participate in both session with us (even if it is a session that you don’t have kids participating in), your help is greatly appreciated. We would like to show the Dallas league what we can do.
  • 1. Officials-we have a few, but if you are able, we could use you in a white shirt. Ron Hackney and Mike Rhodes will be helping run the meet and clerk of course table, so we need a few of you that got certified last summer to suit up.
  • 2. We will need folks for the ready bench. 1 or 2 in the AM to direct the older kids (they won’t need to sit at the ready bench, it’s more to answer questions and hunt down missing swimmers) and more in the PM sessions to help herd the younger. We also have 25’s so kids will need to be led to the far end of the pool.
  • 3. We need 1 or 2 folks in hospitality each session. Helping to keep it clean, keeping swimmers out of the food, etc.
  • 4. We will need 1 or 2 at the concession stand each session. There will be a Y employee there as well.
  • 5. Runners–2 or 3 each session. These folks will pick up lane timer sheets and Dq’s, run water to timers and officials, etc.
  • And last but not least, we will always need timers. We have 8 lines, but luckily, we have touchpads in at this pool and we will only need 2 timers per lane as well as 2 head timers.
So here a few other things we need:
Just like over the summer, we need some coolers and ice for the waters. Madel has offered to anyone bringing a cooler to meet you at the Y (I would guess around 7) to let you fill the cooler with ice from the Y.
Also, all the items from the concession stand will need to be picked up Friday night and brought to the meet Saturday morning. I think an SUV or pickup should suffice.
Thank you all in advance for what you do.

Saturday Entries – please check!!

Hello Barracuda family! Have I mentioned that I’m excited about the meet Saturday? It’s going to be great. Thanks to those of you who have already offered to volunteer! Still details to come on that.

Please check these entries. If you thought you signed up but don’t see your name, let me know ASAP. Yes, I changed some events. The idea for the younger swimmers is to try some different events. The idea for the older swimmers is to have updated times in all events. I will never put a swimmer in an event that I know they are not ready for. So if I put your child in an event that you didn’t sign up for, you can know that I believe they are ready.

See you at the pool!

Coach Bug

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January 27 meet!! OUR meet!!

Hi Barracudas! I’m very excited about the meet on Saturday, January 27th! WE are hosting it!! It will be our first meet hosted for the Dallas League! We hosted two this summer for the Forth Worth League at our pool at Westside, but this will be the first time we’ve hosted for the Dallas League. You parents TOTALLY rocked the meets we hosted this summer and we are going to need you to be your amazing selves again for this one! =) Ron or Chris or I will send out a signup sheet for volunteers for that day. We will need more volunteers than normal meets as there will be some extra jobs other than just timing.

We are using the the Grapevine/Colleyville ISD Swim Center – it’s an excellent venue. The morning session will be for 11&ups and will be ONLY for YMCA members – so if your swimmer is on the team and is also a Y member, we need you there! (It must be for Y members only because YMCA National Swimming requires that our swimmers who qualify for the National meet do a few meets that are “closed” to only Y members). The afternoon session is for EVERYONE on the team who is 12 or younger. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A Y MEMBER TO ATTEND THE AFTERNOON SESSION, and this one is different in that if you are 11 or 12, you may do the afternoon session or the morning session.

Please read the attached meet info carefully. And be on the lookout for volunteer info!

See you at the pool!

Coach Bug

Jan 27 BCCY Meet 2018.pdf


Pool Heater

Hi Barracuda family! I want to thank you all for your understanding and patience during this time as we try to get the pool fixed and back in proper working order. The dectron (the big red pipes) had not been working for awhile and that is what caused all of the humidity to be in the air. That humidity took its toll on the lights, pace clock, walls, etc. The dectron and lights are now fixed and working great. Unfortunately, as you know, the heater is now not working. These are just things that happen with pools, not just our pool. Water is a force to be reckoned with – even controlled water. Thankfully the heater should be fixed on Monday.

In the meantime, some of your swimmers may have been pretty cold this week, especially the younger ones, and the ones with very little body fat. For example, Sean, my 9 year old, is totally lean and wiry and he froze on Wednesday. My oldest, Joshko, is built differently and the cold didn’t bother him after the initial jump in. (and the pool temperature SHOULD be such that it feels cold right when you get in, so that the swimmers don’t get hot while swimming). 78º-82º is what competition pools are required to be. The pool temp is currently 78º.

So for those of you with young swimmers, please feel free to not come to practice today. Maybe ask your swimmer if they want to. For the young and newer swimmers, ENJOYMENT of the sport is FAR more important than even technique, and certainly more important than one practice. If they don’t enjoy it, then they won’t want to continue. And if they are freezing to death, they definitely will not enjoy it.

We will have them race today like we always do on Fridays. They won’t be IN the water for the entire time that way and it should be better for them than it was on Wednesday or Thursday.

Thanks again for bearing with us!

See you at the (somewhat chilly) pool! =)

Coach Bug


Lone Star Hotel 2018

Greetings again Barracuda parents!

For accommodations at Lone Star, we have again this year reserved a block of 40 rooms at the Homewood Suites – Frisco (3240 Parkwood Blvd, Frisco, TX 75034).  There are a mix of King Studio Suites ($120), King 1BR ($126), and 2 Queen 1BR ($140)(these rates are only $1 more than last year).  All of these have a full-size sofa bed.  The 1BR’s have the beds in a separate room.  All come w fully equipped kitchens to help save on food costs.  (We only have 7 of the 2 Queens – first-come, first-served).

The 2018 dates for Lone Star again are July 19-23.  We have blocked rooms for Thurs, Fri, and Sat nights.  You can reserve for 1-3 nights as needed.  If you have only 10&Unders you won’t need a room for Thursday night, unless of course you would like to come and cheer on our older swimmers as they compete that evening!

Please know that you don’t have to stay at this team hotel – you may decide to commute or use points at a different hotel chain or have some other possibility.  I will say that after a number of years of doing this, we have found this particular hotel to be a pretty ideal combination of convenient location (4.5 miles from the venue – Frisco ISD Natatorium), good breakfast, and amenities (including a hot tub for those aching swimmer muscles).  Plus staying together affords lots of great hang out time for our swimmers to deepen friendships.

You can use the online reservation link here, or call the hotel directly at 214-618-0111 and let them know you are reserving with the Benbrook Barracudas group.

Please feel free to include any questions in the comment section for this post.

Homewood Suites-Frisco on Google Maps


Lone Star “Primer” – redux

(gratuitously reposted from last year w minor updates)

Greetings and Happy New Year, Barracuda family!

If you are new to the Barracudas, you might not be familiar with what we fondly refer to as “Lone Star”.  It is the big Texas (yeah, those two words together are probably redundant) end-of-year State YMCA Swimming Championship – a 4-day meet held in Frisco, all the Y swim teams from all over the state come and compete.  In 2016, for the first time ever, our very own BCCY Barracudas won the meet!  And we successfully defending that championship again in 2017!  Top YMCA swim team in all of Texas – yee hah!  Very exciting, cool little plaques on display in the case in the entryway outside the BCCY pool, pictures posted on this site in the photos section.  It’s pretty much the Highlight of many highlights in our year-long swim season, and if you’ve not yet had the chance to be there you’ll want to plan be a part (and especially so if you have been, but then you don’t need me to tell you how fun it is if you’ve been).  I know for sure Coach Bug will say we NEED your swimmer(s) there to help us defend our title… 🙂

It’s typically held over the third (or sometimes fourth) full weekend in July.  2018 dates are July 19-22 – put those on your calendar!

For most of our meets over there in the big D (and actually most of them are over there), we just drive over and come back same day.  But Lone Star is different – not only is it 4 days of potential driving back and forth, but it has EVENING sessions.  The 9 and Olders swim preliminary heats (just like in the Olympics!) in the mornings and afternoons, and then the top 16 swimmers in each preliminary event come back to swim in the finals in the evenings (8 and Unders only swim in the afternoons, no prelims).  But so, what many of us wind up doing is eliminating the commute by simply staying at a hotel near the venue, 2 or 3 nights depending on the age of your swimmer(s).  I’ll post the link for reserving a hotel room in a separate post.

The schedule looks like this:

Thurs 6PM – 11&Ups Distance Finals (500 Free, 400IM); plus Relays

Fri 8:30AM – 11&Ups Prelims

Fri 2PM – 9-10 Prelims; 8&Under Finals

Fri 6PM – 9&Ups Finals

Sat 8:30AM – 11&Ups Prelims

Sat 2PM – 9-10 Prelims; 8&Under Finals; Relays

Sat 6PM – 11&Ups Relays; 9&Ups Finals

Sun 8:30AM – 11&Ups Prelims

Sun 12:30PM – 9-10 Prelims; 8&Under Finals; Relays

Sun 2:30pm – Parade of Teams – great fun & photo ops, not to be missed!

Sun 4PM – 11&Ups Relays; 9&Ups Finals

(All followed by the grand awards ceremony after which we all go out to dinner and hopefully get to take lots of selfies with the new hardware…!)

Like I say, it’s a BIG meet.  Swimmers can swim up to 10 events (assuming they have achieved fast enough qualifying times).  Bug plans all year so that our swimmers are achieving their best times at Lone Star.  It’s fun, it’s exhausting (especially for the swimmers), it’s good times with friends.  There are minimum qualifying times which must be hit for each event – it’s not too early to begin looking at those even now (we’ll post those in a separate post and on the Lone Star page)!

Hope this helps some.  No doubt we’ll need another post for Lone Star advice and tips – Lone Star vets, please add copiously in the comments…!

(Posted by Chris)