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Q. What are the swimmer requirements to join the Barracuda swim team?

A. The swimmer must be able to swim across the deep end of the Anderson Mill pool without assistance using any stroke of their choice.  If you are unsure about your swimmer's ability, please talk with a board member BEFORE registering as we do not issue refunds, except for medical reasons with physician note. Swimmers are expected to attend all meets, usually 6 meets on Saturdays (approx. 6am-2pm).

Q. What are the parent requirements to join Barracudas Swim Team?

A. Parents are required to volunteer during swim meets and/or outside of meets in order to swim with Anderson Mill Barracudas. Families do have some flexibility as to which meets they will volunteer as well as which jobs. All volunteer positions are posted and signed up for on the website. All families must volunteer, regardless of your volunteer point balance, for the Divisional meet on July 7, 2018. Please click here for specific details on our volunteer policy and procedures. Families are required to earn a minimum number of volunteer points set by the Board. This year's volunteer point minimum is 29 points.  Parents: We recommend that your swimmer refrain from joining the Barracudas if you as the parent cannot meet the minimum volunteer requirement. If you have special circumstances, we are happy to work out a plan for you. A family member should be present and/or volunteering at all meet functions. Any questions regarding volunteering should be directed to the volunteer coordinator at volunteer@swimcudas.org.

Q. Do I have to live in the neighborhood to swim with the Barracudas?

A. No, we accept swimmers from any neighborhood. Our registration is open to all neighborhoods.

Q. How can I find out more information prior to registering?

A. There are two scheduled Q&A (come-and-go) sessions scheduled from 10am- 12 noon at the Anderson Mill Pool on Saturday, Mar. 24th & Saturday, Apr. 14th.  Board members will be on site to answer any questions you may have. You may purchase swim equipment and/or register online on-site. In addition, a more detailed Parent Information Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 6:30pm at the Anderson Mill Pool pavilion for all new swim team families. A brief presentation will be given about our swim team procedures, expectations, and 2018 changes.

Q. What is the 2018 meet schedule:

A. Scheduled meets:

May 19th Time Trials 8-12
May 26th Home- Forest North
Jun 2nd Away- Block House Creek
Jun 9th Home- Steiner Blue
Jun 16th Away- Pflugerville
Jun 23rd Home- Brushy Creek
Jun 30th Away- Balcones Country Club
Jul 7th Divisionals - Home - Forest North will host @ our pool
Jul 14th Invitationals @ Texas A&M

Q. How do I register my swimmer?

A. Registration is online ONLY with credit card payment. Registration opens on February 14th for all families. 

****All Cuda Discount members will be notified via email. This year you will be given a coupon code to use during registration.   Returning members who qualified for the Cuda Discount in 2018 are families whose swimmers attended a minimum of 3 dual meets and the Divisional meet in 2017, in addition to completing the minimum volunteer points requirement last season.

Q. What is a 'Cuda Discount Member? 

A. A 'Cuda Discount Member is a returning swimmer that attended any 3 dual meets during the season AND attended the Divisional Meet that season, in addition to fulfilling the volunteer point requirement in the same season for their account. These families will receive a $25 discount on registration fees the following year during the Cuda Discount registration period.

Q. Can my swimmer attend any practice?

A. Swimmers are free to attend any practice time that corresponds to their ability level. Usually the earlier practices in May are less crowded than the evening practices. Coaches will assign a lane appropriate for your level of swimmer. When morning and evening practices are offered in June, your swimmer is free to choose which practice/s to attend according to their ability level as listed on the practice schedule. Morning practices seem to be lighter than evening practices. In June, swimmers may swim both morning and evening practices if they prefer.

Q. Do I have to purchase a team swimsuit?

A. Team suits are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for swim meets.Several options of suit styles are available.

Q. Do I need to purchase a swim cap or other equipment?

A. YES, a 'Cuda swim cap is required for all meets. This helps our coaches identify swimmers with ease, in addition to promoting team unity. It is recommended that all long hair be secured in a swim cap at practices as well. Goggles are necessary for all practices and meets. It is recommended that you purchase an additional swim cap and a pair of goggles for backup at all practices and meets. Caps and other equipment will be sold in our Team Store at practices and at meets. Always have a backup pair of goggles and swim cap at practice and at meets.

Q. Do I need to let coaches know if I will miss practice?

A. No, you do not need to notify a coach if you will miss practice; however, consistent attendance is recommended for improving technique, speed and endurance.

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