The coaching staff has gone ahead and made some practice schedule changes during the Middle School and High School swimming seasons because of meets being held at Baylor. If the practice group was not canceled, rescheduled or listed then practice will be held at the regularly scheduled time. (All practices at the Hamilton YMCA remain the same as scheduled). Please be sure to make a note of these changes.
The Baylor Swimming Staff would like to wish everyone a very happy and safe holiday season. Developmental groups will NOT have practice the week Dec. 23-27. Practices will return to a normal schedule on Monday, January 6, 2020.
- Holiday Practice Schedule – updated 12/19/19
What exciting news! The Baylor Swim Club has been awarded by United States Swimming the distinction of being a nationally ranked Silver Medal swim club in the USA Swimming Club of Excellence program for the 2020 swimming season!
What exactly does this mean? This means that Baylor Swim Club is recognized as one of the top clubs in the country based on organizational professionalism and athletic performance. To qualify for this award, Baylor had to submit an extensive report to United States Swimming, documenting club professionalism as well as both national and world-class performance.
Once again, the Baylor Swim Club and the Baylor School will be hosting the 2020 Joe Gawrys Southeastern Middle School Swimming & Diving Championship. Any swimmer that is in middle school has the opportunity and is encouraged to attend this swim meet. If your child attends a school other than the Baylor School your child will need to be entered by that school. There are several schools that attend the championship made up of Baylor Swim Club, GPS / McCallie Aquatics, and Chattanooga Swimming athletes. If there are other swimmers at your child’s school a parent coordinator needs to be appointed. This person is responsible for getting the school waiver signed, collect entry fees, and submit the entry list to the club coach for which they swim.
For example, if the parent coordinator is a member of Baylor Swim Club then he or she will collect the fees, get a list of entries for each child from that school and submit to either Brian or Laura. Brian or Laura will take care of completing the Team Manger file. If the parent coordinator is from McCallie / GPS Aquatics then all information will be submitted to Roger Dahlke. If you are entering kids from another USA club team make sure you include their entry times. McCallie / GPS Aquatics will not know what times our kids have and we will not know what times they should be entered with.
Swimmers that are participating must have the waiver form signed and returned to Laura Pitman by the entry deadline. The entry deadline for this meet is Tuesday, January 7, 2020. All those that do not attend the Baylor School and go to a different middle school must have all the paperwork filled out completely in order to enter the meet. The waiver form can be found within the meet information.
Meet entries for the Pilot Flying J January Classic (Jan. 10-12, 2020) in Knoxville, TN. They can be found on the meets-info/results page or they can be viewed by logging into your TeamUnify account. The scratch deadline for this swim meet has passed, please email Laura Pitman by noon on Tuesday, December 17th with any issues.
CHATTANOOGA, TN– The swimming/aquatics media outlet SwimSwam.com has named the 2019 Baylor School Girls team with a SWAMMY AWARD for the High School team of the year. SwimSwam.com has many categories for SWAMMY Awards and they are given to recap the best of the year in swimming.
- 2019 SWAMMY Awards: High School Team of the Year Baylor School Girls (swimswam.com article)
- ALL 2019 SWAMMY Awards
ATLANTA, GA- This past week (Dec. 11-14) six Baylor School / Baylor Swim Club athletes competed in the 2019 USA Swimming Speedo Winter Junior Championships- EAST at the Georgia Tech McAuley Aquatics Center in Atlanta, GA. This is one of the top swimming competitions in the country on an annual basis for swimmers eighteen-years-old and under. Leading the way for Baylor were some outstanding swims from both Ellie Waldrep and Lille Boggs.
CHATTANOOGA, TN- Head Coach / Director of Competitive Swimming Dan Flack is thrilled to announce the addition of Francine Chittum and Mikaya Reynolds to the Baylor Swim Club coaching staff for the 2019-2020 season. Coach Francine Chittum will be helping out with our Developmental- Grey level on Monday and Thursday evenings beginning on Dec. 30th which is the start of the next Developmental session. Baylor School and Baylor Swim Club alumni, Coach Mikaya Reynolds will be assisting with the Age Group (AG) level. See the links below for their coaching bios.
As we get into the fall and winter season the weather is beginning to get cooler, especially in the evenings. The coaching staff continues to chastise far too many swimmers for arriving in flip flops and leaving wet. Muscles require good care and thrive when pampered. Keeping them warm begins the recovery process after a demanding practice. Changing out of a wet suit into dry clothes may be inconvenient but it makes good sense this time of the year. We thank you for your support.
Below you will find hotel booking information for away swim meets during the 2019-2020 short course season for the Baylor Swim Club.
I just want to review some billing items with you. The TeamUnify system will bill accounts to you on the 1st of every month. The statements will contain your monthly dues and any other charges such as caps meet fees hospitality fees, etc. and a late fee will be assessed on the 21st of each month. Any payments that are unable to be processed on the 1st will accrue processing fees in addition to the charges. This fee comes from our processing merchant. Any accounts that are 30 days past due will result in your child being held out of the water.
Our developmental sessions are 8-week sessions so you will receive statements bi-monthly with the dues. As long as you are registered before the first day of the session you will be ready to participate in that session. Once you have registered the first time you will no longer be charged the USA and Club registration fees. Those fees are only charged at the beginning of each new swim year. Through TeamUnify you will automatically be billed for the next developmental session unless you have emailed the club by the 5th day of the month preceding the next session. So if you do not want to participate in session 2 you must email the club no later the October 5th. Telling your coach that you are not doing the next session will not keep you from being billed. Be sure to send the email to the club.
We will not allow children to practice until the online registration has been completed.
If you are planning on taking a break and your child is in AG, Junior, or Senior, remember in order not to be billed for the next month I need to have written notification at least 30 days in advance. So for example, if you know you are not going to swim in December I must receive an email from you stating that no later than Nov.1. If the written statement is not received by that date you will be charged. Please understand that telling the coach does not count as proper notification.
Notifications must be sent to Laura Pitman.
The yearly hospitality fee of $120 is charged in October. If you join in October or later the hospitality fee is charged the month of your registration. This is the only additional fee our families are charged outside of meet fees. We do not require any fundraising. The hospitality fee is to supply food for the coaches and officials at all of our hosted meets. Some of these people are here for 3 meals and they greatly appreciate our hospitality. If you have concerns about this fee please contact me directly.
Director of Operations
New folders have been created for the 2019-2020 season and are available. All awards from meets and past meets will be filed in the athletes folders on the pool deck. Each athlete on the Baylor Swim Club should have a folder where these awards will be placed after meets. Please have your child check the folders on the pool deck after practices. The folder boxes are located on a table next to the staff office on the pool deck. If for some reason your child does not have a folder, please email Coach Brian.
This is a reminder to all Baylor Swim Club members, that the only locker rooms that should be used are the lower school boys and girls locker rooms.
The upper school locker rooms and lockers are reserved only for Baylor School Varsity swimmers.
Please remember not to leave any personal belongings in the locker rooms or lockers. All equipment and belongs need to be taken home each night after practices. If any personal belongings or equipment are left in the locker rooms, it will be collected and placed in the lost and found area in the equipment room / endless pool room.
All athletes are required to leave phones, tablets, and any other device with a camera or recording abilities in the phone tree outside the locker room.
Thank you for your cooperation with this matter.