Posted by Birmingham Blue Dolphins on Sep 25 2021 at 10:52AM PDT

Dear Parents and Swimmers,

​Our second week of practice went well. Dry-lands for our older age groups began on Monday. Please encourage swimmers to take advantage of these sessions for the thirteen-and-up athletes on Monday and Wednesday from 6:15-7:00 before the in-water practice begins. These sessions are provided courtesy of our board.

​*Beginning this week there is a change to Monday night practice for 11-12s. We have secured pool time at Covington (BCS) which will allow us to have two practices instead of one. Girls will practice from 5:30-7:00, boys from 6:45-8:15. This change has been made to the practice grid on the website.*

We have updated our meet schedule. It continues to be a work-in-progress. US Swimming has created new championship formats. They have announced dates of the competitions, but no information beyond that. We will keep you up-dated as we learn more.

In our effort to provide as many opportunities for swimmers our practices on Sunday morning are occurring even though the YMCA is not open. Coaches will meet the kids at the door to let them enter. I know you will all be on time, but if we have already gone down to practice please come down the outside steps. The door at the bottom of the steps will be propped open while the weather is reasonable.

Coach Pat has gotten our underwater camera ready to go. Coach Pat will be at practices at Cranbrook occasionally to film our nine-and-up swimmers and review footage with them. Coach Pat takes a group of five swimmers at a time and we begin with our newest swimmers. He can usually do three or four groups at a practice. It’s nice feature of our program

​Please encourage swimmers to wear their masks. It is a requirement at all of the buildings we use. We cannot afford to lose a facility because everyone is not complying!

​The Y is currently collecting gently-used bedding, towels and cleaning supplies for Afghan refugees. There is a box at the Y for donations.