News and Announcements

Entries are now open for the 2024 11-14 Michigan Swimming Age Group Championship Meet (MAGS) that is being held March 15-17, 2024 at the Holland Aquatic Center in Holland, MI. Keep in mind, this is the SAME WEEKEND as Y Zones; your child will only attend one of these meets if qualified for both. Please do not enter both. For this meet, as it is a USA-S meet, your child’s age is determined by their age on March 15, 2024 for qualifying purposes. Times will be updated following Y States prior to entry deadline, and all new qualifiers will have entries available in the Parent Portal as soon as possible. Any new qualifiers at the Day After Meet will need to email bbdentries@gmail.com to notify of the new qualified event and desire to enter.

If you have any questions about whether your child should attend YMCA Zones vs 11-14 MAGS, please direct those questions to their age group coach. All coach emails are available on the BBD website under ABOUT BBD.

For this meet, your parent portal will allow selecting your child’s events (different from years prior). However, your child’s entries may be changed by their coach after the entry closes to best suit the needs of the team for scoring. If this occurs, a coach will notify your swimmer directly.
Deadline for entry is Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at 8pm.

BONUS EVENTS are allowed at this meet for any swimmers qualified in fewer than 4 events for the entire meet (NOT per day). Please review the meet packet for Bonus swim guidelines. A swimmer may ONLY enter 50s and 100s as Bonus swims.
Email bonus requests to bbdentries@gmail.com.

Please review the meet packet below in full, as there are many important details in there. MAGS qualifying times may be found on the BBD website, on your child’s BBD bag tag and on their motivational sheets that your child was provided earlier in the season.

2024 11-14 Michigan Swimming Age Group Championship Meet packet:
https://bbd.bbdswimming.com/clubs/6769/documents/563204

If you miss the sign-up deadlines, your child will not be able to swim because there are no deck entries at this meet.

If you believe your child has qualified for this meet, AND you have confirmed it by reviewing the qualifying time standards, please email bbdentries@gmail.com.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Lisa Helmick, BBD Meet Entry Chair, at bbdentries@gmail.com

Entries are now open for the 2024 BBD Spring Day After Meet which will take place on Sunday, March 10, 2024 at Birmingham Groves High School. The Day After Meet is run differently than all other meets that BBD attends. Please read this email and the meet packet, which can be found on the BBD website and below, in their entirety.

The Day After Meet is a USA-S meet (not a YMCA meet) and is open to experienced 13 & up swimmers that are attempting to achieve one or more qualifying times for Zones, MAGS, or Y Nationals. If you have any question as to whether your swimmer should attend, please have them talk to their coach at practice or email their coach (all coach emails can be found on the BBD website under ABOUT BBD).

The Day After Meet is a time trial meet; it is run in one session with three rounds of events. There is a short break between each round. Each round offers the same events except that the 1650 and the 1000 are only offered in Round 1. If your swimmer does not achieve their desired qualifying time in Round 1 they will have the opportunity to submit a deck entry for subsequent rounds. Please review the meet packet for the list of events.

Swimmers can swim in any or all rounds, however Round 1 swims are only open to those swimmers that submit an entry prior to the meet entry deadline (as described above and in the meet packet). Swimmers that enter via deck entry are limited to Rounds 2 and 3.
The entry deadline for Round 1 events is Friday, March 1 at 8 pm.

If your swimmer would like to swim one or more events in round 1, please enter them within the Parent Portal, as is usual with all other meets. No need to enter Rounds 2 and 3, as those may be deck entered. Just be sure to send your swimmer with cash/check to the meet. Any events entered in the Parent Portal will be paid through the Active system, as usual.

Of note, please be aware that if the Parent Portal shows a “timeline” for when a round may start, that is NOT applicable for the actual start time other than for Session 1. The meet just keeps moving until all rounds are completed.

2024 BBD Day After Meet packet:
https://bbd.bbdswimming.com/clubs/6769/documents/563150

If you have any questions, please email bbdentries@gmail.com

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Entries are open for 2 more Championship season meets. If your child has qualified, your parent portal has access to enter your child.

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1) 2024 10 & Under Michigan Swimming Age Group Championship Meet (MAGS) is being held March 9-10, 2024 at Holt High School in Holt, MI. For this meet, as it is a USA-S meet, your child’s age is determined by their age on March 9, 2024 for qualifying purposes. You may enter your child in their desired events, however, keep in mind that if your child is qualified in more than 6 events, their age group coach may change their entry. This change would be communicated directly to your swimmer.
Deadline for entry is Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at 8pm.

Bonus events are allowed at this meet for any swimmers qualified in fewer than 4 events for the entire meet (NOT per day). Please review the meet packet for Bonus swim guidelines. A swimmer may NOT enter 200IM, 200free or 500 free as Bonus swims.
>> Email bonus requests to bbdentries@gmail.com

Please review the meet packet below in full, as there are many important details in there. MAGS qualifying times may be found on the BBD website, on your child’s BBD bag tag and on their motivational sheets that your child was provided earlier in the season.

2024 10&under Michigan Swimming Age Group Championship Meet packet
https://bbd.bbdswimming.com/clubs/6769/documents/563147
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2) 2024 Great Lakes YMCA Zones Championship meet is being held on March 15-17, 2024 at CT Branin Natatorium in Canton, Ohio.
Deadline for entry is Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at 8pm.

Bonus events are allowed at this meet based on daily entry. If your child has only one entry on Saturday or one entry on Sunday, they may add one BONUS event for the same day (you can not add a BONUS event on a day without a qualified event).
>> Email bonus requests to bbdentries@gmail.com

Please review the meet packet below in full, as there are many important details in there. Y Zone qualifying times may be found on the BBD website, on your child’s BBD bag tag and on their motivational sheets that your child was provided earlier in the season.

2024 Great Lakes YMCA Zones Championship Meet packet
https://bbd.bbdswimming.com/clubs/6769/documents/563148

*IMPORTANT: BBD will be required to provide timers for this meet. A signup email will come once we know the required volunteer commitment

If you miss the sign-up deadlines, your child will not be able to swim because there are no deck entries at either meet.

If you believe your child has qualified for either meet, AND you have confirmed it by reviewing the qualifying time standards, please email bbdentries@gmail.com.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Lisa Helmick, BBD Meet Entry Chair, at bbdentries@gmail.com

••• PLEASE SEE THE EMAIL SENT FOR FULL INSTRUCTIONS •••

The 2024 Michigan YMCA 9 & Over State Championship meet held at Saginaw Valley State University on March 2-3, 2024 is now open for entries. This meet is a required meet for all swimmers who have achieved 9 & Up YMCA State Qualifying times, except for high school boys. The deadline for entry is Thursday, February 22 at 8pm. No late entries can be accepted!

If you miss the sign-up, your child will not be able to swim because there are no deck entries. I highly recommend signing up as soon as you receive this email and double check your entry. You can always adjust entries any time before the deadline if needed (don’t forget to click SAVE). Any new qualifiers from YMCA 8&under States will need to email their qualified event if they desire swimming at this meet.

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY (BONUS SWIMS): If your child has at least one qualifying time, you will receive an extra email alerting you to the meet available for entry in your Parent Portal. Swimmers who have achieved only 1 or 2 individual event time standards may supplement their entry with bonus events so that the total of individual events (qualified event(s) plus bonus swims) equals 3 individual events for the meet (i.e., 1 qualified time can add 2 bonus or 2 qualified with 1 bonus).

••• Email bbdentries@gmail.com with your child’s bonus swims (event # and name) BEFORE the entry deadline on 2/22/23 at 8pm, if you want “bonus” swims added! •••

IMPORTANT ••• BBD is hosting this meet •••, therefore volunteers are needed to run a smooth, successful meet. At least one person is REQUIRED to volunteer for EACH session your child is swimming. We cannot make this meet happen without you! Please see the signup genius below for volunteer signup and please pay close attention to signing up for the correct sessions (ie 13&overs in the AM sessions and 12&unders in the PM sessions). Thank you in advance for your willingness to help out.


VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP GENIUS
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094CABA62AABFB6-47555717-2024#/

​Please review the meet packet below in full, as there are many important details in there. Y State qualifying times may be found at the end of the meet packet, on the BBD website, on your child’s BBD bag tag, and on their motivational sheets that your child was provided earlier in the season.

​2024 YMCA State Meet packet
https://www.bbdswimming.com/clubs/6769/documents/563020

The hotel block has been, listed under MEETS in the navigation above.

If you believe your child has qualified for this meet but the meet is not available in your Parent Portal, AND you have confirmed it by reviewing the qualifying time standards, please email as well.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Lisa Helmick, BBD Meet Entry Chair, at bbdentries@gmail.com

••• As always, if you have any outstanding meet fees your child will not have access to enter this meet until those fees are paid. Reminder emails have already been sent regarding unpaid fees. If this applies, you must email bbdentries@gmail.com once meet fees are paid BEFORE the entry deadline to have the Parent Portal opened for entry. •••

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YMCA 9&Up State Meet - March 2-3

Posted by Birmingham Blue Dolphins at Feb 9, 2024 9:26AM PST

Good evening,

As you may know, BBD will be the host team for the upcoming YMCA 9&Up State Meet scheduled for March 2-3 at Saginaw Valley State University. Our Meet Managers have been hard at work planning to make this a fun and exciting weekend of competition for our qualifying swimmers. We wanted to share some important information related to the meet so you can plan ahead.

Meet Schedule – Following are the times for warm-ups for the sessions both days. Please see the attached document showing the order of events and qualifying times if you have any questions about whether your swimmer will be eligible.

AM Sessions – 13&Up
Warm-ups: 7:30 AM
Events: 8:30 AM

PM Sessions – 9-10 & 11-12
Warm-ups: Not before 12:00 PM
Events: Not before 1:00 PM

Volunteer Sign-Up – Parents of participating swimmers are expected to sign-up to volunteer for each session in which they have an athlete competing. We will need all hands “on deck” to make this a successful meet. Please click the Sign-Up Genius link below and reserve your spot now. It may be helpful to reference the attachment before signing up for a time slot.
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094CABA62AABFB6-47555717-2024#/

Apparel Store Open – Meet apparel is available for pre-order at this Online Store.
https://www.fdsportswear.com/events/2024-michigan-ymca-9--over-championship-1

Hotel Blocks – Hotel rooms are still available. Check the Meet Schedule section of our website for room block links.

Online Entry – Registration for this meet is NOT yet available. Stay tuned!

Meet Packet:
https://bbd.bbdswimming.com/clubs/6769/documents/562939

Thank you in advance for helping to make this a memorable championship meet for our hardworking swimmers!
BBD Boosters Board