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Summer Program Registration

Posted by Birmingham Blue Dolphins at May 28, 2021 1:41PM PDT

Dear Parents and Swimmers – Thanks for your patience as we worked through the registration details for our Summer Program. Below you’ll find Kevin’s note from a few days ago with links to register for the program. Registration is now open.

In the past our spring program has ended just before Memorial Day when summer clubs/teams begin. Our summer program is due to begin on Tuesday. I wish I could tell you all details are in place, but we are working to get as many details to you as we can.

We plan to offer a program directed at 8&Unders. This will be held at the Y with three practices a week for young swimmers new to the sport beginning when public schools are out for the summer.
8 and Under Registration Link – https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/ymcadetroit/activity/search/detail/74726?onlineSiteId=0&%3Bamp%3Bfrom_original_cui=true

Our nine- and- up program will use Bloomfield Open Hunt and Cranbrook pools with five practices a week in the evening. That schedule will begin June 14th. In the meantime, the practices will be held Monday and Wednesday at the Y from 7:15-8:45 and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at the Y from 5:00-6:15.
9 and Up Registration Link – https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/ymcadetroit/activity/search/detail/74725?onlineSiteId=0&%3Bamp%3Bfrom_original_cui=true

Our 13 and up long-course program will offer morning practices at the Southfield Civic Center in the morning, and three evenings at Cranbrook so that swimmers will be able to do two practices a day a few times each week. Until we begin at Southfield, practices will continue at Cranbrook Monday through Friday 6:00-8:30 through June 18.
Long Course Registration Link – https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/ymcadetroit/activity/search/detail/74710?onlineSiteId=0&%3Bamp%3Bfrom_original_cui=true

The 13 and up long-course program is intended for the dedicated swimmer who plans to be at morning practice regularly and take advantage of the evening practices as well. We expect this group to compete in long-course meets. If a swimmer wants to supplement what they are doing at their summer clubs they are welcome to join the nine-and-up program with evening workouts.

​The Y has always done its best to keep these programs affordable, but the cost of pool time has gone up and you will see an increase in the fee for the 13 and up program. We also plan to attend meets, some of which are out of state and that adds to the expense.

The team will also levy a charge to provide the swimmers with some swag and to help cover coaches’ expenses at away meets that is separate from the YMCA fees.

​Please note that due to an order from the MDHSS we will continue to test athletes ages 13 and up weekly who are unvaccinated. If an athlete has tested positive and recovered from COVID 19 in the past three months the athlete is exempt from testing.

​We are very excited at the prospects for our summer season. Thank you for all of your support this season!

Click to learn about the YMCA’s plan and procedures for 13-Up ANTIGEN Testing – http://www.bbdswimming.com/clubs/6769/pages/183302

Registration for 8&U - OPEN NOW!!

Posted by Birmingham Blue Dolphins at Mar 10, 2021 8:56AM PST
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Registration is now open for the following 8&Under groups:

  • 8&U Dolphin: M/W 6p-645p @ Cranbrook; Sat 2p-3p @ Birmingham Y; Su 10a-11a @ Birmingham Y
  • 8&U Blue: T/Th 6p-645p @ Cranbrook,; Sat 9p-10a @ Birmingham Y; Su 4p-5p @ Birmingham Y

https://www.active.com/birmingham-mi/water-sports/swimming-registrations/bbd-swimming-2021-2020

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Note from Coach Kevin - Feb 17, 2021

Posted by Birmingham Blue Dolphins at Feb 17, 2021 5:30AM PST

Dear Swimmers and Parents,

I am so grateful I get to coach in a warm pool area during these frigid winter weeks! As we navigate these trying times it is important to remember our good fortune in being able to do as much as we have, safely, while facing a pandemic. The YMCA values of respect, responsibility, honesty and caring are evident in the work the swimmers, coaches and board members are all doing to keep age-group swimming afloat in the Birmingham area.

We have many good things to report:

…Our eight and under have begun a series of clinics to re-acclimate them to the rigors of the team. The plan was to have four clinics in the hope that we will get outside pool time and be able to go into a program like we have had in the past. If that doesn’t happen we will extend the clinics until the situation changes. I really appreciate the Y keeping the costs reasonable for these sessions.

…We will have our intra-squad meet in a little under two weeks. In order to ensure safety the sessions are small and every swimmer MUST have a parent volunteering to run the meet. We can’t do it without everyone’s cooperation. Thank you to the board for creating this competition.

…We will have two Y competitions that take the place of the traditional meets——a zone meet and a National Festival Meet. The board has plans to recognize the participants that may be different than what they we have done in the past, but these competitions are different too. In no way are these competitions less——they simply recognize that swimmers have not all been able to train like they have in the past. My fervent hope is that we get some new swimmers to the Y Festival, because it will raise their aspirations for the future.

In spite of every obstacle that the team has faced the swimmers who have committed to the program by attending the 75%-80% of the practices we are offering are thriving. We have been able to send swimmers to a few out-of-state meets where they have been incredibly successful, Our older boys have broken team records in spite of a curtailed training regimen and that is indicative of what all of our swimmers are capable of accomplishing.

Maintaining a positive attitude during these times is difficult, but essential. We are creating a new reality for our athletes. These times will certainly be memorable for a lot of reasons, but together we can create positive memories. Think of the stories our swimmers will be able to tell their kids!! “I lived in a mask, trained in a five-lane pool, and I still managed to achieve my goals!” Our kids are showing their determination and resilience every day!

Stay well!

Kevin

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Note from Coach Kevin 2/1/2021

Posted by Birmingham Blue Dolphins at Feb 1, 2021 6:26PM PST

Dear Parents and Swimmers,

It’s great to be back on deck with the swimmers! I am so proud of the way they have responded to every challenge that has come their way. With the vaccinations beginning to be administered and the infection rate decreasing in Michigan perhaps the end is in sight. In the meantime we will stick to every safety protocol to ensure that our swimmers stay healthy. Please remind them about their masks and keeping their distance at practice.

I am disappointed that we have not been able to get into Cranbrook and Derby. We are in regular communication with them. We are also seeking other venues. In talking to colleagues at other teams we are in the best shape of them all. We have one site on which we can rely, we have been able to send some swimmers to meets and they have done well, AND we have a great board and coaching staff who have worked diligently to do as much as we have.

Our practice groups are full, with the exception of 11-12. If you are not currently enrolled and you would like to be, e-mail me first kfogarty2018@gmail.com and maybe we can squeeze a few more swimmers into our practices.

Please stay optimistic. We are going to get through this and we look forward to a great spring and summer.