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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the BTW Swim Booster Club?
The BTW Swim Booster Club is a support group for the Booker T. Washington Swim team. We raise money to support the needs of the team in coordination with the swim coach. We provide the team with workout equipment, swim parkas, etc. The Boosters also coordinate the production and sales of Hornet competition swimsuits/caps, swim team spirit wear, home meet support (concessions, gate entry, heat sheet sales, timers, coaches/officials' meals, etc). We try to keep the Boosters dues to a minimum by doing fundraising, it helps if every family on the swim team joins the BTW Swim Boosters Club.

What is the typical practice schedule?
After school practice (also referred to as 8th Hour) lasts until 5:30 pm. 8th hour practice runs from August until Regionals in early February. Swimmers who make State will have 8th hour until after State. Morning practices are from 7:00-8:00 am Monday - Thursday. Morning practices run October through January. Swimmers are expected to come to at least 2 morning practices a week.

What is the typical meet schedule?
Swim meets are typically on Tuesday or Thursday evenings beginning in early November and continuing through early February. If Swimmers qualify at Regionals, they might compete in the State Championships in mid-February. Look for a schedule in early fall.

How do the students get to meets in high school swimming?
The students will travel by a TPS school bus to and from meets outside the Tulsa metro area, but parents/students usually provide the transportation to meets in the Tulsa metro area.  Swimmers need to be picked up upon bus arrival at BTW or other pre-designated meeting place.

Do parents attend meets?
Parents are welcome to attend every meet. Often the hosting school charges entry fees per person, including Booker T. Washington. When BTW hosts a home meet, we need lots of volunteers to help the visiting teams, coaches, and other parents feel welcome. At these meets parents supply food for coaches, sell concessions, and collect gate entry fees, time races, etc.

When do the meets start and end?
The meets usually start at 5:30 or 6:00 pm.  Swimmers will stay after school for home meets to help set-up and warm-up before the meet. The ending time for each meet will vary upon the number of teams and heats in each event.

What are some Booker T. Swim Team traditions?
1) Pasta parties: Occur before most home meets and other special meets, such as the Green Country Conference, the Rose Invitational, and the State Championship Swim Meet. Although one swim family hosts a party at their house each swim family contributes a dish, bread, or drink.

2) Summer Team activities: Boys' and Girls' (separate) sleepovers at the end of the summer/beginning of the school year. 

3) Rose Buddies: Like a secret Santa. A week or so before the Conference pasta party, everyone writes on a small slip of paper their name and a few gift ideas. We try to keep the gifts to less than $10. Everyone draws a slip and brings their gift for their Rose Buddy to the Conference pasta party.

4) Rose Sheets: At the pasta party for the Conference meet, there are sheets of paper and each one has one swimmer's name on it. Everyone writes something nice and encouraging on everyone else's sheet. The sheets are given to the swimmers right before the meet starts.

5) Subway runs: On home meet days, during or just after 7th hour, when everything is set up for the meet (timing system etc.), the swimmers usually all go to the Subway to get something to eat before warm-up.

6) State qualifiers' traditions: Boys shave heads, Girls dye streaks in hair, Dress up at school on Thursday, Pasta party Thursday evening.  

7) May float trip:  One weekend in late May, swimmers go camping and float the Illinois River.  There are many parent chaperones on the trip and each swimmer must be hosted by a chaperone.

8) Braum's: After home meets swimmer go to Braum's to have dinner or ice cream or whatever people want to eat. We usually go to the one at 28th and Harvard.

9) Banquet: This can be anytime after the season is over until the end of April. It is a potluck. Usually awards are given. The seniors give speeches and the team video or slideshow for that year is shown for the first time.

How can I be a supportive swim parent?

  • Join the BTW Swim Booster Club
  • Volunteer to help at least 3 swim meets.
  • Cheer for athletes who are not your own children.
  • Realize Disqualifications (DQ's) are learning opportunities.
  • Understand that your swimmer might not be picked for a relay team.
  • Understand that only the four fastest swimmers can be on the "A" relay team.
  • Help new parents "learn the ropes" in a positive way.
  • Emphasize the importance of "team" and cheering for teammates.
  • Let the coaches do the coaching.
  • Realize that one single swim is not all that is important. IT'S THE PROCESS THAT COUNTS.
  • Focus on your swimmer's personal time improvements and effort, not their place in a race.
  • Realize that every swimmer is a winner as long as they do their best.


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