Sharks Swim Team

2019 Season!

It’s time to get your kids registered for the 2019 season! Download the application and either email it to or mail it to:

Beechwood Recreation Association
PO Box 2096
Newport News, VA 23609

2019 Schedule and Team Information

MAY 29 & 30, 2019: MEET THE COACH NIGHT! Come out at 5 pm and be ready to swim! We will be holding time trials and assessing each swimmer for placement in practice groups. We will also be taking T-shirt orders, so come on out for whichever night works best!


AFTER-SCHOOL PRACTICES ARE ON JUNE 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12. Group 3 (Zebras) will meet from 5-5:30pm. Group 2 (Tigers) will meet from 5:30-6:15pm and Group 1 (Threshers) will meet from 6:15-7:00pm.
JUNE 17, 2019 First day of morning practice. (Groups swim in reverse order of afternoon practices.) We will meet Monday through Friday at 8:45am for Group 1 (Threshers), 9:45am for Group 2(Tigers) and 10:30am for Group 3 (Zebras). There is NO practice on JULY 4 & 5.

**THE GPSA Code of Conduct, Full Meet Schedule, and Rule Book will be emailed to the address you provided on the registration form.
*Regular season meets start at 5pm. Please arrive by 4:15pm on meet days for warm-ups and pre-meet procedures. If needed earlier, Coach Deb will let you know.

JUNE 20 AWAY MEET @ Elizabeth Lakes
JUNE 27 HOME MEET v. Northampton
JULY 1 HOME MEET v. Mallory
JULY 9 is a make-up date
JULY 11 AWAY MEET @ Riverdale
JULY 18 HOME MEET v. Beaconsdale
JULY 22 AWAY MEET @Wendwood
JULY 25 is a make-up date
AUGUST 3 CITY MEET @ Ft. Eustis ~Swimmer must achieve qualifying times to swim.
*Date/Time is subject to change*

It is recommended that each swimmer bring 2 pair of goggles to practice. One pair should be mirrored for sunny practice days, the other should be clear or tinted for cloudy days. SUNSCREEN IS MANDATORY for ALL swimmers. (Zinc oxide or Titanium Dioxide, act as a block rather than a screen and are usually waterproof). No sunscreen = No swim.

Swim caps are required for swimmers with hair that covers their eyes when wet.

Please remember that our events are only as successful as the volunteers we have. We will have a “Sign up genius e-mail” sent out before each meet for parents to sign up to help at meets. Don’t sit back and expect others to fill positions. If parents are not volunteering, Coach Deb will assign positions if there are still holes. Remember…it takes a village. Lastly, it is Parent Responsibility to check the entrance white board EVERY DAY for changes. Info will always be posted ahead of time.

If you signed up for a committee, emails for those meetings and events will be sent separate from other swim team events.

About the Beechwood Sharks

The Beechwood Recreation Association sponsors the Beechwood Sharks Swim Team. Our objective is to foster competitive summer swimming in a safe and fun atmosphere. Children do not need to be “expert” swimmers to belong to the Sharks but they do need to be able to swim. The swim team does not provide basic swimming instruction. Team membership is open to children up to the age of 18 whose families are members in good standing of the Association. Every member of the team will have the opportunity to swim in the meets. The Sharks compete in the Greater Peninsula Swimming Association (GPSA) and swim meets are conducted under GPSA rules. Our competition schedule is enclosed. The season will conclude with a Team Awards Banquet.

Awards and Honors

  • Meet ribbons may be won at each meet.
  • Each child who qualifies for the GPSA Championship Meet (the “City Meet”) will receive a special swim cap from the team at no charge.
  • Every participating child will receive an award at the Team Awards Banquet.


Swimsuits are available from the Swim and Sport Stop on Warwick Boulevard. Swim team members may also wear solid black suits. Appropriate suits may be obtained from other sources. Boys seem to prefer the jammer style suit over the traditional briefs. Goggles and swim caps are not required but are advised. All registered swimmers will be given a Beechwood Sharks swim cap at the first meet. Swimmers who choose to wear a swim cap at meets are strongly encouraged to support their team by wearing their Beechwood Sharks swim cap. Team apparel (e.g. T-shirts and shorts) will also be sold.

Parent Participation

We encourage, invite, and welcome the participation of team parents in all team activities. All parents are expected to assist in running our swim meets. Runners, timers, lane judges, sweep judges, scorekeepers, ribbon writers, stroke and turn judges, starters, and referees are required. Additional opportunities are available in hospitality, concessions and end of season banquet. Please sign up on the volunteer sheet at the Parent’s meeting or see our GPSA representative or any Committee member. If you are interested in serving on the Swim Team Committee, please contact any Committee member. Everyone is invited and welcomed.

Swim meets will normally start at 6:00 PM.
Warm-ups will typically be at 5:00 PM for the home team and 5:30 PM for the visiting team.