Eastern Swim Association (ESA). Practices and meets run from June through July each summer. Children aged 5 through 18 who can swim one length of the pool without assistance are eligible to join the team.
To sign up for swim team, complete a swim team registration form for each swimmer in your family. Give completed forms and fees to one of the swim team coordinators listed on the Contacts page.
Swimmers are encouraged to obtain the Blackridge Barracudas team suit:
Knabes carries the Barracuda team suit and offers Barracudas members a team discount not reflected on the Knabes' web site. A less expensive alternative is to purchase a plain black suit. Knabes carries plain black jammers (Dolfin suits are among the least expensive). You can find both boys' and girls' plain blacksuits at Dick's or Dunham's in Monroeville.
As of the 2010 season, gently used team and practice suits are available via the Barracudas Suit Exchange board. Take a look, see if any suits are available in your child's size, and contact the family offering the suit to arrange a meeting.
Your swimmer will need a good pair of goggles, which cost from $10 to $15.
Knabes carries reliable brands and can help with fitting. Knabes also carries goggle replacement straps. Dick's Sporting Goods and other sports stores carry reliable brands. Avoid inexpensive goggles sold at Target and WalMart -- they don't usually provide a good seal, so water leaks in; they fog up; and they break easily.
Questions? Please contact one of the swim team coordinators listed on the Contacts page.