The Biola youth swim program or BEST (Biola Eagle Swim Team) is a year around non-profit program focused on developing swimmers in a fun and positive environment while still providing higher-level opportunities for the intense competitor. The program is design to refine the four competitive strokes, starts and turns while building stamina. This program is sanctioned under USA swimming.
You can try out for the program on weekdays, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5:30–7 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 6:30–7 p.m. You do not need to make an appointment. The child must be able to swim the length of the pool freestyle and demonstrate technical ability of all four competitive strokes: freestyle, breaststroke, butterfly and backstroke.
Once they pass, the child will be placed in one of the following groups depending on age and technical ability.
|Red||Monday & Wednesday 5:30–6:15 p.m.|
|Blue||Monday & Wednesday 6:15–7 p.m.|
|Ruby 1||Monday & Wednesday 7–8 p.m. & Friday 5:30–6:30 p.m.|
|Ruby 2||Tuesday & Thursday 7–8 p.m. & Friday 5:30–6:30 p.m.|
|Bronze||Monday – Thursday 5:30–6:30 p.m.|
|Gold||Monday – Thursday 6:30–8 p.m. & Friday 5–6:30 p.m.|
USA Swimming Fees and Registration
You will need to register through USA Swimming in order to participate. All forms for USA Swimming registration can be found at http://www.biolaeagleswimteam.com/.
In order for swimmers to sign up for swim meets they must go to www.socalswim.org. To sign your swimmer up, you must go to the left side of the page where all of the links are, and hover over Upcoming Meets. Click the Metro Link, as that is our area for BEST. Click on the name of the meet you would like to attend. It will take you to the meet page, and from there you can download the Meet Entry Form to sign your swimmer up. There will be a Meet Entry Fee, as well as a Meet Event Fee for each swimmer that you have. All of this information is specific to each meet and can be found on the Meet Entry Sheet. When you have the meet entry sheet, you will also need the meet entry form. This form is located on www.socalswim.org. When on the Southern California web page there is a menu on the left side. Click on forms. There will be a list of forms. Scroll down to “individual meet entry”. Download and print this form. Fill out the form and send it with your check to the address located on the meet entry sheet.