Swim Team

Southside All-Stars Swim Team 2021

General Information about the team:

  • Costs this year will be a flat rate and include both the team shirt and a cap:

  • Age: 12 & Under - $250

  • Age: 13 & Up - $150

  • Registration begins Thursday, April 8th and closes Friday, May 14th

  • The All-Stars are part of the Southwest Aquatic League, or SWAL. We swim meets against Bellaire, West University, Willowbend and Briargrove. Our team is combined with Briar Meadow and the JCC to form a competitively sized team called Southwest United (SWU). You will see us referred to as SWU on all league information.

Important Dates: 

  • Grab and Go  Information Night at the Clubhouse: Thursday, March 25th 6:00 to 8:00

  • Pizza Party Kick-Off: Sunday, May 16th 5:30-7:30 at the Pavilion

  • First Practice: Monday, May 17th (times listed below)

  • New Parent Volunteer Training Session: Thursday, May 27th 4:30 to 5:00 at the pavilion. 

  • Practice Days: Monday - Friday (No practice on Memorial Day or meet days) See calendar for times.

  • End of Season Banquet: Thursday, July 1st 5:30pm-7:30pm

  • We have the same swimsuit design as last year- Texas Swim Shop will be at practice on Thursday, May 20th.


  • Have a Southside Place City Season Pass and be in good standing. For more information about this, please contact Andrew Deavers.

  • Sign up for two volunteer spots per family for the season. A signup.com link will be sent out to the team prior to meets to sign up for volunteer spots. If you are unable to attend, please reach out to a friend on the team to take your spot and notify Sarah Lutz. 

  • To participate in league meets, swimmers must be able to swim the length of the pool unassisted. Our team supports water independence and is willing to take on swimmers from the ages of 3 or 4 who can tread water. Any swimmer under the age of 5 should be cleared by the head coach to swim.

  • To participate in meets, swimmers should have our team suit. The team suit that can be purchased at a Suit Purchase Day in May. More information will follow regarding this date. We use Texas Swim Shop (10429B S. Post Oak, 713-723-0910). Susan Mathern owns the shop and is familiar with our team.

Swim Meet Information:

  • League rules state that 6&U swimmers must be able to swim the length of the pool without assistance in the water to compete in meets. This rule does not prevent your child from joining the team for practices and the fun meet, and we encourage you to still sign them up, as it is amazing what growth we see during the season!

  • Please see the attached calendar for our season schedule.

Parent Volunteers:

  • SWAL meets are run by parent volunteers who help time, hand out ribbons, run time cards and gather swimmers for their events. 

  • Each Southside family is required to sign up for at least two volunteer shifts during the season. 

  • Signing up is easy, Sarah Lutz will be sending out signup.com links closer to the summer with specific jobs. 

Optional Swim Lessons:

  • We encourage all novice swimmers to sign up for swim lessons at a location of your choice. While everyone’s skills will improve over the summer, your child may also benefit from the smaller group environment of lessons with our coaches.

  • More information will be available once the season begins. Payment is set by the city and arrangements can be made directly with the coaches.

Contact Information:

  • Swim Team Coordinator: Sarah Lutz 281-914-1184 / lutzsarahk@gmail.com

    • Sarah is a native Houstonian and pre-k teacher at St. Mark’s Episcopal School. She joined the team last year to help Samantha Smith. She is excited to work with Southside again this year to help coordinate and communicate with the team, parents, and coaches. 

  • Director of Southside Place Parks and Recreation: Andrew Deavers 832-509-4642 / adeavers@southside-place.org 

    • Andrew grew up in Southside and has worked for the City for 10 years. This is his second summer as the Parks and Recreation Director. Andrew is looking forward to working with the All-Stars this summer and seeing the swim team return to Southside.

  • Head Coach: AJ Bradshaw 713-597-9570/ ajbradshaw0806@gmail.com

    • AJ grew up in Southside and is currently a senior at Strake Jesuit High School. He has swam for the All-Stars since 2008 and coached since 2016. AJ will be attending UChicago next year and he is excited for his first year as head coach for the All-Stars.

​Swim Team Calendar

May 2021 Calendar
May Practice times 2021
June 2021 Calendar
June Practice times 2021