Tiger Sharks Swim Team

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Important Fall Season Information

The Byron Tiger Shark Swim Team began in the 1990s as a program administered and financially supported by the Byron School District. In 2004, the Byron Park District took over the administration duties of the team. Due to financial and staffing challenges, the staff has performed a full evaluation of the Byron Tiger Shark Swim Team and more specifically, the training groups being offered, registration residency analysis and the costs and risk factors associated with operating a travel sport program.

In the summer of 2019, the swim team offered 5 training groups with the lowest level training 2 days per week and progressing to the upper level which trained 6-8 times per week. The summer registration showed that the team was approximately 76% resident (32 of 42), with the top training group being approximately 61% resident (11 of 18). As a comparison, in the last twelve months, the Byron Park District youth athletic leagues were approximately 94% resident (871 of 928). The program has been operating at a financial loss over the last two fiscal years and is facing a significant deficit six months into the current fiscal year. This is despite the program not paying for any swimming pool operating expenses which are paid by the Byron School District as well as multiple training and swim meet fee increases to the participants in recent years.

With the resignation of Coach Bramer and Coach Cunningham returning to college this fall, the team is limited on coaching options for the fall season. Upon the team being notified of Coach Bramer's resignation, the job was immediately posted on USA Swimming, Illinois Swimming, and both the Byron Park District Website and Facebook Page. The Tiger Sharks Swim Team is currently in search of coaches. To apply, click here http://www.byronparks.org/jobs.

As qualified coaches are hired, we will release full program details which will include level descriptions, training times, pricing, and registration information. At this time, we do not anticipate participating in any fall swim meets. Swimmers who are looking for a full service USA Swimming club complete with multiple day swim meet competitions requiring overnight hotel stays are encouraged to look for opportunities elsewhere to continue their swimming careers.