BASA Sharks: Welcome

Friday, July 11
Bristol Area Swim Association


Welcome to the Bristol Area Swim Association (BASA) home page.  Questions or comments for the web admin?  Contact  Coach Woody Van Nostrand at or 423-534-4235



BASA is a year around competitive swim team that swims at Virginia High School (VHS). Practices are held Monday-Friday evenings and Saturday mornings either at Virginia High School . The practice times are 5:00pm-7:30pm Monday thru Friday and 9:00am-10:30am on Saturday. The number of practices a swimmer attends will depend on their goals and coaches’ recommendation.

 BASA swimmers compete in both home and away meets throughout the region.  Participation and amount of travel are based on the desires and ability of the swimmer.  Typically, there are 1-2 opportunities per month to attend meets.  BASA hosts one meet per quarter at our home facilities.   Away meets will be held as close as Kingsport and Johnson City and as far away as Christiansburg, Knoxville, Nashville and Chattanooga. 

If interested in joining BASA for the upcoming year. You may do so by contacting Head Coach Woody Van Nostrand for a placement swim to determine correct group placement. Each swimmer must be able to swim at least one length of the pool of acceptable Freestyle and Backstroke. BASA offers groups based on each swimmer’s age and ability. . Please contact Coach Woody at or 423-534-4235 to schedule the placement swim.  

Team Suits: Parents you can go to .  On the top left of the page is the team portal link, click on that.  Our team code is thesharks. Our team suit is the Optik Splice at the bottom of the page. If you have any questions about suit sizes, please contact Woody .   We would like for all swimmers to purchase a team suit to wear at meets. We would also like to ask each swimmer to purchase a pair of fins. The high schools have fins but not always the correct size. This is also a good place to purchase other items you might need for swimming.


If you have any questions please contact me at or 423-534-4235



Monday, July 20
BASA Meets and Upcoming Events

BASA upcoming events:

BASA Summer League Champs July 23 @ VHS

Tuesday, July 11
2016-2017 Sessions and Fees

  • BASA is open to swimmers of all ages. Swimmers must be able to swim 1-lap of acceptable freestyle.
  • New Swimmers interested in joining BASA need to contact Woody  to schedule a placement swim.

Red Group $135 a Session 1 hour a day

Black Group $160 a Session 1.5 Hours a day

Swimmers during high school season wishing to swim in a USA swimminmg meet will pay a BASA fee of $50.00 if not already paying for the session.

All swimmers are required to pay a BASA/USA  Annual Registration fee of $75.00.

The swimming year will is divided into four (4) sessions.

Fall session August 15- November 13,2016

Winter session November 14, 2016- February 19,2017

Spring session February 20- May 14, 2017 There will be a week break in spring session TBA

Summer session May 15, 2017-July 22,2017
The practice schedule will be posted weekly.

All swimmers need to complete a new BASA Swimmer information sheet. Any swimmer who does not have a current 2015-2016 USA Swimming registration on file with BASA, SES, and USA Swimming needs to complete the Athlete registration form and return it to a BASA Coach. Any parent who wishes to serve as meet officials need to have completed the necessary requirements and must have completed a Non-Athlete registration form. All of these forms can be found in the handout below.

Handout: 2012-2013 Registration Forms

Tuesday, August 25
Swim and Tri BASA team portal

Swim and Tri swim shop in Knoxville has established a team portal for BASA in their website.  Simply click on team portal on the upper left hand side of website then enter "thesharks" in the login prompt and you will be taken to special team deals on suits, goggles, bags and more.   If you don't see something you need let them know and they can most likely put it on our portal.  The website is .