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Practice Groups

Blue Tide has the perfect practice group for your swimmer, no matter their age or ability. Read more about the criteria for each group and practice times and locations below. *Coaches may adjust practice times as needed.   

Tidal Wave

Age: 10 & Under

-Knowledge of 4 strokes and legal in at least 2 strokes

-Coaches discretion of training

Typical Practice Location and Time:
K-Park 4:30-5:15, M-F

BTA Pool 3:00-3:45, Sat

(M-W-F or T-TH-SA Practice Groups)

Equipment: Fins and Kickboard


 

Orange

Age: 10 & Under

-Legal in all 4 strokes

-Coaches discretion of training

Typical Practice Location and Time:
K-Park 5:15-6:15 M-F

BTA Pool 3:45-4:45, Sat

(M-W-F or T-TH-SA Practice Groups)

Equipment: Fins and Kickboard

Red

Age: 10 & Under

-Must know all four strokes

-Coaches discretion of training

Typical Practice Location and Time:
BTA Pool 5:30-7:00 PM (5:30-5:45 dryland), M-F

Equipment: Kickboard, fins, indoor/outdoor reflective goggles, water bottle

Bronze

Age: 10 & Under

-Must have a "B" Time

-Must maintain at least 80% attendance

-Must know all four strokes

-Coaches discretion of training 

Typical Practice Location and Time:

K-Park 4:30-6:00 PM (Dryland 4:30-4:45), M-F

BTA Pool 1:30-3:00, Sat

Equipment: kickboard, fins, pull buoy, paddles, snorkel.

White

Age: 11-14 years old & coaches discretion of training. 

Description: Developing swimmers to achieve the best in the pool and strive for higher standards. Instilling essential skills and progressing through the BTA program

Typical Practice Location and Time:
KHS 5:30- 7:00 PM (Dryland 6:45-7:00), M-F

Equipment: Kickboard, pull buoy, paddles, fins, snorkel(preferred), spare goggles and caps.  

Silver

Age: 11-14 years old

-Must have a "BB" time

-Must maintain at least 80% attendance

-Coaches discretion of training

Typical Practice Location and Time:
KHS 5:30-7:30 PM(Dryland5:30-5:45) M-F

BTA Pool 12-1:45, Sat

Equipment: Kickboard, fins, pull buoy, paddles, snorkel, mesh bag, water bottle.

Gold

Age: 11-14 years old

-Must have an "A" time

-Must maintain at least 80% attendance

-Coaches discretion of training

Typical Practice Location and Time:

K-Park 5:40-8:00 PM (5:40-6:00 Dryland), M-F

BTA Pool 10-12, Sat

Equipment: Fins(short and long), kickboard, paddles, pull buoy, water bottle, snorkel, temp trianer(preferred)

National 1

-Must be going into or in High School

-Must have a sectional time or bonus cut

-Must maintain 85% attendance

-Coaches discretion of training

When an athletes desire and talent combine to put them at the Sectionals level, the athlete is eligible for BTAs National 1 group. This training program strives for athletic and personal excellence in and out of the water. Successful athletes in the National 1 group will have a full commitment to BTA, maintain a growth mindset, be highly competitive, very coachable, and live a championship lifestyle. The goal of this group is to maximize every athletes ability and score at a National level. National 1 will train primarily at the BTA pool. Athletes will train in the water two hours a day and do dry-land at BTA 45 minutes a day six days a week. 

Typical Practice Location and Time:

BTA Pool 3:30- 6:15 PM (5:30-6:15 Dryland), M-F

BTA Pool 8-10AM, Sat

Equipment: Equipment bag, kickboard, pull buoy, paddles, fins, snorkel

National 2

Age: 14 & older

-Must be in High School

-Coaches discretion of training

Blue Tide Aquatics National 2 group is designed to help high school level athletes reach their goals. Athletes want to compete in USA Swimming and potentially balance this desire with outside interests. That said, training at this level is based on athletes attending six practices a week, year-round. Athletes will train primarily out of Kingwood High School, will do so in the water one hour and forty-five minutes a day and do dry-land for 30-40 minutes a day. 

Typical Practice Location and Time:

KHS 3:30-6;15 PM (5:30-6:15 Dryland) M-F

BTA Pool 6-8AM, Sat

Equipment: Kickboard, fins, pull buoy, paddles, snorkel

National 3

Age: 14 & older

-Must be in High School

-Coaches discretion of training

The National 3 group is designed primarily for high school JV swimmers. This group has no attendance requirement and training will be somewhat more general to accommodate the varying interests and abilities within the group. This group will train later in the evening at Kingwood High School (to allow JV athletes to rest between training sessions) for one hour and forty-five minutes and do dryland for 30 minutes everyday. 

Typical Practice Location and Time:

KPark 5:40- 8:00 PM (5:40-6:00 Dryland) M-F

BTA Pool 6-8AM, Sat

Equipment: Kickboard, fins, pull buoy, paddles, snorkel