Practice Group Info

Practice Group Information

Practice groups are tailored to the needs of swimmers in three different age/ability groups:

Developmental (elementary school)

Developmental swimmers are 10 years old / 5th grade and younger. Eight and under swimmers will have the opportunity to participate from October through February in monthly 8 and under competitions. These meets are fun and serve as a fantastic introduction to competition both as an individual and as a TIDE team member. Nine and older swimmers compete in Age Group meets with the older swimmers on the team.

Age Group (upper elementary, middle school)

Age Group swimmers compete monthly at local Virginia Swimming sanctioned competitions. If qualified (by meeting time standards), they can also attend Regional, State, and Eastern Zone level competitions. Team competition begins at Age Group level meets and continues through Senior level swimming.

Senior (high school)

Senior swimmers are positive and hardworking leaders of TIDE Swim Team. They create excellence for TIDE’s Age Group athletes.  Senior swimmers compete monthly at local Virginia Swimming sanctioned competitions. Many of our senior athletes also compete for their respective high school swim teams from December – February. Top performers can also attend state, sectional, and national level competitions.

 


 Swim Team Fees collected at registration

 Fee

Session Swimmers

Year Round Swimmers

TIDE Registration

$35.00 (per session)

$100

USA Swimming Registration

$70.00 (one time fee per year)

$70.00

Safe4Athletes Membership

$5.00 (one time fee per year)

$5.00




Developmental

Novice

This is our entry-level group into the TIDE Developmental Program. It is open to swimmers starting at 5 years old who can swim a length of the pool using both freestyle and backstroke. The group is offered in three, 11-week sessions. Novice swimmers enrolled in either of the first two sessions will be able to participate in local USA Swimming 8 and under meets; swimmers enrolled in the spring session will be given opportunities to race in a "Novice meet" created by the staff.

The purpose of the Novice group is to prepare swimmers for Tide 1 expectations by learning the skills necessary to be a TIDE swimmer. Swimmers will begin to construct the strokes used for competitive swimming through in-water instruction. Our focus is on breath control, balance, body position, and kicking.

Equipment required: TIDE cap, goggles, junior kickboard, mesh bag

Novice group sessions

Swimmers wishing to enroll in multiple sessions need to register for each session individually.

Term

Dates

Fall

September 6 - November 21

Winter

January 9 - March 23

Spring

March 27 - June 15

 

Monthly dues     $40.00 Hilltop / $60.00 Mt Trashmore            (YMCA Membership required, not included in the monthly dues)

Novice Practice Schedule

Hilltop YMCA

Time

Mon / Wed Group

4:00 – 4:30 pm

Tues / Thurs Group

4:00 – 4:30 pm

 

Mt Trashmore YMCA (indoor pool)

Time

Mon / Wed

4:15 – 5:00 pm


Tide 1

This is a skills oriented group. This group builds an awareness of the body line in freestyle and backstroke. Swimmers develop dolphin kick and body motion for butterfly. Swimmers are introduced to breaststroke kick and learn about body position.

Equipment required: Speedo Trialon rubber fins, junior kickboard, mesh bag, well fitting goggles, TIDE cap

Monthly dues $65.00       (YMCA Membership required, not included in the monthly dues)

Tide 1 Practice schedule        

Practice time and location changes from June 19 - July 31, 2017

 Hilltop YMCA

Time

Mon / Wed Group

4:30 - 5:15 pm

Tues / Thurs Group

4:30 - 5:15 pm


Tide 2

This is a skills oriented group. This group builds a strong awareness of the body line in freestyle and backstroke. Swimmers develop dolphin kick, body motion, and arm stroke for butterfly. Swimmers develop breaststroke kick and body position and learn about stroke legality.

Equipment required: Speedo Trialon rubber fins, junior kickboard, mesh bag, well fitting goggles, TIDE cap

Monthly dues $74.00      (YMCA Membership required, not included in the monthly dues)

Tide 2 Practice schedule

Practice time and location changes from June 19 - July 31, 2017

 Hilltop YMCA

Time

Mon / Wed Group

5:15 - 6:15 pm

Tues / Thurs Group

5:15 - 6:15 pm


Tide 3

This group continues skill refinement in all four competitive strokes with the objective of preparing the athlete for age group level swimming. TIDE 3 has a strong emphasis on drill work of stroke and also introduces swimmers to interval swimming. This group develops good racing habits, including underwaters and turns for all strokes.

Equipment required: Speedo Trialon fins, junior kickboard, Finis agility paddles, mesh bag, well fitting goggles, TIDE cap

Monthly dues $91.00        (YMCA Membership required, not included in the monthly dues)

Tide 3 Practice schedule

Practice time and location changes from June 19 - July 31, 2017

 Hilltop YMCA

Days

Time

Mon/Wed/Fri Group

Mon, Wed

6:15 - 7:15 pm

 

Fri

5:00 - 6:00 pm (combined practice)

Tues/Thurs/Fri Group

Tues, Thurs

6:15 - 7:15 pm

 

Fri

5:00 - 6:00 pm (combined practice)


Age Group

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Age Group Blue

Age Group Blue is the introductory group to our age group program. This group builds upon 4 competitive and legal strokes balancing skill work with interval swimming. Swimmers recognize how drills connect to whole strokes.  A mixture of skill, conditioning, racing, and fun is interspersed weekly within the practice schedule.   Age Group Blue swimmers develop solid practice habits and race strategy for successful age group swimming. Focus during practice is emphasized and expected for the transferring of skills into full stroke swimming.  This group is ideal for the 9-11 year old swimmer. 

Equipment required: Finis alignment board, small or medium pull buoy, mesh bag, Speedo Trialon rubber fins, goggles, Speedo bullet head adult snorkel, Finis agility paddles, TIDE cap

Monthly dues $104.00         (YMCA Membership required, not included in the monthly dues)  

Age Group Blue Practice schedule

Practice time and location changes from June 19 - July 31, 2017

 Group A

Mt Trashmore

 

Swim

Dryland

Location

Tues

5:00 - 6:00 pm

4:45 - 5:00 pm  

Indoor

Wed

5:00 - 6:00 pm 

 

Outdoor

Thurs

5:00 - 6:00 pm

4:45 - 5:00 pm  

Indoor

Sat

8:30 - 9:30 am 

 

Outdoor

 

 Group B

Mt Trashmore

 

Dryland

Swim

Location

Tues

6:10 - 6:25 pm

6:30 - 7:30 pm

Outdoor

Wed

 

 5:00 - 6:00 pm

Outdoor

Thurs

6:10 - 6:25 pm

6:30 - 7:30 pm

Outdoor

Sat

 

8:30 - 9:30 am

Outdoor


Age Group White

Age Group White places a strong emphasis on advancing and refining skills to develop an understanding of the whole stroke connection. Training sets are introduced as are race habits and strategies for swim meets. The goal is to give athletes the tools for success to transition into Age Group White Extended and/or Middle School Training. Athletes are encouraged to attend at least 3-4 workouts a week to see greatest improvement in swimming and racing skills.

Equipment required: Finis alignment board, small or medium pull buoy, mesh bag, Speedo Trialon rubber fins, goggles, Speedo bullet head adult snorkel, Finis agility paddles, TIDE cap

*Age Group White Extended: Age Group White Extended offers an additional practice for the most committed Age Group White swimmers who are aspiring to compete at the state level. Age Group White Extended helps prepare swimmers for Regional 1 and/or Middle School Training. This additional practice per week is by invitation only.

Monthly dues (AGW)  $125.00     (YMCA Membership required, not included in the monthly dues)  

Monthly dues (AGW-ext)  $149.00  

Age Group White Practice schedule

Practice time and location changes from June 19 - July 31, 2017

(Hilltop Morning Group)

 

Hilltop / Mt Trashmore

 

Swim

Dryland

Tuesday

6:00 - 7:15 am (Hilltop)

7:15 - 7:45 am

Wednesday

6:15 - 7:30 pm (combined - Mt Trashmore outdoor pool)

 

Thursday

6:00 - 7:15 am (Hilltop)

7:15 - 7:45 am

Saturday

7:15 - 8:30 am (combined - Mt Trashmore outdoor pool) 

 

(Tues/Thurs afternoon Group)

 

Mt Trashmore

 

Swim (outdoor pool)

Dryland

Tuesday

6:30 - 7:45 pm

5:50 – 6:20 pm 

Wednesday

6:15 - 7:30 pm (combined)

 

Thursday

6:30 - 7:45 pm

5:50 – 6:20 pm  

Saturday

7:15 - 8:30 am (combined) 

 

Age Group White  (Extended)

By invitation only

Register for Tues/Thurs afternoon group or Hilltop Morning group. Swimmers will also have practice on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday for a total of 5 practices per week.

Wed

5:00 - 6:15 pm

Mt Trashmore (outdoor)

Fri

5:00 – 6:15 pm

Mt Trashmore (outdoor)


Middle School Prep  - Conducted in 3 Sessions

Middle School Prep is a skill focused group that helps swimmers further develop both their stroke technique and endurance. This group builds 4 competitive strokes from a grass roots level. A mixture of skill, conditioning, and fun is interspersed in the 4 practices offered weekly. An integrated dryland program is part of the training. Swimmers are encouraged to participate in meets to help develop competitive skills and build momentum in the sport.

Equipment required: Finis alignment board, small pull buoy, mesh bag, Speedo Trialon rubber fins, goggles, Speedo bullet head adult snorkel, Strokemaker paddles, nose clip, TIDE cap

Three sessions are offered:

Swimmers wishing to enroll in multiple sessions need to register for each session individually.

Term

Dates

Session 1

September 6 - December 22

Session 2

January 3 - March 30

Session 3

April 3 - July 27

   

Monthly dues      $129.00     (no service hours requirement)

(YMCA Membership required, not included in the monthly dues)

Middle School Prep Practice schedule - School Year 

Practice time and location changes from June 19 - July 31, 2017

 

Mt Trashmore

 

Dryland

Swim (Indoor pool)

Monday

 

6:00 - 7:15 pm

Tuesday

5:30 - 6:00 pm

6:00 - 7:15 pm

Wednesday

 

6:00 - 7:15 pm

Thursday

5:30 - 6:00 pm

6:00 - 7:15 pm


Middle School Training 

Middle School Training is designed for the middle school athlete that is preparing for Region 1, High School Training, or Senior.  There is a strong emphasis on quality strokes that is combined with purposeful in-water training. An integrated dryland program is offered to swimmers in this group.  Athletes are encouraged to participate in meets as well as to attend 4 out of the 5 practices offered per week to see greatest improvements.

Equipment required: Finis alignment board, small pull buoy, mesh bag, Speedo Trialon rubber fins, goggles, Speedo bullet head adult snorkel, Strokemaker paddles, nose clip, TIDE cap

Monthly dues $149.00   (YMCA Membership required, not included in the monthly dues)

Middle School Training Practice schedule - School year

Practice time and location changes from June 19 - July 31, 2017

 

Mt Trashmore

 

Dryland

Swim (Outdoor pool)

Monday

 

7:45 – 9:00 pm

Tuesday

7:10 – 7:40 pm

7:45 – 9:00 pm

Wednesday

 

7:45 – 9:00 pm

Thursday

7:10 – 7:40 pm

7:45 – 9:00 pm

Saturday 

 

9:30 - 10:45 am


Regional 1

Coaches determine eligibility. The goal of Regional 1 is to develop a well prepared athlete - to equip swimmers with the tools for success needed to transition into TIDE's Regional 2, High School Training, or Senior groups. Training intensity is increased and athletes are expected to develop a consistent practice attendance and understand the relationship between practice attendances and meet results. The Regional 1 group will specifically work toward the practice goals of developing a good work ethic, continued stroke and technique development, and a love for racing! Athletes are strongly encouraged to set seasonal goals and represent TIDE Swim Team at Virginia Swimming's Age Group Champs. No attendance requirement, but athletes are encouraged to attend 5 practices per week in order to keep up with the fast paced momentum of the group and see the greatest improvements.

Equipment required: Finis alignment board, small or medium pull buoy, mesh bag, Speedo Trialon rubber fins, goggles, Speedo bullet head adult snorkel, finis agility paddles, nose clip, TIDE cap

Monthly dues  $167.00                  (YMCA Membership required, not included in the monthly dues)

Regional 1 Practice schedule

Practice time and location changes from June 19 - July 31, 2017

Swimmers will be assigned to a weekday morning small group session by the lead coach. Swimmers will not attend afternoon practice on the day they have their small group morning session. 

Morning Practice

 

Mt Trashmore

Princess Anne

 

Swim (Outdoor pool)

Dryland  

Tuesday small group

5:45 - 7:15 am

7:15 - 7:45 am

 

Thursday small group

5:45 - 7:15 am

7:15 - 7:45 am

 

Friday small group

5:45 - 7:15 am  

 

Saturday

   

9:00 - 10:30 am

Afternoon Practice

 

Mt Trashmore


Princess Anne

 

 

Swim

Dryland

 Swim

Dryland

Monday

5:00 - 6:30 pm

 

 

 

Tuesday

5:00 - 6:30 pm

6:30 - 7:00 pm

 

 

Wednesday

 

 

5:30 - 7:15 pm

7:20 - 7:50pm

Thursday

5:00 - 6:30 pm

6:30 - 7:00 pm

 

 

Friday

 5:00 -6:30 pm

 

 

 

Regional 2

Designed for 7th, 8th, and 9th grade athletes who have chosen swimming as their sole sport with a goal of taking their swimming to the highest level possible. Six practices offered per week with an integrated dryland program. 90% practice attendance is required with 100% attendance encouraged. Athletes at this level should be a multiple Age Group Champs qualifier and should be focused on being competitive at Virginia Swimming Age Group and Senior Champs. The Regional 2 group will be specifically working towards seasonal goals which include developing a good work ethic, continued stroke and technique development, goal setting for meets, and a love for racing! 

Equipment required: Hydro Tech 2 fins or DaFin kicks fins, Speedo Bullet head adult snorkel, kickboard, small  pull buoy, Speedo power paddle plus or Strokemaker paddles, nose clip, mesh bag, goggles, TIDE cap

Monthly dues  $192.00               (YMCA Membership required, not included in the monthly dues)

Regional 2 Practice schedule

Practice time and location changes from June 19 - July 31, 2017

Morning Practice 

Mt Trashmore

Princess Anne (swim)

Princess Anne (dryland)

Wednesday

5:00 – 6:30 am (indoor pool)

 

 

Saturday

 

7:00 - 9:00 am 

9:10 - 10:00 am

 

 Afternoon Practice

     Princess Anne

 

Dryland

Swim

Monday

5:50 - 6:20 pm

6:30 - 8:30 pm

Tuesday

6:40 - 7:30 pm  4:30 - 6:30 pm

Wednesday (at coach's discretion, case by case only)

 

4:30 - 6:30 pm (with senior)

Thursday

5:50 - 6:20 pm

6:30 - 8:30 pm

Friday

 6:40 - 7:30 pm  4:30 - 6:30 pm

Senior:

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High School Training (offered by session only)

Practice is designed to meet the scheduling needs of multi-sport athletes and athletes that want get a jump start on their High School swimming and summer league training.  The main goal of our High School Training group is to continue to develop a love for the sport of swimming by teaching new skills, giving swimmers new challenges, and helping them to enjoy racing. Five practices offered per week and an integrated dryland program. Members are encouraged to attend as many practices per week as possible to maximize the benefits of training.

Equipment required: Finis alignment board, small pull buoy, mesh bag,  Speedo short blade training fins, goggles, Speedo bullet head adult snorkel, Strokemaker paddles, nose clip, TIDE cap

Registration is available in sessions. Session registration is a way to swim on the year round team without the year round commitment. It is perfect for fall and/or spring sport athletes and pre-summer league or summer training. 

Monthly swimmer dues   

$159.00 (fall, spring, summer)            (no service hours requirement)

$135.00 (winter)

YMCA membership required, not included in fees above.

Four sessions are offered:

High School Prep   (Fall)                   Sept 6 - Nov 30

Winter Training                                 Dec 1 - Feb 28

Spring Tune Up                                 Mar 1 - June 30           

Summer Training                            June 30 - July 28           

 

High School Training  (Mt Trashmore Group)                     Fall Session

 

Mt Trashmore

 

Dryland

Swim (Outdoor pool)

Monday

3:15 – 3:45 pm

3:45 - 5:00 pm

Tuesday

3:15 – 3:45 pm

3:45 - 5:00 pm

Wednesday

 

3:15 - 4:30 pm

Thursday

3:15 – 3:45 pm

3:45 - 5:00 pm

Friday

 

3:15 - 4:30 pm

 

High School Training  (Mt Trashmore Group)                   Winter Session

 

Mt Trashmore

 

Dryland

Swim (Outdoor pool)

Monday

 

3:45 - 5:00 pm

Tuesday

5:00 - 5:30 pm

3:45 - 5:00 pm

Wednesday

 

3:45 - 5:00 pm

Thursday

5:00 - 5:30  pm

3:45 - 5:00 pm

 

High School Training  (Mt Trashmore Group)                   Spring Session

 

Mt Trashmore

 

Dryland

Swim (Outdoor pool)

Monday

 

3:45 - 5:00 pm

Tuesday

5:00 – 5:30 pm

3:45 - 5:00 pm

Wednesday

 

3:45 - 5:00 pm

Thursday

5:00 – 5:30 pm

3:45 - 5:00 pm

Friday

 

3:45 - 5:00 pm

High School Training  (Princess Anne Group)       Fall, Spring, Summer Only

Practice time and location changes from June 19 - July 31, 2017

 

Princess Anne

 

Swim

Dryland

Monday

4:30 - 5:45 pm

 

Tuesday

4:30 -5:45 pm

5:50 - 6:20 pm

Wednesday

 4:30 - 5:45 pm  

Thursday

4:30 - 5:45 pm

5:50 - 6:20 pm

Friday (Fall and Spring only)

4:30 - 5:45 pm

 

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Senior

Equipment required: kickboard, small pull buoy, mesh bag, Hydro Tech 2 fins, goggles, Speedo bullet head adult snorkel, Strokemaker paddles, nose clip, TIDE cap

Goals of our Senior  Group

  • Show ability to train at a senior group level and appropriately for an athlete's age and goals
  • Take a leadership position on our club with both attitude and actions
  • Actively set goals and be in communication with lead coach about these goals
  • Display positive attitude and actions that help foster both individual and team success

Monthly dues $205.00       (YMCA Membership required, not included in the monthly dues)

Senior Practice Schedule 

Begins October 1 

Morning Practice at Princess Anne

 

Dryland

Swim

Tuesday

5:00 - 6:30 am

 

Wednesday

 

 5:00 - 6:30 am

Friday

5:00 - 6:30 am

 

Saturday

 

7:00 - 10:00 am

 

Afternoon Practice at Princess Anne

 

Dryland

Swim

Monday

3:30 - 4:20 pm (1st)

6:40 - 7:30 pm (2nd)

4:30 - 6:30 pm

Tuesday

 

4:00 - 7:00 pm

Wednesday

3:30 - 4:20 pm (1st)

6:40 - 7:30 pm (2nd)

 4:30 - 6:30 pm

Thursday

3:30 - 4:20 pm (1st)

6:40 - 7:30 pm (2nd)

4:30 - 6:30 pm 

Friday

   4:00 - 7:00 pm

 

 

 

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