Jul 3, 2020 - Have fun this weekend
Please have fun this weekend but most importantly be smart and safe! In anticipation of the July 4 holiday and the potential for increased social interactions that could spread COVID-19, it is vital ...
Jun 9, 2020 - Test Groups
We will run test groups on Wednesday June 10th and Thursday June 11 th . Test groups will run from 8-8:45 and 9-9:45 Group 1 Wednesday 8-8:45 am Group 2 Wednesday 9-9:45 am Jen L Kali F Sophie Lib...
Jun 9, 2020 - BLA Practice update, guidelines, test groups and practice groups
Jun 9, 2020 - Practice Update
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Jun 5, 2020 - Another update but nothing really new!
Friday night June 5th Hopefully we will have a solid set of guidelines by Monday night. I will update everyone as soon as we get some guidelines from Minnesota Swimming! Sorry for the delay but we a...
Jun 5, 2020 - BLA update pools
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May 27, 2020 - BLA update
BLA update COVID-19 First, we hope everyone is doing well and looking forward to online learning almost being done! We understand that everyone is going through some tough times right now. Pool Updat...
May 27, 2020 - BLA update #2 May 27th
Just to be clear that yes there have been changes but as stated it is up to the facility on when they open. In my opinion the earliest I see a pool being open would be June 8th. That also gives us t...
Mar 25, 2020 - BLA update
Blackline Aquatics Update A lot has happened in the last week and the immediate future promises to be the same. Having said that we have come up with a plan. This will be reassessed as needed over the...
Jan 27, 2020 - Tech Suits
With the new year upon us, the USA Swimming 12&Under Tech Suit ban will be here before we know it. If your swimmer will be 12&Under in September 2020, this suit ban can be confusing and a little daunt...
Oct 11, 2019 - What I Wish I'd Known As An Age Group Swimmer
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Oct 8, 2019 - Life of a College swimmer
A Day in the Life of a College Swimmer by Michelle Lombana | Swim in College Monday morning starts with an alarm ringing at 5:30 a.m., then 5:35, then 5:40. I need all three because I often don...
Sep 20, 2019 - Yoga for swimmers
Jul 10, 2019 - Practice pain and injury pain
Jul 8, 2019 - comfortable or uncomfortable
What is the goal of practices? Stay comfortable so you always feel good or push yourself to be uncomfortable to get better? Doing the hard stuff is what thins the herd. Each swimmer in all groups or o...
Jun 27, 2019 - Championship T-Shirts
Order your team championship t-shirt by this Sunday.
May 1, 2019 - Nick Saban
“We have about five choices in our life. We can be bad at what we do. We can be average at what we do. We can be good at what we do, which probably is God’s expectation for whatever ability He gave ...
Apr 20, 2019 - Great 5 minute read
Apr 9, 2019 - Eddie Reese Knowledge
ASCA THOUGHT OF THE DAY: Eddie Reese on Age Group Development “If you take a 12/13 year old and you do something very aerobic for two years, you’ll get a lot more out of that than when they are 20/2...
Mar 14, 2019 - Age Group Practice canceled today
All age groups practices at Falcon Ridge are canceled today due coaches have some house issues with snow and rain. Mother Nature is winning the battle right now. Sorry!!
Feb 20, 2019 - 2/20/19
Enjoy your day off, help your parents with the driveway. We will know more about practices later in the afternoon. Remember no one practice is that vital so remember to use your judgement.
Feb 16, 2019 - practice change for Monday 2/18/19
SHPG , Senior Prep and High School Prep are changed for Monday to 8-10am
Feb 14, 2019 - Rochester Invite Where are you?
T Rochester Invite a MAJOR Checkpoint. What we can take from it and will you be ready mentally? Rochester Invite =A Focus meet, no rest but suited up for a chance to get mentally get pumped and swim...
Jan 8, 2019 - Coaches Update Balancing Youth Sports and Family Life
Oct 10, 2018 - UofM pack the pool
The University of Minnesota Mens' and Womens' swimming and diving teams are inviting high school swim teams to the Gophers' home meet against Iowa and South Dakota State on October 27th. PackTh...
Sep 8, 2018 - Registration, Try-outs and college recruiting
1. Thanks to the families who have registered and if you haven’t yet please take care of the 2018-19 BLA registration. 2. BLA try-outs on September 11th at 6:30pm Dakota Hills 3. Recruiting Info: Sc...
Sep 1, 2018 - Try outs
Our next team tryout has been set for September 11 at 6:30 at Dakota Hills Middle School. Please help spread the word!
Aug 10, 2018 - 2018-19 Registration
2018-19 Registration Aug 11, 2018 - Sep 17, 2018 Registration Deadline September 16, 2018 Only For Billing Group(s) AG 1, AG 2, AG 3, Coaches, High School Prep Seasonal, Senior High Performance Grou...
Jun 14, 2018 - John's Update
May 20, 2018 - John�s Update Dealing Doubt
May 10, 2018 - Florida info
Florida Meet: I will post my flight time and yes some kids end up on that flight. I will send a time range of when swimmer should arrive. Some families are going and some swimmers are going down on ...
Apr 20, 2018 - How to get comfortable in the uncomfortable.
Apr 19, 2018 - Good article on multi-sport athletes
Apr 17, 2018 - Failure is needed for success
Apr 3, 2018 - Tuesday April 3rd
All practices are canceled for Tuesday April 3rd. You gotta love living in MN!
Mar 20, 2018 - John's Update
Dear Blackline Swimmers & Families, It has been a fantastic beginning to our championship season and conclusion to our regular season by all the swimmers. I want to thank all of you (swimmers, familie...
Mar 12, 2018 - Orlando Nationals
NCSA Orlando Facts: This is your first monster meet with incredible depth! The pool is old but one of the best. It is not pretty but it has had many world records set in this Pool. Warm-up is a ZOO,...
Mar 9, 2018 - Saturday 3/10/18
Anyone coming to practice at STA tomorrow morning enter the upper doors.
Mar 5, 2018 - Monday March 5th
ISD196 and STA are closed today. Please check the website at 230 this afternoon for a practice announcement.
Mar 5, 2018 - All Practices canceled today 3/5/18
All Practices canceled today 3/5/18
Mar 4, 2018 - Snow Day
STA is closed tomorrow Monday March 5th so check the web site for practice changes. There will not be any practices at the STA
Mar 2, 2018 - 35W close will impact the Edina meet this weekend
From the Edina Swim Club we wanted to inform you of a weekend road closure on 35W between I-94 and Hwy 62. Please plan alternate routes to get to our pool so that you are not delayed. For more infor...
Feb 27, 2018 - Unified Circle
Can we become a unified circle of power. This is from my sons college football coach Phil Jackson said, "What moves me is watching young men bond together and tap into the magic that arises when they ...
Feb 25, 2018 - John’s update
Feb 21, 2018 - John's Update 2/21/18 Summer Championship Meet
Summer Championship Meet! This is a meet where we could bring up to 30 swimmers! Looking at the results you need to be fast to win events but second swims are possible. This could be a REAL team mee...
Feb 13, 2018 - Rochester Final Psych Sheet - 2/12/18
Feb 11, 2018 - John's Update 2/11/18
Feb 8, 2018 - Article makes me think
I read this article and I thought it is one that everyone needs to read.
Feb 7, 2018 - A3 VICI Now Available
Now Available in BLACK! The world's most technologically-advanced, Fina approved racing suit is here, and it's now available in BLACK! Remember the BLA Discount State: $299.25 Sectional/Futures C...
Feb 5, 2018 - John's Update 2/5/18
3 Things to Think About Before the Big Meet By Grace Hoffmann, Swimming World College Intern After winter training, a swimmer’s mind can start to become consumed with thoughts surrounding their end ...
Jan 28, 2018 - John's Update 1/28/18
Jan 23, 2018 - Practice 1/23/18
Practice today 1/23/18 is on as scheduled. No changes! Enjoy the snow day but then we have practice as listed.
Jan 22, 2018 - John's Update 1 day late
Another good article from ASCA! Just a reminder that all BLA practices are canceled today 1/22/18 It's Not About Butterfly (or back, or breast, or free...) Guy Edson, ASCA Staff Coach (giving ...
Jan 22, 2018 - All Practices canceled today 1/22/18
All Practices canceled today 1/22/18
Jan 17, 2018 - Coaches Honor
It is with great pleasure that the National High School Athletic Coaches Association announces the advancement of John Barnes from Saint Thomas Academy as a finalist for the National High School...
Jan 14, 2018 - John's Note 1/14/18
Jan 7, 2018 - John 1st 2018 Note
A compilation of some things I’ve heard over the years from other coaches. Ten thoughts for swimmers: 1. Happiness comes from working hard on meaningful things. This is the true human spirit. Learn it...
Dec 24, 2017 - Merry Christmas News from John
Dec 17, 2017 - John's Sunday Eye Opener
Dec 10, 2017 - John'S News 12/10/17 ASCA
Hard Work even in the club season. Everyone will focus during their high school season, never miss a practice, be on time, all the little things maybe because their HS coach will babysit that but wh...
Dec 3, 2017 - John's News 12/3/17 From ASCA
Nov 30, 2017 - John's News
My coaching and leadership principles My Top Ten: Make it personal, show your athletes you care! Treat your athletes with respect Be honest and consistent Build your team from bottom up make everyone ...
Oct 31, 2017 - BLA BSN Team Store
BLACK LINE is now open! Find items that I've picked out specifically for our team. There is also spiritwear available for your family and friends. Check out the shop details below. OUR SHOP DETAILS ...
Oct 23, 2017 - BLA Facebook Page
The BLA facebook page is another great souce of swimming news. We try to keep up with the BLA college swimmers and how they are doing during the year. Please check us out if you use social media.
Oct 23, 2017 - University of Minnesota Swimming & Diving Pack the Pool On Friday, November 3
University of Minnesota Swimming & Diving Pack the Pool On Friday, November 3 come watch the Gophers take on Michigan, Wisconsin, and Penn State in their annual Pack the Pool Night. This is a gre...
Sep 14, 2017 - Team Apparel and Equipment
Team apparel is open for ordering through our team store found on the website or following the following link... We recommend team apparel...
Aug 28, 2017 - Team Fees
**Team Fees** All groups, except Seasonal High School Prep swim year around. Groups Yearly Fee* 5% discount when you pay yearly Registration Fee Monthly Fee Session Fee ** Senior High Performan...
Aug 17, 2017 - 2017-18 Registration will open on August 28th.
The 2017-18 BLA registration will open on August 28th. More information will be sent your email accounts.