New Trier Aquatics Programs:
New Trier Aquatics (NTA) is a community based organization that develops athletes 5 years and older. The use of multiple levels allows specific instruction for each athlete during their time with the program. All movement between levels is based on a combination of skill and age progression and is solely at the discretion of the Head Coach. Below you will find a brief description of our overall group structure along with links to individual group descriptions.
Masters offers continued competitive opportunities for adults at all stages of their swimming careers! Swimmers participating in Masters may range in skill from beginner to Masters World Record Holder - wherever you're at, we have a place for you!
14 & Under Youth Polo
This is NTA's first level of Water Polo and serves as an opportunity for youth development and introduction to the competitive water polo world. Athletes in this group will begin with basic Polo skills and progress to more and more advanced playing opportunities. Competitions will be introduced as the season progresses.
18 & Under Competitive
This is NTA's advanced Water Polo program! Athletes in this program will continue to hone their playing skills through more advanced practices, tougher competition, and a more rigourous practice schedule. Competitions will take place at the discretion of the Director of Water Polo. This is restricted to high school members and invited advanced Middle School athletes at the coaches' discretion.
New Trier Introductory
New Trier Introductory is NTA’s first level for K, 1st, and 2nd graders; it is aimed to teaching young swimmers the “NTA way”. Introductory swimmers will learn the language and skills that will provide a smooth transition through NTA. Swimmers will practice twice per week on a Tuesday or Wednesday, and Saturday afternoons. Basic knowledge of swimming will be built on throughout the season so that they leave this level prepared to move into our Novice or Higher levels. This level is instructional in nature and emphasizes a basic introduction to competitive swimming skills while having fun. Swimmers must be at least 5 years old to enter this level. This group will be split into a Tuesday/Saturday group and a Wednesday/Saturday group to best promote ideal swimmer to coach ratios and best use of pool space available.
This is NTA’s first level for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. Practice is offered twice per week and swimmers will participate in a number of select meets. Swimmers will be building competitive swimming skills by refining all strokes. This level will be split into a Monday/Wednesday group and a Tuesday/Thursday group, with an optional Saturday make-up practice.
Development is NTA’s second competitive level. This level will focus on continued development of technical knowledge and begin to introduce some training elements into practice. There will be an introduction to NTA’s dryland progression. Swimmers will be asked to compete once per month and represent NTA at all Championship Meets for which they qualify. Swimmers in Development will be in 2nd through 4th grade. The three Development groups are listed below. Descriptions can be found by clicking on each group name:
Age Group is NTA’s third competitive level. This level will further develop the skills learned in previous levels. There will be an emphasis placed on training, while working alongside continued skill progression. Swimmers will continue to follow NTA’s dryland progression. There will be an expectation that swimmers compete at least once per month and represent NTA at all Championship Meets for which they qualify. Age Group swimmers will be in 5th and 6th grade. The three Age Group swim groups are listed below. Descriptions can be found by clicking on each group name:
Junior is NTA’s transitional level from Age Group to Senior swimming. This level is designed for athletes to develop high level swimming skills and prepare for advanced competitive training. Dryland activities will continue to grow following NTA’s dryland progression. There will be an expectation that swimmers follow the Lead Coach’s swim meet plan for each season and represent NTA at all Championship Meets for which they qualify. Junior swimmers will be in 7th and 8th grade. The three Junior groups are listed below. Descriptions can be found by clicking on each group name:
Senior is NTA’s final level. This level is designed for high school aged athletes who are looking to fine tune their swimming to get the most out of the sport and pursue their specific goals. Dryland will be an important aspect of training as well as swim meet participation. All athletes must represent NTA at Championship Meets for which they qualify. The three Senior groups are listed below. Descriptions can be found by clicking on each group name: