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BlueThunder/ BlueJets/ BlueLightning

 

Updated fall 2018

BLUETHUNDER, BLUEJETS & BLUELIGHTNING 
PRACTICE GROUP CRITERIA

The BLUE practice groups are designed to give 9 to 11-year-old (some younger) swimmers a positive and technically sound swimming experience, as well as appropriately challenging the swimmer’s depending on his or her experience in the sport of swimming.  

The three levels of the BLUE GROUPS are BLUETHUNDER, BLUEJETS and BLUELIGHTNING.  


The BLUETHUNDER practice group is made up of swimmers ages 10 and under. Swimmers at this level have swim team and meet experience.  They will focus on stroke refinement, kick technique and increased aerobic development. Additional skills such as working with teammates, following directions, swimming as a group and listening to coaches will also be developed. Swimmers considered for the BLUETHUNDER group must demonstrate their abilities using the following criteria:

  • Legally swim and kick two lengths (50 yards) of the pool in all four competitive strokes
  • Have achieved at least two 9-10 C times, or two 8 and under BB times
  • Able to swim 10 X 50 @ (1:10) and kick 10 X 50 @ 1:20
  • Attend a minimum of two 60-minute practices out of five practices offered each week
  • Willing to participate in at least one novice event, or swim meet, in Short Course or Long Course seasons
  • Swimmers also must demonstrate emotional readiness for this group through listening to coaches; grasping and applying instructions; and being a great teammate (click HERE for a complete list of Group Placement Criteria).
     

The BLUEJETS practice group is made up of swimmers ages 9, 10, or 11, who are within the first six months of their 11th birthday. Swimmers at this level have experience training and competing in all four competitive swim strokes. They will refine stroke and kick technique; increase aerobic development; and sharpen practice skills necessary to compete in the sport of swimming. In addition, racing strategies and techniques will be introduced in preparation for the next level swim experience. Swimmers considered for the BLUEJETS group must be able to meet, or exceed, the following criteria:

  • Achieved MN Swim “B” or faster time standards for the 10 & under age group in...                     
           two 50 yard/meter events;
          and one 100 yard/meter event 
  • Complete challenge sets: 
          SWIM 10 x 75 @ 1:30
          KICK 10 x 50 @ 1:15
  • Attend at least three to four 75-minute practices out of five practices offered each week (minimum 60% practice attendance/month)
  • Swimmers must work toward developing a swim meet event repertoire that combines the four competitive strokes and distances of 50s, 100s; and either (or both) the 200 FR & 200 IM; or register a USA Swimming IMX score
  • Swimmers also must demonstrate emotional readiness for this group through listening to coaches; grasping and applying instructions; and being a great teammate (click HERE for a complete list of Group Placement Criteria).


The BLUELIGHTNING practice group is made up of swimmers ages 9, 10, or 11, who are within the first six months of their 11th birthday. Swimmers at this level have experience training and competing in all four competitive swim strokes.They will refine stroke and kick technique; increase aerobic development and sharpen practice skills necessary to compete in the sport of swimming. In addition, racing strategies and techniques will be introduced in preparation of their next level swim experience. Swimmers considered for the BLUELIGHTNING group must be able to meet, or exceed, the following criteria:

  • Achieved MN Swim “A” or faster time standards for the 10 & under age group in…
          two 50 yard/meter events  
          and one 100 yard/meter event 
  • Complete challenge sets: 
          SWIM 10 x 75 @ 1:20

           and KICK 10 x 50 @ 1:05
  • Attend four to five 90-minute practices out of the five offered each week (minimum 80% practice attendance/month)
  • Register a USA Swimming IMX score
  • Swimmers also must demonstrate emotional readiness for this group through listening to coaches; grasping and applying instructions; and being a great teammate (click HERE for a complete list of Group Placement Criteria).