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CRITERIA FOR GROUP CONSIDERATION

All groups listed in RED require Coach invitation to join

NATIONAL (14&O) – As the top group in the program, National group swimmers are expected to be the leaders of the TITAN program, give back to the community and lead the younger swimmers by example. To be considered for this group you must have at least 1 ISCA Junior National or 2 SUMMER Sectional qualifying time standards and maintain at least an 85% attendance rate.  The National group will be divided into two groups based on each swimmer’s training ability at the beginning of the season.


SECTIONAL (14&O) - Coaches expect swimmers to work toward entering the National group. To be considered for this group you must have at least 1 spring or summer sectional cut or 4 Senior Champs cuts and maintain at least an 85% attendance rate. 


SENIOR CHAMPS (14&O) – The SENIOR CHAMPS group strives to score at the NC Senior Championships.  To be considered for this group a swimmer must have at least 1 Senior Champs and/or 3 A times qualifying time standard and maintain at least an 80% attendance rate.


SENIOR CHALLENGE (14&O)- Swimmers in the SENIOR CHALLENGE group strive to achieve a NC Senior Championship Cut. To be considered for this group, swimmers must have achieved 4 USA Swimming BB qualifying time standards.


TAG 1 (13&14) – The TAG 1 group strives to final at Age Group Champs and Age Group Sectionals while shooting for Junior National time standards.  To be considered for this group: Boys must have 4 USA swimming “A” time standards, plus 1 Age Group Champs Cut; Girls must have 4 USA swimming “AA” time standards, plus 1 Age Group Champs cut and maintain an at least an 85% attendance rate. 


TAG 1.5 (13&14) –  Coaches expect swimmers to work toward entering the TAG 1, Sectional or National group.  To be considered for TAG1.5, a swimmer moving up from an 11&12 group must have at least 3 11&12 Age Group Champs cuts.  If they are coming from a 13&14 group they must have at least 1 13&14 Champs cut and maintain an at least an 80% attendance rate. 


GOLD (13-15)The GOLD group is the stepping stone to TAG 1 and Senior groups with the goal of achieving USA Swimming “A” and “AA” time standards.  To be considered for the Gold group, a swimmer moving up from an 11-12 group must have achieved at least 3 USA Swimming “BB” time standards.  A swimmer coming from a 13&14 group must have achieved at least 3 USA Swimming “B” standards.  If a swimmer will be 15 years old through the short course season, they may train with the GOLD group based on coach’s discretion. 


TAG 2 (11&12) – The TAG 2 group strives to final at Age Group Champs and Age Group Sectionals.  To be considered for this group, a swimmer moving up from a 10&U group must have 4 10&U USA swimming “AA” time standards.  If you are coming from an 11-12 group you must have 4 USA 11-12 “BB” time standards, plus 2 11-12 USA swimming “A” time standard.  Swimmers in the TAG 2 group are expected to maintain a 75% attendance rate. 


TAG 2.5 (11&12) – The TAG 2.5 Group are expected to work toward entering TAG 2, TAG 1.5 or TAG 1 group.  To be considered, a swimmer moving up from a 10&U group must have 4 10&U USA swimming “A” time standards. If you are moving from an 11-12 group, you must have 4 11-12 USA “BB” time standards.  Swimmers in the TAG 2 group are expected to maintain a 70% attendance rate. 


SILVER 1 (11&12) - The goal of this group is to achieve USA swimming “A” time standards.  To be considered for this group, a swimmer moving from a 10&U group must have achieved 1 USA “A” time standard.  If the swimmer is moving from an 11-12 group you must have 1 USA “BB” time standard plus 4 USA “B” time standards.    


SILVER 2 (11&12) – The goal of this group is to achieve USA Swimming “A” time standards.  To be considered for this group; a swimmer moving up from a 10&U group must have achieved a 10&U USA “BB” time standard.  If the swimmer is moving forward or up from an 11-12 group he or she must have achieved a USA “B” time standard.


TAG 3 (9&10) – The goal of TAG 3 is to place swimmers in the top 16 at Age Group State Championships and Age Group Sectional Championships.  To be considered for this group a 9-year-old swimmer must have USA Swimming “BB” time standards in three different strokes events.  If the swimmer is 10 years old they must have State Champs qualifying times in 2 events.  


BRONZE (9&10) –  The goal of this group is build a desire to improve with competitive spirit and progress to the TAG 3, TAG 2.5 or TAG 2 group.  Bronze swimmers should have achieved a USA “B” time standard in two different strokes. 


COPPER (7&8) – Swimmers should have previous competitive swimming experience in a year-round program or multiple years on a TSA team so that they are ready to commit to a year-round swimming program, including participation in competitive swim meets. At the start of the season swimmers must be able to legally race 50 yards in all 4 strokes and 100 yards in freestyle, as well as dive head first from the starting blocks and complete freestyle flip turns and open turns. There are no USA Swimming time standards for 8 & Unders so Titans time standards for this group are: 50 fly at 1:05; 50 backstroke at :55, 50 breaststroke at 1:00, and 50 freestyle at :50.


TEEN TITANS (13-18) – This group is design for those swimmers who prefers a five day a week program on a month-to-month commitment level.  This is a perfect program for swimmers wanting to excel at high-school swimming.


Jr. TITANS (8-12) - Jr. TITANS is a flow through program between our TITANS swim academy and our TITANS Challenge & Elite tracks. Jr. TITANS are comprised of swimmers, ages 12&U who express a beginner level of interest in competitive swimming and want to participate in USA Swimming meets.   Swimmers will be working on developing their technique in all four strokes while increasing their endurance levels. Swimmers must be able to swim 3 of the 4 competitive strokes and understand and apply the basic rules of competitive swimming according to USA Swimming standards.