Kansas City Blue Wave Swim Team

Practice Groups

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National:

  • Typical Age: 15+
  • Competitive Swim Experience: 3-11 years
  • Entrance Criteria: Coach's Invitation
  • Expectations: Continued refinement of technical skills; increased aerobic, core strength & strength training; continued development and improvement of interpersonal & team skills; competitive focus on championship & regional meets
  • Practice Offerings: Practice Duration: 2 hours     Frequency: 10 practices/weekly

Senior:

  • Typical Age: Incoming Freshman
  • Competitive Swim Experience: 3-11 years
  • Entrance Criteria: Coach's Discretion; Must be an incoming freshman in high school
  • Expectations: Continued refinement of technical skills; increased aerobic, core strength & strength training; continued development and improvement of interpersonal & team skills; competitive focus on championship & regional meets
  • Practice Offerings: Practice Duration: 2 hours     Frequency: 8 practices/weekly

Blue:

  • Typical Age: 13-14
  • Competitive Swim Experience: 3-7 years
  • Entrance Criteria: Coach's Discretion; Achieve 'B Cuts' in Freestyle and at least one odd stroke in the 13-14 age group in the 100 & 200 Distances
  • Expectations: Continued refinement of technical skills; increased aerobic, core strength & strength training; priority on interpersonal & team skills (leadership, goal setting, self-accountability); competitive focus on championships and regional meets
  • Practice Offerings: Practice Duration: 2 hours        Frequency: 8 practices/weekly

Orange:

  • Typical Age: 13-14
  • Competitive Swim Experience: Coach's Discretion
  • Entrance Criteria: Coach's Discretion; Must be at least 9 years old; Achieve 'A Cuts' in Freestyle and at least one odd stroke in their current age group in the 100s and higher or a 13-14 'B Cut' time in the same events
  • Expectations: Continued refinement of technical skills; focus on interpersonal & team skills (leadership, goal setting, self-accountability); focus on district and championship competitions; to introduction to core strength training
  • Practice Offerings: Practice Duration: 1.75 hours    Frequency: 6 practices/weekly

Hurricane:

  • Typical Age: 9-12
  • Competitive Swim Experience: 2-4 years
  • Entrance Criteria: Coach's Discretion; Must be at least 9 years old; Achieve 'A Cuts' in Freestyle and at least one odd stroke in their current age group in the 100s and higher or a 13-14 'B Cut' time in the same events
  • Expectations: Continued refinement of technical skills; focus on interpersonal & team skills (leadership, goal setting, self-accountability); focus on district and championship competitions; to introduction to core strength training
  • Practice Offerings: Practice Duration: 1.75 hours    Frequency: 6 practices/weekly

Typhoon:

  • Typical Age: 12 & U
  • Competitive Swim Experience: 1-3 years
  • Entrance Criteria: Coach's Discretion; Successfully complete the IM Ready or IMX Challenge for their current age group (requires competition); Achieve at least 1 10&U 'B Cut' Time Standard (requires competition)
  • Expectations: Expand and refine technical skills; improve physical stamina and aerobic training yardage; learn how to interval train (use pace clock)
  • Practice Offerings: Practice Duration: 1.5 hours     Frequency: 5 practices/weekly

Monsoon:

  • Typical Age: Open
  • Competitive Swim Experience: Little to 1 year
  • Entrance Criteria: Coach's Discretion; Can legally complete a 50 of 3 of the competition strokes and the 100 IM
  • Expectations: Expand and refine technical skills; improve physical stamina to enable swimmers to complete 50 yards legally of each competitive stroke
  • Practice Offerings: Practice Durations: 1.25 hours  Frequency: 4 practices/weekly

Pre-Comp (Otters):

  • Typical Age: Open
  • Competitive Swim Experience: None
  • Entrance Criteria: Coach's Discretion; Demonstrate basic knowledge of backstroke and freestyle; swim unaided for a minimum of 25 yards using any stroke
  • Expectations: Learn correct stroke; turn & dive technique; For a strong technical foundation for successful competitive swimming
  • Practice Offerings: Practice Duration: 1 hour         Frequency: 4 practices/weekly