Group Placement Information
 

See 2020-2021 Criteria for Group Consideration
 

The “TITANS Tracks” program is geared toward the long-term development of each individual athlete.  A well-defined, long-term approach of gradually increasing degrees of commitment is essential for attaining peak performance.  In our younger age-groups, emphasis will be placed on developing a swimmer's technical skills and their love for the sport.  As each swimmer grows through the sport, the physical and psychological demands of swimming will grow with them.  If the physical and psychological demands out pace their development, any short-term gains will soon be negated and often result in athletes not reaching their maximum potential as senior swimmers.

To effect long-term results, proper training groups are essential.  Swimmers need to be compatible in the following areas:

1. Age
2. Training Ability
3. Competitive Aspirations
4. Commitment Level

Please note that proper group placement is essential to each individual's development.  Placement in a training group that is more advanced than a swimmer's current level of development will result in a slower rate of progression over the long-term.  That said, just because a swimmer is physically capable of handling a higher level of training does not in and of itself justify participation at that level.

NOTE: Registration approval does not guarantee a placement in the group for which you registered. Each of the above four criteria will be taken into account when doing any Group Placement, Evaluations or Tryout periods (if required) for every group.

 

Try-Outs

In the event that the number of qualified registered athletes who meet a specific group's guidelines exceeds the size cap due to space limitations, the Lead Coach for that group will invite each of the qualified athletes to a two week practice trial period.  At the conclusion of that trial period, the Lead Coach will notify the invited athletes.  The notification date is determined by the Lead Coach.  If the athlete declines the invitation, the invitation may then be extended to next athlete on the Lead Coach’s list.  Athletes who do not receive or decline an invitation will be offered a place in the appropriate open group.

NOTE: Tryouts will typically occur during open registration periods. However, there may be individual tryouts during the season if an athlete is demonstrating the ability and characteristics for the next higher group.

 

Move-Ups

There are natural times in the swimming season during which group changes are typically made. The two most obvious ones are the interval between short-course and long-course season and then during the registration period when transitioning from long-course to short-course. There may also be times during a season when an athlete is consistently demonstrating, in both practice and competition, that he/she is ready to take the next step in development.

 

2020-2021 Criteria for Group Consideration

All groups listed in RED require Coach invitation to join

OLYMPIC ELITE (14&O) - As the top group in the program, Olympic Elite swimmers are expected to work towards achieving Olympic Trial qualifications. To be considered for this group, swimmers must achieve the following: Women - 1 USA Swimming Winter Junior National qualifying time or 3 Futures cuts; Men - 1 USA Swimming Winter Junior National qualifying time or 2 Futures cuts.


NATIONAL (14&O) – Swimmers in the National group work towards scoring at the Senior Sectional meets and USA Futures Championships. To be considered for this group a swimmer must have at least 1 USA Futures cut or 4 Senior Sectional qualifying time standards and maintain at least an 85% attendance rate. 


SECTIONAL (14&O) - Coaches expect Sectional swimmers to work toward scoring at Senior Championship meets and entering the National group. To be considered for this group a swimmer must have at least 1 spring or summer sectional cut and 2 Senior Champs cuts or 4 Senior Champs cuts. A swimmer moving from a 13-14 year old group must have at least 6 Age Group Champs cuts. All swimmers must maintain at least an 85% attendance rate. 


SENIOR CHAMPS (14&O) – The Senior Champs group strives to get multiple swims at the NC Senior Championship meet.  To be considered for this group a swimmer must have at least 1 Senior Champs cut and/or 3 USA Swimming “A” qualifying time standards Swimmers must 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 2 USA Swimming BB qualifying time standards or be recommended by a coach. Swimmers must maintain at least an 75% attendance rate.


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 5 USA swimming “A” time standards with 1 Age Group Champs Cut; girls must have 5 USA swimming “AA” time standards with 1 Age Group Champs cut. Swimmers are expected to maintain 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 TAG 1.5: boys must have 4 13-14 USA Swimming “BB” time standards and girls must have 4 13-14 USA Swimming “A” time standards. All swimmers must maintain an at least an 80% attendance rate. 


GOLD (13-14) – The GOLD group is the stepping stone to TAG 1.5 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. 


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 6 10&U USA swimming “AA” time standards.  A swimmer from an 11-12 group must have 6 USA 11-12 “BB” time standards, plus 2 11-12 USA swimming “A” time standard.  Swimmers in TAG 2 are expected to maintain a 75% attendance rate.


TAG 2.5 (11&12) – The TAG 2.5 Group is 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. Swimmers moving from an 11-12 group must have 4 11-12 USA “BB” time standards.  Swimmers in the TAG 2.5 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” or 5 USA “BB” time standards.  Swimmers moving from an 11-12 group must have 1 USA “BB” time standard plus 4 USA “B” time standards. All swimmers must have previous experience in the Challenge Track.    


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 1 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 1 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 Age Group Champs qualifying times in 2 events.  


BRONZE (9&10) – Bronze swimmers strive to improve with a competitive spirit and progress to TAG 3, Silver 1, or Silver 2. To be considered for Bronze, swimmers should have achieved a USA “B” qualifying 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 (14-18) – This group is designed for those swimmers who prefer 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. An evaluation is recommended for any swimmers new to the team.


Jr. TITANS (8-14) - Jr. TITANS is a bridge program between TITANS Prep and TITANS Challenge & Elite tracks. Jr. TITANS are comprised of swimmers ages 14&U who have expressed a beginner level of interest in competitive swimming and want to participate in multiple USA Swimming meets. Swimmers will work 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. Jr. TITANS practices 3 days/week for an hour. The contract is trimester based. An evaluation and coach recommendation is necessary before registering


TITANS PREP (6-12)- TITANS Prep is composed of swimmer ages 12 and under who express a beginner level of interest in developing all four competitive strokes and attend 2 to 3 developmental meets during the season. Swimmers must be efficient in freestyle and backstroke. An evaluation and coach recommendation is necessary before registering. TITANS Prep practices 2 days a week for 45 minutes and is a month to month contract.