Buffalo TIDE swim team – Competitive group requirements

Welcome to the Buffalo TIDE swim team. We feel our program is a very thought-out progressive plan for young swimmers to strive and excel in the sport of USA Swimming. From our learn to swim program up through our Competitive team, careful details were made for the success of our swimmers and to make sure they are having fun and seeing their rewards for the work they are putting in.

This plan can be changed at any time based off the number of swimmers on both the learn to swim and competitive programs as well as swimmers who might be excelling way above the curve. Please take a look at the Bronze, Silver and Gold team criteria. Thank you for your understanding of this document as we hope to have the very best program in Buffalo.

 

BRONZE TEAM – To become a BRONZE swimmer, a swimmer must be able to do the following.

  • Must be at least 7 years old
  • Be able to complete 8 x 25's free @ :55 while holding under :35 per 25
  • Be able to complete 8 x 25's back @ 1:00 while holding under :40 per 25
  • Be able to swim 100 free under 2:10, 100 back under 2:20, 100 breast under 2:30 and 100 IM under 2:30
  • Be able to swim a 50 fly under 1:05
  • Be able to do a racing dive from the edge or the starting blocks
  • Be able to do consistent free and back flip turns
  • Be able to kick for 6 seconds underwater from a push off in a streamline position doing dolphin kick
  • Know the basics of a pace clock
  • Be able to follow directions from their coach
  • Should be attending 65% of the practices each month
  • Attends at least 4 swim meets each year

 

SILVER TEAM – To become a SILVER swimmer, a swimmer must be able to do the following.

  • Must be at least 9 years old
  • Be able to swim 100 yard free 1:25, 100 yard back 1:40, 100 yard breast 2:00, 100 yard fly 1:50 and 100 IM 1:50
  • Be able to swim a 500 free continously
  • Be able to kick 6 seconds using dolphin kicks underwater from a push off in streamline position better than previous level
  • Have a good understanding of how to read the pace clock and know when to leave on time
  • Respects directions from the coach consistently
  • Should be attending 70% of the practices each month
  • Should have an IMR or IMX score of 25 points before moving to this group
  • Attends at least 5 swim meets each year

Gold TEAM – To become a GOLD swimmer, a swimmer must be able to do the following.

  • Must be at least 12 years old
  • Be able to swim 100 yard free 1:10, 100 yard back 1:20, 100 yard breast 1:40, 100 yard fly 1:30 and 100 IM 1:30
  • Must be able to swim a 400 IM legally
  • Must be able to kick 400 yards without stopping
  • Proficient in reading the pace clock and understand how it helps you improve
  • Strong athlete/coach relationship on a daily basis
  • Should be attending 80% of the practices per month
  • Should have an IMR or IMX score of 400 points before moving to this group
  • Attend at least 6 swim meets per year