Rice Aquatics offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of Rice Aquatics to offer age specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging each individual and developing each individual to the best of their abilities.
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Flight School is an entry level developmental group for RICE Aquatics. The goal of the group is to have a positive entry point into year round swimming. The groups are offered in a twelve week session with a break for the winter/holiday season. Practices are offered three times a week. Two of the classes are 30 minutes of in water instruction and the third is 45 minutes of out of water games/skill development and intro into body movement exercises. Swimmers in this group typically are legal in one or two strokes and have some knowledge of all 4 strokes.Each practice is geared toward a specific technique or concept that will help with the overall progression of all four strokes. Groups are based on age with the two distinctions being 10 and Under and 11 and Over. Swimmers in these groups are not USA swimming registered athletes and have no meet requirements.
Age Group 1
Age Group 1 is an entry level competitive group for swimmers 10 years and younger. Swimmers in this group typically are legal in four strokes. Practices are offered four times a week for an hour of in water instruction with fifteen minutes of drylands or stretches . Each practice is geared toward a specific technique or concept that will help with the overall progression of all four strokes.
Swimmers have been actively enrolled with RICE Aquatics for a minimum of two sessions. 8 and under swimmers exhibit good stroke technique in at least 3 of the 4 strokes, consistent practice attendance, and a willingness to learn and improve. 9 & 10 year olds are efficient in Freestyle and Backstroke and have knowledge of the 2 other strokes. Swimmers in this group are striving for four practices a week with a minimum of three per week average.
Age Group 2
Age Group 2 is a group that encompasses an age range typically of 9-12 years of age. This is an entry level group for 11 and 12 year olds. Swimmers in this age range group typically are legal in two strokes and have some knowledge of all 4 strokes. Swimmers in the 9-10 age range are efficient in all four strokes and are working toward BB time standards. An 8 year old swimmer in this group is efficient in all four strokes, has competed in USA swim meets and has GULF BB time standards. Practices are offered four to five times a week for 60 minutes a practice. Each practice is geared toward a specific technique or concept that will help with the overall progression of all four strokes. Swimmers in this group should be swimming the following events at meets. 50s of all strokes, 100 IM, and 200 Fr.
Age Group 3
Age Group 3 is for the swimmer who can swim all 4 strokes efficiently. Swimmers in this group typically range from 9-14 years of age. A 9-10 year old swimmer in this group has multiple BB/A time standards or equivalent times and has shown good practice habits. Swimmers 11 -14 are working towards or have BB time standards and set training goals. The group offers swimmers the chance to progress by introducing elements of training and conditioning while spending the majority of their time on improving stroke technique and mechanics. Swimmers should strive for an attendance of 70-75 %. Practices are offered five times a week for an hour and 15 minutes a practice. Swimmers in Group 3 are swimming the 50s of all strokes, 200 Fr, 200 IM and 500 Fr.
Age Group 4
Navy - Age Group 4 Navy is for the swimmer 13 years of age and above who is working towards a higher level of swimming skills. Practices are geared towards stroke technique/correction while strength conditioning and endurance are being introduced into the practices. Swimmers in this group range from older 12 year olds to 15 year olds who are attending swim meets. Practices are offered five times a week for an hour and fifteen minutes a practice. Swimmers in this group should be striving for Age Group 4 White's attendance %. Events being swam at meets are the 100’s of all strokes, 200 Fr, 200 IM.
White - Age Group 4 is for the swimmer who has developed a high level of swimming skills and is looking for more of a challenge. Practices are still geared towards stroke technique/correction but strength conditioning and endurance are becoming prominent in the practices. Swimmers in this group are 11 -14 years of age with multiple BB to TAGS time standards. Practices are offered five times a week for an hour and half a practice. Practice attendance in this group should be an average of 80%. Swimmers are actively competing in meets and all championship meets. Events being swam at meets are the 100’s of all strokes, 200 Fr, 200 IM and 500 Fr,1000 Fr,1650 Fr.
Senior 1 is for a High School age swimmer looking for additional training outside of their high school swim team. Swimmers in this group will work on overall conditioning, stroke technique and strength and conditioning. Swimmers are working towards multiple A/BB time standards, test sets outlined in Senior 2 and a consistent practice attendance. Swimmers are competing at high school and year round swim meets. They are typically swimming the 100’s of strokes, 200 IM, and 200/500 Fr. Practices are offered five times a week for an hour in the pm. and 5 times a week for an hour fifteen in the am. Swimmers in this group will be integrated with Senior 2 and our Masters swim programs.
Senior 2 is for the swimmer who has shown the following: consistent practice attendance, complete knowledge of all skills and drills, the ability to train at a high level, and a commitment to RICE and swimming year round. Swimmers in this group are typically 15 years and older. Practices are offered five times a week for an hour and 45 minutes a practice as well as an hour and fifteen minute morning workout. Swimmers in this group are able to complete the following sets: 16 x 100 Fr 1:20 and 8 x 200 2:50. In addition they typically have multiple 15 and Over BB times and if 14 and younger have the equivalent of 15 and over A times. Swimmers are actively competing at year round meets and all Championship meets RICE is assigned. They are swimming the 100’s and 200’s of all strokes, the 500 Fr, 400 IM and 800/1000/1650 Fr at meets.
Rice Aquatics Masters is an adult fitness swimming program. We cater to adult fitness swimmers, adult competitive swimmers, tri-athletes and adults who want to be any of the above, but just don’t know it yet. The program offers eight organized swimming sessions each week offered in mornings and afternoons. Master practices are professionally coached, emphasize endurance and stroke technique, and a positive group effort with motivated adults.