Welcome to the Joliet Park Jr. Blue Tides Swim Team Home Page!
The Jr. Blue Tides is a year-round competitive swim team for children ages 6-18. The inaugural season began in the fall of 2010. The team has seen tremendous growth over the years. Families from Joliet and the surrounding communities have found their way to our team to take their child’s swimming skills to the next level, make friendships, and have fun. The future is bright for the Jr. Blue Tides with collaboration of swimmers, parents, and coaches. Be part of history in the making!
For more information on the Jr. Blue Tides or to schedule an evaluation please refer the team website by clicking here.
What’s Happening Now…
The Jr. Blue Tides Swim Team is going into their 6th year at Presence Inwood Athletic Club. Over the last 6 years, the team has grown from 30 swimmers to 100 swimmers, ranging from 6-18 years of age. So far, this winter season, the team has placed 2nd at the Lemont “Swim Your Age Meet” and the “HFSC St. Nick’s Novelty Meet”. The Jr. Blue Tides has also had 10 High point trophy winners, 16 Regional Championship Swimmers and 1 State Championship Swimmer. So many fast swims this season and more still to come. This team is dedicated to achieving their individual goals and growing as a team.
The mission for the Joliet Park District Jr. Blue Tides is to provide an environment for competitive swimmers and to embrace team and individual goals in combination with personal growth.
Dedicated to Myself – Committed to my Teammates – Determined to Achieve
3 R’s….Respect Yourself….Respect Your Teammates….Respect Your Coaches
Phone: 815-741-7275 ext. 135, Coaches Office
When are tryouts?
Currently, the Jr. Blue Tides are accepting new swimmers. Contact the Head Coach to set up a tryout.
What are the practice groups?
The Jr. Blue Tides have 3 groups; Ripples, Whitecaps and Waves. Each group is distinguished skill set and age.
Ripples – The Ripples must be able to swim all 4 competitive strokes; freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. The swimmers in this group will be expected to practice for 60 minutes. The Ripples focus on stroke refinement along with starts & turns. This group will also be introduced to the pace clock for set intervals. Ripples are required to compete in meets. In order to participate in the Ripples group of the Jr. Blue Tides, a swimmer must pass a skills test consisting of the following:
50 yards freestyle
50 yards backstroke
50 yards breaststroke
25 yards butterfly
Advancement to the Whitecaps, swimmers need to complete a test set of 10×100 Freestyle, 5×200 Freestyle, and 6×100 IM. In addition, further advancement is at the discretion of the Head Coach with consideration of personal maturity and discipline along with Illinois Swimming Regional and Championship time cuts.
Whitecaps – This group continues refinement in all four competitive strokes with more advance drills and emphasis placed on interval training for endurance and development of speed. Whitecaps are required to compete in meets. The swimmers in this group will be expected to practice for 90 minutes.
Advancement to the Waves, swimmers need to complete a test set of 12×100 Freestyle, 10×200 Freestyle and 6×200 IM. In addition, further advancement is at the discretion of the Head Coach with consideration of personal maturity and discipline along with Illinois Swimming Regional and Championship time cuts.
Waves – This group is for athletes continuing to take their swimming to the next level of competition in high school. Practices focus on conditioning of the swimmers’ energy systems and stroke technique. Goal setting, race strategy, and end of season focus are constantly reinforced. The swimmers in this group will be expected to practice 1 hour 45 minutes or more at a time.
Where does the team practice?
The team practices at the Presence Inwood Athletic Club, 3000 West Jefferson Street, Joliet. The summer season will also include practices at Splash Station Waterpark, 2780 Channahon Road, Joliet.
Are meets mandatory?
Meets are mandatory. Depending on the season, there is a certain number of meets a swimmer needs to compete. This enforces the reason behind all the practices; especially for starts and turns.
Do parents have to volunteer?
There are no mandatory volunteer hours for activities related to team during the season, mainly because we do not host meets.
For swim meets our team attends, the host meet may ask for timer volunteers. In that case, parents will need to be timers during the session.
Do families have to fundraise?
The team does not require participation in any fundraising activities. The team does reserve the right to enact fundraising based on the financial needs of the team.
Click here for the Season Snapshot
St. Charles Pentathlon
Lake Central Barracudas
JETS Summer Classic
TOPS Father’s Day Classic
34th Annual Speedo Summer Splash
Wheaton Swim Club Last Dance Swim Meet
Regionals, hosted by ORCA Swim Team
•Rock Island High School, 1400 25th Ave, Rock Island, IL 61201
•Team Hotel Location: Ramada, 3020 Utica Ridge Rd, Bettendorf, IA
Age Group State Championships
Senior State Championships
Welcome, parents, to the Jr. Blue Tides parent tab. This is an exciting time for parents to involve their child in the sport of swimming. Learning to love the water leads to so many great advenues; different aquatics sports such as water polo, scuba, or synchronized swimming. It may lead to a first job as a lifeguard or swim instructor or even a lifetime career as an aquatic director or aquatic technician.
Below are links to the USA Swimming website to lead you on the right track as a Swim Parent.
Gail Bembnister began swimming competitively at the age of eight and continued swimming thrugh high school and with the University of Illinois USMS team. Throughout high school and college, Gail lifeguarded and taught swim lessons. Upon graduating college, Gail returned to coach her grade school swim team. She is American Swimming Coaches Association Level 2 certified.
Kendyl Minor is an Assistant Coach for the Jr. Blue Tides Swim Team. She began competitively swimming when she was 8 years old and continued into high school with her club team. She was a lifeguard for the Joliet Park District for 3 years. At Northwestern University, she competed in sprint, Olympic and half Ironman distance triathlons, and she continues to train and race today. She is passionate about swimming and is excited to be on deck as a part of the Jr. Blue Tides!
Hillary swam competitively for 11 years and has competed in many triathlons. She also swims on the Joliet Park District Blue Tides USMS Team. Her favorite stroke is the butterfly and she just became of a member of the 500 Fly Butternut Club. She is a certified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor. Hillary is currently attending Benedictine University obtaining a degree in Organizational Leadership. Growing up and now into her adult life she has been around swimming in one capacity or another. Hillary also brings a different perspective because her 2 children compete on the Jr. Blue Tides. With that experience, along with her new insights she plans to bring to the deck, it is a win win for the swimmers to reach their goals.
Allison is the Assistant Coach for the Ripples group. She has been a swimmer for 7 years. Allison was on the Jr. Blue Tides as an age group swimmer and then was a varsity swimmer for three years on Joliet Central High School’s swim team. She was the Captain her senior year. Allison’s favorite stroke is breaststroke but her favorite event is the 50 freestyle. Allison’s goal is to have all her swimmers to find as much love for swimming as she does.
I have been an official since the 2011/2012 winter season. I’m a starter. Being on deck, as an official, watching my son and his friends accomplish their goals and grow as individuals and athletes has been very rewarding and fun. It is a great way to volunteer to represent and support the team, swimmers and coaching staff.
Mike Dudek I have been a stroke and turn judge since fall 2013. My daughter has been on the Jr. Blue Tides since summer 2011. I decided to become an official to further my knowledge of the sport and to help support my daughter and the team. Since becoming an official I have gained a true appreciation of the sport and its athletes and what all is involved in making this a wonderful experience for all who participate. Being an official is rewarding and a completely different experience than watching from the stands. It is fun and you get to be part of the action. So if you have been sitting in the stands and wondering if there is anything else to do at a swim meet you might want to consider being an official.
I started officiating January 2013 because I wanted to be able to enjoy the best seat in the house at my kids swim meets. Being on deck able to watch my kids swim up close is a wonderful gift. I am currently an Admin Official as well as a Stroke and Turn judge, I am currently going through another training session as a Starter and look forward to advancing through the ranks at USA Swimming.
Welcome to the team merchandise and equipment page. You will find below the team guidelines on team suits along with equipment and team apparel.
Team apparel is key to any sports team. For the Jr. Blue Tides it identifies our team and swimmers in the water along with them being on and off the pool deck. The Jr. Blue Tides have partnered up with The Swim Team Store as the provider for swimmer’s equipment in addition to the team suit, parka and track pants and jacket.
It is required for swimmers to compete in the team suit and team cap at meets. Team caps are optional for males. During practices swimmers are allowed to wear a suit and cap of their choice. Male Waves swimmers are required to wear a drag suit of their choice. It is an option for female Waves swimmers. All swimmers are required to have the team track jacket and pants. The track jacket and pants may be worn to and from meets, on deck or even around town. It is required for post season swimmers to wear the team track jacket and pants at the post season meets.
It is required for Jr. Blue Tides swimmers to wear team apparel at meets. Team apparel consists of a hoodie, flannel pants, basketball shorts, parka, track jacket and pants. At the start of each season at the Team Fitting swimmers will be able to purchase such items.
The suit for the Fall/Winter season is the Speedo Nano suit in blue. The team reserves the right to change the suit due to availability from merchandiser.
Below is the list of the required equipment for each group:
Ripples: Kickboard, Fins, Mesh Bag, 1 Tennis Ball
Whitecaps: Kickboard, Fins, Mesh Bag, 2 Tennis Balls, (1) 12oz Gatorade Bottle, Pull Buoy, Snorkle
Waves: Kickboard, Fins, Mesh Bag, 2 Tennis Balls, (1) 12oz Gatorade Bottle, Pull Buoy, Snorkle, Catch Paddles
Swim Team Clinic
Swim Team Clinic is designed for swimmers interested in joining a swim team. It gives the swimmer the opportunity to review drills, starts & turns and learn about sportsmanship and athlete nutrition.
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