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North Providence Barracudas Swim Team

Amanda Knuth
Aquatics Director

Russell Nickey
Barracudas Head Coach

Mission Statement
Team Policies/ContractFrequently Asked Questions

2017 – 2018 NP Barracudas Swim Team Schedule (.pdf)

Mission Statement

The North Providence Barracudas Swim Team is a non-profit organization formed to promote competitive swimming for all qualified swimmers from 6 to 18 years of age. It is the goal of the North Providence Barracudas to:

1. Provide safe, beneficial exercise and an opportunity to practice social skills in a positive environment.

2. Help each swimmer realize their potential as an aquatic athlete through instruction in stroke technique, starts, turns and endurance.

3. Develop the qualities of good sportsmanship by becoming an “ELM Tree Winner.”

4. Teach self-discipline, endurance, teamwork and doing one’s best.

Remember, on the North Providence Barracudas Swim Team, each and every swimmer is a winner.

Season & Practice Schedule



First Group (Blue): For new and returning swimmers getting adapted to the world of competitive swim and who still require more hands-on instructional work on developing technique for the 4 main strokes. Swimmers will practice 5 times a week, for 45-60 minute sessions. Swimmers will be required to participate in league meets. Swimmers are required to attend at least two practices a week to ensure continued progression.
Time: Monday – Friday, 4:00pm – 4:45pm

Second Group (White): For swimmers who continue to require some additional technical assistance, but whose focus now switches to endurance and conditioning based training. An increased focus on competitions and race strategy will also be present. Swimmers will swim 5 times a week, 1 hour and 15 minutes. Swimmers are required to attend at least 3 times per week to ensure continued progression.
Time: Monday – Friday, 4:45pm – 6:00pm

Senior Group (Silver): For experienced swimmers who receive our most advanced endurance and conditioned based training. Swimmers will practice for 1 hour and 30 minutes and are required to attend at least 3 practices a week to qualify for meets, but are generally expected to swim 4-5 times a week. Inability to meet the attendance expectations of our highest group will result in movement down to the first or second group. While all High School swimmers are highly encouraged to attend Barracudas practices during their High School seasons, their attendance practices must meet any and all RIIL rules and regulations. They are still required to continue their participation in Barracudas meets.
Time: Monday – Friday, 5:00pm – 6:30pm

*Like this past year, there will be Dryland and Dryland counts as part of practice. Days and times for Dryland will be announced through email during the season.

First Few Weeks/Payment Scheduling:

Registration: Wednesday, September 7th and Thursday, September 8th, 5pm – 7pm

Week long tryouts: Monday, September 11th- Friday September 15th: ALL RETURNING SWIMMERS as well as FIRST TIME swimmers. – New dates please update.

4:00pm – 5:00pm: Returning and New Swimmers ages 10 and under.
5:00pm – 6:30pm: Returning and New Swimmers ages 11 and up.

Saturday, September 16th: Swimmers will receive their group placement to start the year and will be assigned the appropriate practice schedule.

Monday, September 18th: Swimmers will start their group placement practice.

Friday, September 15th: Mandatory Parents meeting for ALL NEW SWIM FAMILIES. T.B.A
Friday, September 22nd: Mandatory Parents meeting for ALL RETURNING SWIM FAMILIES. T.B.A.
Monday, November 1st: Final payment is due. T.B.A Additional Payment Notes:
➔ All payments are to be made at the Front Desk. Payments can be made by check or money order. Please make payable to the Town Of North Providence. In Memo: Barracudas Swim Team
➔ All must register with USA Swimming (complete registration form).
➔ Swimmers who are able to move up to the Second or third group during the season will not be expected to pay additional fees. Swimmers who are asked to move a group down, due to behavior concerns and/or lack of adherence to the swim contract, will not receive a refund.

All suit transactions will be handled directly by each family and not the team. It is HIGHLY recommended that your team suit be purchased upon your official online registration to ensure you will have it for the upcoming season. Much like past seasons, Team Caps will still be included to each registered team member.

Team Policies/Contract

For a copy of the Team Policies/Contract please contact the Head Coach.

Swim Team Parents Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The North Providence Barracudas offer competitive swimming for ages 6 to 18 with individual events in four strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly), individual medley (all four strokes in one event), medley relay, and freestyle relay. There are five age groups: 8 & under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-18.

General Swim Team Questions

1. What is the swim team and why would I want my child to participate?
It’s fun. It’s great exercise. It builds confidence. It’s a great way for your child to meet other kids in the neighborhood. It’s a great way for you to meet other parents.

2. Who can answer my questions about the swim team?
, the North Providence Pool & Fitness Center Aquatics Director will be able to help you.

3. What strokes do the swimmers use in competition?
Freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.

4. What swimming strokes does my child need to know to join the team?
If your child is able to swim the four competitive strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly), then they should come to swim team practice and have the coach evaluate them for the team.

5. I just want my child to learn how to swim better. Do they have to swim in competition?
You should discuss this with the coach.

6. I see that there are different age groups for the swimmers. How does that work?
The age groups are 8 & under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-18. Every other year your child will have an “up” year when they are the oldest in their age group and a “down” year when they are the youngest in their age group. The system generally works well.

7. Do the North Providence Barracudas swim in an Olympic size pool?
No. The length of Barracudas pool is 25 meters. An Olympic size pool is 50 meters.

8. How often and when is practice?
The practice schedule is available in the Parents/Swimmers Handbook available on this page.

9. Should I stay and watch a swim practice?
You’re welcome to stay and watch from the viewing area located on the second floor in front of the weight room. Please refrain from sitting in the bleachers seats and talking with the coaches during practice.  Practice is when the coaches spend time giving instruction and structured swim workouts to the swimmers.  Please hold your questions for the coaches for before or after practice.

10. What happens if we have a conflict and my child is not able to attend practice?
Discuss this with the coach.


USA_Barracudas_logosThe North Providence Barracudas Swim Team

Now an Official USA Club Team!

Thank you USA Swimming for this opportunity!


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