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Training Groups

  • AGE GROUP TRAINING GROUPS:

WHITE - This group is comprised of novice swimmers, ages 6 - 9. Emphasis is placed on developing the fundamentals of the four competitive strokes. The practices combine in the water and dry land drills, games, and exercises. This allows for swimmers to learn total body coordination to help their stroke mechanics. The practices are geared to create an enjoyable atmosphere for instruction. This group participates in inter-squad meets on a regular basis. Practices are offered two times a week for one hour each session.

BLUE - This group is comprised of swimmers ages 7-11 and can performat least three of the four competitive strokes. Emphasis is on stroke mechanics, sportsmanship, and the rules of competitive swimming. This group begins to learn basic training techniques for speed and endurance. This group continues to use both dry land and water training. Swimmers in this group begin attending local swim meets. Practices are offered three times a week for one hour each session.

BRONZE - This group is comprised of swimmers ages 9-11. The focus of this group is to continue the development of stroke mechanics and competitive rules with a training increase.  This group introduces mental training, team building, and the use of video. Success of each individual swimmer is based on an increased commitment level in attendance and practice effort. Swimmers in this group attend both local and state level meets. Practices are offered five times a week for one and one half hours each session.

SILVER - This group is comprised of swimmers ages 11-14. The focus of this group is to continue the progression of stroke mechanics with an increased emphasis on training. This group continues dry land exercises, but increases time spent in water.  These swimmers are striving to maximize their age group abilities. Swimmers in this group attend local, and regional meets. Practices are offered five times a week for one half hours each session.

GOLD - This group is comprised of some of our most skilled and experienced age-group swimmers ages 12 to 14. Swimmers in this group are expected to make a strong commitment with respect to attendance and training effort. Swimmers are introduced to advanced team building and mental and physical training concepts and learn how to maximize these skills. Goal setting and race strategies are also developed in this group. Workouts are designed to improve endurance, speed and stroke technique. Practices are offered 6 times a week.
 
SENIOR (15&UP) TRAINING GROUPS:

SENIOR- This group is comprised of swimmers ages 15-18. Swimmers in this group are striving to perform well at the High School and Gulf level.  Swimmers are introduced to advanced team building and mental and physical training concepts and learn how to maximize these skills. Goal setting and race strategies are also developed in this group. Workouts are designed to improve endurance, speed and stroke technique. Practices are offered 6 times a week.
 
National Group - This group is comprised of swimmers at the highest ability level ages 14 to college. This group maximizes mental, physical, and team building skills. Goal setting and race strategies are continued to develop. Endurance, speed, and perfection of stroke technique are expected at this level. Total commitment to all aspects of swimming is expected in this group. All swimmers in this group must strive to contend at state, national, and international competitions. Practices are offered between six and nine times a week.
Group Requirements

Requirements for membership in the various training groups are based on ability, age, speed, maturity, attitude, toughness in practices, and commitment level. The coaching staff is responsible for placement into the appropriate group. Swimmers move to the next group when coaches determine that they have met the requirements. All changes between groups are discussed among coaching staff and finalized by the Head Coach.

WHITE 
  • Minimum of 6 years old.
  • Swim 25 yards of 2 of two competitive strokes.
  • Attend at least one practice per week.
  • Wear competitive suit, cap, and goggles.
  • Equipment:
    • Team Suit
    • Kick board
    • Fins

BLUE 
  • Minimum of 7 years old
  • Swim at least three of the four competitive strokes legally.
  • Attend at least two practices per week.
  • Wear competitive suit, cap, and goggles.
  • Equipment:
    • Team Suit
    • Kick board
    • Fins

BRONZE
  • Age is 8-10 years old.
  • Swim all four competitive strokes legally.
  • Attend at least three to four practices per week.
  • Practice sets 5 x 100 Free on 2:00, 4 x 100 IM on 2:15, 6 x 50 kick on 1:20.
  • Meet attendance expected.
  • Wear competitive suit, cap, and goggles.
  • Equipment
    • Fins
    • Buoy
    • Kickboard
    • Finger Paddles
    • Speed jump robe
    • Athletic shoes on M,T,W,TH

SILVER
  • Age is 11-14 years old.
  • Swim all four competitive strokes legally with good stroke mechanics.
  • Practice sets 10 x 100 free yards on 1:30 or 5 x 200 IM on 3:30.
  • Equipment:
    • Team Suit
    • Paddles
    • Pull buoy 
    • Kick board
    • Fins-prefer silicone DMC swim fin
    • Water everyday

GOLD
  • One year commitment.
  • Swim all four competitive strokes legally with good stroke mechanics.
  • Super sportsmanship, attitude, and work ethic.
  • Meet attendance required
  • Minimum of 80% practice attendance required. 
  • Age requirement:

    12-14 yr (11yr girls)

    Swimmers must achieve both the designated time standards and practice requirements in order to be considered for the Gold group. Legal times will also be required in the 100 of each stroke, 200IM and 400/500free.

    1.     12 yr. (11yr girls) swimmers will need a minimum of 3 A times.

    13-14 yr. swimmers will need a minimum of 1 A time and 2 BB times. 

    2.     Swimmers must complete all 3 of the following sets during the same practice.

         8x100 free on 1:30 yards/ 1:40 meters

        8x100 kick on 2:05 yards/2:20 meters

         5x200 IM on 3:10 yards/3:30 meters 

    3.     Swimmers must have a legal time in each of the following events:

    400/500 free, 200 IM, 100 back, 100 breast and 100 fly.

     Once considered as a potential move-up the coach will set up a meeting with the swimmer and parents to discuss the other factors:

    • Commitment
    • Attendance
    • Attitude
    • Work ethic
  • Equipment:
    • Team Suit
    • Kick board
    • Fins
    • Paddles
    • Snorkel
    • Pull Buoy
    • Water everyday


SENIOR
 
         Minimum age is 14 years old. All 14 year old swimmers considered must be in high         school and aging up before the first Championship meet of the season.
         Swim all four competitive strokes legally
         Good sportsmanship, attitude, and work ethic
         Practice sets required:
                a.     
8x100 free on 1:30 yards/ 1:40 meters

                b.     
8x100 kick on 2:05 yards/2:20 meters

                c.     
5x200 IM on 3:15 yards/3:35 meters
      
          Equipment:
  •  Kick board
  • Team Suit
    • Fins
    • Paddles
    • Pull Buoy
    • Snorkels
    • Water everyday
 
 
 
NATIONAL GROUP
  • One year commitment.
  • Great sportsmanship, attitude, work ethic and a goal oriented mind set.
  • Meet attendance required
  • Minimum of 80% practice attendance required.
  • Swimmers must have a minimum of 2 sectional time standards
  • Age requirements are:

    • 15 & over
    • 14 yr. with NCSA Jr. National and Futures cuts may be considered.

     The requirements above only serve as the first step in being considered for the National Group

    Once considered as a potential move-up the coach will set up a meeting with the swimmer and parents to discuss the other factors:

    • Commitment
    • Attendance
    • Attitude
    • Work ethic


  • Equipment:
    • Team Suit
    • Kick board
    • Fins
    • Paddles
    • Pull Buoy
    • Snorkels
    • Ankle straps
    • Water everyday