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2017-18 Practice Group Descriptions


​2017-2018 Roster Group Descriptions

Seals 
Elementary School Swimmers 

  • Novice entry level swimmers new to year-round swimming
  • Ability to swim the length of the pool in freestyle and backstroke in under 40 seconds
  • Water safe and comfortable in group situation without coach in the water
  • Forty five (45) minute practice, two (2) times a week
  • FINS graduate or some summer league experience
  • Concentration on stroke technique, introduction to breaststroke and butterfly
  • Develop confidence in performing starts, turns and finishes
  • Swim meets are optional
  • Training equipment: kick board, fins, mesh gear bag, clear & mirrored goggles, practice cap

Stingrays 
Elementary School Swimmers

  • Entry level swimmers new to year round swimming
  • Ability to swim the length of pool in all four strokes legally
  • One (1) hour practices offered three (3) days/week
  • Summer league experience or FINS graduate
  • Concentration on stroke technique, starts, turns and finishes
  • Swim meets recommended
  • Training equipment: kick board, fins, mesh gear bag, clear & mirrored goggles, practice cap

Elementary Elite
Elementary School Swimmers with Coach Approval

  • Light aerobic training and dry land exercises
  • Minimum requirement of two (2) National Motivational “B” Times and capable of completing a test set of six 50's freestyle on the one minute interval    
  • Continued emphasis on strokes technique, race situations, endurance introduction and dry land exercises     
  • One and a half (1½) hour practice offered five (5) days a week with minimum attendance of three (3) times a week
  • Swim meets highly recommended
  • Training equipment: kick board, fins, flat hand paddles, pull buoy, mesh gear bag, clear & mirrored goggles, practice cap

Junior
Middle School Swimmers

  • Training for competitive swim meets
  • One and a half (1½) hour practices offered five (5) days a week with minimum attendance of four (4) per week; acceptable for “Off Campus PE” programs
  • Continued refinement of stroke technique, dry land exercises, stretching, goal setting and mental preparedness
  • Attending swim meets is mandatory as an integral part of measuring success
  • Training equipment: kick board, fins, flat hand paddles, pull buoy, mesh gear bag, clear & mirrored goggles, practice cap  STRONGLY RECOMMENDED- Swim Snorkel

Junior Fitness
Middle School Swimmers

  • Training in competitive swimming techniques and strokes with more of an emphasis on fitness and endurance than racing/competition
  • One and a half (1/2) hour practices offered five (5) days a week with minimum attendance of four (4) per week;  acceptable for "Off Campus PE" programs
  • Continued refinement of stroke technique, dry land exercises and stretching.
  • Swim meets are an integral part of measuring success, not required in fitness group, but recommended
  • Training equipment: kick board, fins, flat hand paddles, pull buoy, mesh gear bag, clear & mirrored goggles, practice cap

Junior Elite
Middle School Swimmers:  Entry into group must have Coach Approval

  • Training for Championship/State level swim meets
  • Minimum 4BB 11-12 year-old time standards OR 2 A 11-12 year-old time standards to be considered for participation in group.  Work ethic and practice performance are also considerations for participation in group as per coach's discretion  
  • Two (2) hour practices offered six (6) days a week with minimum attendance of five (5) per week;  acceptable for "Off Campus PE" programs
  • Continued refinement of stroke technique, dry land exercises, stretching, goal setting and mental preparedness
  • Attending swim meets is mandatory as an integral part of measuring success
  • Training equipment: kick board, fins, flat hand paddles, pull buoy, mesh gear bag, clear & mirrored goggles, practice cap.  SNORKEL (STRONGLY recommended) Optional (but recommended) Zoomers and nose plug

High School Plus 
High School Swimmers

  • Specific training for the high school athlete that needs additional boost in their season
  • High school preparation program for junior varsity and varsity
  • One and a half (1/2) hour practices offered five (5) days a week with minimum attendance of four (4) per week;  acceptable for "Off Campus PE" programs
  • Offers practice at multiple locations and times 
  • Focus on stroke technique, turns, starts, dry land exercises, race pace and mental preparation
  • Meets optional
  • Training equipment: kick board, fins, flat hand paddles, pull buoy, mesh gear bag, clear & mirrored goggles, practice cap

Senior 
High School Swimmers

  • Entry into group must have Coach approval
  • Development to Zones level swimmer; Junior Nationals and Senior Nationals as well as championship meet varsity level athlete
  • Participation in six (6) two and one half (2½) practices/week mandatory out of 9 offered; summer training mandates minimum eight (8) practices out of 10 offered/week
  • Specific race pace training; developing mental attitude to reach national level accomplishments; performance based training
  • Development of power, speed, endurance and as well as the mental training of the swimmer
  • Dry land, stretching, strength training and flexibility emphasized
  • Training equipment: kick board, fins, flat hand paddles, pull buoy, Zoomers, snorkel, mesh gear bag, clear & mirrored goggles, practice cap.   Optional gear can include:  ankle weights, nose plug

Masters
Ages 18 and up

  • Swimmers that are over the age of 18 and want to continue competitive swimming or simply have the opportunity to get a great workout with a fun group of people
  • Training equipment: kick board, fins, flat hand paddles, pull buoy, clear & mirrored goggles, practice cap