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PRACTICE GROUPS

Elite

The Elite group consists of swimmers ages 13 & over that have a high skill level and commitment to swimming. Swimmers in this group should have USA- A times or better and compete regularly in meets. 80% practice attendance and meet participation is required.

Most communication in this group is between the coaches and the swimmers.  Swimmers in this group are expected to make a full commitment to their swimming and have the opportunity to develop into regional and national-level swimmers.

 

High School

The High School group consists of swimmers 13 and older who wish to train and compete for the Stingrays, but who are not fully invested in swimming as their primary extracurricular activity.  This group may, in some instances, provide a transition to the Elite group, but its primary focus is to provide an opportunity to improve and compete locally and regionally in a team setting.

 

Junior

These swimmers have started to exhibit good swimming skills. They spend their time equally between stroke technique and training skills and processes. An increasing level of commitment is expected to swim in this group.  Four to five practices per week are expected, and meet participation is required.  The focus of this group is to assist and counsel swimmers as they decide their performance and commitment levels approaching our older groups.

 

Developmental

The majority of time is spent working on refining stroke mechanics while developing training skills. These swimmers have started to exhibit good swimming skills and race strategies.  Developmental swimmers swim four days a week for one hour each day.   Attendance at meets is expected.

 

Novice

This group is for swimmers new to Club Swimming.  It will consist of a mix of 8 & under and older swimmers.  Swimmers in this group must be able to perform all strokes legally.  Conditioning and race strategies are developed through regular meet participation.  Attention to detail, focus on instructions, and persistence in practice are big results in this group.

 

General Guidelines for Practice Groups Promotions

The swimmer under consideration for promotion:

  1.  Consistently makes choices that demonstrate the willingness to make the commitment level expected of swimmers at the next level.
  2.  Meets attendance expectations for current group; demonstrates the ability to make attendance requirements for the next level.  Commits and qualifies for meets at the next level
  3.  Consistently trains above the level of the current practice group.
  4.  Demonstrates ability to train successfully on base intervals at the next practice level.
  5.  Has mastered stroke and skill expectations of current practice group.
  6. Demonstrate mastery of all four strokes (in the appropriate distance) in a meet setting.
  7.  Exhibits level of maturity and responsibility typical of swimmers at the next level.
  8.  Fits age and experience parameters of the next training level.
  9.  Has demonstrated potential to compete successfully at general competition level of the next group.