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Team Structure

At the determination of the coaches, your swimmer will be placed in a group that best meets their current skill level.  The intent is to place them in a challenging but not overwhelming training environment which in turn will lead to the swimmer improving in technique, strength, and endurance.  As your swimmer progresses, they will be moved to the next group to ensure they are constantly motivated and challenged. 

 

Bronze

This is our developmental group with emphasis on stroke technique and drills.  In this group, swimmers are introduced to competitive swimming, and we strive to help them develop a love of the sport.  Swimmers that are new to swimming and possess elementary swimming skills, strength and coordination will be placed into the bronze group.

Basic Requirements:  Proficiency in two strokes (Freestyle, Backstroke, Breastroke and/or Butterfly) and the ability to swim continuously for 50 yards. Swimmers must be able to follow coach’s instructions and be able to complete 500+ yards during practice. Swimmers are encouraged to attend at least three (3) 1hr 15minutes practices a week.  Additionally, swimmers will conduct 10 minutes of stretching prior to the start of each practice.  Practices are held Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 6-7:15pm.

Required Equipment: Googles, swim cap and water bottle

 

Silver

Swimmers with more developed skills, or as a swimmer’s skills improve, they will be placed in the silver group.  The emphasis in this group is centered on improving stroke mechanics, endurance, and speed.  The group continues to develop stroke techniques with 80% emphasis on drills; however, practices will require greater strength and endurance to complete.


Basic Requirements:  USA Swimming Motivational B and C time standards with focus on drills, stroke technique, and show proficiency in three or more strokes.  Be able to complete 1000 to 2500+ yards workouts.  Swimmers are encouraged to attend four (4+) or more 1.5 hour practices a week.  Additionally, the silver group does 10 minutes of stretching prior to the start of each practice.  Practices are held Monday through Friday, 6-7:30pm.

Required Equipment: Googles, swim cap and water bottle

Gold

Once a swimmer demonstrates better stroke mechanics, endurance and speed, he/she will be placed in the gold group.  This team requires a higher commitment, workload and stronger emphasis on spring/distance workouts with continued emphasis on stroke technique drills.  Moreover, the swimmer must have the ability to complete main sets consisting of 2500 to 5500+ yards.

Basic Requirements:  USA Swimming Motivational A and B time standards and proficiency in at least three strokes.  Ability to complete up to 5500 yard workouts, 2 hours Monday through Friday. Gold swimmers which Friday with the Dryland Coach. All other gold swimmers will conduct 10 minutes of stretching prior to the start of each swim practice. Swimmers are encouraged to attend four or more practices a week.  Practices are held Monday through Friday, 6-8pm

Required Equipment: Googles, swim cap, Finis Snorkel and water bottle. See Gold Coach for additional equipment needed

Platinum

Placement in the platinum group is by invitation from the Head Coach/ Platinum Coach.  Swimmers selected to be a member of this group have demonstrated the maturity, work ethic, strength, dedication, and potential to make swimming a lifelong endeavor.  The type of dedication and abilities to be a platinum group member can lead to college scholarships and more.

Basic Requirements:  Standard 30 second 50 Freestyle, strong work ethic, maturity, goal-orientated, and the ability to complete workout sets consisting of 3500 to 8000 yards daily.  Swimmer must demonstrate proficiency in all strokes, and must show a willingness to work well with others and take direction from the coach and other swimmers.  Swimmers and parents will sign a commitment/goal contract before joining the group.  Swimmers must make five or more practices a week.  Practices are 2 ½ hours daily (Monday through Friday 6-8:30pm) with 45 minute dryland strength training starting at 5pm.  Additional pool time may be allotted for morning or Saturday sessions if needed.

Required Equipment: Googles, swim cap, Finis Snorkel and water bottle. See Platinum Coach for additional equipment needed