Membership Information

GSCS uses a "progressive" age group program designed to develop the child physically, mentally and emotionally in a systematic fashion. A well-defined, long-term approach of gradually increasing degrees of commitment is essential to reach peak performance levels during a swimmer’s physiological prime. The emphasis in the early stages of participation must be placed on developing technical skills and a love for the sport. In the later years, a more demanding physical and psychological challenge must be introduced to the training program. In this respect, "too much too soon" is more often the cause of failure to achieve maximum potential in senior swimming than in the reverse situation.

In addition to emphasizing long-term rather than short-term results, it is also important that we establish training groups of swimmers who are compatible in respect to abilities, commitment levels and goals. Unfortunately, this is not always the most convenient approach to take, but it is always the most productive.

At each level, the goals and objectives are specific and directed toward meeting the needs of the swimmer. The long term goal of total excellence is always in mind. As each child is different, he/she will progress at his/her own rate. The coaching staff recognizes this fact by making team assignments based on a swimmer’s physical, mental, and emotional level of development.

 

 

Mako Sharks

The Mako group experiences “senior level” training and displays team leadership . Most participants have aspirations to swim in college and compete on a national level. Dedication levels are HIGH. Ages range from 15-18 years.

 

Great White Sharks

The Great White group consists of mostly 13 and 14 year old swim¬mers. These swimmers are expected to be mature, dedicated, responsible, and dependable. As our more advanced swimmers increase their commitment to swimming, we insist that they maintain good academic standing.

 

Hammerhead Sharks

Hammerhead swimmers are well-versed in technique and strategy. They are also a full-fledged training group. Most of the swimmers in the Hammerhead group are 11-12 year olds.

 

Bull Sharks

These swimmers have started to exhibit good swimming skills. They spend their time between stroke technique and training skills. Most are 9-10 year olds, thus beginning the Age Group program.

 

Tiger Sharks

This is a novice group with a major emphasis on stroke technique. Training skills are introduced to these 8 and unders.

 

Sand Sharks

This is a beginning group. Most of the swimmers in this group have participated in some type of summer league program. Fundamentals are taught in all four competitive strokes.