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