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Joining the Swim Team Step One: Tryouts

Doing a tryout is the first step in joining the team. This is a chance for the coach to see if the prospective swimmer is actually ready for swim team, and if so which level they will start at.

All interested swimmers must pass a tryout before registering with the swim team.

*Please note that not everyone who tries out makes the team. Crimson Aquatics has an open door policy and anyone not ready is encouraged to take any needed lessons and come back again for the next try out.

Admittance into the groups is as follows:

 

DISCOVERY GROUPS: Cuttlefish

Discovery groups involve mental and physical discovery of the water and new motor skills in a safe and fun environment.

Cuttlefish

The Cuttlefish program is for swimmers typically 6-8 years old, with limited swimming background, who want to try a swim team.  The program provides an introduction to competitive swimming by employing basic skill instruction, team building games, and physical and motor skill development. The emphasis is on having fun while learning what a swim team is all about.  This group practices 2 to 3 times per week (weekday and weekend)

IMAGINATION GROUPS: Junior Nautilus & Junior Nautilus II

Imagination groups teach the swimmers to dream about future success in and out of the pool.  Swimmers will learn how to use imagery as a learning skill which is a fundamental piece of mental preparation for performance.

Junior Nautilus

This is a program for swimmers typically age 8-12, that may be new to United States Swimming and are interested in developing the stroke technique necessary to develop into outstanding swimmers. Great emphasis will be placed on ensuring that swimmers receive instruction in proper stroke mechanics. In addition, emphasis will be placed on using the imagination to dream, building confidence through skill work and gradually developing their conditioning and training capacity while enjoying the sport. 

Practices: 3 days per week (weekday and weekend).

Junior Nautilus II

Swimmers must be able to swim at least 50 yards without stopping as well as 25 yards of freestyle with proper breathing and 25 yards of backstroke. The emphasis is on using the imagination, building confidence, improving skills and having fun. 

Practices:  3 days per week (weekday and weekend).

RESILIENT GROUPS: Nautilus and Junior

Resilient groups teach swimmers how to maintain and build confidence by moving on after disappointment and success.  Resilience is a fundamental component of mental preparation for performance. 

Nautilus

This program for younger swimmers who have already had experience competing for and training in United States Swimming.  To qualify for the Nautilus group a swimmer must be able to legally swim 50 yards in all four competitive strokes as well as complete a 500 yard swim without stopping.  As with the Junior Nautilus program, emphasis will be placed on ensuring that swimmers receive instruction in proper stroke mechanics.  In addition, swimmers will begin to learn resilient life skills like overcoming disappointment, using their imagination to increase motivation and will also place greater emphasis on conditioning and developing race strategies. Discussion topics will include physiology, nutrition, and psychological concepts that will foster future success in the sport.  

Practices: Typically 4 days per week (weekday and weekend).  Swimmers are required to attend the highest level meet for which they qualify each season.

Junior

A preparatory stage for the senior program. The Junior program is designed to introduce and incorporate a number of aspects of senior training for top (elite) level age group swimmers who have attained advanced training abilities, and  to younger high school age swimmers with a sound background in competitive training who are ready to step up their level of competition and commitment to attend practice. The Junior program will emphasize resilient life skills, confidence building, stroke technique and biomechanics, aerobic (endurance) conditioning, general dry land skills, and teamwork. Each swimmer’s attendance and attitude should reflect a commitment to excelling in this program. At the Junior level of training, consistency and dedication are critical to the success of each individual and the team. To secure a position in the Junior Group, the swimmer must be qualified in all four strokes and turns.

Practices: Typically 5-6 workouts per week (weekday and weekend). Swimmers are required to attend the highest level meet for which they qualify. 

HIGH PERFORMANCE GROUPS: Senior Challenge & Senior

High Performance mental preparation is critical for delivering your best effort on any given day.  These swimmers will be taught, at an elite level, how to use imagery and resilience when it matters the most.

Senior 

These swimmers demonstrate a strong commitment to the sport of swimming. These athletes are expected to set high goals for themselves now and in the future.  The program includes extensive stroke analysis, dry land exercises, nutritional counseling and psychological preparation for competition. Goals of the Senior program are to advance the swimmer’s skills in flexibility, coordination, goal setting, mental training, and race strategy. Additional goals are to increase general endurance and swim-specific endurance, general strength and swim-specific strength, and to enhance their knowledge of physiology, anatomy, and nutrition. The program is designed to increase their awareness of the world of competitive swimming and increase their overall training capacity.  An emphasis will be placed on performance as well as resilience and confidence building. 

Practices: As determined by the Head Coach, typically 6-9 sessions per week (weekday and weekend).  Swimmers must attend the highest level meet for which they qualify.

Senior Challenge

The Senior Challenge group is for NE Senior, US Junior and Senior National Swimmers that are committed to reaching 100% of their potential in the sport.  This is the highest level of training and represents the pursuit of excellence both in and out of the water. The program includes extensive stroke analysis, dry land exercises, nutritional counseling and psychological preparation for competition. Goals of the Senior program are to advance the swimmer’s skills in flexibility, coordination, goal setting, mental training, and race strategy. Additional goals are to increase general endurance and swim-specific endurance, general strength and swim-specific strength, and to enhance their knowledge of physiology, anatomy, and nutrition.  This program places emphasis on high performance mental preparation in addition to building confidence.

Practices: As determined by the Head Coach, typically 7-11 per week (weekday and weekend).  Swimmers must attend the highest level meet for which they qualify.

 

Joining the Swim Team Step Two: Registration

Once your swimmer passes their tryout and has been placed into a training group, you will need to register them with the team.

Any swimmers who are transferring from another USA Swimming team must fill out an Athlete Transfer Form and mail it with a check to the NES office:


Questions?

If you have questions regarding the swim team, contact Coach Adriana Marmolejo directly: adriana.marmolejo@olympian.org and she will be happy to answer your questions.

 

Crimson Aquatics is a non-profit competitive swim team led by the coaching staff . We are affiliated with USA Swimming (USA-S) and the New England Swimming Association. Our organization offers a training program for swimmers of all abilities. Crimson Aquatics is supported through registration fees, training fees, fundraising & corporate sponsorships.