Background-image
Olympic Development Winter/Spring Season

Hello Olympic Development Parents,

 

Welcome to the 2020 Winter/Spring season! Over the next several months, your swimmer(s) will be building strength, conditioning, and most importantly developing their technique and feel for the water. It is important to remember that our swimmers are at the beginning of a long-term swimming career. At the early stage of development, coaches and parents put emphasis on learning and perfecting skills/movements rather than on time or placing at swim meets. Our philosophy is that we want our swimmers to “swim smarter, not harder”. We are working to develop efficient, technically sound strokes so our swimmers have a great foundation to build upon. As your swimmer works their way through the training groups of our age group program, the focus will shift from developing proper form and feel for the water to training, conditioning, and perfecting technical/tactical skills.

 

Our first couple weeks will involve a lot of learning for both swimmers and coaches. We have many new members, and it will take some time for athletes to learn what is expected of them, and for coaches to get to know each individual. The first couple of practices may be somewhat hectic, but once everyone settles in, everything will become more routine. Please be patient.

 

In order for coaches to do their job efficiently, parents must give them space during practice and avoid contact with their child unless it is an emergency. Think of the pool deck and surrounding area as a swim coach’s classroom. We reduce the number of distractions to help swimmers focus on their lesson. I encourage parents to observe practice, but do so from a distance. Please avoid sitting directly behind the end of the pool where coaches are giving instruction to athletes.

 

If your swimmer has transferred from another USA Swimming team, please fill out the USA Swimming Transfer Request Form and send it in per the instructions on the form.

 

Practice Schedule:

AC= Aquatic Complex – 1140 Durbin Creek Blvd, St Johns, FL 32259

RC= Rec Center – 350 Plantation Club Pkwy, St Johns, FL 32259

Age Group Schedule

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Gold Plus

3:30-5:40p @AC

3:30-5:40p @AC

3:30-5:40p @AC

3:30-5:40p @AC

3:30-5:40p @AC

8:15-11:00a @AC

Gold

5:40-7:30p @AC

5:40-7:30p @AC

5:40-7:30p @AC

5:40-7:30p @AC

5:40-7:30p @AC

8:15-11:00a @AC

Silver

3:45-5:00p @RC

3:45-5:00p @RC

3:45-5:00p @RC

3:45-5:00p @RC

3:45-5:00p @RC

 

Olympic Development

OD A

4:45-6:00p @AC

OD B

4:45-6:00p @AC

OD A

4:45-6:00p @AC

OD B

4:45-6:00p @AC

OD A

4:45-6:00p @AC

ODB

10:45-12:00p

@AC

 

 

Practice Group Description and Requirements:

 

Group

Description

Attendance

Equipment

Olympic Development

Olympic Development is a developmental practice group with a major emphasis on stroke technique. It is designed to teach our swimmers the skills needed to have a solid foundation in the sport. OD swimmers will develop their feel for the water, learn proper form/technique for all four strokes, as well as how to legally complete starts, turns, and relay exchanges.

70% or Greater

Fins, Snorkel

Silver

Silver swimmers continue to develop their form/technique and are introduced to intermediate level skills. These swimmers will learn how to use the pace clock, maintain intervals, and conduct themselves within a practice group.

80% or Greater

Fins, Snorkel

Gold

Gold swimmers are introduced to a more advanced set of skills as they continue to develop and refine their strokes. They will be taught race strategies and the level of focus on training/conditioning will increase. At the Gold level, swimmers must show a high level of independence and self-accountability.

80% or Greater

Fins, Snorkel, Paddles

Gold Plus

Gold Plus is a high level training group and swimmers are required to make a commitment to the sport. Overall volume and intensity will increase significantly over that of our Gold group. Gold Plus focuses on advanced skill refinement, perfecting race strategies, and increasing their level of strength/conditioning.

90% or Greater

Fins, Snorkel, Paddles, Tempo Trainer

 

 

Attendance:

 

It is very important for your athlete to make as many practices as possible. This is what will allow them to produce quality results and ideally set them up for a long, successful career in the sport. Level of strength/conditioning, skill retention, and technical abilities are significantly higher with athletes who attend practice regularly.

 

While we want our swimmers to attend as many practices as possible, I also must stress that swimmers may only attend their designated practice group. Missed days cannot be made up on the opposing practice schedule.

 

I would like to see athletes arrive on deck at least 5 minutes prior to their scheduled practice time to get situated and prepare for workout. All swimmers must be picked up within 10 minutes of the completion of each practice.

 

Swim Meets:

 

Swim meet participation is an important component to your swimmer’s development, regardless of their practice group. Competing gives our athletes the chance to show off the skills they’ve been working on in practice. These skills and technical changes are what lead our swimmers to dropping time. Swim meets that we want our athletes to attend, or “target meets”, will vary depending on practice group. Other variables that may come into play include athlete age, time standards (USA Swimming Motivational Time Standards), or qualification times for specific meets.

 

When competing in meets, all Loggerhead swimmers are required to wear the LA team suit (Speedo Endurance in “Speedo blue”). If swimmers elect to wear a swim cap, it must be a Loggerhead team cap.

 

You can view upcoming swim meets/team functions under the “Events” tab on the Loggerhead website. At the bottom of each event page you will find a meet announcement letter. This contains specific information regarding location, dates, and predicted times for each meet. LA coaching staff will send out an email containing Meet Information within 1-2 days of a swim meet. This will cover information about the venue, official warm up times, team attire for each day, etc.

 

 

Equipment/Team Gear/Apparel:

 

All swimmers must come to practice prepared with goggles, a fitted suit, swim cap (if necessary), and a refillable water bottle (disposable water bottles are not permitted) in addition to the required practice equipment mentioned above. These equipment items act as tools to help swimmers make technical corrections. Without these tools, your athlete will not be able to receive the full curriculum.

 

If you need to purchase equipment for your swimmer, you may do so through the “Team Gear” section of our website (note: you must be logged in to access this). Team Gear also has other products available such as suits, goggles, parkas, swim bags, etc. in LA team colors.

 

New members: Once your account has been approved, you will be able to log in and purchase equipment. Click the “Olympic Development” tab and you will see all required equipment items (Note: I noticed the Speedo Short Blade Fins have vanished from the Olympic Development tab- Please use the search function in order to find/order them). If your swimmer does not have all of their equipment on the first day of practice, no problem. Coaches will advise them how to modify (if needed) while their equipment is shipping.

 

Returning members: Please review the list of required practice equipment. If your child is missing anything, please order replacements.

 

Make sure to mark your swimmer’s equipment with their name!  Many of our athletes have the same practice gear, and it can be difficult to distinguish them from one another. Sharpie markers work well, but they eventually wear off. Some members mark their items with a unique piece of tape or something similar. Please find a method for your swimmer to keep track of their equipment.

  

LA Website:

 

I would like for everyone to go on and acquaint themselves with the LA website. Be aware, a lot of the information on the site is only available if you are signed in with your username and password. Please take a moment to sign in and review your account information. Make sure all of your swimmer’s information, including tee shirt size (this is important so your swimmer receives the correct shirt size), is accurate and up to date.

 

Below are some useful links to help you get to know the team and understand some of our policies:

 

About Loggerhead                          Membership Information                          Volunteer Policy

 

If you have any billing related questions or issues, you may contact our billing admin, Coach Mark Corley, at admin@loggerheadaquatics.com.

 

I’m looking forward to another great season! Please let me know if you have any questions.

 

Thank you,

 

Eric Jacob
Head Age Group Coach
Loggerhead Aquatics

 
    
Sponsors (Partners)
Center+for+Health+and+Sports+Medicine
Firehouse+Subs
SwimAmerica
Speedo
Channel+4
Brucci%27s
USA+Swimming
FL+Swimming
Safe+Sport
Julington+Creek+Plantation
US+Masters+Swimming
USA+Triathlon
Florida+Swim+Network