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The following is a brief overview of the group structure. The guidelines are general descriptions, and group descriptions change on a yearly basis. Like all swimming related decisions, the coaching staff makes group placement decisions. Placement decisions are made in the best interest of the individual swimmer and his/her long-term development. Please note that there are both minimum requirements – and recommended attendance.

When it comes to practice, the more that a swimmer puts in it, the greater he/she will benefit!

Group 1:
Group 1 is usually the starting point for new swimmers who join our team. It is recommended that swimmers in this group attend 2 practices per week. They must attend the meets scheduled for that group. The four competitive strokes and basic start and turn techniques are taught. Elementary stroke drills are introduced at this level. We teach that technique comes first, speed comes later. The ability to swim correctly will pay big dividends in the athlete’s competitive future. Swimmers must be able to swim one length of the pool.

Group 2:
Group 2 is the stepping stone from Group 1. It is recommended that swimmers in this group attend 3 practices per week. They are encouraged to attend the meets scheduled for that group. The four competitive strokes and basic start and turn techniques are taught and defined. Elementary stroke drills are introduced at this level. We teach that technique comes first, speed comes later. The ability to swim correctly will pay big dividends in the athlete’s competitive future.


Group 3:
Group 3 swimmers have demonstrated an ability to perform all four competitive strokes legally, can maintain their stroke for 50 -100 yards, and have listening and learning skills necessary for a more structured environment. It is in Group 3 that swimmers will begin to compete in longer events. These swimmers are ready to learn slightly more advanced stroke drills. More swimming is done in this practice than in Group 1 and 2, though the emphasis is still technique first, speed later. Athletes in Group 3 are recommended to attend 4 practices per week. Group 3 swimmers must swim in the scheduled meets. Swimmers must demonstrate a strong dedication to the sport.

Group 4:
Group 4 swimmers have demonstrated an ability to perform all four competitive strokes and can maintain their strokes for more than 100 yards. They are involved in a very structured and competitive environment. This group is generally made up of more experienced swimmers who have chosen swimming as their primary sport. These athletes have agreed to make a greater commitment to the sport. This group will represent Marauders at all meets. They serve as student-athlete role models to the rest of the team. A positive attitude towards training and competing is vital. Members of this group will prepare themselves to train at the highest level on a daily basis

Athletes who swim for their high school teams recognize that the varsity season falls within the USA SWIMMING season. Swimmers will be at Marauders practice any time the HS team is given a practice off – and will swim every Saturday practice during the winter season that does not interfere with meets.


Athletes who are not meeting the group requirements will be re-assigned by the coaching staff.