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Age Group Prep

Age Group Prep:

Ages: 9-12

Age Group Prep is designed for age group swimmers still at the beginning stages of their swimming career requiring emphasis on stroke development. This group teaches swimming lingo and practice procedures required of higher level groups.

Swimmers in this group are made up of primarily 9-10 year olds with some 11-12 year olds. The goals of this group are to further develop and refine stroke mechanics while being introduced to basic interval training. Swimmers start to learn correct timing of the strokes and the feel of reduced body drag. Swimmers are introduced to the pace clock and begin to learn how to use it. Swimmers also begin to do practices to build endurance. Swimmers in this group begin to travel regularly to meets and are introduced to the competitive side of swimming. Although no attendance requirement is in place for this group, it is highly encouraged to attend at least three practices a week.

Requirements for group:

At least 9 years old
Can safely swim 25 yards
Basic mechanics of all strokes

Goals:

Further develop stroke mechanics
Understanding of how a pace clock works
Basic understanding of how interval training works
Completion of IMReady events
Compete in first 200 free
Achieving first National Age Group ‘ B ’ Time Standards
Qualify and compete at Age Group Champs

Parameters for advancement:

Completion of IMReady program
Minimal consistency of three days of practice a week
Understanding of how a pace clock works and how intervals work
Completes 200 free in at least one meet
Advancement is based on coach’s discretion

Daily Training Equipment:

Water bottle, Kick Board, Pull Buoy, Fins