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Practice Groups

WWSC Practice Group Objectives and Move-up Requirements

Wasilla Waves Swim club is organized into six different practice groups ranging from our most novice swimmers to our most advanced and experienced. These groups are put together based on a combination of specific performance, technique, practice, and soft skill elements. However, as there is always the factor of the individual, the head coach and coaching staff have the final and ultimate decision to move a swimmer up or to keep him or her in existing practice group.

Competition is not required, but strongly encouraged.  It plays a large role in how the groups' practice and training are developed and executed, especially in our top 3 groups.  Additionally it is used to shape the guidelines for the skills, fundamentals, and training taught by coaches in the younger groups.

Practice Groups

Wasilla Waves entry and exit skills of practice groups 
In order for swimmers to move up into the next group, they must complete the following requirements and demonstrate the necessary abilities. It is to your swimmer's advantage to strive for the next group, but they will only be moved up if they are mentally and physically ready. Moving up too quickly will have a negative reaction, and all group placement is decided by the coaching staff. The coaching staff will use the following requirements as a guideline in regards to group placement: 

DROPLETS 

This group is a non competitive beginner level. Swimmers will develop stroke skills and gain endurance. This group is a transition from swim lessons to swim team. 

Entry requirements: 
*Swimmers must have some prior swimming experience. It is preferred that swimmers have passed level 4 of swim lessons prior to trying out. 

*Swimmers must listen to team coaches at all times. 

*Coaches will not be in the water during practices. Swimmers must be self supporting while in the water. 

Swimmer must be able to swim the following: 
25 yds freestyle with bilateral breathing 

25 yds backstroke 

12 1/2 yds breaststroke with a workable whip kick 

12 ½ yds butterfly 

Practice requirements: Practices are held for 45 minutes 3 times a week.
Equipment required: Swimsuit, goggles, swim cap, water bottle, kickboard
Swim meet requirements: competing at local meets is encouraged but not required

 

 

WAVELETS 

This group is a beginner competitive group. Stroke development will continue to develop while introducing swimmers to competitive skills. Swimmers will learn and become familiar with drills that will strengthen strokes. 

Entry requirements: 
50 yds freestyle with bilateral breathing and flip turn 

50 yds backstroke with legal flip turn 

50 yds breaststroke 

25 yds butterfly 

Dive off of block 

Practice requirements: Swimmers are expected to attend practices which are 60 minutes 3 times per week. 
Equipment required: Swimsuit, goggles, cap, and water bottle, kickboard
Swim meet requirements: Swimmers are strongly encouraged to attend local meets 

RIPPLES 

This group is an intermediate competitive level. 

Entry requirements: 
Swimmers must be able to do the following with proper form 

10 x 50 fr @ 1:30 

4 x 100 fr @ 2:45 

1 x 100 im legal turns and finishes 

8 x 25 flutter kick @ 1:00 

Practice requirements: 

*Swimmers are expected to attend 1 hour 15 minute practices 3 times a week. *Swimmers are expected to listen and follow coaches instructions. 

*Swimmers are expected to work together with teammates.

 

Equipment requirements: swimsuit, water bottle, swim cap, goggles, kickboard, fins 

Meet expectations: Swimmers are encouraged to compete in local swim events. Swimmers at this level should be working toward qualifying for Alaska Age Group Championships as well as Alaska Junior Olympics. 

SURGERS 

This group is an advanced competitive level. Swimmers at this level are working toward Alaska Age Group Championship times. They are also seeking to qualify for Alaska Junior Olympics. 

Entry requirements: 
Swimmers must be able to do the following with proper form 
10 x 50 freestyle @ 1:10 

5 x 100 freestyle @2:20 

4x 200 im ( no disqualifications) 

12 x 25 imo kick :45 

Practice requirements: 
*Swimmers are expected to attend 1 ½ hour practices 5 times per week. *Swimmers are expected to listen and follow coaches instructions. 

*Swimmers are expected to work together with teammates. 

Equipment requirements: swimsuit, water bottle, cap, goggles, kickboard, fins, pull buoy 

Meet expectations: Swimmers at this level are expected to attend most local meets. Swimmers are setting goals to qualify for the Alaska Age Group Championship and Alaska Junior Olympics. 

BREAKERS (Juniors) 

Entry requirements: 
Proper stroke technique and form 
10 x 100 freestyle @ 1:40

5 x 200 freestyle @ 3:20 

1 x 400 im @7:15 

3 x 200 im @ 3:40 

4 x 100 flutter kick @ 2:00 

PRACTICE REQUIREMENTS: 
*Swimmers must be at least 11 years of age 

*Swimmers in this group are expected to attend 2 hour practices 5 times a week. *Swimmers are expected to swim between 4,000 to 6,000 yds depending on timing of the training season. 

*Swimmers should attend 80% of scheduled practices. Attending this percentage of practices guarantees proper conditioning and training throughout the season. 

MEET REQUIREMENTS: 
*Swimmers will compete in local swim meets. 

*Swimmers will be working toward qualifying for the Alaska Age Group Championship and Alaska Junior Olympics. Coaches will help swimmers to set goals. 

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED: SWIMSUIT, WATER BOTTLE, FINS, PULL BUOY, PADDLES, SNORKEL, CLEAN EXERCISE SHOES THAT CAN GET WET, MESH EQUIPMENT BAG 

TSUNAMIS (Seniors) 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Must meet requirements listed in the Breakers (Juniors) group. In addition swimmers are: 

*High school age (14 years and older) or have qualified for a Sectional Level meet. They must be mentally as well as physically able to train for 2 plus hours per day 5 days a week. *Swimmers at the senior level are prepared and train to swim competitively not only for the Waves but for their respective high school team. 

*Swimmers will set goals and train to compete at Alaska Junior Olympics, Senior Championship and Sectional level meets. 

*EQUIPMENT REQUIRED: SWIMSUIT, WATER BOTTLE, FINS, PULL BUOY, PADDLES, SNORKEL, MESH EQUIPMENT BAG, CLEAN EXERCISE SHOES THAT CAN GET WET