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DEVELOPMENTAL                                                                

This group is an entry level group designed to give new swimmers (10 & under) the experience of a competitive club but in a less competitive setting.  The focus is on body position and awareness in freestyle and backstroke. More advanced concepts will be introduced throughout the session. This group is offered in 3 month sessions starting in September, December, and March. Each session requires a new registration.

  • Typically, three (3) practices are offered each week; coaches recommend swimmers attend a minimum of two (2) practices per week.
  • Swimmers will be offered one (1) meet per session to compete. 

AGE GROUP BEGINNER (CV Location ONLY) 

This competitive training group is primarily for swimmers (ages 10 & under) interested in getting involved in the sport on an introductory level. This group focuses on teaching the fundamentals of all 4 competitive strokes, introducing basic work on starts/turns, & promoting a strong foundation for future success in the sport are the primary goals of this group.

  • Three (3) to four (4) practices are offered each week CV High School; coaches recommend swimmers attend a minimum of two (2) practices per week.
  • Swimmers are expected to complete in at least two (2) meets per season. 

AGE GROUP 1

This year-round group is focused on new swimmers (ages 12 & under) who exceed the requirements of the AG Beginner Group and wish to make the jump into a fully competitive training group. Stroke development will be stressed along with work on starts, turns, and proper practice habits. Endurance training will be introduced at this level as well.

  • Four (4) practices are offered each week; coaches recommend swimmers attend a minimum of three (3) practices per week.
  • Swimmers are expected to complete in at least two (2) meets per season.  
  • IMR Achievement recommended

AGE GROUP 2

This year-round competitive training group generally includes swimmers 12 & under.  Stroke technique will be emphasized at this level, with training techniques and endurance training introduced at this level.  Swimmers will expand their interest in competition and training at this level.

  • Four (4) to five (5) practices are offered each week; coaches recommend swimmers attend a minimum of three (3) practices per week. 
  • Swimmers are expected to complete in at least two (2) meets per season. 
  • IMR Achievement recommended

AGE GROUP 3

This year-round competitive training group generally includes swimmers ages 8-13.  Competitive stroke technique and an understanding of basic training skills will be emphasized in this group.  Also, swimmers will develop a better understanding of swimming competitions including legal stokes, starts, and turns.

  • Five (5) practices are offered each week plus two (2) dryland sessions; coaches recommend swimmers attend a minimum of four (4) practices per week. 
  • Swimmers are expected to compete in at least three (3) meets per season, but preferably one (1) meet per month. 
  • IMR Achievement required; IMX Achievement recommended

AGE GROUP 4

This year-round competitive training group generally includes swimmers ages 10-14.  An equal balance is maintained between improving stroke technique & training skills.  Swimmers will begin to refine competitive racing strategies, basic goal setting, and accountability in the water. 

  • Five (5) to six (6) practices are offered each week plus two (2) dryland sessions; coaches recommend swimmers attend a minimum of five (5) practices per week. 
  • Swimmers are expected to compete monthly in meets including all championship meets.
  • Required - IMR Achievement, IMX Achievement, 1000 Freestyle event

JUNIOR GROUP

This year-round competitive training group is primarily for swimmers ages 12-14 who exceed the requirements of Age Group 4 but are not yet in High School. Continued stroke refinement along with increased endurance training will be stressed in this group. Racing strategies, goal setting, and accountability in the water will also serve an important role throughout the season. Swimmers in this group will be asked to commit to training at a high level. At this age, it is incredibly important to maintain a consistent work ethic at practice to ensure future success in the pool. 

  • Six (6) to seven (7) practices are offered each week plus three (3) dryland; coaches recommend swimmers attend a minimum of six (6) practices per week.
  • Swimmers are expected to compete monthly in meets including all championship meets.
  • Required - IMR Achievement, IMX Achievement, 1650/1000 Freestyle events 

SENIOR GROUP

This year-round competitive training group is primarily for High School age swimmers (ages 14-18) who have committed to swimming as their primary, year-round sport. Stroke refinement and endurance training are key elements of this group. Racing strategies, goal setting, and accountability in the water will continue to be stressed. Swimmers in this group should lead by example and be committed to being the best possible swimmer they can be. 

  • Eight (8) practices per week plus three (3) dryland sessions; swimmer are expected to fully commit to the training requirements of this group.
  • In addition to High School meets, swimmers in this group are expected to compete in several skill appropriate meets/championship meets per season.

VARSITY (CV Location ONLY)

This group is open to non CV/USC swimmers that are required to swim with their High School team during High School Season. In addition, any CV High School Swimmer (through the class of 2021) can remain with this group. 

  • Outside of High School Season (mid-November through early March) swimmers in this group will train with the Senior Group.
  • During High School Season, swimmers in this group will train with their High School Team.
  • Swimmers in this group are expected to compete in several skill appropriate meets/championship meets per season. During High School Season, swimmers in this group can still complete with PEAQ at AMS/USA Swimming Meets.

NATIONAL GROUP

This is our highest-level training group. While all of our Senior-level swimmers demonstrate great commitment to the sport, our National Group swimmers have chosen swimming to be their exclusive activity outside the classroom. These swimmers pursue their swimming goals with a single-minded focus to be the best competitive swimmer they can be.

  • For swimmers 13 and over who wish to participate in Sectional, National and potentially International competitions with a strong emphasis on USA Swimming Junior Nationals and Nationals;
  • Membership in this group requires Sectionals cuts; swimmers need to be prepared to handle longer and more intense training sessions;
  • Swimmers will maintain 90% practice attendance to remain in the group;
  • Swimmers are required to attend the highest-level Championship meet for which they qualify; swimmers will also have the opportunity to attend regional and national “travel meets” in order to gain exposure to better competition.

HS PRE-SEASON (CV Location ONLY)

This program will be offered to High School Swimmers that are NOT a member of a USA Swimming Club.  This program will be a six-week pre-season conditioning program geared towards getting High School swimmers ready to High School season. The program will run 6 weeks in October through mid-November.

CONDITIONING (CV Location ONLY)

This group is primarily geared towards swimmers 11 & over interested in fitness swimming or  cross-training for other sports.  This group is offered in 3 month sessions starting in September, December, and March.  Each session requires a new registration.