WHAT Swim Levels
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The coaching staff uses a progressive approach to age group swimming, designed to develop the child physically, mentally, and emotionally in a systematic fashion. A well-defined, long-term approach to gradually increasing degrees of commitment is essential to reach peak performance levels during a swimmer’s physiological prime. The emphasis in the early stages of participation is to develop technical skills and a love for the sport. In the later years, a more demanding physical and psychological challenge is introduced to the training program. In this respect, “too much, too soon” is more often the cause of failure to achieve maximum potential as the child develops to the senior level than in the reverse situation.
In addition to emphasizing long-term rather than short-term results, it is also important to establish training levels of swimmers who are compatible in respect to abilities, commitment levels, and goals. Unfortunately, this is not always the most convenient approach to take, but it is always the most productive.
At each level, the goals and objectives are specific and directed toward meeting the needs of the swimmer. The long-term goal of total excellence is always in mind. As each child is different, he/she will progress at his/her own rate. The coaching staff recognizes this fact by making team assignments based on a swimmer’s physical, mental, and emotional level of development.
All level assignments/changes are at the discretion of the Head Coach.
The Swimmer Level Matrix should be considered guideline for placement.