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Group Descriptions

Oro Valley Swim Team Year-Round (USA) Training Groups

 Emerald: Emerald is our standard 8&U group, focusing mostly on improving technique in freestyle and backstroke, learning some basics of butterfly and breaststroke, and having fun. Swimmers must be able to comfortably complete 25 yards in any manner before joining. Practice is offered MTWF. Swimmers at this level should attend 2 to 3 practices per week.

 Ruby: Ruby Group is for the typical 9-11 year old swimmer (1 to 3 years of competitive experience). Swimmers will continue to improve their freestyle and backstroke, and spend much more time developing their breaststroke, butterfly, turns, and conditioning. Practice is offered M-F, and swimmers should try to make 2 or 3 practices per week. Swimmers in this group should be able to swim a 100y freestyle at decent speed and without stopping. Swimmers should know or be able to demonstrate some skill with fly or breast before joining this group.

 Sapphire: Sapphire Group is geared towards the average 11-14 year old (2 to 5 years of experience). This group is for swimmers that can legally swim all four strokes. Technique will continue to be refined and more intensity will be added to their training. Practice is offered 5 days per week. Swimmers should try to attend four practices per week.

Turquoise: Turquoise is an advanced group for year-round swimmers age 9 to 11. Swimmers must meet certain speed and technique requirements and prove their commitment over several seasons before being invited into this group. Training will focus on establishing a solid mental, physical, and technical foundation to prepare these athletes for long term success in the sport of swimming.

Topaz:  Topaz Group is a year-round group designed for advanced and committed 12-14 year olds. Training continues to focus on refining technique along with strengthening the mental and physical skills necessary to excel in the sport of swimming. This group is by coach invite only.

 Senior: Senior Group is our standard group for high school age swimmers. Practice will be offered 7+ times per week, including morning and Saturday practices. Regular attendance is expected at this level.