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Black Team

VITRAS SWIM CLUB BLACK TEAM 

Swimmers who desire to compete in a number of USA Swimming meets each year, competing at the regional, state, and national level are ideal candidates for the Black Team.

Swimmers on this team will all be USA swimming members and compete monthly in the USA sanctioned meets. Swimmers on the Black Team have made a commitment so swim year round, not seasonally. The Black Team is divided into three groups. Each of these groups has specific dynamics and goals. Swimmers progress through the groups as they improve in skill, endurance, work ethic and personal growth. The movement of a swimmer to a new group is decided by the coaches and will be discussed with the swimmer and their family.

Black Team Group I:

The Black Team Group I is our developmental group and is designed to introduce young athletes to the sport and to the competitive team. The black group focuses on teaching the fundamentals of each of the four competitive strokes, as well as practice etiquette, diving, racing, interval training, goal-setting, and developing the basics to create a lifetime love of swimming. Swimmers in this group have regional and state times for their age group. 

Attendance recommendation is 4 times per week

Price: $80.00 per month

Equipment needed: Fins, pull buoy, kickboard, paddles, snorkel, tempo trainer and equipment bag 

I. Prerequisites
A. Age: 7-12 years old

  1. Attendance: 80% season in previous group 
  1. Able to read pace clock with intervals

II. Training minimums
Training intervals are considered “base” for training. This would mean that a swimmer could descend, build, negative split, etc. on this interval, and not just “make it”.

  1. Freestyle 1:45 SCY
  2. IM 2:00 SCY 
  3. Kick 2:05 SCY
  4. Attendance recommendation: 4 days per week 
  5. USA swimming BB/A times for their age group 

III. Personal
A. Commitment and Desire

  1. Demonstration and Comprehension of Technique 
  2. Physical, Psychological and Social Readiness

Black Team Group II: 

The Black Team Group II is the next step up in the group program. It is for swimmers who have a strong understanding of each of the four competitive strokes and who have mastered the basics of competition and are ready for more challenges in practice. This group introduces the importance of interval training, as well as using different training techniques, such as practice equipment, dryland, and race strategy.  Swimmers in this group have state/far western or zone time standards. 

Attendance recommendation is 6 times per week

Price: $100.00 per month

Equipment needed: Fins, pull buoy, paddles, kickboard, snorkel, tempo trainer and equipment bag

I. Prerequisites
A. Age – minimum 11 years old

  1. Attendance - 85% season in previous group 

II. Training minimums

Training intervals are considered “base” for training. This would mean that a swimmer could descend, build, negative split, etc. on this interval, and not just “make it”.

  1. Freestyle 1:30 SCY
  2. IM 1:45 SC
  3. Kick 2:00 SCY
  4. Attendance recommendation: 7 days per week 
  5. Younger swimmers:  AZ state times for their age group. Older swimmers: USA swimming A or better times in their age group 

III. Personal
A. Commitment and Desire

  1. Demonstration and Comprehension of Technique
  2. Physical, Psychological and Social Readiness 

Black Team Group III: 

This is the highest level of training on the Vitras Black team and offers the most intense workouts and level of commitment from our athletes. Swimmers in this group have a strong understanding of competitive swimming and all that it encompasses. Swimmers in this group are asked to make goals and work towards those goals in practices that involve dry land and in-the-water practices. Swimmers are encouraged to attend at least three mornings a week. Swimmers in this group are working toward Sectional and Zone time standards or higher. Swimmers in this group must train with Club during High School Season. 

Attendance recommendation is 10 times per week

Price: $120.00 per month

Equipment needed: Fins, pull buoy, paddles, swim snorkel, equipment bag, and tempo trainer  

  1. Prerequisites
    A. Minimum Age: 12 for girls, 13 for boys 

   B.Attendance: 90% season in previous group

II. Training minimums
Training intervals are considered “base” for training. This would mean that a swimmer could descend, build, negative split, etc. on this interval, and not just “make it”.

  1. Freestyle 1:20 SCY
  2. IM 1:30 SCY
  3. Kick 1:45 SCY
  4. Attendance recommendation: 10 days per week 
  5. State or Senior State times for their age group

III. Personal

  1. Commitment and Desire

B. Demonstration and Comprehension of Technique

C. Physical, Psychological and Social Readiness

 

Silver Group: 

The Silver Group is a stroke developmental group for swimmers who are interested in competing but need more stroke refinement before more yardage is assigned. It is for swimmers who have a strong understanding of each of the four competitive strokes and who are learning the basics of competition and are ready for more challenges in practice. This group introduces the importance of interval training, as well as using different training techniques, such as practice equipment, breath control, dry land, and pacing. 

Price: $80.00 per month 

Equipment needed: Fins, pull buoy, paddles, kickboard, snorkel and equipment bag

  1. Prerequisites
    A. Age: 10-18 years old
  1. Attendance: 70% season in previous group 
  1. Able to read pace clock with intervals

II. Training minimums
Training intervals are considered “base” for training. This would mean that a swimmer could descend, build, negative split, etc. on this interval, and not just “make it”.

  1. Freestyle 2:00 SCY
  2. IM 2:15 SCY 
  3. Kick 2:30 SCY
  4. Attendance recommendation:3 days per week 

III. Personal
A. Commitment and Desire

  1. Demonstration and Comprehension of Technique 
  2. Physical, Psychological and Social Readiness