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Practice Groups

YWSF Group Structure

 

 

Training Group Descriptions/Move Up Requirements

All group moves will be determined by the coaching staff

updated 5/18/20

 

Fins:             

Ages:                     5 – 9 years old

Daily training:         60 minutes, x 3/week

Daily yards:            500 – 1500 yards

Entrance into Fins group: Demonstrate to be able to swim across length of pool unassisted without stopping and be in Kindergarten through third grade (5-9 years old). In addition be able to swim 25 yards of each of the 4 competitive strokes; Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Freestyle.

Goals: Introduce all and build on all four strokes, streamlining, kicking development, and workout etiquette, develop body awareness within the water, fun and foster interest in sport of swimming.

Equipment: YWSF swim cap, pair of goggles, kickboard and a water bottle for practice.

Move up requirements from Fins into Bronze:

  • One (1) sanctioned home meet
  • Attend a practice every week
  • 50 Fly & 50 Breaststroke; no stopping
  • 100 Free & 100 Back; no stopping
  • 100 IM; no stopping
  • Swim a 200 Free Short Course Yard under 4 Minutes
  • Have an official time in 50 Free, 50 back, 100 Free 100 Back as well as a time in either the 50 Fly or 50 Breast.

*Head Age Group Coach reserves the right to move a swimmer up or down according to what they believe is best for them.

Move ups will not happen within 30 days of a Championship meet or the seasons focus meet. 

 

 

Bronze:       

Ages:                     7 - 10 years old

Daily training:         75 minutes, x 4/week

Daily yards:            1500 -2500 yards

Goals: Swim legally in all strokes be able to swim a 50 of each stroke, 100 Free and Back, Be able to swim a 100 Breaststroke or Butterfly. Swim the 200 Free and 200 IM. Swimmer will Foster the ability to kick, learn workout etiquette, build upon body awareness within the water, core body development, foster an interest in sport of swimming.

Entrance into Bronze group: If joining the Team, be 9yrs old or in 4th grade and be able to swim a 50 of all 4 strokes legally and swim a 200 (8laps) without stopping.  If the athlete is moving into Bronze from Fins II group they must have completed the Fins II-Bronze move up requirements. 

 Note: Once an athlete is 11yrs old or in 5th grade and is still within the Bronze group, that athlete will be moved into Silver group.

Equipment: YWSF swim cap, pair of goggles, junior size kickboard, fins and a water bottle for practice.

Move up requirements from Bronze to Silver:

Swimmers who are 11yrs old and do not meet the Gold move up requirements will be moved into the silver group.

Move up requirement from Bronze to Gold:

Move up requirements for 9 & 10 yrs. old

  • Must be 9yrs old
  • Attend an Avg. of 3 practices a week
  • 4 dolphin kicks off of every wall on Butterfly, Backstroke and Freestyle
  • 5 x 100’s Kick on 2:30  Hold under 2:15
  • Swim a 500 in practice breathing every 3rd
  • Meet 3 out 4 of swim requirements below
    • 4 x 100’s Free on 2:15 – under 1:45
    • 4 x 100’s Back on 2:30 – under 2:00
    • 4 x 100’s Fly on 2:30 – under 2:00
    • 4 x 100’s Breast on 2:30 – under 2:00
  • Ability to read the pace clock
  • Attend practice three times per week
  • Time Standard achievements
    • 9 & 10yrd old
      • Have 3 – 10/under A Times
  • Competed in a sanctioned meet and have a legal time in all the 50’s, 100 Free, 100 Back, 100 IM, 200 Free, 200 IM and legal time in 100 Breaststroke or Butterfly.

*Head Age Group Coach reserves the right to move a swimmer up or down according to what they believe is best for them.

*Move ups will not happen within 30 days of a Championship meet or the seasons focus meet. 

 

Silver:

Ages:                    11 – 15 years old

Daily training:         75 to 90 minutes, x 5/week

Daily yards:            2000 - 3000 yards

Goals: Competing regularly in swim meets, streamlining, foster ability to kick, build the ability to dolphin kick off all walls in a streamline position, Proper stroke technique is emphasized and swimming the 100’s in all 4 strokes are added. Practices will incorporate the use of the pace clock. Coaches will reinforce proper practice habits. Practices will be geared to foster interest in the sport of swimming. Swimmers will swim the 400 or 500 in a meet.

Entrance into Silver group: If joining the Team, be 11yrs old and be able to swim a 50 Free, 100 Free, 50 back, 100 back as well as a 50 Breaststroke or 50 Butterfly.

Note: Once an athlete is 15yrs old or in 9th Grade and still within the Silver Group, that athlete will be moved into the Senior Group

Equipment: YWSF swim cap, pair of goggles, Junior Size kickboard, fins, junior size pull buoy, Snorkel and a water bottle for practice.

Move up requirement from Silver to Gold:

  • Attend an Avg. of 3 practices a week
  • 4 dolphin kicks off of every wall on Butterfly, Backstroke and Freestyle
  • 5 x 100’s Kick on 2:30  Hold under 2:15
  • Swim a 500 in practice breathing every 3rd
  • Meet 3 out 4 of swim requirements below
    • 4 x 100’s Free on 2:15 – under 1:45
    • 4 x 100’s Back on 2:30 – under 2:00
    • 4 x 100’s Fly on 2:30 – under 2:00
    • 4 x 100’s Breast on 2:30 – under 2:00
  • Ability to read the pace clock
  • Attend practice three times per week
  • Time Standard achievements
    • 11/12yrd old
      • Have 4 – 11/12 B Times
    • 13/14yrd old
      • Have 4 – 13/14 B times
  • Competed in a sanctioned meet and have a legal time in all events except
    • 200 Fly, 200 Back, 200 Breast, 400 IM, 800/1000 Free, 1500/1650 Free

Head Age Group Coach reserves the right to move a swimmer up or down according to what they believe is best for them.

Move ups will not happen within 30 days of a Championship meet or the seasons focus meet. 

 

Gold:

Age:                      9 – 14 years old

Daily training:         90 to 120 minutes, x 6/week

Daily yards:            2500 - 4500 yards

Goals: Competing regularly in swim meets including Far Westerns.  Proper stroke technique is still an emphasis. Longer event such as 200’s of each stroke, 400 IM and 800/1000 Free are added. Swimmers will learn proper pacing for longer events. In addition coaches reinforce proper practice habits adding in Training Times and use of additional swim equipment. Practices will be geared to foster interest in sport of swimming

Entrance into Gold group: If joining the Team, be 9yrs old and be able to meet the requirements as listed under move ups from Bronze or Silver to Gold except the event requirements.

Note: Once an athlete is 15yrs old or in 9th Grade and still within the Gold Group, that athlete will be moved into the Senior Group

Equipment: YWSF swim cap, pair of fins, kick board, pull buoy, small paddles, snorkel, parachute, and a water bottle all contained within a mesh bag.  (Note: 12/under’s should have junior size pull buoy, kick board and small paddles)

Move up requirement from Gold to Pre Senior:

  • Must be 11yrs old
  • Attend an Avg. of 4 practices a week
  • 4 to 6  dolphin kicks off of every wall on Butterfly, Backstroke and Freestyle
  • Competed in a sanctioned meet (with an official time) in every event offered, excluding:​ 400 IM & 1500/1650 Free
  • Be able to complete 3 of Following
    • 5 x 100’s Free on 1:45 – under 1:20
    • 5 x 100’s Back 2:00 – under 1:30
    • 5 x 100’s Fly 2:00 – under 1:30
    • 5 x 100’s Breast 2:00 – under 1:35
  • Swimmer must have legal time in 1 of the following 200’s; Fly, Back, or Breast)
  • Time Standard achievements
    • 11/12yrd old
      • Have 4 – 11/12 A Times
    • 13/14yrd old
      • Have 4 – 13/14 A Times or 8 B Times

* Head Age Group Coach reserves the right to move a swimmer up or down according to what they believe is best for them.

Move ups will not happen within 30 days of a Championship meet or the seasons focus meet. 

 

Pre Senior:

The Pre Senior group will be split into 2 different Groups – Pre Senior 1 and Pre Senior 2 based on coach’s recommendations. 

Ages:                     11 – 15 years old (9th Grade in High School)

Daily training:         120 minutes to 180 minutes, x 6/week

Daily yards:            4000 - 6000 yards

Goals: This group uses the training techniques they learned in Gold and incorporates them into practice at a high level of consistency.  Competing regularly in swim meets including (but not limited to) Age Group States, Elite Show Case classic & Far Westerns. This Group requires that you attend a minimum of 4 practices a week. Swimmers who can’t average 4 practices a week over a 4 week period will not be allowed to practice with this group. Swimmers will swim the 400 IM, and 1500/1650. Practices will be geared to foster interest in sport of swimming

Entrance into Pre Senior group: If joining the Team, be 11yrs old and be able to meet the requirements as listed above under move up except the event requirements. In addition swimmers must be committed to attending a minimum of 4 practices a week.

Note: Once an athlete is a sophomore in High school and still within the Pre Senior group, that athlete will be moved into the Senior Group

Equipment: YWSF swim cap, pair of fins, kick board, pull buoy, paddles, snorkel, parachute and a water bottle all contained within a mesh bag.

Move up requirement from Pre Senior to Senior Elite:

  • Must be a freshmen in High school.
  • To have achieved 3 Senior Championship times standards (A times) in 3 different events or to have achieved 1 current Sectional or higher standard meet qualifying time
  • Four to six dolphin kicks off of every wall on Butterfly, Backstroke and Freestyle
  • 6 x 100 kick w/board on 1:40
  • 10 x 100 Free on 1:10
  • Competed in a sanctioned meet with an official time in every event offered, including the following events: 200 Fly, 400 IM, 1500/1650 Free
  • Head coach & Head Age Group Coach reserve the rights to move a swimmer up or down according to what he thinks is best for that swimmer.
  • Move ups will not happen within 30 days of a Championship meet or the seasons focus meet. 

 

Senior:                       

Ages:                          14 – 18 years old

Daily training: 120 minutes x 5/week

Daily yards:                3000 - 5000 yards

Goals: Streamlining, foster ability to kick, introduce dryland workouts, fun and foster interest in sport of swimming.

Entrance into Senior High School group: If joining the Team, be in 9th grade (14 years old) and be able to swim across the pool and back unassisted (100 yards) in backstroke & freestyle and a 50 breaststroke & butterfly.

Equipment: YWSF swim cap, pair of fins, kick board, pull buoy, paddles, and a water bottle all contained within a mesh bag.

 

Hybrid Group:

Ages:                     14 – 18 years old

Daily training:         120-180 minutes, x 9/week

Daily yards:            3000 - 12000 yards

Goals: Work ethic + desire to compete at the highest level. Swim in college.

The Hybrid is by invitation only and is for swimmers that have moved up in the Senior Group but who are just short of meeting the requirements to be in Senior Elite. Hybrid swimmers will be able to join the Senior Elite group for all morning practices that are offered. For afternoon practices, they will be part of the Senior Group. 

Requirements and Expectations of the Hybrid Group:

  • Girls, earliest can join group is Freshman year of high school or 14 years old
  • Boys, earliest can join group is Freshman year of high school or 14 years old
  • To have achieved 1 current AZ Senior Championship Time Standard (A time)
  • Practice requirement of 20 practices a month
  • Morning practices are mandatory
  • Legal turns on every stroke including the individual medley transitions
  • Three (3) dolphin kicks off of every wall on Butterfly, Backstroke & Freestyle
  • Breaststroke pull outs off every wall
  • 6 x 100 kick w/board on 1:40
  • 10 x 100 Free on 1:10
  • Competed in a sanctioned meet with official times. The following events must have been swam: 200 free, 200 IM and 400/500 free

* Head Coach reserves the right to move a swimmer up or down according to what they believe is best for them.

Move ups will not happen within 30 days of a Championship meet or the seasons focus meet. 

 

Senior Elite:

Ages:                     14 – 18 years old

Daily training:         120-180 minutes, x 9/week

Daily yards:            3000 - 12000 yards

Goals: Compete at the highest competitive level. Swim in college.

Entrance into Senior Elite group: Unless your child has an extenuating circumstance, such as a family emergency or significant illness, they are required to be at 20 practices a month if they are committing to swim at the Senior Elite Group.  The core values of the group are commitment, effort and goal setting.  Swimming is a solitary form of competition.  That is why the Team is so important.  Team members train, race and support one another.  Having a group of like-minded athletes who are there consistently at practice all with goals in mind promotes respect for one another and a sense of family which will help make the group stronger when they race.

Equipment: YWSF swim cap, regular swim suit for practice, technical racing suit for swim meets, goggles, large paddles, pull buoy, fins (body boarding style = no heel), snorkel, kick board, ankle bungee and a water bottle, all contained within a mesh bag for practice.

Requirements and Expectations of Senior Elite:

  • To have achieved 3 AZ Senior Championship times standards (A times) in 3 different events or to have achieved 1 current Sectional or higher standard meet qualifying time.
  • Must achieve AZ 3 Senior Championship time’s standards (A times) in 3 different events or achieve 1 current Sectional or higher standard meet qualifying time during the current season, to remain in the Senior Elite group. 
  • Must attend at least 80% of the offered weekly practices (7 practices)
  • Must be able to do 4-6 dolphin kicks off of every wall on Butterfly, Backstroke and Freestyle
  • 6 x 100 kick w/board on 1:40
  • 10 x 100 Free on 1:10
  • Competed in a sanctioned meet with an official time in every event offered,   including the following events: 200 Fly, 400 IM, 1500/1650 Free
  • Move ups will not happen within 30 days of a Championship meet or the seasons focus meet. 

* Head coach reserves the right to move a swimmer up or down according to what they believe is best for them.