2017/2018 Swim Program Overview
Senior 1 (National Development) / Senior 2 (Provincial/Regional Development):
The main focus for the Senior groups are to prepare them for high caliber meets. The goals for these groups are to have everyone at a Regional level and work towards Provincial level, as well as Junior National, Eastern Canadian and Senior National level. Endurance and skills are elevated with these swimmers in order to prepare for advancement into university/college programs. Drills are not only used to advance stroke technique, but to also improve starts, turns and finishes. The athletes will be above the stroke correction stage and focusing on the specific technique adjustments (small increments). By this stage, the swimmers should all know how to read the pace clock and be able to complete sets on their own. All four strokes will be used in middle distances and sprints, while freestyle will be the main stroke for long distances. Individual and Relay race strategies will be implemented in order to have each athlete swim their best race possible. The overall impression of this level should be seen as a highly competitive, tough training and very focused swim groups. These swimmers should still have amusement at every practice and at the same time, take things very seriously.
Age Group 1 (Festival/Regional Development) / Age Group 2 (Regional Development) / Age Group 3 (Competitive Development)
These swimmers should already know the fundamentals of competitive swimming and should have some introductory knowledge of how to use the pace clock. The goals for these groups are to have everyone surpass the grassroots/novice level of swimming and head towards the Regional and Festival level. Drills are used on a regular basis in order to allow corrections and adjustments on each of the four strokes. These athletes should be above the stroke development stage and focusing on correcting all of their stroke techniques. Middle distance sets will continue to become longer and more difficult to allow some endurance work, instead of the constant drills and sprints. The swimmers in this group will advance to the point where they can experience different sets and pace times with the top end group. The athletes should always have fun no matter what, but still put effort forth at every practice.
Junior BYST (Entry Level Competitive Swimming):
Swimmers who are 7 years of age or older and are the grassroots/novice level of the sport. FUNdamentals are taught consistently and the main focus is on stroke development. There are three 11 week sessions throughout the season. These swimmers will be competing at local invitational meets so they can gain experience to participate at sanctioned meets in the future. They will be introduced to the pace clock and all of the basics of competitive swimming. Once they learn how to perform drills properly and can complete sets without any issues, they will be moved into the bottom end of the Age Group program (usually on a yearly or sessional basis). This group will have sets that mainly contain 25m, 50m, 75m and 100m distances. They should always have fun first and learn second, in order to keep that happy feeling about competitive swimming.
Team Goals Overview:
The main situations to overcome are to correct and adjust all technical aspects of every stroke for all swimmers, as well as implement race strategies to allow times to drop substantially. Regardless of the caliber of the swimmer, the coaches will try to establish a set way for each swimmer to perform drills, starts, turns and finishes to create unification amongst the team. These racing mechanics will be encouraged and practiced regularly in order to avoid future bad habits. In between these long-term goals, these groups will strive to achieve 80% best times at every meet, which will hopefully lead to placement success. All swimmers will not be pushed further than their limits; however those who want to succeed will be expected to perform at their full potential at as many practices and meets that their time allows.