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Standards

There are different commitment levels within the team. First time swimmers are evaluated and placed in an appropriate group so that they can enjoy their experience, learn new skills and continue with the Club.  The coaching team recommends movement to higher levels following an evaluation of skills, logistics, and availability.  Some group changes occur after the current season has ended, but most of them occur after 2-3 seasons, it is very individual and based on coaches decision.

The club has only two intakes for new members, and movement within the club, during our swim season -  September and January, depending on availability of space and swimmer's skill set.

Swim Group Standards  - Detailed Summary 

 

TEEN squad: 

Long Term Athlete Development Stage: Active for life 

  • Ages 13 to 18 years 
  • Interested in balancing other sports and are less competitive in swimming
  • Focus on improving fitness level and technique with option to compete
  • Might be future swim instructors, so technique skills and drills are important
  • Ex swimmers familiar with all competitive strokes, turns and dives
  • Swimmers who want to be active for life through lifelong participation in physical activity

    Equipment required:
    water bottle

 

SILVERTIPS: 

Long Term Athlete Development Stage: Train to Compete 

  • Ages 13 years old and up
  • Be a role model for the entire swim club on deck, in practice, at the swim meet and outside the water on a daily basis
  • Achieved a Swim BC Tier 1/ Tier 2 or Swim Canada National time standard or higher
  • Commit to all practices, dryland, and organized cross training activities
  • Willingness to learn new skills and to improve on previous learnt skills and techniques
  • Highly motivated athlete who likes to be challenged 
  • Enjoy swimming to a higher level each day/practice
  • Able to maintain the established pace intervals with the rest of the training squad
  • Able to maintain 8 or more fast fly kicks off each wall during practice
  • Committed to compete at Provincials and other qualifying swim meets
  • Responsible, respectful and willing to learn and make changes and improvements to technique
  • To remain in this squad without a qualifying time (at the end of the season), swimmer needs to have demonstrated a whole year commitment with good attitude and attendance
  • Exel above and beyond the expectations 
  • Attendance 90% or higher during the season   

    Equipment required:
    water bottle, fins, snorkel, paddles

To be considered to get to Silvertips swimmer must be able to maintain good technique and: 

  • Have attendance from previous squad equal 85% or higher 
  • Must be able to streamline, glide and perform 8 fly kicks off the walls during practice 
  • Have Swim BC Tier 1/ Tier 2 time standard for their age category or Canada Junior time standards
  • Recommended move up to the next squad from their coach and discussed and agreed with head coach 
  • Required sets and pace times to hold:
    30x 100m Free on 1’20- 1'25
    24x 100 Back and IM on 1'30- 1’35
    20x 100 kick on 1’45

 

KODIAKS: 

Long Term Athlete Development Stage: Train to Train 

  • Ages 12-13 years old and up
  • Achieved a Swim BC Tier 1/ Tier 2 time standard 
  • Highly motivated athlete who likes to be challenged 
  • Enjoy swimming to a higher level each day/practice
  • Able to maintain 6 or more fly kicks during practice and work on improving speed off the walls
  • Able to maintain the established pace intervals with the rest of the training squad
  • Attend 85% of practices or more
  • Committed to compete at Provincials and other qualifying swim meets
  • Commit to other dryland and organized cross training activities
  • Willingness to learn new skills and to improve on previous learnt skills and techniques
  • To remain in this squad without qualifying time (at the end of the season) swimmer needs to have demonstrated a whole year commitment with good attitude 

    Equipment required:
    water bottle, fins, snorkel, paddles

To be considered to get to Kodiaks swimmer must be able to maintain good technique and: 

  • Have attendance from previous squad equal 80% or higher 
  • Have official time for all long and middle distance events (lack of 200 Fly will be considered) 
  • Must be able to streamline, glide and perform 6 fly kicks off the walls during practice 
  • Have Swim BC Tier 1/ Tier 2 time standard for their age category 
  • Recommended move up to the next squad from their coach and discussed and agreed with head coach 
  • Required sets and pace times to hold:
    24x 100 Free on 1’30
    20x 100 Back and IM on 1’40
    20x 100 kick on 2’

 

POLAR BEARS:

Long Term Athlete Development Stage: Learn to Train 

  • Ages 11 years old and up
  • Familiar with all competitive swim strokes, turns and dives
  • Willingness to continue learning new skills and improve technique 
  • Attend 75- 80% of practices or more
  • Attendance will be considered for placement in the squads for the future 
  • Extend under water fly kicks each wall (push off+ glide+ 6 fly kicks by the end of the season) 
  • Compete in: 400 IM, 800 Free during the season and all other strokes events 
  • Committed to compete at Yukon swim meets, time trials and one outside Invitational swim meet 

    Equipment required:
    water bottle, fins, snorkel

To be considered to get to Polar Bears swimmer must be able to maintain good technique and:

  • Complete 400m and 800m Free event with knowledge of race strategy and holding good technique and no breath on the first stroke off the walls
  • Complete 200m Free, 200m Back, 200m Breast and 200m IM events with good turns and dive technique
  • Complete 50m and 100m Fly holding good rhythm and strong kick during the race with good turns 
  • Must be able to streamline, glide and perform 5 fly kicks off the walls during practice 
  • Must know basic swimming rules for each event 
  • Recommended move up to the next squad from their coach and discussed and agreed with head coach 

  • Required sets and pace times to hold:
    16x 100 Free on 2’
    12x 100 Back and IM on 2’20
    12x 100 kick on 2’30

 

BLACK BEARS: 

Long Term Athlete Development Stage: Learn to Train 

  • Ages 10 years old and up
  • Continue to work and develop all strokes and skills
  • Continue to work on strong kick with good body position 
  • Maintain strong kick in every stroke 
  • Work on turns and dives
  • Extend under water fly kicks each wall (push off+ glide+ 5 fly kicks by the end of the season) 
  • Committed to compete at Yukon swim meets and time trials
  • Recommended to compete in one outside invitational swim meet

    Equipment required:
    water bottle, fins, snorkel

To be considered to get to Black Bears squad swimmer must be able to maintain good technique and: 

  • Complete 400m Free at one of the swim meets
  • Complete 200’s: IM, Back, Breast at one of the swim meets
  • Complete 50m Fly with good technique
  • Be able to maintain strong kick for entire 400m without a board in different strokes and in different body positions
  • Must be able to streamline, glide and perform 4 fly kicks off the walls during practice 
  • Recommended move up to the next squad from their coach and discussed and agreed with head coach 
  • Required sets and pace times to hold:
    10x 100 Free on 2’30
    8x 100 Back on 3’ (or 16x 50 Back on 1’30)
    16x 50 kick on 1’30

 

BROWN Bears:

Long Term Athlete Development Stage: FUNdamental

  • Ages 8 years and up
  • Focus on developing strong flutter kick on front and back
  • Learning all competitive strokes
  • Holding streamline off the walls with 4 fly kicks
  • Continue with floating and good body position
  • Develop strong kick without using the kickboard
  • Compete at the time trials during the season and one outside meet is recommened

    Equipment required:
    water bottle, fins

To be considered to get to Brown Bears swimmer must be able to maintain good technique and:

  • Must be able to complete 200m Freestyle kick and 200m Backstroke kick maintaining strong kick during entire distance and holding good body position 
  • Must be able to swim 200m Free and 200m Back with a basic knowledge of the race strategy
  • Must be able to kick 50m Breast with narrow kick on their back and their front, being simultaneous
  • Must be able to streamline, glide and perform 3 fly kicks off the walls during practice 
  • Recommended move up to the next squad from their coach and discussed and agreed with head coach 

 

CUBS:

Long Term Athlete Development Stage: FUNdamental

  • Ages 7 years and up
  • Focus on developing strong flutter kick on front and back
  • Learning freestyle and backstroke
  • Learning Breastroke kick and Butterfly kick
  • Learning to streamline off the walls, focus on glide and if ready add 2 fly kicks
  • Continue with floating and body position drills 
  • Aim to develop strong kick without using the kickboard and holding good body position
  • Compete at the time trials during the season

    Equipment required:
    water bottle

To be considered to get to Cubs, swimmer must be able to maintain good technique and:

  • Perform 50m Free kick and 50m Back kick with confident with and without fins with a good body position
  • Show basic Freestyle catch up with strong kick and good breathing patterns 
  • Show basic Backstroke drills holding good body position and strong kick
  • Be able to push off the wall and glide, with attention to being stable and tight under water, with a body position showing control
  • Recommended move up to the next squad from their coach and discussed and agreed with head coach 

 

TEDDY BEARS: 

Long Term Athlete Development Stage: Active Start

  • Ages 6 years old and up (5 years old can be considered)
  • Focus on good body position and strong kick with a lot of fun swimming activities
  • Swimmers must be able to put head in the water, exhale under water and get to the bottom of the pool (to pick up some objects)
  • Work on floating i.e. mushroom to starfish to straight flat, to streamlined and mushroom again and being able to sink to the bottom of the pool while exhaling under water
  • Being able to push off the wall and glide, with attention to being stable and tight under water, with a body position showing control 
  • Should be able to demonstrate that swimmers can kick in different body positions
  • Introduction to simple backstroke drills if swimmer is able to balance in the water
  • Introduction to freestyle catch up (arm straight)
  • Introduce lots of fun jumps with focus on entry to the water with no splash, one point entry with toes pointed (pencil jump) 
  • Swimmer should feel comfortable and be happy in the water 
  • Swimmers will learn and should be able to do somersault in the water by the end of the season 
  • Half way in the season swimmer should be able to maintain strong Freestyle and Backstroke kick for entire 50m with and without fins (can use a board) and at the end of the season swimmers should be able to extend it and hold strong kick for entire 100m 
  • By the end of the season swimmer should be able to swim 25m or 50m Backstroke holding strong kick and good body position. and 25m simple Freestyle catch up