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Practice Group Outlines

Our year-round program is made up of competitive swimmers of all levels of ability from novice 5 year olds, to Jr. Olympic qualifiers, to developing National qualifiers. In order to train these athletes to their fullest potential, our swim program has been developed to challenge each swimmer's talents and capabilities. The coaching staff recognizes the importance of children learning the correct swimming skills in an enjoyable atmosphere and we strive to make swimming fun and challenging. Our program is currently divided into the following groups based on the swimmer's age and ability and experience.

10 and younger practice groups

Bronze 1 (Swim Guide)

This is the entry level to our program for novice swimmers age 10 and under. Entry requirements are that children must be at least 5 years old and be able to swim two lengths of the pool (50 yards) freestyle while side breathing as well as two lengths of the pool (50 yards) swimming backstroke. Swimmers must also be able to perform proper breaststroke and dolphin/butterfly kicking. A certification showing completion of Level 5 of our swim lessons will also suffice.

All swimmers must have the desire and willingness to learn all four competitive strokes and to compete in at least one swim meet per month. Emphasis at this level is placed on teaching the four strokes through drills and games that make swimming fun. The focus of this group is to refine and continue to develop the swimmer’s skills.

Practices are one hour in length and are available 5 days a week. Swimmers should aim to attend a minimum of 3 of the offered practice sessions per week. Swim meets are typically calendared once a month throughout the year.

Swimmers in this group will be required to have the following gear: Team Cap, ORCA team suit, practice suit, Goggles, Mesh Gear Bag, Kick Board, Pull Buoy and training fins. Team Gear

Bronze 2 (Swim Guide)

Our middle group of 10 and under swimmers as determined by our coaching staff based on the swimmers attendance levels, swim meet times, stroke proficiency, attentiveness and work ethic. Swimmers with primarily RED time standards in the 5-10 age-group as shown in the SCS Swim Guide would probably be considered for this group.  

Practices are one hour in length and are available 5 days a week; M-F. Swimmers must attend at least three of the offered practice sessions per week to remain in the group.

Swimmers in this group will be required to have the following gear: Team Cap, ORCA team suit, practice suit, Goggles, Mesh Gear Bag, Kick Board, Pull Buoy and training fins. Team Gear

Bronze 3

Our top group of 10 and under swimmers as determined by our coaching staff based on the swimmers attendance levels, swim meet times, stroke proficiency, attentiveness and work ethic. Swimmers with primarily BLUE time standards or higher in the 5-10 age-group as shown in the SCS Swim Guide would probably be considered for this group.

Practices are one hour in length and are available 5 days a week; M-F. Swimmers must attend at least three of the offered practice sessions per week to remain in the group.

Swimmers in this group will be required to have the following gear: Team Cap, ORCA team suit, practice suit, Goggles, Mesh Gear Bag, Kick Board, Pull Buoy, a Finis Swim Snorkel and training fins. Team Gear

11 & 12 year old practice groups

Silver 1

This is the entry level to our program for swimmers 11 and 12 years of age. Entry requirements are that children must be at least 11 years old and be able to swim two lengths of the pool (50 yards) freestyle while side breathing as well as two lengths of the pool (50 yards) swimming backstroke. Swimmers must also be able to perform proper breaststroke and dolphin/butterfly kicking. A certification showing completion of Level 5 of our swim lessons will also suffice. All swimmers must have the desire and willingness to learn all four competitive strokes and to compete in at least one swim meet per month.

Emphasis at this level is placed on teaching the four strokes through drills and games that make swimming fun. The focus of this group is to refine and continue to develop the swimmer’s skills.

Practices are one and one half hour in length and are available 5 days a week. Swimmers should aim to attend a minimum of 3 of the offered practice sessions per week. Swim meets are typically calendared once a month throughout the year.

Swimmers in this group will be required to have the following gear: Team Cap, ORCA team suit, practice suit, Goggles, Mesh Gear Bag, Kick Board, Pull Buoy, Hand Paddles, a Finis Swim Snorkel and training fins. Team Gear

Silver 2

Our middle group of 11 and 12 year old swimmers as determined by our coaching staff based on the swimmers attendance levels, swim meet times, stroke proficiency, attentiveness and work ethic. Swimmers with primarily 11-12 RED time standards as shown in the SCS Swim Guide would probably be considered for this group.

Practices are 1.5 hours in length and are offered six days a week; M-F evenings and Saturday mornings on non-meet weekends. Although we would like swimmers to strive to attend all practice sessions, swimmers in this group will be required to attend a MINIMUM of three practices a week to remain in the group.

Swimmers in this group will be required to have the following gear: Team Cap, ORCA team suit, practice suit, Goggles, Mesh Gear Bag, Kick Board, Pull Buoy, a Finis Swim Snorkel, training fins and TYR Catalyst hand paddles (Green or Yellow for girls, Yellow or Red for boys). Team Gear

Silver 3

Our top group of 11 and 12 year old swimmers as determined by our coaching staff based on the swimmers attendance levels, swim meet times, stroke proficiency, attentiveness and work ethic. Swimmers with primarily 11-12 BLUE time standards or higher as shown in the SCS Swim Guide would probably be considered for this group.

Practices periods 1.5 hours in length and are offered six days a week; M-F evenings and Saturday mornings on non-meet weekends. Swimmers should strive to attend all practice sessions. Swimmers in this group will be required to have the following gear: Team Cap, ORCA team suit, practice suit, Goggles, Mesh Gear Bag, Kick Board, Pull Buoy, training fins, TYR Catalyst hand paddles (Green or Yellow for girls, Yellow Red for boys) and a Finis Swim Snorkel (NOT the Freestyle snorkel). Team Gear

13 and older practice groups

Gold 1

Swimmers eligible for this group are 13 years and older. Entry requirements are that swimmers must be able to swim four lengths of the pool (100 yards) freestyle while side breathing and four lengths of the pool (100 yards) swimming backstroke. Swimmers must also at least have knowledge and prior instruction of breaststroke and dolphin/butterfly kicking. All swimmers must have the desire and willingness to learn all four competitive strokes and to compete in at least one swim meet per month.

Emphasis at this level is placed on teaching the four strokes through various drills, as well as conditioning the athletes to become better competitive swimmers.

Practices are one and one half hour in length and are available six days a week; M-F weeknights and Saturday mornings on non-meet weekends.

Swimmers in this group will be required to have the following gear: Team Cap, ORCA team suit, practice suit, Goggles, Mesh Gear Bag, Kick Board, Pull Buoy, Finis Swim Snorkel, Hand Paddles and training fins. Team Gear

Gold 2

Swimmers eligible to be considered for entry into this group are 13 years and older who have achieved "Red" time standards swum in a USA Swimming sanctioned meet in three of the five different events (Fly, Back, Breast, Free or IM) at any distance for their age-group; 13-14 or 15-18.

Practice periods are two half hours in length on non-dryland days and 2.5 hours in length on dryland days and offered six days a week; M-F evenings plus Saturday mornings on non-meet weekends. Dryland practices are offered twice a week.

Swimmers in this group will be required to have the following gear: Team Cap, ORCA team suit, practice suit, Goggles, Mesh Gear Bag, Kick Board, Pull Buoy, training fins, TYR Catalyst hand paddles (Yellow for girls, Red for boys) and a Finis Swim Snorkel (NOT the Freestyle snorkel). Team Gear

Gold 3 (Pre-Senior)

Swimmers eligible to be considered for entry into this group are 13 years and older who have an attendance rate of at least 66% (4 of 6 practices attended per week) and who have achieved 15-18 "Blue" time standards swum in a USA Swimming sanctioned meet in three of the five different events (Fly, Back, Breast, Free or IM) at any distance.

Practice periods are two hours in length on non-dryland days and 2.5 hours on dryland days and are offered six days a week; M-F evenings plus Saturday mornings on non-meet weekends. Dry-land practices are offered twice a week. Swimmers should be striving to attend all practice sessions.

Swimmers in this group will be required to have the following gear: Team Cap, ORCA team suit, practice suit, Goggles, Mesh Gear Bag, Kick Board, Pull Buoy, training fins, TYR Catalyst hand paddles (Yellow or Red for girls, Red or Blue for boys) and a Finis Swim Snorkel (NOT the Freestyle snorkel). Team Gear

Senior

Our most advanced group, these swimmers are 13 years or older and must have a very serious attitude, dedication and work ethic aimed at achieving peak swimming performance. The swimmer should have times swum in a USS sanctioned swim meet that equal or better summer or winter ‘JO’ times for their age in two different strokes (Fly, Back, Breast, Free or IM) of any distance, as well as at least one Sectional time. Please note that meeting these minimum guidelines does not mean a swimmer is automatically moved into this group; it only means the swimmer is eligible to be considered for the group. Attendance and the swimmers desire and commitment to achieve Junior National and National time standards will also play a big factor in determining placement into this group.

Swim practices are two or more hours in length and offered a minimum of six times a week. Morning practices will be added during the peak training segments of each season. Dry-land practices are also offered at least two days a week. Swimmers should show the effort and intent to come to all practice sessions. Swimmers goals should include qualifying for Sectionals in multiple events, qualifying for Jr. Nationals, Nationals and Olympic Trials.

Swimmers in this group will be required to have the following gear: Team Cap, ORCA team suit, practice suit, Goggles, Mesh Gear Bag, Kick Board, Pull Buoy, training fins, TYR Catalyst hand paddles (Yellow or Red for girls, Red or Blue for boys) and a Finis Swim Snorkel (NOT the Freestyle snorkel). Team Gear