Group Descriptions: Loveland Swim Club
Group structure creates training groups where ability levels and group goals are homogenous. Loveland Swim Club has a well-defined ladder system where advancement through the system reflects progress in training and commitment to swimming. Practice groups composed of swimmers of similar abilities and goals will operate more efficiently and will result in maximum progress and rate of an individual swimmer's development.
The age ranges given are averages. Moving forward is predicated on meeting criteria related to meet performance, practice attendance, and training ability, and attitude.
Splish classes are our initial stroke classes and are offered to kids 4 years and older.
There are three criteria for entrance to this class: First, the child must be mature enough to understand that Splish is a class and not playtime. Second, the swimmer must be at least four years of age. The average Splish Swimmer is usually 5-7 years old. Third, we expect Splishers to already be comfortable in the water and prepared to swim freestyle.
Splish classes work out in the shallow end of the pool and families register for 2 practice sessions per week. Practices are offered at DHAC and GRC. The latest class each night is reserved for the more advanced Splish students who are looking to move up to the next level, Splash.
Splash Group is meant for swimmers ages 6-10 who can swim laps in the deep end of the pool of backstroke and freestyle. Learning proper technique in all four strokes is the primary objective in this group. Splash meets M, W, F evenings for 45 minutes at DHAC or GRC. Local competition is offered but is not mandatory.
Bronze (Group 1)
The primary objectives for Bronze (Group 1) are proper development of all 4 strokes, turns, and starts. At Loveland Swim Club creating a fun positive environment for this group is very important as we want to create a lifelong enjoyment in the sport of swimming. Practices are divided into teaching segments that teach all 4 strokes at each session. Swimmers are introduced to competition through a series of fun learning meets that include Loveland Swim Club hosted competitions, Team Honor Shirt Meets, and Snow Cone Series Meets.
Average Group Age: 8 to 10
Age Range: 7 to 11
Sessions Offered Per Week: 4
Suggested Minimum Practice Attendance: 2
In Silver Group, our focus is to continue the skill development learned in Bronze. Training is focused on building good racing technique and beginning to understand concepts like pacing and race strategy. Understanding the use of the pace clock, send-offs, and repeat times is taught. Positive competitions are used to test and refine skills which include racing splits, stroke count, and tempo.
Average Group Age: 9 and 10
Age Range: 8 to 11
Sessions Offered Per Week: 5-6
Suggested Minimum Practice Attendance: 3
In Gold Group, Swimmers continue to develop their skills in strokes, starts, and turns taught in earlier team groups. Swimmers will perform all 4 strokes at each practice session. Swimming all 4 strokes well and creating an IM focused athlete is the team’s objective in Gold. Goal Setting and beginning to look forward to long term goals are emphasized beginning in Gold. Conditioning and training become a larger part of the focus of swim practice in Gold Group. Learning to be good teammates and understanding the “power of team” is a highlighted learning point begun in Gold. Competition is structured at the local and state level for this group.
Average Group Age: 11 and 12
Age Range: 10* to 13
Sessions Offered Per Week: 6
Suggested Minimum Practice Attendance: 4
In Platinum Group, Swimmers have begun to take on the sport of swimming with a focus to be the best athlete they can be. Swimmers are encouraged to begin keeping a regular journal of their training and racing. Building their knowledge of the sport is a key component of understanding what is possible and helps in the creation of long term goals. Learning to be positive teammates and be a positive part of the team is highlighted in Platinum. Competition begins to go to the regional level in Platinum and working to be the best age group swimmers in Colorado is a common group objective.
Average Group Age: 13 and 14
Age Range: 12* to 15
Sessions Offered Per Week: 6
Suggested Minimum Practice Attendance: 5
The Senior Training Group represents the transformation from age group swimmer to senior athlete. The swimmer is responsible for more of their training responsibilities and carries a larger share of the responsibility for their own swimming. Swimmers are given responsibilities of monitoring their performances and communicating with the coach. The goal of this group is to achieve success on the national stage. Swimmers and families need to realize that success at this level requires dedication and discipline. Highlighted in this group is the chance to be a team leader and a great athlete.
Average Group Age: 15-18
Age Range: 14* to 24
Sessions Offered Per Week: 8+
Suggested Minimum Practice Attendance: 7
Equipment for the Loveland Swim Club
- Splish Equipment: Fins, Jr. Pull Buoy
- Splash Equipment: Fins, Jr. Pull Buoy
- Bronze Equipment: Fins, Jr. Pull Buoy, Jr. Kickboard
- Silver Equipment: Fins, Snorkel, Jr. Pull Buoy, Jr. Kickboard
- Gold Equipment: Fins, Snorkel, Jr. Kickboard, Paddles, Jr. Buoy
- Platinum Equipment: Fins, Snorkel, Paddles, Kickboard, Buoy, Band
- Senior Equipment: Fins, Snorkel, Paddles, Kickboard, Buoy, Band