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Practice Groups

Practice Group Descriptions

 

The coaching staff makes decisions on group placement based on a season long process of watching swimmers daily practice and meet habits for returners. These are guidelines that help the coaching staff place athletes in the appropriate practice groups and are not absolute. The coaching staff and head coach have final say on all group assignments regardless of written guidelines.  All group assignments are subject to change by the coaching staff at any time throughout the duration of the swim season.

These are entrance requirements and should be looked at as such.  Each group will be trained to improve in all aspects of their swimming and to aim beyond the next group’s requirements creating a progressive long term approach.    

Nova

Age  5-8

Technique-Legal 25 fr &25 bk

Attendance-  No minimum 4 maximum

Performance-  none required

Practice-none required

  • Required equipment:
    • Practice suit (team suit for meets)
    • Goggles
    • Kickboard
    • Fins  Speedo - (soft rubber)
    • Swim cap for swimmers with long hair (team cap for swim meets
    • Team shirts (for swim meets)
  • Swim meets:
  •  Meets are recommended but not required.  Silver Circuit meets and FAST hosted meets in which swimmers qualify for are best.
  • Team suit, team cap, and the 3 team shirts are mandatory for participation
  • Dues (2018-19 season): $57/month
  • Team support requirement: There is no team support requirement for Nova

Fireball

Age  7-8

Technique-4 legal strokes

Attendance-  No minimum

Performance-  none required

Practice -100IM without stopping   with all 4 stroke legal turns

  • Required equipment:
    • Practice suit (team suit for meets)
    • Goggles
    • Kickboard
    • Fins  Speedo- (soft rubber)
    • Swim cap for swimmers with long hair (team cap for swim meets)
    • Team shirts (for swim meets)
  • Swim meets:
  • Meets are mandatory for those wishing to move to Tiger Shark.
  •  Silver Circuit meets recommended and FAST hosted meets in which swimmers qualify for.
  • Swimmers making silver state and or state are expected to participate.  Please schedule family trips for after the championship meets. 
  • Team suit, team cap, and the 3 team shirts are mandatory for meet participation
  • Dues (2018-19 season): $77/month 
  • Team support requirement: There is no team support requirement for Fireball

Hammerhead

Age  9-11

Technique - Legal 25 fr & 25 bk

Attendance - none required

Performance - none required

Practice-none required

  • Required equipment:
    • Practice suit (team suit for meets)
    • Goggles
    • Kickboard
    • Fins  Speedo- (soft rubber)
    • Swim cap for swimmers with long hair (team cap for swim meets)
    • Team shirts (for swim meets)
    • Gym clothing (weather appropriate) for dryland (shoes/shorts etc…)
  • Swim meets:
  • Meets are mandatory for those wishing to move to Tiger Shark or Challenge II.
  • All meets assigned by the coaching staff are recommended. 
  • Swimmers making silver state and or state are expected to participate. 
  • Team suit, team cap, and the 3 team shirts are mandatory for meet participation
  • Dues (2018-19 season): $102/month
  • Team support requirement: 9-11 sessions (depending on number of swimmers/groups per family)
  • Annual Meet Support Buyout Option:  $800

Tigershark

Age  9-12

Technique-  Legal 200IM no stopping. All 4 stroke turns. Block dive & BK start

Attendance-  recommended 9 of 12 (2weeks)

Performance-  Should have at least  3 10&under BB times (1 must be the 200IM)

Practice- 10x50fr @ 1:00  4x100IM @ 2:15  10x50 kick @ 1:15

  • Required equipment:
    • Practice suit (team suit for meets)
    • inline FINIS snorkel
    • Goggles
    • Water bottle
    • Pull buoy (small)
    • Kickboard
    • Fins  Speedo- (soft rubber)
    • Swim cap for swimmers with long hair (team cap for swim meets)
    • Team shirts (for swim meets)
    • Gym clothing (weather appropriate) for dryland (shoes/shorts etc…)
  • Swim meets:
    • Swim meet participation is mandatory for those wishing to move to Challenge II
    • Swimmers making silver state, state, and zones are expected to participate in their season ending meet
    • Not participating in meets or championship meets could change future group placement
    • Team suit, team cap, and the 3 team shirts are mandatory for meet participation
  • Dues (2018-19 season): $112/month 
  • Team support requirement:  9-11 sessions (depending on number of swimmers/groups per family)
  • Annual Meet Support Buyout Option:  $800

Discovery

Age  12-14

Technique- Legal in 3 strokes

Attendance-  No minimum

Performance-  none required

Practice-none required

  • Required equipment:
    • Practice suit (team suit for meets)
    • Goggles
    • Water bottle
    • Pull buoy (small)
    • Stroke maker hand paddles (just larger than the hand)
    • Kickboard
    • Fins  Speedo- (soft rubber)
    • Swim cap for swimmers with long hair (team cap for swim meets)
    • Team shirts (for swim meets)
    • Gym clothing (weather appropriate) for dryland (shoes/shorts etc…)
    • Snorkel (finis or Speedo)
  • Swim meets:
    • Swim meet participation is mandatory for those wishing to move to Challenge I or Challenge II
    • Swimmers making silver state, state, and zones are expected to participate in their season ending meet
    • Not participating in meets or championship meets could change future group placement
    • Team suit, team cap, and the 3 team shirts are mandatory for meet participation
  • Dues (2018-19 season): $117/month 
  • Team support requirement:  9-11 sessions (depending on number of swimmers/groups per family)
  • Annual Meet Support Buyout Option:  $800

 

Ascend

Age 12-13

Technique-Mastery of all 4 strokes, all 7 turns, Block dive & BK start, underwater Dolphin kick

Attendance -4/6 practices attended each week 

Performance -Should have three B times, at least one A time recommended

Practice -10 x 100 @ 1:40 8 x 100 IM @ 1:50  8 x 100 Kick @ 2:10

Required goal-setting meeting

  • Required equipment:
    • Practice suit (team suit for meets)
    • Healthy snack
    • Goggles
    • Water bottle
    • Pull buoy (small)
    • Stroke maker hand paddles (just larger than the hand)
    • Kickboard
    • Fins  Speedo- (soft rubber)
    • Swim cap for swimmers with long hair (team cap for swim meets)
    • Team shirts (for swim meets)
    • Gym clothing (weather appropriate) for dryland (shoes/shorts etc…)
    • Snorkel (finis or Speedo)
  • Swim meets:
    • Swim meet participation is mandatory for those wishing to move to Challenge I
    • Swimmers making silver state, state, and zones are expected to participatein their season ending meet
    • Not participating in meets or championship meets could change future group placement
    • Team suit, team cap, and the 3 team shirts are mandatory for meet participation
  • Dues (2018-19 season): $120/month (annual membership, early termination fee applies)
  • Team support requirement: 9-11 sessions (depending on number of swimmers/groups per family)
  • Annual Meet Support Buyout Option:  $800

Challenge II

Age  11-13

Technique- All 4 strokes, all 7 turns, Block dive & BK start, underwater Dolphin kick

Attendance-  5 of 6 recommended 

Performance - Should have swum all events available for their age group. 11-12 4 BB times (1 must be the 200IM) 10 year old must have a minimum of a AAA time in the 200IM. Must compete in highest meet assigned by coaching staff to maintain group status

Practice- 10x100FR @ 1:40 6x100IM @ 1:50 10x50 kick @ 1:05

  • Required equipment:
    • Practice suit (team suit for meets)
    • Healthy snack
    • Goggles
    • Water bottle
    • Pull buoy (small)
    • Stroke maker hand paddles (just larger than the hand)
    • Kickboard
    • Fins  Speedo- (soft rubber)
    • Swim cap for swimmers with long hair (team cap for swim meets)
    • Team shirts (for swim meets)
    • Gym clothing (weather appropriate) for dryland (shoes/shorts etc…)
    • Snorkel (finis or Speedo)
  • Swim meets:
    • Swim meet participation is mandatory for those wishing to move to Challenge I
    • Swimmers making silver state, state, and zones are expected to participatein their season ending meet
    • Not participating in meets or championship meets could change future group placement
    • Team suit, team cap, and the 3 team shirts are mandatory for meet participation
  • Dues (2018-19 season): $132/month (annual membership, early termination fee applies)
  • Team support requirement: 9-11 sessions (depending on number of swimmers/groups per family)
  • Annual Meet Support Buyout Option:  $800

Challenge I

Age  13-9th grade

Technique- Should have mastery of all team skills and drills. Must be approved by head coach

Attendance-  12 of 14 (2 weeks) recommended.  10 of 14 (2 weeks) to maintain group status

Performance-  Should have 4 A times (1 should be 200 or 400IM)  12 year old (AAA).     Must compete in highest meet assigned by coaching staff to maintain group status

Practice-15x100 @ 1:25 5x200IM @ 3:15 10x100 kick @ 1:50

  • Required equipment:
    • Practice suit (team suit for meets)
    • Healthy snack
    • Goggles
    • Water bottle
    • Pull buoy (small)
    • Stroke maker hand paddles (just larger than the hand)
    • Kickboard
    • Fins  Speedo- (soft rubber)
    • Swim cap for swimmers with long hair (team cap for swim meets)
    • Team shirts (for swim meets)
    • Gym clothing (weather appropriate) for dryland (shoes/shorts etc…)
    • Snorkel (finis or Speedo)
  • Swim meets:
    • Swim meet participation is mandatory 
    • Swimmers making silver state, state, zones, sectionals, and nationals are expected to participate in their season ending meet
    • Not participating in meets or championship meets could change future group placement
    • Team suit, team cap, and the 3 team shirts are mandatory for meet participation
  • Dues (2018-19 season): $147/month (annual membership, early termination fee applies)
  • Team support requirement: 9-11 sessions (depending on number of swimmers/groups per family)
  • Annual Meet Support Buyout Option:  $800

High School

Age  9th Grade minimum

Technique- Legal in 3 strokes  Complete a 200IM

Attendance-  none required

Performance-  none required

Practice - none required

  • Required equipment:
    • Practice suit (team suit for meets)
    • Healthy snack
    • Goggles
    • Water bottle
    • Pull buoy (small)
    • Stroke maker hand paddles (just larger than the hand)
    • Kickboard
    • Fins  Speedo- (soft rubber)
    • Swim cap for swimmers with long hair (team cap for swim meets)
    • Team shirts (for swim meets)
    • Gym clothing (weather appropriate) for dryland (shoes/shorts etc…)
    • Snorkel (finis or Speedo)
  • Swim meets:
    • Swim meet participation is optional
    • Team suit, team cap, and the 3 team shirts are mandatory for meet participation
  • Dues (2018-19 season): $112/month
  • Team support requirement: 2 sessions per year.
  • Annual Meet Support Buyout Option:  $800

Senior Group

Age  9th Grade minimum

Technique - Must have mastery of all team skills and drills. Must be approved by head coach

Attendance - 16 of 20 (2 weeks) recommended.  14 of 20 (2 weeks) to maintain group status

Performance - Must compete in highest meet qualified for to maintain group status

Practice- 10x200FR @ 2:45 4x400IM  @ 6:15  10x100 Kick @ 1:50

  • Required equipment:
    • Practice suit (team suit for meets)
    • Healthy snack
    • Goggles
    • Water bottle
    • Pull buoy (small)
    • Stroke maker hand paddles (just larger than the hand)
    • Kickboard
    • Fins  Speedo- (soft rubber)
    • Swim cap for swimmers with long hair (team cap for swim meets)
    • Team shirts (for swim meets)
    • Gym clothing (weather appropriate) for dryland (shoes/shorts etc…)
    • Snorkel (finis or Speedo)
  • Swim meets:
    • Swim meet participation is mandatory 
    • Swimmers making silver state, state, zones, sectionals, and nationals are expected to participate in their season ending meet
    • Not participating in meets or championship meets could change future group placement
    • Team suit, team cap, and the 3 team shirts are mandatory for meet participation
  • Dues (2018-19 season): $152 per month (annual membership, early termination fee applies)
  • Team support requirement:  9-11 sessions (depending on number of swimmers/groups per family)
  • Annual Meet Support Buyout Option:  $800

Arete

Age  9th Grade minimum

Technique- Must have mastery of all team skills and drills. Must be approved by head coach

Attendance-  90% year round

Performance-   Should have senior zone qualifying times (other than 50 free). Must compete in highest meet qualified for to maintain group status

Practice- 10x200FR @ 2:40 4x400IM  @ 6:00  10x100 @ 1:45

  • Required equipment:
    • Practice suit (team suit for meets)
    • Healthy snack
    • Goggles
    • Water bottle
    • Pull buoy (small)
    • Stroke maker hand paddles (just larger than the hand)
    • Kickboard
    • Fins  Speedo- (soft rubber)
    • Swim cap for swimmers with long hair (team cap for swim meets)
    • Team shirts (for swim meets)
    • Gym clothing (weather appropriate) for dryland (shoes/shorts etc…)
    • Snorkel (finis or Speedo)
  • Swim meets:
    • Swim meet participation is mandatory for those wishing to maintain group status
    • Swimmers making silver state, state, zones, sectionals, and nationals are expected to participate in their season ending meet
    • Team suit, team cap, and the 3 team shirts are mandatory for meet participation
  • Dues (2018-19 season):  $177 per month (annual membership, early termination fee applies)
  • Team support requirement 9-11 sessions (depending on number of swimmers/groups per family)
  • Annual Meet Support Buyout Option:  $800