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NOVICE TEAM

DEVELOPMENTAL GROUP

Ages:   6-9 yrs old

Pre-requisites:  Ability to swim a 25 yard (1 length of pool) freestyle (proper rotary breathing) and backstroke.

Group Description:  The youngest level of the Rapids program with an emphasis on building a strong foundation of all four competitive strokes – butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle – along with starts.  Rapid swimmers will learn the importance of correct body position along with the importance of having strong kicks for all four strokes.  Swimmers are in this group until they gain the skills necessary to practice at the Freshmen level.

Event Focus:  50 free, legal 25’s of each odd stroke, and 100 IM.

Attendance Recommendation:  2x/week

Equipment:  See list at bottom

 

FRESHMEN GROUP

Ages:   9/older

Prerequisites:  Ability to swim a 50 yard (2 lengths of pool) freestyle (with proper rotary breathing) and backstroke.  Swimmers who are 8 years old with 4 legal strokes will be considered for this group.

Group Description:  Swimmers is this group will be strengthening their foundation of the four competitive strokes, starts, turns as well as being introduced to interval training and reading a pace clock.  Swimmers just starting out will focus on building a strong foundation of all four competitive strokes – butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle – along with starts and turns.  Rapid swimmers will learn the importance of correct body position along with the importance of having strong kicks for all four strokes.  Swimmers are usually in this group for 2-3 years.

Event Focus:  50 Free, 50’s of each odd stroke, and 100 IM.

Attendance Recommendation:  3x/week

Equipment:  See list at bottom

 

 

 

 

AGE GROUP TEAM

SOPHOMORE GROUP

Ages:  10/older

Prerequisites:  Swimmers in this group must be legal in all 4 strokes, have shown a willingness to compete and have the ability to swim a 100 of every stroke and 200 IM. 

Group Description:  Swimmers in this group have developed their skills and are prepared for training beyond the freshmen group while showing the commitment necessary to move beyond freshmen group goals.  The focus for this group is on stroke skill and technique development while introducing endurance training for longer swims.  The practice direction, structure and intensity will be designed for the long-term development of all strokes and swimming all events.  Emphasis is placed upon further development of swimming knowledge and skills, increased endurance and competitive race planning.  Swimmers are usually in this group for 2-3 years. 

Event Focus: 200 Fr, 200 IM and 100’s of each odd stroke

Attendance Recommendation:  3x/week

Equipment:  See list at bottom

 

JUNIOR GROUP

Ages:  11/older

Prerequisites:   Swimmers need to have achieved multiple 9/10 age group cuts and shown the ability to swim 100’s of every stroke and the 200 IM.  Junior swimmers must compete in the majority of our USA Swimming meets working towards their goals of higher level cuts and meets.

Group Description:  The focus for this group is furthering their technique development, speed training and advanced race strategies.  The practice direction, structure and intensity will be designed for the long-term development of all strokes and swimming all events.  Emphasis is placed on more sophisticated physiological and psychological preparation.

 Event Focus:  200’s stroke, 400 IM, 500 Free

 Attendance Recommendation:  4x/week

Equipment:  See list at bottom

 

 

 

 SENIOR TEAM

PRE-SENIOR

AGES:    12-13 (7th & 8th graders)

Group Description:  The focus for this group will be to increase practice duration and intensity in preparing swimmers for our senior groups.  This is primarily an 8th grade group to allow swimmers to transition into our senior program.  The practice direction, technique, speed training and race strategies will prepare swimmers for higher level competitions. 

Prerequisites:  13 & 14 year old swimmers will be ranked by IMX score, the 7-8 swimmers with the highest score will make up this group.  In place of an IMX score coaches discretion can be used to place a swimmer in this group.  While primarily a 13/14 (8th grade ) group, a 7th grader (12 yr old) may be considered during long course (spring/summer) if they are turning 13 during the season.

 

Event Focus:  200’s stroke, 400 IM, 500 Free

Attendance Recommendation:  4x per week

Equipment:  See list at bottom

 

SENIOR GROUP

Ages: 13/Over

Description:  The Senior Group is a training group with high practice and meet expectations.

Focus:  This training group is for swimmers aspiring to train at a higher level and prepare for higher competition (Age Group Finalist, Senior Championships, Zones, Sectionals).  Swimmers in this group are introduced to a more intense aerobic and anaerobic training than they experienced in the Age Group program.  Additional stroke development and refinement are incorporated into their training.  Senior swimmers must be willing to work hard at practice and must compete at meets throughout the season.

Prerequisites:

·  In High School 

·  Has shown the desire to become committed through good attendance and practice habits.

·  Ability to learn new training techniques which will take them to the next level

·  Ability to swim all 4 competitive strokes for 200 yds/m, 200 IM, 1000 free

·  Ability to swim 10x100 on 1:20

·  Ability to kick 10x50 on 1:00

Requirements: 

·  Must complete in a minimum of 2 meets during the regular season (short course and long course) and represent the Rapids in championship meets if COTs are achieved.

·  Maintain a 75% monthly practice attendance record throughout the season (short course and long course, high school season excluded)

·  Attend all scheduled dryland sessions

Equipment:  See list at bottom

 

NATIONAL GROUP

Ages: 14/Over

Description:  The National group is the highest level of training for the Rapids Swim Team and has very high practice and meet expectations.

Focus:  Swimmers in this group develop their individual technical and racing skills in order to advance in their sport.  This is the highest training level with in the Rapids Swim Team and places more responsibility on its members than any other training group.  Members of this group dedicate themselves to training, racing, and their swim team.  Athletes understand that being in the National group makes them role models for the younger swimmers on the Rapids Swim Team.  Swimmers commit to excellence in their sport and achieving high-level results in state and national meets.

Prerequisites:

  • Age 14/Over (highly exceptional 13 year olds MAY be considered at the coach's discretion)

  • Must have achieved a minimum of 3 CT Senior Championship COTs 

  • Swims all four competitive strokes for 200 yds/m, 1650 freestyle, and 400 IM

  • Ability to swim an intensive 2-2 ½ hour training session both mentally and physically.

  • Ability to listen well to coaching and apply what has been given

  • Has shown commitment to the sport in the pool as well as outside of the pool.

  • Swimmers 16 years and older will be considered for this group if they can perform the following sets:

     

  • 10 x 200 IM on 3:15

  • 10 x 200 Free on 2:25

  • 10 x 100 Free Kick on 1:45

 

After all above prerequisites have been met, admission to this group is ultimately dependent on Head Senior Coach’s Approval

 

Expectations:

·   Maintain an 85% monthly practice attendance record throughout the season (short course and long course, high school season excluded)

·   Attend all dryland sessions (unless in an alternative training program approved by coach)

·   Attend all meets entered by the team noted for National group swimmers (conflicts excused at coach’s discretion only)

·   Volunteer at all swim meets hosted by the Rapids for the younger swimmers (conflicts excused at coach’s discretion only)

Equipment:  See list at bottom

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL PREP GROUP

Age:  Must be either a current high school student or going into their freshmen year in the fall.

Focus:  This training group is designed for the high school swimmer who wants to develop his or her strokes and endurance while having little focus on competing.  Focus of this group will be developing proper stroke technique for all four strokes and increasing endurance levels while having fun doing it.  Option to compete is available but not required.

 

 

EQUIPMENT LIST FOR ALL GROUPS (click for link)

 

SWIMMER PROMOTION GROUP TO GROUP

Usually done twice a year (August & March)

 

1.      Prerequisites for the higher group met.

2.      Physical ability to train in the higher group.

3.      Maturity level of swimmer as it relates to practice skills.

4.      Space availability in higher group.

5.      Coach’s discretion at all times.