Practice Groups

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WFYD Practice Groups

Here at the Wallingford Family YMCA Dolphins, we try to find a place for each swimmer who is interested in participating on the team. All of our training groups are based on a progressive system of competitive swimming development. The primary considerations for placing a swimmer in a group are their abilities, commitment and experience. A secondary consideration is the swimmer’s age. The Wallingford Family YMCA Dolphins coaches may be flexible with age ranges in determining the best practice group for each swimmer.

 

Pups - Age 5-8 

Pups represent the transition from swim lessons into the competitive swim team.  The primary goal for this group is to teach stroke technique and to teach swimmers about competitive swimming. The competition focus is on YMCA dual meets and Yankee Clusters. 

Required skills:

  • Continuous 25-yard swim using freestyle or breaststroke
  • Continuous 25-yard swim using the backstroke
  • Willing to jump into the pool

Age Group 3 - Age 8-11

The major focus is centered on having fun and learning the sport. Solid practice habits are reinforced and training sets are introduced, along with stroke technique and development. The competition focus is on YMCA dual meets and Yankee Clusters.

Required skills:

  • Continuous 25-yard swim using freestyle
  • Continuous 25-yard swim using the backstroke
  • Demonstrate knowledge of all 4 racing strokes (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, & freestyle)
  • Continuous 100-yard swim
  • Ability to jump or dive into the pool

Age Group 2 - Age 8-11

Swimmers have some competitive experience and are looking towards building upon a solid base of stroke technique. The primary goal for this group is stroke refinement, endurance and conditioning. Competition is centered on YMCA Dual Meets and USA Meets.*

Required skills:

  • Continuous 50-yard swim using freestyle
  • Continuous 50-yard swim using the backstroke
  • Demonstrate knowledge of all 4 racing strokes (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, & freestyle)
  • Continuous 100-yard swim
  • Ability to complete a dive from the blocks.

Age Group 1 - Age 8-11

Proper stroke technique is still an emphasis along with reinforcement of proper practice habits. There is an increase in emphasis on conditioning after the beginning portion of the season. The competition focus shifts to achieving USA CT Regional Championships, Age Group Championships Time Standards and possibly Zones qualifying standards.*

Required skills:

  • Continuous 100-yard swim using freestyle
  • Continuous 100-yard swim using the backstroke
  • Demonstrate knowledge of all 4 racing strokes (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, & freestyle)
  • Ability to swim 3 of the 4 racing strokes legally by USA swimming rulebook standards
  • Continuous 300-yard freestyle
  • Ability to complete a dive from the blocks.

Junior 2 - Age 11-13

Swimmers have some competitive experience and are looking towards building upon a solid base of stroke technique. The primary goal for this group is stroke refinement, endurance and conditioning. Competition is centered on YMCA Dual Meets and USA Meets.*

Required skills:

  • Continuous 50-yard swim using freestyle or breaststroke
  • Continuous 50-yard swim using the backstroke
  • Demonstrate knowledge of all 4 racing strokes (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, & freestyle)
  • Continuous 100-yard swim
  • Ability to complete a dive from the blocks.

Junior 1 - Age 11-13

Proper stroke technique is still an emphasis along with reinforcement of proper practice habits. There is an increase in emphasis on conditioning after the beginning portion of the season. The competition focus shifts to achieving USA CT Regional Championships, Age Group Championships Time Standards and possibly Zones qualifying standards.*

Required skills:

  • Continuous 100-yard swim using freestyle or breaststroke
  • Continuous 100-yard swim using the backstroke
  • Demonstrate knowledge of all 4 racing strokes (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, & freestyle)
  • Ability to swim 3 of the 4 racing strokes legally by USA swimming rulebook standards
  • Continuous 300-yard freestyle
  • Ability to complete a dive from the blocks.

Senior 2 - Age 13-18

Proper stroke technique is an emphasis along with the addition of preparation for longer events and reinforcement of proper practice habits.  The primary goal for this group is stroke refinement, endurance, and conditioning. Competition is centered on YMCA Dual Meets and USA Meets.*

  • Continuous 100-yard swim using freestyle or breaststroke
  • Continuous 100-yard swim using the backstroke
  • Demonstrate knowledge of all 4 racing strokes (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, & freestyle)
  • Continuous 500-yard swim
  • Ability to complete a dive from the blocks.

Senior 1 - Age 13-18

Swimmers in this group are at the highest level of training and competition.  The focus of Senior I is high volume training, energy cycles, sprint work stroke refinement, stroke cycles, and goal setting. Competition is centered on YMCA Dual Meets and USA Meets.*

  • Continuous 100-yard swim using freestyle or breaststroke
  • Continuous 100-yard swim using the backstroke
  • Ability to swim 3 of the 4 racing strokes legally by USA swimming rulebook standards
  • Continuous 500 freestyle in under 8 minutes
  • Ability to complete a dive from the blocks.

*All Wallingford Family YMCA Dolphins swimmers will compete in YMCA meets. Swimmers interested in USA meets should contact the head coach for consideration. USA swimmers are required to have a current USA Swimming Membership.

 
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