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The Dayton Raiders Swim Club is divided into multiple training groups so that swimmers of all ages and abilities will progress at the most suitable level based on age, emotional preparedness, and ability. Our group advancement program along with highly educated and motivated coaches provide swimmers with an exciting and highly instructional environment. We invite you to meet our coaches and see what a fun, challenging, and stimulating swimming is all about.
Raider Swim Team Prep
This group is for young children with limited or no experience to swimming. They may have advanced through intermediate and advanced swim lessons and are ready to prepare for swim team skills, but not yet ready for swimming multiple laps in a 60-minute practice. Children in this group area exposed to all four competitive swim strokes, turns and starts. To register for this group, visit the Dayton Swim America website - click here.
Training group for 9 & under girls and boys with focus on mastery in all four strokes, turns, starts, and increasing stamina. Swimmers may be involved in other activities and they aren't quite ready to narrow their lists of interest down just yet. There are no attendance expectations, swim meets are optional, and most competition offerings will be in the Dayton and surrounding areas.
Training group for 10-11 aged girls and boys with focus on mastery in all four strokes, turns, starts and increasing stamina. Swimmers may be involved in other activities and they aren’t quite ready to narrow their lists of interest down just yet. There are no attendance expectations, swim meets are optional, and most competition offerings will be in the Dayton and surrounding areas.
Experienced 8 & under swimmers. These swimmers may have some previous swim team experience or are returning swimmers from the previous year. The have decided that they really love swimming and that they want to pursue more levels of competitive swimming. They have a general competency level in the four strokes and starts, and they attend meets regularly. Focus on kicking, streamline, freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke kick, and butterfly progression. Swimmers who have advanced through Level 7 of the Swim America Lesson program who can maintain attention for 60+ minutes are generally ready for this group. Most meets are in the Dayton and surrounding areas. This group is offered 5 practice times per week. Swimmers in this group are recommended to attend 75% or more of the offered practices and attend most of the recommended swim meets.
Experienced 9-10 year old. Silver swimmers love swimming and they enjoy competing at meets. Many silver level swimmers will still be involves in other sports, but want to swim year-round. Silver level swimmers may travel regionally for meets. These swimmers are legal in all four strokes, starts, and turns and exposed to increasing levels of endurance training, speed work, and endurance training. Swimmers in this group are recommended to attend 75% or more of the offered practices and attend most of the recommended swim meets
Experienced 11-12 year olds. Gold swimmers have decided swimming is one of 2 main activities they want to be committed to at any one time of the year. These swimmers focus on mastery of balance & kicking, are legal in all four strokes, starts, and turns and can maintain high levels of endurance training. Swimmers in this group evolve from learning to swim to learning to train. Gold level swimmers may travel regionally for meets. Swimmers are expected to make a minimum of 90% of all practices and goals are to reach Ohio Junior Olympics and USA Zone level championships.
Experienced 13-14 girls, and 13-14 boys and 12 year olds meeting certain specific criteria. Swimmers in the Junior group have decided swimming is one of 2 main activities they want to be committed to. Juniors will travel regionally for meets up to 8 hours away. Swimmers are expected to make a minimum of 90% of all practices, and options will be available to attend before-school morning workouts with coach permission. Swimmers in this group continue to evolve from learning to swim to learning to train. Attendance of meets is strongly encouraged. Primary goals for this group are to reach Ohio Junior Olympics, USA Zones and Sectionals standards.
This group is designed for the 12 year old girls and 13 & overs who are new, may not participate in competitions, or may be seasonal athletes. Instruction is coach led and includes all competitive strokes, turns, platform starts, kicking skills, underwater training, stroke mechanics, and endurance training. This training group places a high priority on skill development and overall fitness. This group is ideal off-season training for summer league, JR High and HS swimmers). Swimmers in this group may or may not desire to progress to other senior training groups; may enter/leave this group at convenient times throughout the calendar year; and may apply the advanced skills learned in this group for current or future competitive swimming, water safety, lifeguarding, or fire and rescue training.
This group is designed for the 13 & over swimmers who are new, plan for local competition, or may be seasonal athletes. They have basic swimming skills in all four competitive strokes and turns, as well as some level of endurance in order to navigate through basic swim team sets and practices. The athletes in this group will be provided with physical and stroke development instruction necessary to eventually progress to the Juniors, Senior Select, or Senior Elite levels. Swimmers in this group continue to evolve from learning to swim to learning to train. There are no practice requirements but swimmers are encouraged to maintain a minimum of 4 practices or more per week. Attendance of meets is encouraged. Primary goals for this group would be to progress to other Senior training groups, as well as compete in all standard events offered for the age group.
15 & over athletes. This group is for swimmers who have begun their swimming careers as late bloomers and who work towards placement in the Senior Elite group. Swimming is one of two main activities – these swimmers will have a few conflicts. Swimmers in this group continue to evolve from learning to train to learning to achieve. Our purpose is to develop a cohesive training group that will allow the most dedicated swimmers to begin reaching National prominence, begin to expect more of themselves both in and out of the pool, and take more ownership of their destiny. More time will be spent on improving other critical aspects such as starts, turns, pulling, and kicking. Swimmers are expected to make 90% of all practices.
15 & over athletes. These kids are all in. Swimming is really their only activity outside school. These swimmers will travel nationally, multiple times per year for competitions. Commitment of eight water (two AM and two dry land practice per week). The coaching staff is aware that some training weeks may present unforeseen attendance difficulties. This practice schedule is very challenging, but doable for the athlete who has clearly defined goals, high aspirations, good time management skills and a willingness to give up a lot to pursue their dreams & goals. As well as providing the most comprehensive training program available to us, it can only be achieved with the development of a cohesive training group. We have shown in the past that in order to achieve International, National or State standards, everyone plays "vital" contribution to the overall success. Athletes in this group need to be more equipped to handle longer water sessions/sets.