Makos USA Swimming Team Practice Groups
The Makos USA Swimming team is broken up into 6 year round practice groups. Swimmers are assigned to these groups based on age, ability and commitment to the team using the criteria below. To learn more about what each individual group will focus on and how to advance from one group to another see the Group Goals and Emphasis HERE.
This group is for swimmers who know all four of the competitive strokes and can swim at least one of them 25 continuous yards (one length of the pool.) These swimmers have usually progressed through our novice program. Our goal in this group is to continue teaching proper stroke technique but increase the amount of endurance training the swimmers are getting while still having fun and keeping the swimmers interested. Age for this group: 5-12
This group is slightly more advanced in stroke technique and endurance training than the previous groups. Our goal in this group is to start introducing a more competitive side to swimming. Swimmers usually start attending more swim meets and start to gain a broader view of what swimming has to offer. More emphasis is placed on the endurance training, but technique and fun will still be incorporated. Age for this group: 7 - 14
Swimmers in this group have mastered the basic stroke techniques and drill progressions for all four competitive strokes as well as the starts and turns for each stroke. Interval and dry land training are added at this level and swimmers continue to work on endurance training so they are prepared when they are ready to make the commitment to train with the Gold Sharks Group. Age for this group: usually 9 and up
This group is offered to more advanced swimmers who plan to swim competitively, and are willing to make the additional time commitment suggested for this group by invitation of the Senior coach. Swimmers will start to learn different racing strategies, in-depth stroke technique, high endurance training, and many other advanced aspects of competitive swimming. Swimmers are expected to attend the end of the season championship meets as well as one meet per month unless prearrangements are made with their coach. Age for this group: 10 and up
FLEX TRAINING GROUP:
This group is for swimmers who want to improve their stroke technique and/or their conditioning level, but desire a more flexible training environment with less focus on required time commitments. The group’s main goal is to teach proper stroke technique and train on a higher level than one can achieve on their own or by swimming with the area high school teams. This group also encourages swimmers to compete in USS meets and offers another step for swimmers ultimately interested in progressing to the senior group. Age for this group: 13 - Adult
FLEX 2 TRAINING GROUP:
This groups focus is the same as the Flex group with the excpetion of the practices offered. This group only offers practices in the morning 3 days per week. Age for this group: 13 - Adult
The most advanced group offered by the Makos swim team is the Senior Group. This group is only for the serious, dedicated, and advanced swimmer. These swimmers are expected to attend the end of the season Championship meets as well as additional local, state, and national meets set by the head coach. The main goal for this group is to train at an elite level and possibly move on to swim in college. Offered to swimmers high school age and older, as well as some advanced middle school swimmers willing to meet the time commitment requirements, by invitation of the Senior Group coach.
To see more about the emphasis and goals of each group and what is required to advance from one group to another please click HERE.