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SOUTHWEST STARS TRAINING GROUPS

The SouthWest Stars offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels.  It is the goal of the SouthWest Stars to offer age specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging each swimmer and developing each individual to the best of THEIR abilities.  Training groups are designed for gradual progression as the coaching staff recognizes improvement.  Initial group assignment is determined by the swimmer's age, skill level, and training goals. 

Please call us at (407) 905-0999 to schedule a placement session, or Click Here to send us an email request for more information.

 

PRIVATE STARS SWIM LESSONS:

These swim lessons are designed for children who are interested in joining the swim team, but who are not quite ready for the levels listed below. These are private lessons with one of the team’s elite coaches, designed specifically to meet the individual swimmer’s needs.

 

AGE 10 and Under Groups(Bronze, Silver, and GOLD)

 

Bronze:

This group offers an introduction to competitive swimming that encompasses ages 10 years old and younger, all are beginners and have a very basic knowledge of the four competitive strokes. An emphasis is placed on the basic stroke development and stroke technique. Swimmers also learn to improve start technique and perform the proper turns. Swimmers are offered 3 practices per week of 1 hour duration. Coaching emphasis is on correct strokes and not distance. Swimmers have fun with swimming games and drills. Swimmers can still compete at the developmental mini-meets and with the direction of the coach, compete at the United States Sanctioned Meets.

Minimum Requirements

  • Age: 10 and under 
  • Attend a minimum of 2 out of the 3 practices per week                              
  • 25 Free                           
  • 25 Back                      
  • 25 Butterfly
  • 25 Breast   
  • Proper push off with streamline
 

SILVER:

The Silver group takes the four strokes to the next level by introducing the athlete to interval, endurance, and speed training while still maintaining strong form and balance in the water.  Swimmers will also be introduced to invitational swim meets and an expectation on committing to competitions is required. 

 

Minimum Requirements

 

  • Age: 10 & Under
  • Attendance: Must attend a minimum of 3 out of the 5 practices per week
  • 10 & Under "B" Time 
  • 6X50 Kick on 1:30                            
  • 6 x 50 Free 1:20                  
  • 6 x 50 Back 1:20              
  • 4 x 50 Breast 1:30               
  • 6 x 25 Butterfly  :50          

 

GOLD:  

The GOLD group is an advanced group that takes the athlete's ability to use interval, endurance, and speed training to the next level, while still maintaining strong form and balance in the water.  Swimmers will be introduced to goal setting and nutritional education and build upon their understanding of race strategy and dryland strength training.

 

Minimum Requirements

 

  • Age: 10 & Under   
  • Attendance: Must attend 4 out of 5 practices per week  
  • 10 & under “BB” Time 
  • 8X50 Kick on 1:15            
  • 6X50 Free on 1:10
  • 6X50 Back 1:10
  • 6X50 Breast 1:20
  • 8X25 Fly on :45
 

 

AGE 11-14 YEAR OLD GROUPS (BRONZE, SILVER 2, SILVER 1, GOLD)

BRONZE :

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. This group's main goal is to teach proper stroke technique and learn how to start training for competitive swimming. 

Minimum requirements

 

  • Age: 11-14
  • Attendance: Must attend a minimum of 3 out of 5 practices per week
  • 50 free
  • 50 back
  • 50 Fly
  • 50 Breast
 

 MinimMiMi

SILVER 2:

The Silver 2 group is an advanced group that takes the athlete’s ability to use interval, endurance, and speed training to the next level, while still maintaining strong form and balance in the water. Swimmers will do goal setting and will be introduced to nutritional education. Swimmers will build upon their understanding of race strategy and dry land strength training. 

Minimum Requirements

 

  • Age: 11 - 14 
  • Attendance: Must attend a minimum of 4 out of the 5 practices per week       
  • 11-14 “B” Time  (Age Appropriate)   
  • 8 x 100 Free 2:00                  
  • 6 x 100 kick 2:15
  • 6 x 100 IM 2:15
 

SILVER 1:

The Silver 1 group is the top level for our 12 & under age group swimmers. More advanced racing strategies are taught through pacing and goal sets as well as increasing all training aspects out of the water including goal setting, visualization, nutritional education and strength training.     

 

Minimum Requirements

  • Age: 11-12     
  • Attendance: Must attend 5 out of 6 practices per week
  • 11-12 “BB" TIME                 
  • 10 x 100 Free  1:30                      
  • 8 x 100 kick 2:00
  • 5 x 200 IM 3:30
 
 

GOLD:

This group is designed for advanced age group swimmers who have developed firm basic swimming proficiencies in all four strokes and area ready to make more of a commitment to the sport. A desire to improve and the willingness to take the steps necessary for competitive progress are expected. Proper stroke technique is emphasized along with speed work, interval training, and aerobic and anaerobic conditioning, along with dry land and stretching, race planning, nutrition, mental attitude, video stroke analysis, and swimmer-coach conferences on goal setting and individual training progressions. These swimmers are willing to train at a higher level than before in order to achieve goals such as achieving 13-14 Florida Age Group Championships (FLAGS), Florida Senior Championships, Southern Sectionals, Zone Championships, and National Age Group Top 10 times. 

 

Minimum Requirements

  • Age: 12-14   
  • Attendance: 95% minimum attendance is required on a monthly basis
  • Must attend all meets
  • 13-14 “A” Time   
  • 10X100 Free on 1:20         
  • 8 x 100 kick 1:45
  • 8 x 200 IM 3:15

HIGH SCHOOL TRACK (13-19 YEARS):

SENIOR DEVELOPMENT:

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 teaches required skills to swimmers ultimately interested in progressing to the Senior 3 group.

Minimum Requirements:

Age: High School Age  Skill will be evaluated by the coach

SENIOR 3

This training group provides an opportunity for high school swimmers to develop and improve skills and fitness levels necessary to train and compete. The opportunity to progress to higher groups exists for those swimmers willing to put in the necessary time and commitment. Athletes will compete in local Florida Swimming events and STAR hosted events.

Minimum Requirements

Age: 13 & Over           Attendance: 4 training sessions a week               

SENIOR 2:

This training group is designed for high school swimmers who are experienced and proficient, qualify for the Florida LSC Championships, USA Swimming Sectionals, and are working towards the Futures Championship level and beyond. Coaching equally emphasizes conditioning and fundamentals offering the determined swimmer an excellent opportunity to improve rapidly. Athletes will compete in local Florida Swimming events, STARS hosted events, and travel meets. Selection to this group is based on but not limited to talent, work ethic, and the desire to train.

Minimum Requirements

Age: 13 & Up                       Attendance: 6 Training sessions a week

Must have a few 13-14 "A" time standards

Work Ethic taken into serious consideration as well

SENIOR 1:

This group is designed to prepare athletes for competition in Senior Championships, Sectional, Junior Nationals, and other selected meets.  Selection to this group is by invitation only and is based on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, talent, work ethic, a desire to train and compete at this level, attendance, and a commitment to personal and team excellence.  Swimmers who meet the prerequisites and choose to enter this group will be presented with a challenging training program geared towards future success. All high school Juniors and Seniors will be encouraged to continue swimming in college.

Minimum Requirements

Age: 13 & Over           Attendance: 7 training sessions a week               

Must have a Florida Senior Championships time standard

Work ethic and attendance taken into serious consideration as well

STARS HIGH PERFORMANCE:

This is the Top Level of The SouthWest STARS Program and requires the most commitment in regard to time and effort. This group comprises those swimmers who are completely dedicated to the sport of swimming. They do not participate in any other sport or outside activity except for swimming. Swimming is a 100% commitment!

This group is designed to prepare athletes for competition at Junior Nationals, Senior Nationals, Olympic Trials and other world recognized events.  Selection to this group is by invitation only and is based on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, talent, work ethic, a desire to train and compete at this level, attendance, and a commitment to personal and team excellence.  

NCSA Junior National Time Standard required

More Information coming soon

PRIVATE STARS STROKE INSTRUCTION:

All SouthWest STAR swimmers are welcome to schedule additional one-on-one stroke instruction with one of the team's coaches, to work on a specific area of their training. STAR Coaches are anxious to do everything in their power to help each athlete achieve his or her highest potential!