SPA uses a “progressive” age group program designed to develop children physically, mentally and emotionally in a systematic fashion. A well-defined long-term approach of gradually increasing degrees of commitment is essential to reach peak performance levels during a swimmer’s physiological prime. The emphasis in the early stages of participation must be placed on developing technical skills and love for the sport. In later years, a more demanding physical and psychological challenge must be introduced to the training program. In this respect, “too much too soon” is more often the cause of failure to achieve maximum potential in senior swimming than in the reverse situation.
In addition to emphasizing long-term rather than short-term results, it is also important that we establish training groups of swimmers who are compatible in respect to abilities, commitment levels and goals. At each level, the goals and objectives are specific and directed toward meeting the needs of the swimmer. The long-term goal of total excellence is always in mind. As each child is different, he/she, will progress at his/her own rate. The coaching staff recognizes this fact by making team assignments based on a swimmer’s physical, mental, and emotional development. Please note that meets are required for all training groups.
NORTH SHORE AQUATIC COMPLEX PRACTICE GROUPS
Senior I Team: The Senior I team consists of high school and college swimmers and some middle school age swimmers that exhibit a high level of swimming and workout ability. These swimmers are expected to be mature, responsible, dependable, and have a year-round commitment to the club. This group has a practice attendance requirement as well as insisting they maintain good academic standing. Workouts are five 2-hour afternoons, three mornings and scheduled dryland training each week.
Senior II Team: The Senior II team consists of swimmers that are well versed in technique and strategy and usually have the skill level commensurate with Florida Age Group Championship time standards. Most of the swimmers in this training group are between 10-17 years old. Workouts are offered six days per week and last two hours per day. There is a transitional group that trains for 1 ½ hours per day, 6 days per week.
High School Conditioning Group: This group is geared toward the high school swimmer and private middle school swimmer who has completed one season on a high school team and wants to train in the off-season. This training group is perfect for the more novice swimmer and swimmers with limited time commitment who want to concentrate on refining strokes and staying in shape. Workouts are offered five days per week for 70 minutes per day. Please note there is no training time available for this group at North Shore during the summer. Check out our summer program offerings under the Clinics/Summer Swim League tab.
Junior Team: The Junior Team consists of the most novice swimmers. These swimmers exhibit good swimming skills and will be introduced to stroke technique refinement and additional skills and processes. This training groups is divided into five subgroups, each with its own coach, with progression based on completing each level of the SPA Junior Team Exit Competencies. Workouts are offered five days per week for one hour per day. This group is broken up into two phases, with the Fall Clinic in September & October and the Winter/Spring Session running from November through May. Please note there is no training time available for this group at North Shore during June & July. Check out our summer program offerings under the Clinics/Summer Swim League tab.
WALTER FULLER POOL PRACTICE GROUPS
Blue Team: Blue team swimmers are well versed in technique and strategy and are a full-fledged year-round training group. Most of the swimmers in the Blue group are between the ages of 12-17 years old. Workouts for this group are offered Monday through Friday and last one and a half hours a day.
Red Team: The swimmers in this group spend the majority of the time working on refining stroke mechanics. These swimmers have begun to exhibit quality swimming skills and will be introduced to some training strategies and processes. Red Team swimmers practice Monday through Friday for one hour each day during fall, winter and spring sessions.
White Team: Members of this group are making the transition from swim lessons to competitive swimming. The emphasis is on stroke mechanics and basic competitive swimming skills such as circle swimming, drills and diving. The White Team swims Monday through Friday for 45 minutes each day.
SUMMER SWIM LEAGUE
August Clinic: This group consists of swimmers who have just finished their Summer Swim League season or have graduated from a swim lesson program and meet the same qualifications needed to participate in the summer league (see Summer Swim League FAQ's). Practices are held at North Shore pool for 1 hour Monday through Friday during the 4-week clinic.