2019-20 Group descriptions

 

SSAN Group Descriptions 2019-2020

The groups have been adjusted this year to allow for age groups to train together as the children improve and progress. The Coaching Team will select the appropriate group for your child for returning swimmers based on the previous USA season performances, daily attendance & training habits, not summer league. For new swimmers, group placement is determined during the try-out period or after an evaluation.

When their Coach decides a swimmer is ready for the next level they will let the Head Coach know and the move up will only happen at the following times: At 2019 registration, April 1, 2020, September 1, 2020. 

The SSAN coaching staff will make group placement decisions on practice & meet performances all year long, and consistent necessary skill sets at each level. Group placements are decided on what is best for the child.

Group equipment must be brought with you and taken home daily. There will not be any to borrow. Please mark all equipment. Every child will need ALL required group equipment every day, no exceptions!

 

Home School

Home School: Non-Competitive

·       Entry level training program

·       Eligible for USA Swimming Flex membership

·       No swim meet participation

·       No dryland participation

Group Focus: Innovative drill progressions, stroke instruction, technique and kicking with refinement of Freestyle and Backstroke. Introduction to Butterfly and Breaststroke. Emphasis on streamline and introduction to lane etiquette (circle swimming) and pool safety.

 

Required Equipment: fins, kick board, mesh bag, extra cap/goggles, and water bottle.

 

Group Entry: Swimmer’s must be able to complete a 25 Freestyle and Backstroke unassisted multiple times.

 

Home School: Competitive

·       Intermediate level training program

·       Meets are optional

·       Year- round USA membership required

·       Dryland will be included

Group Focus: Continued development of proper stroke technique, increased aerobic training through kicking and interval sets. Introduction to developmental race strategies.

 

Required Equipment: fins, kick board, mesh bag, extra cap/goggles, and water bottle.

 

Group Entry: Swimmers must be able to complete 25 Freestyle and Backstroke unassisted multiple times.

 

 

Fitness and Technique

Fitness and Technique: Ages 11 and Up

·       Training group for middle and high school athletes wanting to get exercise after other activities/sports while staying in shape for summer league and continuing to improve.

·       Meets are not required. If you do participate in meets you can only compete in 2 non championship meets for the year.

·       Eligible for USA Swimming Flex membership

Group Focus: Continued development of proper stroke technique, increase aerobic training through kicking and interval sets.

 

Required Equipment: fins, kick board, pull-buoy, mesh bag, extra cap/goggles, and water bottle.

 

Group Entry: Swimmers must be able to complete a 25 freestyle and backstroke unassisted multiple times.

 

 

Developmental (10 years of age and Under)

 

Nemo

·       Year-round, 10 and under entry level competitive group.

·       Meets are encouraged, but not required. SSAN hosted Black & Gold meet and the October Open meet are strongly encouraged.

Group Focus: Stroke instruction and technique, including refinement of Freestyle and Backstroke, introduction to Butterfly and Breaststroke. Emphasis on streamline, introduction to lane etiquette (circle swimming) and safety.

 

Required Equipment: fins, kickboard, mesh bag, extra cap and goggles.

 

Group Entry: Swimmer must be able to complete 25 Freestyle and 25 Backstroke unassisted multiple times.

 

Bronze

·       Year-round, 10 and under entry level competitive group.

·       Meets are encouraged, but not required. SSAN hosted Black & Gold meet and the October Open meet are strongly encouraged.

Group Focus: Refinement of Freestyle and Backstroke and development of Butterfly and Breaststroke. Introduction to racing starts/turns with refinement of lane etiquette and safety.

 

Required Equipment: fins, kickboard, mesh bag, extra cap and goggles.

 

Group Entry: Swimmer must be able to complete 50 Freestyle and 50 Backstroke unassisted multiple times.

 

Silver

·       Year-round, 10 and under novice competitive group.

·       Meets are required, including SSAN hosted Black & Gold meet, the October Open meet, and at least 1 championship meet.

Group Focus: Improvement of all four strokes, racing starts/turns/finishes.  Introduction to interval training and clock reading.

 

Required Equipment: fins, kickboard, mesh bag, extra cap and goggles.

 

Group Entry: Swimmer must be legal in all four strokes, the individual medley, and racing turns.

 

Platinum (formally Age Group 1)

·       Year-round, intermediate competitive group for 7 to 10 year olds.

·       Meets are required, including SSAN hosted meets and at least 2 championship meets in December, February, and July.

Group Focus: Continued improvement of all four strokes, racing starts/turns/finishes, interval training, and clock reading. Introduction to race strategies.

 

Required Equipment: fins, kickboard, mesh bag, extra cap and goggles, small pull-buoy, and water bottle

 

Group Entry: Swimmer must be able to complete a legal 50 of each stroke, 100 IM, and 200 Free. Swimmer’s must also have 2 current B times in 2 different strokes, 50’s or higher. No 25 yard events.

 

Advanced

·       Year-round, advanced competitive group for 7-10 year olds.

·       Meets are required, including SSAN hosted meets and at least 2 championship meets in December, February, and July.

Group Focus: Continued technique improvement of all four strokes through kicking, drilling, and interval training while continuing development of racing strategies.  

 

Attendance Requirement: 75% each month

 

Required Equipment: fins, kickboard, mesh bag, extra cap and goggles, small pull-buoy, small paddles, small snorkel, and water bottle

 

Group Entry: Swimmer must meet coach expectations in current group: Swimmer should have good participation at practice, work ethic, interpersonal skills, strong attendance record, demonstrate leadership qualities, along with being able to complete a legal 50 of each stroke, 200 IM, and 200/500 Free. Swimmer must also have 2 current BB times in 2 different strokes- 50’s or higher.

 

Titanium (formally State Development for 8-10)

·       Year-round, elite competitive group for 8-10 year olds.

·       Long Course is required.

·       Meets are required throughout the year. This includes SSAN hosted meets and all championship meets in December, February, and July. SCY and LCM TAGS and/or Gulf Champs.

·       All events must be swum each season to complete his/her IMX score in Short Course and Long Course.

Group Focus: Stroke technique and refinement through kicking and drilling, developing race strategy, introduction to endurance training while utilizing more interval training sets. Goal is to prepare swimmer through training to qualify and score at championship meets.

 

Attendance Requirement: 80% each month

 

Required Equipment: fins, kickboard, small pull-buoy, small paddles, small snorkel, tempo trainer, mess bag, extra cap/goggles and water bottle.

 

Group Entry: Swimmer must meet coach expectations in current group: Swimmer should have good participation at practice, work ethic, interpersonal skills, strong attendance record, demonstrate leadership qualities, along with being able to complete a legal 50 of each stroke, 200 IM, and 200/500 Free. Swimmer must also have 2 current AA times in 2 different strokes - 50’s or higher.

 

 

Age Group (11- 14 years of age)

 

Junior (formally Age Group 2)

·       Year-round, novice competitive group for 11-14 year olds.

·       Meets are encouraged but not required. SSAN hosted Black & Gold meet and the October Open meet are strongly encouraged.

·       Swimmers in this group are eligible for 5 hour Off-Campus PE with school/coach permission.

Group Focus: Refinement of Freestyle and Backstroke, development of Butterfly and Breaststroke through instruction, kicking and drilling. Introduction to endurance training through interval sets, clock reading and lane etiquette.

 

Required Equipment: fins, kickboard, pull-buoy, small paddles, mess bag, extra cap/goggles and water bottle.

 

Group Entry: Swimmer must be able to complete a 50 Freestyle and Backstroke unassisted multiple times.

 

White

·       Year-round, intermediate competitive group for 11-14 year olds.

·       Meets are encouraged. The SSAN Black & Gold meet and the October Open meet are strongly encouraged.

·       Swimmers in this group are eligible for 5 hour Off-Campus PE with school and coach permission.

Group Focus: Perfecting stroke technique through instruction, kicking and drilling. Develope endurance through interval training. Introduction to race strategy.

 

Required Equipment: fins, kickboard, pull-buoy, small paddles, mess bag, extra cap/goggles and water bottle.

 

Group Entry: Swimmer must meet coach expectations in current group: Swimmer should have good participation at practice, work ethic, interpersonal skills, strong attendance record, demonstrate leadership qualities, along with being able to complete a legal 50 of each stroke, 200 IM, and 200/500 Free. Swimmer must also have 2 current B times in 2 different strokes - 50’s or higher.

 

 

Gold

·       Year-round, advanced competitive group for 11-12 year olds.

·       Meets are required. This includes SSAN hosted meets and at least 2 championship meets in December, February, and July.

·       All events must be swum to complete his/her IMX score.

·       Swimmers in this group are eligible for 5 hour Off-Campus PE with school/coach permission.

Group Focus: Perfecting stroke technique and developing endurance. Increased focus on repeat interval sets and race pace training. Introduction to racing strategies for middle distance stroke and distance freestyle events.

 

Attendance Requirement: 75% each month.

 

Required Equipment: fins, kickboard, pull-buoy, paddles, snorkel, tempo trainer, mess bag, extra cap/goggles and water bottle.

 

Group Entry: Swimmer must meet coach expectations in current group: Swimmer should have good participation at practice, work ethic, interpersonal skills, strong attendance record, demonstrate leadership qualities, along with having 2 current BB times in 2 different strokes- 50’s or higher.

 

Black

·       Year-round, elite competitive group for 11-12 year olds.

·       Long Course is required.

·       Meet are required throughout the year. This includes SSAN hosted meets and all championship meets in December, February, and July, SCY and LCM TAGS and/or Gulf Champs.

·       All events must be swum each season to complete his/her IMX score in Short Course and Long Course.

·       Swimmers in this group are eligible for 5/15 hour Off-Campus PE with school/coach permission.

 

Group Focus: Perfecting stroke technique and developing endurance. Increased focus on repeat interval sets and race pace training. Develop racing strategy for middle distance stroke and distance freestyle events.

 

Attendance Requirement: 85% each month

 

Required Equipment: fins, kickboard, pull-buoy, paddles, snorkel, tempo trainer, mess bag, extra cap/goggles and water bottle.

 

Group Entry: Swimmer must meet coach expectations for current group. They should have a strong work ethic by staying on task while working hard to help themselves and others. Participate in all assigned sets and drills in practice at a satisfactory level. Have a positive attitude towards themselves, others, and workload. Respectfully listen, discuss, and ask questions while welcoming and utilizing suggestions for improvement. Meet and/or exceed practice and meet requirements. Show leadership skills like knowing when to lead and when to follow in a lane along with making positive comments to themselves, coaches, and teammates. Have 2 current 11-12 Gulf Age Group Champs times.

 

State Development

·       Year-round, advanced competitive group for 13-14 year olds.

·       Meets are required. This includes SSAN hosted meets and at least 2 championship meets in December, February, and July.

·       All events must be swum to complete his/her IMX score.

·       Swimmers in this group are eligible for 5 or 15 hour Off-Campus PE with school/coach permission.

Group Focus: Perfecting stroke technique and developing endurance. Increased focus on repeat interval sets and race pace training. Introduction to racing strategies for middle distance stroke and distance freestyle events.

 

Attendance Requirement: 75% each month.

 

Required Equipment: fins, kickboard, pull-buoy, paddles, snorkel, tempo trainer, mess bag, extra cap/goggles and water bottle.

 

Group Entry:  Swimmer must meet coach expectations in current group: Swimmer should have good participation at practice, work ethic, interpersonal skills, strong attendance record, demonstrate leadership qualities along with having 2 current BB times in 2 different strokes - 50’s or higher.

 

State

·       Year-round, elite competitive group for 13-14 year olds.

·       Long Course is required.

·       Meet are required throughout the year. This includes SSAN hosted meets and all championship meets in December, February, July, SCY and LCM TAGS and/or Gulf Champs.

·       All events must be swum each season to complete his/her IMX score in Short Course and Long Course.

·       Swimmers in this group are eligible for 5 or 15 hour Off-Campus PE with school/coach permission.

Group Focus: Perfecting stroke technique and developing endurance. Refining race strategy, starts, turns, and finishes. High Intensity and faster interval training sets, increased training distance, and introduction to double practices at coach’s recommendation.

 

Attendance Requirement: 85% each month

 

Required Equipment: fins, kickboard, pull-buoy, paddles, snorkel, tempo trainer, mess bag, extra cap/goggles and water bottle.

 

Group Entry: Swimmer must meet coach expectations for current group. They should have a strong work ethic staying on task while working hard to help him/herself and others. Participate in all assigned sets and drills in practice at a satisfactory level. Have a positive attitude towards themselves, others and workload. Respectfully listen, discuss and ask questions while welcoming and utilizing suggestions for improvement. Meet and/or exceed practice and meet requirements. Show leadership skills like knowing when to lead and when to follow in a lane along with making positive comments to themselves, coaches, and teammates. Have 2 current 13-14 Gulf Champs times

 

 

Senior (15+ years of age)

 

National Development 1

·       Year-round, intermediate competitive group for high school swimmers that have other interests while still wanting to have a competitive edge.

·       Meets are required in the Short Course season including SSAN hosted Black & Gold meet, the October & November Open meet and at least 1 Senior championship meet.

·       Meets are encouraged in the Long Course season.

·       All events must be swum during the Short Course season to complete his/her IMX score.

·       Swimmers in this group are eligible for 5 or 15 hour Off-Campus PE with school/coach permission.

Group Focus: Perfecting stroke technique and developing endurance. Increased focus on repeat interval sets and race pace training. Development of racing strategy for middle distance stroke and distance freestyle events. Helping prepare for High school swimming and year-round competitions.

 

 

Attendance Requirement: 75% each month

 

Required Equipment: fins, kickboard, pull-buoy, paddles, snorkel, tempo trainer, mess bag, extra cap/goggles and water bottle.

 

Group Entry: Swimmer must meet coach expectations in current group: Swimmer should have good participation at practice, work ethic, interpersonal skills, strong attendance record and demonstrate leadership qualities along with having 2 current B times in 2 different strokes and be in High School or College.

 

 

National Development 2

·       Year-round advanced competitive group for high school swimmers

·       Meets are required throughout the Short Course season including all SSAN hosted meets and Senior championship meets.

·       Meets are encouraged in the Long Course season.

  • Group is designed for the HS aged swimmer who is training to obtain Zones & Sectionals.

·       There will be 7-8 workouts offered each week.

·       All events must be swum during the Short Course season to complete his/her IMX score.

·       Swimmers in this group are eligible for 5 or 15 hour Off-Campus PE with school/coach permission.

Group Focus: Perfecting stroke technique and developing endurance. Increased focus on repeat interval sets and race pace training. Development of racing strategy for middle distance stroke and distance freestyle events. Help prepare for High school swimming and high-level year-round competitions.

 

Attendance Requirement: 80% each month

 

Required Equipment: fins, kickboard, pull-buoy, paddles, snorkel, tempo trainer, mess bag, extra cap/goggles and water bottle.

 

Group Entry: Swimmer must meet coach expectations for current group. They should have a strong work ethic staying on task while working hard to help him/herself and others. Participate in all assigned sets and drills in practice at a satisfactory level. Have a positive attitude towards themselves, others and workload. Respectfully listen, discuss and ask questions while often welcoming and utilizing suggestions for improvement. Meet and/or exceed practice and meet requirements. Show leadership skills like knowing when to lead and when to follow in a lane along with making positive comments to themselves, coaches and teammates. Swimmer must have 2 A cuts in 2 different strokes, and be in High School or College.

 

 

National

·       Year-round advanced competitive group for high school swimmers. Year-round USA swimming is a priority.

·       Long Course is required as well as all meets through Zones, Sectionals, Junior Nationals.

·       8-10 workouts a week with dry-land and should attend all workouts. Dry-land is not optional.

·       Meets are required throughout the year.

·       Training camps invited to should be attended to better prepare them for competition.

·       Attendance will be monitored and enforced to help athletes prepare for their highest potential.

·       All events must be swum during the Short Course and Long Course season to complete his/her IMX scores.

·       Swimmers in this group are eligible for 15 hour Off-Campus PE with school/coach permission.

Group Focus: Swimmers in this group must be intrinsically motivated to train at a high level. Increased distances & intensity level during workouts. Doubles throughout the year and a challenging dry-land program. Swimmers should have a passion for the sport and training.

 

Attendance Requirement: 85% each month

 

Required Equipment: fins, kickboard, pull-buoy, paddles, snorkel, tempo trainer, mess bag, extra cap/goggles and water bottle.

 

 

Group Entry: Swimmer must meet coach expectations for current group. They should have a strong work ethic staying on task while working hard to help him/herself and others. Participate in all assigned sets and drills in practice at a satisfactory level. Have a positive attitude towards themselves, others and workload. Respectfully listen, discuss and ask questions while often welcoming and utilizing suggestions for improvement. Meet and/or exceed practice and meet requirements. Show leadership skills like knowing when to lead and when to follow in a lane along with making positive comments to themselves, coaches and teammates. 1-2 current Sectional cuts recommended and must be in High School or College.

 

National Select

·       Highest level competitive group for high school swimmers who are goal orientated and desire year-round USA training and racing to be a priority.

·       Attendance will be monitored and enforced to help athletes prepare for their highest potential.

·       Long Course is required.

·       8-10 workouts a week with dry-land. Dry-land is not optional.

·       Meets are required throughout the year. This includes SSAN hosted meets, all senior level championship meets Sectionals and NCSA’s or higher.

·       All training camps should be attended to help better prepare them for competition.

·       All events must be swum during the Short Course and Long Course season to complete his/her IMX scores.

·       Swimmers will not compete for a summer league team.

·       Swimmers in this group are eligible for 15 hour Off-Campus PE with school/coach permission.

Group Focus: Swimmers in this group must be intrinsically motivated to train at a high level. Increased distances & intensity level during workouts. Doubles throughout the year and a challenging dry-land program. Swimmers should have a passion for the sport and training.

 

Attendance Requirement: 90% each month

 

Required Equipment: fins, kickboard, pull-buoy, paddles, snorkel, tempo trainer, mess bag, old pair of sneakers, extra cap/goggles and water bottle.

 

Group Entry: Swimmer must meet coach expectations for current group. Group consideration will be based on but not limited to: Attendance, training, punctuality and willingness to change. Desire to be better in and out of the pool. They should have a strong work ethic staying on task while working hard to help him/herself and others. Participate in all assigned sets and drills in practice at a satisfactory level. Have a positive attitude towards themselves, others and workload. Respectfully listen, discuss and ask questions while often welcoming and utilizing suggestions for improvement. Meet and/or exceed practice and meet requirements. Show leadership skills like knowing when to lead and when to follow in a lane along with making positive comments to themselves, coaches, and teammates. 1-2 current NCSA/ winter juniors cuts recommended.