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Group Descriptions

The Black Hawk Area Swim Team offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of BLAST to offer age specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging each individual and developing each individual to the best of THEIR abilities.

Please contact Jamie at 319-290-9299 and jamielangner@yahoo.com to schedule a tryout or ask for more information regarding our program.  We look forward to hearing from you. 

 

Novice 1

In this group, a swimmer must:

  • Be able to complete a full length of the pool (25 yards) on their stomach and on their back.
  • Be 8 years old or younger.
  • Be willing to be introduced to team and competitive swimming.

Expectations/skills learned in this group are:

  • Freestyle and backstroke will be the primary strokes focused on, the development of technique being the min focus.
  • Members will be encouraged to try one or more of our home meets. Coaches will choose the swimmer's events at the meets.

Practices are offered for forty-five minutes twice a week.

 

 

Novice 2

In this group, a swimmer must:

  • Be able to swim two lengths of the pool (50 yards) legally and without stopping using both the freestyle and backstroke.
  • Be 9 years old or younger
  • Be willing to swim competitively at our home meets.

Expectations/skills learned in this group are:

  • Continued freestyle and backstroke technique.
  • Introduction to butterfly kick.
  • Members will be encouraged to participate in our home meets. The coach will choose the swimmer's events at the meets. 

Practices are offered for forty-five minutes three days a week.


 

Age Group 1

In this group, a swimmer must:

  • Be able to swim two lengths of the pool (50 yards) legally and without stopping using both the freestyle and backstroke.
  • Be 7-11 years old 
  • Be willing to swim competitively at our home meets.

Expectations/skills learned in this group are:

  • 100 freestyle
  • Butterfly
  • Racing starts
  • Flip turns
  • Breaststroke kick
  • Members will be expected to participate in our home meets and a championship meet to end their season (Silvers or State). The coach will choose the swimmer's events at the meets. 

Practices are offered for sixty minutes four days a week.

Age Group 2

In this group, a swimmer must:

  • Be able to swim two lengths of the pool (50 yards) legally and without stopping using both the freestyle and backstroke
  • Be able to swim one length (25 yards) of butterfly
  • Be able to perform a somersault in the water
  • Be 8-12 years old 
  • Be willing to swim competitively at our home meets.

Expectations/skills learned in this group are:

  • Breaststroke
  • 500 Free
  • Racing starts
  • Flip turns
  • Breaststroke kick
  • Members will be expected to participate in our home meets and a championship meet to end their season (Silvers or State). The coach will choose the swimmer's events at the meets. 

Practices are offered for sixty minutes four days a week.

 

Age Group 3

In this group, a swimmer must:

  • Be able to swim all four competitive strokes legally
  • Be able to perform a racing start
  • Be able to perform a flip turn
  • Be 8-12 years old 
  • Be willing to swim competitively at meets.

Expectations/skills learned in this group are:

  • Continued development of strokes, turns, and starts
  • Continued development of more challenging drills
  • Introduction of test sets and more challenging training elements
  • Swimmers are expected to attend at least three practices a week
  • Members will be expected to participate in our home meets and a championship meet to end their season (Silvers or State). The coach will choose the swimmer's events at the meets. 

Practices are offered for sixty to seventy-five minutes five days a week.

 

PreSenior

In order to join this group, athletes must be 11 years of age or be 10 and have a 11/12 Iowa State Q time.  Continued focus on technique with an introduction to more difficult training strategies and dryland training.  These athletes should make three or more workouts per week in order to ensure they continue to develop at a steady rate.  These athletes should be competing in all home meets, appropriate out of town meets (Q+ and higher), and have a championship meet at the end of their season. (Regionals, State, or Zones) Coaches will pick meet events for the athletes as a professional coaching service.

Pre Senior Lead Coach: Ethan Jacobsen

Practices: This group offers practice for 90 minutes five times per week.
 

Senior 1

This group serves as a transition to the Senior Team through increased intensity of workouts and introduction to dryland training. They will also be introduced to advance training methods and Saturday morning workouts.  In order to join this group, the athlete must be at least 12 and have demonstrated an ability to handle the increased workload and an ability to reach the attendance requirement. Athletes will be encouraged to make four or more workouts per week (one of those should be Saturday AM).   These athletes should be competing in all home meets, appropriate out of town meets (Q+ and higher), and have a championship meet at the end of their season (Regionals, State, or Zones).  Coaches will pick meet events for the athletes as a professional coaching service.

Senior 1 Lead Coach: Ethan Jacobsen

Practices: This group offers practice for 105 minutes 6 times per week. 
 

Senior 2

In order to join this group athletes must be 13 years old.  In this group athletes develop advanced training methods and an intense dryland program.   They will also use underwater video taping, training camps, and travel meets to further their progress.  Athletes in this group will be expected to make five workouts per week, with AM weights once they are a freshman in high school.   This group is highly demanding and includes athletes ages 13 to 22 at given times during the year.  The coaching staff will use great discretion when moving athletes to this group based on the perceived ability of the athlete to handle the physical, emotional, and social demands of being in this group.   Athletes will be expected to compete in all homes meets, ability based travel team meets (Q+, A+) and have a championship meet at the end of their season (Regionals, State, Sectionals).  Coaches will pick meet events for the athletes as a professional coaching service.

Practices: This group offers practice for 2.5 hours 6 times per week.

 

Senior 3

In order to join this group athletes must be at least a freshman in high school, with specialized goals to make strides towards qualifying for Regional (Sectionals, Grand Prix, Pro Ams) and National Championships.  These athletes will be placed in more specialized training to meet their needs in training for these goals.  Athletes will be expected to make 7 swimming workouts per week, along with weights.  For these athletes swimming is their primary extra curricular activity with a focus on competing at the collegiate level.  Athletes will be expected to compete in all homes meets, ability based travel team meets (A+, Grand Prix, Pro Ams) and have a championship meet at the end of their season (State, Sectionals, Nationals).  Coaches will pick meet events for the athletes as a professional coaching service.

Practices:  This group offers practice for 2.5 hours six times per week, plus secondary practices ranging from 60 minutes to 105 minutes depending on the time of year. 

 

 

For All Groups- Please keep in mind the coaching staff will have the final say on group placement.  There are many factors which will be weighed prior to an athlete’s move to the next level, which include but are not limited to work ethic, technique, and physical and social development of your child.  If you have questions about the placement of your athlete please feel free to discuss this with the coaching staff.  Please remember that the staff has your child’s long term development in the sport of swimming in mind when we are making these decisions.

 
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