A carefully planned program has been designed to allow smooth transition up the developmental ladder. Practice hours and content have been planned so that movement to the next higher group is unhurried, appropriate and in the best interests of the swimmer and his or her ultimate potential. Each group builds on skills learned in the group below, and transitions are logical, based on age, maturity and ability. Teaching is most effective when we can teach similar skills to a group of children who are at a similar stage in their development , depending on age, maturity, skill, aptitude and commitment. Decisions about moving a swimmer to another group are made by the coaching staff. It is important to determine each swimmer's ability to physically and emotionally handle the demands of the next level.
We wish to encourage versatility both in and out of the water. Commitment to goals and to the means of achieving those goals are important lessons to be learned from swimming, but we hope always to keep in mind that kids need time to be kids, and should be able to participate in other activities in conjunction with swimming, until such time as a swimmer's aspiration level makes an exclusive commitment to swimming necessary if the swimmer is to attain his or her goals.