Currently, there are five practice groups. The practice schedule is posted on this web site.
Group Objectives: C Squad
The C squad training group emphasizes the development of swimming skills. The focus is on keeping the sessions fun so that kids will want to stay in the water year-round and develop a good feel for the water. We stress fundamental swimming skills: sculling, turns, kicking, underwater efficiency and distance-per-stroke. We teach young people to love the water and have fun learning how to master the fundamental skills.
Group Objectives: B Squad
The B Team group is for swimmers who are ready for the next level of swim training. Swimmers are encouraged to meet higher attendance expectations (3-4 times per week), and swim throughout the year while still participating in other sports activities. Our training emphasis at this stage is on low intensity aerobic stroke efficiency work. Athletes are also educated in race planning and goal setting. A great emphasis is placed on kicking; drills, starts and turns; we learn that hard work and competition are fun, and that it’s okay to try new ideas
Group Objectives: A Squad
The A Team is for the swimmer who is able to swim all four strokes well and maintain good technique on low intensity interval sets. This group “launches” off of the base of fundamentals that has been laid down in previous years. It is important that the technique mastered not be permitted to deteriorate under increased training loads A more equal emphasis is placed on physiological training and technique work. Swimmers are encouraged to attend no less than 4x per week.
Group Objectives: Junior Squad
Junior Team is where we expect the swimmers to be mentally driven to train hard. Proper stroke and turn techniques have become habitually consistent, allowing more emphasis to be placed on physiological training. The age range of 13-16 is known as the “window of opportunity” for developing aerobic capacity, and we provide the opportunity for more threshold and anaerobic training. Swimmers are encouraged to attend practices as often as possible. Dryland training is an important element of this group with a focus on core body conditioning, and flexibility.
Group Objectives: Senior Squad
Senior Team represents the highest level of training for athletes who have the appropriate dedication, experience and desire to compete at the regional and national level. The training is more distance-oriented and very demanding. Swimmers learn how to train the various energy systems and are encouraged to train for and compete in a wide variety of events to best prepare them for success in their collegiate years. The commitment level of this group is very high. Strength training is a standard part of the program. All Senior-level swimmers are expected to be good role models for younger swimmers.
The Coeur d' Alene Area Swim Team uses a “progressive” age group program designed to develop the child 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 a love for the sport. In the 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. Unfortunately, this is not always the most convenient approach to take, but it is always the most productive.
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 level of development.
Decisions about moving a swimmer to another group are made by the coaching staff. Each group has specific skills and practice levels that need to be achieved in order to be moved up that can be found under the Swimmers tab.