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GSI Mission Statement

Using our resources to cultivate a diverse swim culture in our community through quality education, training, and competition

Vision Statement

Empowering our members to be the best and most competitive swim club in North Central Indiana.

PRICING FOR ALL GROUPS CAN BE FOUND UNDER ABOUT GSI TAB

GSI Summer Prep

This group is for children who LOVE to be in and around the water. Our pre-swimmers should be able to blow bubbles and fully submerge their head under water. They need to be comfortable in water that is over their head. These kids need to laugh when they make huge splashes with their feet when kicking while holding onto the wall. Summer Prep Swimmers need to be willing to try floating on both their back and their front.

To be considered "ready" for Developmental B, swimmers must be able to swim one full length of the pool on their front as well as one on their back. They need to have good listening skills and be able to use a kickboard confidently.

Developmental B

This group is for athletes who are able to swim 25 yards of Freestyle and Backstroke Without Stopping.  Our goal is to continue to help swimmers be water safe and begin helping them understand the four competitive strokes.  Swimmers are still working on making friends, having fun, establishing fundamentals, and learning what competitive swimming is. The focus is primarily on a strong flutter kick, freestyle, and backstroke. Some basics of breaststroke and butterfly beginning with the kick. We ask that all swimmers in this group participate in the GSI hosted meets we have during the year.

To be considered ready for the next group, swimmers need to be able to swim 50 yards of freestyle and backstroke, 25 yards of breaststroke, and kick 25 yards of butterfly on their back.

Developmental A

This group is for athletes who have a basic understanding of the four competitive strokes.  Some athletes may have a strong freestyle and backstroke. Athletes in this group are working on listening, basic reading of the pace clock and intervals, breathing to the side on freestyle, flip turns, open turns, breastroke and butterfly.  We ask that athletes in this group participate in the GSI meets hosted during the year, as well as venture to some of the other local meets that are hosted in the area.

To be considered "ready" for the white group, athletes must be able to swim a legal 100 yards of Freestyle and Backstroke,  50 yards of Breaststroke, and 25 yards of Butterfly. Swimmers must also attend 50% of practices for the season.  **Legal means that they must have attended a swim meet and have a time in each of the above events.

 


 

White

The white group is for athletes who have legal times with USA swimming and want to begin becoming more competitive as a swimmer.  Athletes in this group focus on mastering all four main strokes. They are continuing to refine their technique while incorporating aspects of training. The amount of time in the pool and the yards that they swim is greatly increased. White group athletes are deciding that swimming is a sport they want to be successful with in the future. The goal for white group athletes is to begin being responsible for their attendance, to continue to have fun with swimming, learn to set goals, make friends from other teams, learn new training techniques, and master intervals on a pace clock.

To be considered "ready" for the Red Group, swimmers must consistently compete in swim meets and swim challenging events. Swimmers must have a legal time in the 200 IM and have completed the 500 at least once in a meet. White group swimmers should achieve at least one divisional level cut and compete in the divisional meet. Swimmers need to be able to understand and read complicated sets and pace clock intervals.

Red Group

Red group athletes will be taught how to use the fundamentals they have learned to increase their endurance and begin training for greater speed and endurance. They will strive for mastery of the 200 IM as well as longer distance events is the main goal of this group.  Although having fun and making new friends are still a priority, athletes will begin to transition to a more demanding and competitive atmosphere. Athletes are expected to be at practice (commitment = success). Red Group swimmers are expected to attend multiple swim meets a month, being competitive in those meets.  Athletes will be taught how to handle swims that are not best times and celebrated with in achieving personal bests. Athletes will be guided to set long-term goals, taught what it will take to achieve those goals, and celebrated with when reaching those goals.

In order to be considered "ready" for the Blue Group, swimmers must be able to race 500 yards of Freestyle with confidence, 200 yards of Backstroke and Breaststroke, 100 yards of Butterfly, understand how to race the 200 Individual Medley with efficacy, know what their goals are in swimming, and have a positive attitude with effort and high practice attendance.

Blue

The Blue Group is for those swimmers who have become serious about swimming and are ready to concentrate on swimming as their primary sport.  Blue Group swimmers are expected to attend swim meets and compete at a high level. Practices have greatly increased yardage and intensity. Swimmers in Blue Group learn to push themselves harder than they ever thought they could and find that they CAN do it. The primary ages for Blue Group swimmers are 11-12s with Age Group State cut times and 13-14s with Divisional and State Cuts.  Blue group swimmers are expected to be semi-self motivated, set short-term and long-term goals, and understand the commitment needed to achieve those goals.

By the time swimmers are done with the Blue Group they should have swum the mile, 400 Individual Medley, 200 Butterfly, understand what it will take to achieve their goals in swimming, and only miss 1 practice a week.

 


 

Senior/HS

This group is for any athlete who is 15 years of age or older and/or currently enrolled in Goshen High School.  Athletes in this group vary in skill range and ability level. This group will contain swimmers who have national cuts down to swimmers who have just begun to swim.  Each swimmer is given practices which match their ability level and asked to be better than they were the season before. The goal is to create a senior team which thinks of themselves as 200 IMers while working to become more efficient in the 400 IM and the longer distance stroke events.

 

The decision to move a swimmer to a more advanced group is not strictly based on the criteria outlined at the end of each groups description. It is mostly a discussion between the coaches of both groups involved as well as the head coach. Factors such as work ethic, leadership skills, attendance, and being a good teammate can greatly affect a swimmer’s placement.