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Practice Groups

Practice Group Descriptions

 

The coaching staff makes decisions on group placement based on a season long process of watching swimmers daily practice and meet habits for returners. These are guidelines that help the coaching staff place athletes in the appropriate practice groups and are not absolute. The coaching staff and head coach have final say on all group assignments regardless of written guidelines.  All group assignments are subject to change by the coaching staff at any time throughout the duration of the swim season.

These are entrance requirements and should be looked at as such.  Each group will be trained to improve in all aspects of their swimming and to aim beyond the next group’s requirements creating a progressive long term approach.    

 

Copper Group                               Cost: Season $432

Coach: Jenna Etherington                   (Monthly $80)

Equipment Needed – Fins & Kickboard

Physical Requirements:

**Typically Copper athletes will be ages 10&under

  • 50 Freestyle
  • 25 Backstroke
  • Learning proper biomechanics
  • Bilateral breathing in Freestyle
  • Maintain horizontal body position
  • Maintain streamline position until hands cross the backstroke flags
  • Minimum of 2 meet sessions per season. Athletes and Parents should view this as the bare minimum with intent to exceed expectations.
  • Minimum of 75% practice attendance

 

Bronze Group                                   Cost: Season $459

Coach: Jenna Etherington                       (Monthly $85)

Equipment Needed – Fins, Kickboard, Pull Buoy & Snorkel

Physical Requirements:

**Typically Bronze athletes will be ages 12&under

  • 100 Freestyle with flip turns
  • 100 Backstroke with flip turns
  • 50 Breaststroke
  • 25 Fly
  • Dive certified
  • Breathe bilaterally in Freestyle
  • Maintain horizontal body position throughout all strokes
  • Maintain streamline position until hands cross the backstroke flags
  • Minimum of 4 meet sessions per season. Athletes and Parents should view this as the bare minimum with intent to exceed expectations.
  • Minimum of 75% practice attendance

 

Silver Group                                   Cost: Season $513

Coach: Courtney Wilson                        (Monthly $95)

Equipment Needed – Fins, Kickboard, Pull Buoy, Snorkel & Zoomers

Physical Requirements:

**Typically Silver athletes will be ages 11-14. 

  • 10x50s Freestyle / Backstroke @ 1:15
  • Consistent tight streamline off all walls
  • Underwater pull-downs off all breast walls
  • Dolphin kicks used off all non-breast walls to start each swim
  • Alternate breathing in Freestyle
  • Good rotation from the hips on long axis (free/back) strokes
  • Minimum of 6 meet sessions per season.  Athletes should view this as the bare minimum with intent to exceed these expectations
  • Minimum of 75% practice attendance
  • Written approval from a Bronze Coach and acceptance by the Silver Coach is required to advance.

 

Gold/Gold Elite Groups                   Cost: Season $540

Coach: Chris Etherington                      (Monthly $100)

Equipment Needed – Fins, Kickboard, Pull Buoy, Paddles, Snorkel & Zoomers

Physical Requirements:

**Typically Gold athletes will be ages 14+.

  • Three Age Group State qualifications
  • Complete a 200 of each stroke maintaining good head and body position.
  • 10X100s Freestyle on 1:30
  • 10x100s Stroke on 1:40
  • Streamline out past the flags off every wall
  • Underwater pull-downs off all Breaststroke walls
  • Dolphin kicks used off all non-Breaststroke walls to start each swim
  • Alternate breathing in Freestyle
  • Ability to swim any event in the Open Category
  • Minimum of 8 meet sessions per season. Athletes should view this as a bare minimum with intent to exceed these expectations.
  • Minimum of 75% practice attendance
  • Written approval from a Silver Group Coach and acceptance by the Gold Coach is required to advance

​High School is considered with the Gold/Gold Elite Group Equipment and Skills

Cost: Season $350

​(2 installments at $175)