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Team Structure

Team Structure

Just like a new school year, the beginning of a swimming season is a great time to review the foundation of the program so that we can set goals for the future. The information below reviews the new 2017-2018 structure of the FAST competitive program, the purpose of each division, and the role of the coaches who lead those divisions. The FAST competitive program has five Divisions: FUNdamentals, Learn to Practice, Learn to Train, Train to Compete, and Compete to Excel.

 

Team Divisions

FUNdamentals - Athletes in the FUNdamentals Division are new to the sport of swimming. The focus of our FUNdamental groups is to establish a strong foundation of skills and techniques in a fun environment that encourages continued participation in the sport. Our FUNdamental groups include Tiger Cubs 1 and Tiger Cubs 2.

Learn to Practice - Athletes in the Learn to Practice Division are continuing to develop and refine a strong foundation of skills and techniques in a fun environment that encourages continued participation in the sport. They will progress to an advanced level of learning that requires implementing specific skills in practice sets. Establishing good habits in a training setting translates to better performances at meets, as well as long-term development in the sport of swimming. Our Learn to Practice group is Tiger Stripes.

Learn to Train - Athletes in the Learn to Train Division are further refining their strong foundation of skills and techniques, while integrating training philosophies. The foundation for aerobic/anaerobic training, increased training volume, and the development of underwater training will be laid, as well as learning how out of the water responsibilities, such as nutrition, hydration, and dryland training, affect their performance in the pool. Our Learn to Train groups are Tigers 1 and Tigers 2.

Train to Compete - In the Train to Compete Division, the athletes will learn about how their decisions and behavior outside of the pool has on their performance in the pool. Athletes continue to build on good practice habits with progressive skills, drills, and a variety of techniques, and work to challenge themselves and prepare for the senior level. These swimmers compete at the local, state, regional, and possibly national level. They begin to see a glimpse of their future swimming experiences by competing at the highest level meet for which they qualify. Our Train to Compete group is Tiger Pride.

Compete to Excel - In the Senior division, FAST athletes continue to learn and be taught progressively, but emphasis is placed on taking ownership of their individual goals and the path to achievement. SENIOR division swimmers compete at the local, state, regional, and national level. Competing at the highest level meet for which they are qualified is a priority. Swimmers will be introduced to collegiate opportunities, mentored through goal setting, and encouraged to be positive role models for the younger age group swimmers. Our Compete to Excel groups include Excel, Elite, and National.

 

FAST Training Groups

Tiger Cubs 1 - Tiger Cubs are FAST's 8 & Under competitive swimmers. Stroke fundamentals and a love for the sport are emphasized. To enter Tiger Cubs 1, swimmers must be able to complete a 25 Free, 25 Back, and 25 Kick. Training sessions are offered 4 times per week and 75% attendance will afford the opportunity for continued improvement.

Tiger Cubs 2 - Tiger Cubs are FAST's 9-10 year old competitive swimmers. Stroke fundamentals and a love for the sport are emphasized. To enter Tiger Cubs 2, swimmers must be able to complete a 50 Free, 50 Back, and 50 Kick. Training sessions are offered 4 times per week and 75% attendance will afford the opportunity for continued improvement.

Tiger Stripes - The Tiger Stripes swimmers build on the fundamentals introduced in Tiger Cubs. Tiger Stripes swimmers continue to focus on stroke mechanics with advanced drills and efficiency techniques. Basic interval training and new skills are also introduced. To be placed in Tiger Stripes, swimmers must have achieved an acceptable IM Ready (IMR) score. The IM Ready scores are based on 100 Free, 50 Back, 50 Breast, 50 Fly, and 100 IM (SC) or 200 IM (LC). Training sessions are offered 5 times per week and 80% attendance will afford the opportunity for continued improvement.

Tigers 1 - Tiger 1 swimmers are the 11-12 year-old swimmers. While stroke mechanics are refined, a shift to competition training begins to be emphasized. Tiger 1 swimmers must be able to successfully complete a 100 Free, 50 Back, and 50 streamlined Kick. Training sessions are offered 6 times per week and 85% attendance will afford the opportunity for continued improvement.

Tigers 2 - Tiger 2 swimmers are the 13-14 year-old swimmers who are refining stroke mechanics. This group is shifting to a competitive training focus. Tiger 2 swimmers must be able to successfully complete a 100 Free, 50 Back, and 50 streamlined Kick. Training sessions are offered 6 times per week and 90% attendance will afford the opportunity for continued improvement. 

Tiger Pride - Our Tiger Pride swimmers are the 11-14 year olds that have met minimum IM Xtreme (IMX) scores. IMX scores for 11-12 year olds are based upon the 400 Free (LC) or 500 Free (SC), 100 Back, 100 Breast, 100 Fly, and 200 IM. The IMX scores for 13 and over athletes are based upon the 400 Free (LC) or 500 Free (SC), 200 Back, 200 Breast, 200 Fly, 200 IM, and 400 IM. This is the swimmer's final step in age group swimming. These swimmers are continuing to refine all aspects of their swimming, while learning how their decisions and behavior affect their performance in the pool. Training sessions are offered 7-8 times per week and 95% attendance will afford the opportunity for continued improvement.

Excel Tigers - The Excel Tigers are a year-round training group for high school-aged swimmers. These athletes continue to learn and be taught progressively, but emphasis is placed on taking ownership of their individual goals and the path to achievement. Training sessions are offered 7 times per week and athletes are expected to attend all training sessions.

Elite Tigers - The Elite Tigers are a year-round training group for high school-aged swimmers who have earned at least one 13 & Over State Cut. These athletes continue to learn and be taught progressively, but emphasis is placed on taking ownership of their individual goals and the path to achievement. Training sessions are offered 9 times per week and athletes are expected to attend all training sessions.

National - The National Tigers are a year-round training group for high school-aged swimmers who have earned at least one NCSA cut. These athletes continue to learn and be taught progressively, but emphasis is placed on taking ownership of their individual goals and the path to achievement. Training sessions are offered 10 times per week and athletes are expected to attend all training sessions. Each season, these athletes will have one major focal area to further develop their training base. These athletes, due to additional benefits received, will sign a commitment agreement to belong to this group.

 

Please Note: These are general group descriptions and each swimmer is evaluated individually for group placement. Multiple criteria including physiological, biomechanical, and psychological characteristics are assessed and the final decision for placement rests with the head coach and lead coach. Regardless of your swimmer's ability level, there is a place for everyone at FAST! If you anticipate issues with training requirements for your child’s assigned group, please discuss these issues with the lead coach.