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Roster Groups

Roster Group Descriptions

The Hickory Willow Swim Association offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of the Hickory Willow Swim Association to offer age specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging and developing each individual to the best of their abilities.

 

Group 1

This group consists of experienced 8 year olds and under plus our new 9 year olds and under. In this group the focus of each swimmer will be to develop a flutter and fly kick. The development of the freestyle stroke and backstroke will be the first strokes focused upon. Once swimmers in this group have shown they can swim each stroke legally and with strength, they will then be taught the basics of the breaststroke and butterfly stroke. Group 1 workouts typically last 45 minutes.

Criteria for being in this Group:

·      Be at least 5 years old.

·      Be able to swim 25 yards freestyle and backstroke with good form. (New swimmers will be taught)

·      Must want to swim in the group.

·      Do your best to make every practice.

·      Have a positive attitude at all times and listen to coaches.

 

Group 2

This group consists of 2 types of swimmers: 1. New 10 year olds and over. 2. A mid-range ability group between 9-13 years of age. Could possibly place very strong 8 years in this group. Emphasis is placed on stroke technique and maintenance for the older swimmer. Group 2 workouts typically last for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Criteria for being in this Group:

·      Be able to swim freestyle and backstroke with good form. (New swimmers will be taught)

·      Be able to swim some breaststroke and butterfly (have the general idea, new swimmers will be taught).

·      Know how to use the pace clock. (New swimmers will be taught)

·      Be able to dive into the pool (able to do a start in a meet, new swimmers will be taught).

·      Be able to swim and kick 300 yards without stopping. (New swimmers will be taught)

·      Commit to attending at least 3 out of the 5 workouts that are offered per week.

·      Must want to swim in the group and have a positive attitude.

·      Must be able to attend over 50% of all dual meets scheduled.

·      Returning swimmers must attend 3 USS meets. 

 

Group 3

A mid-range ability group about 9-12 years of age, whose emphasis is on stroke technique, flexibility, and endurance training. The goals of this group would be to achieve Illinois Age-Group Champs cuts. Group 3 workouts typically last for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Criteria for being in this Group:

·      Be able to swim all four strokes.

·      Be able to do a start from the blocks.

·      Have 2 A 10-Under times if you are 10 and under.

·      Have 2 B and 1 A 11-12 times if you are 11-12 years old.

·      Have 1 B 13-14 time if you are 13 years old and up.

·      Know how to use the pace clock.

·      Swim in at least one USS meet per month.

·      Must want to swim in the group and have a positive attitude.

 

Group 4

Includes swimmers between 11 & over years of age whose goals are to swim in the Age-Group Champ Meet, Illinois Senior Meet, Junior/Senior Nationals, and High School Championships. Emphasis is placed on stroke technique, and a major commitment to training with an intensity that allows them the best chance for success at the higher levels of swimming. Seniors participate in both dryland and swim workouts; total time involved averages between 1 hour & 45 minutes to 2 hours and 30 minutes per workout.

Criteria for being in this Group:

·      Know all four strokes.

·      Be able to swim 1000 yards in under 15 minutes.

·      Know how to use the pace clock.

·      Swim in at least one USS meet per month.

·      Have a desire to train hard and to do what it takes to be the best you can be.

·      Must want to be in the group and have a positive attitude.