Practice Groups

Our swimmers participate in a variety of other activities outside the pool, and we offer multiple practice groups to match the goals of our swimmers.

For detailed explanations regarding training group placements and descriptions click here.

Stroke Improvement

Ages: 6-8 Years old

Group Emphasis: This group focuses primarily on building proficient freestyle and backstroke.  Swimmers will also begin learning basic breaststroke and butterfly.  Much of their time in the pool will be spent developing a strong and consistent kick in all four strokes. Swimmers will also learn basic racing starts and turns.  Practices are designed to continue to develop water safety skills in a fun environment.

  Age Group I

Ages: 8-10 Years old

Group Emphasis: This group will work on improving stroke techniqu: e and proficiency in all four strokes.  In addition, this group will work on improving fundamental starts and turns in all strokes.  There will be a large emphasis on developing a strong and consistent kick for all four strokes.  Basic interval training and clock-reading skills will be introduced.  Basic dryland and warmup exercises are periodically introduced to develop motor skills in each swimmer.  Practices are designed to build technical proficiency in swimming in a fun environment.

Age Group II

Ages: 9-12 years old

Group Emphasis: Swimmers will continue to develop proficiency and efficiency in all four strokes, as well as starts and turns. Athletes will be introduced to higher levels of competition.  Swimmers will regularly participate in basic dryland exercises and warmups to develop core body strength and motor skills.  There will be continued emphasis on developing a strong and consistent kick in all four strokes.  This group will also have a strong emphasis in developing the underwater dolphin kick.  Practices are designed for swimmers to LEARN TO TRAIN.

Junior Varsity

Ages: 10-13 years old

Group Emphasis: This group will emphasize more advanced technique in all strokes, including refined starts and turns. Swimmers will improve the underwater dolphin kick. Goal setting and mental preparation will be introduced.  Dryland will be an increased part of training with 1-2 sessions per week.  Swimmers will be encouraged to qualify for Illinois Swimming Regional and State Championship meets.  Practices are designed for swimmers to TRAIN TO TRAIN.

Senior Prep

Ages: 11-14 years old

Group Emphasis: This group will emphasize perfecting advanced technique in all strokes, including advanced starts and turns.  Swimmers will perfect the underwater dolphin kick.  Goal setting and mental preparation will become a larger emphasis.  Dryland will be an increased part of training with 1-2 sessions per week.  Swimmers will be encouraged to qualify for Illinois Swimming Age Group and Senior State Meets.  Practices are designed for swimmers to TRAIN TO COMPETE.

Senior Varsity

Ages: 13+

Group Emphasis: This group will emphasize perfecting advanced techniques in all strokes, including advanced starts and turns.  Swimmers will perfect the underwater dolphin kick.  Goal setting and mental preparation will become a larger emphasis.  Dryland will be an increased part of training with 1-2 sessions per week.  Offseason weight training will be introduced.  Swimmers will be encouraged to qualify for Illinois Swimming Age Group and Senior State meets, as well as Speedo Sectionals, Speedo Zones, Grand Prix, Junior National and National Meets. Any swimmer with aspirations of swimming in college will work with the coaches to make that a practical reality.  Practices are designed for swimmers to COMPETE TO ACHIEVE.

Fitness Swimmers

Ages: 18 and Under

Goals:  Fitness Swimmers are offered one day of instruction with their practice group per week in order to “stay in the pool” all year long.  Swimmers may compete with the team on a local or regional level.  

 

 
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