Terre Haute Torpedoes offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of Terre Haute Torpedoes to offer age specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging each individual and developing each individual to the best of THEIR abilities.
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The Terre Haute Torpedoes use a progressive age group program designed to develop the child physically and mentally in a systematic manner. There are six training groups, based upon the swimmer’s age and ability. Group assignments are determined by the coaching staff after an observed swim. These training groups are:
Orange - This a novice group with major emphasis on stoke technique. This is the entry level for the team with an introduction to competitive swimming. These swimmers practice two - three days per week for 45 minutes each day. They learn the basics of freestyle and backstroke. Swimmers also learn the competitive starts and turns for these strokes as well. They will also learn rules to swimming associated with racing and will race for fun and not be concerned about the outcome. Most swimmers in this group are 8 and under.
Blue – This is a developmental group with emphasis on stoke technique and refinement in freestyle and backstroke. Swimmers in this group will also begin swimming breaststroke. They will learn the rules for swimming breaststroke, the starts and turns for breaststroke and introduction to butterfly. Four practices are offered per week and athletes swim two- three days per week for 45 minutes each day. Swimmers in this group are usually 8-10 years old.
Bronze - This training group is very similar to the Orange and Blue groups: however, the swimmers in this group have started to exhibit strong swimming skills. There is stronger emphasis in this group on competitive swimming and the refining of stroke mechanics, turns and starts. They attend meets more frequently and practice three to four times per week for 1 hour. Athletes have to learn butterfly and the associated starts and turns to advance in our Silver group.
Silver - Swimmers in this group have demonstrated a strong skill level in all four of the competitive swimming strokes as well as starts and turns. These swimmers focus on the finer aspects of stroke technique as well as an introduction to the training aspect of competitive swimming. Focus is centered on competitive swimming and attendance at meets is strongly encouraged. There are equipment requirements for this group. Silver swimmers practice five days per week for one and one half hours each session.
Gold - The athletes in this group are strong swimmers in all four competitive strokes and are ready for the rigors of a full training schedule. The focus of this group is to build aerobic base, refine technique and develop race strategies for the various swimming events as well as an introduction to other aspects of competitive swimming (ie…dryland, weights, mental preparation). Athletes will make there greatest aerobic gains in this group and will thus spend more time training for longer events require of the older age groups. Attendance at swim meets is a requirement at this level as it is means of evaluating the athlete. There are equipment requirement for this group. As a full fledged training group, Gold swimmers practice six days a week, usually lasting two hours per session.
Senior - This is the High School aged swimming group. Most swimmers in this group have a strong level of ability in all aspects of competitive swimming. Training is a large focus of this group as well as refinement of race strategies. Athletes generally begin to specialize more in there respective stroke events. The goal of the athletes in this group is to achieve qualifying standards to many of the upper level meets throughout the Midwest. There are equipment requirements for this group. Senior swimmers generally practice two times per day, six days per week for two hours at a time.
Training sessions for the Torpedoes are conducted at the Vigo County School Corporation Aquatic Center located in Vorhees Park. Practice schedules are published monthly and made available on our website: terrehautetorpedoes.com.