Discovery: Find out about swimming
White: The introduction to competitive swimming group. Athletes will learn the
basics of the 4 strokes and will progress towards swimming them legally, then
Requirements : 6 years old. Basic understanding of Free and Backstroke, must
be able to swim a 25 without stopping.
Gear: Short Fins
Blue: The focus of this group is to begin the transition from learning to
implementation. The focus will remain on fun and technique. Athletes will be
learning such things as basic sets, reading the clock, and lane etiquette
Requirements: 8 years old. Consistently legal 100 IM, including turns. 50 free
with bilateral breathing and flip turns.
Gear: Short Fins, Pull Buoy or Kick/Pull
Imagination: Learn to Dream Big
Bronze: The introduction to training group. Focus will be on learning to love the
work needed to swim fast at the later stages. Athletes will start to learn advanced
concepts such as race strategy, Interval Training, and learning different speeds in
practice all while reiterating proper technique.
Requirements: 10 years old. Consistently legal 100 of each stroke. Maintain 50%
attendance for course of the season. Complete a 200 free in a meet.
Gear: Short Fins, Pull Buoy or Kick/Pull, TYR Catalyst Paddles
Gold: This group is focused on training. Athletes will be expected to know their
goal times and race strategies and replicate it in practice. Athletes will also be
expected to know such things as stroke counts, threshold paces, and proper
Requirements: 12 Years Old. Consistently legal 200 of each stroke. Maintain
65% attendance for course of the season. Complete a 400/500 free and 200 IM in a meet.
Gear: Short Fins, Pull Buoy or Kick/Pull, ,TYR Catalyst Paddles, Training Snorkel,
Prepare: Hard Work Works
Senior: This group is for High School aged athletes who wish to continue
improving, but lack the commitment needed to be in the National group. Athletes
in this group are not allowed to compete in Y-Nationals or higher, barring
Requirements: 15 Years Old. Capable of swimming a 50
Gear: Short Fins, Pull Buoy or a Kick/Pull, TYR Catalyst Paddles, Training Snorkel
Senior Elite: This group is for athletes with a commitment to high end swimming.
Athletes will be introduced to such concepts as cruise pace, Anaerobic Threshold,
Resistance Training, and Lactate Tolerance. Athletes are also expected to do extra
work on their own outside of practice time and maintain the necessary grades
to swim at the collegiate level. Training will be focused on YMCA Nationals, USA
Swimming Junior Nationals, and Olympic Trials.
Requirements: 14 Years Old. Must maintain an 80%
attendance over the course of the season. Numerous other performance metrics.
Gear: Short Fins, Pull Buoy or Kick/Pull,TYR Catalyst Paddles, Training Snorkel
The above descriptions are guidelines; ultimate group assignment will be at the discretion of the BR Ryall coaching staff.