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Group Descriptions

At the Cleveland Swim Institute, training groups are created to maximize specificity of training.  Our staff also strongly believes that the social aspect of this sport contributes to long term success just as much as proper skill acquisition.  For this reason swimmers will be kept with swimmers in their same grade or age group. 

 

 Commitment: "The act of being dedicated to a cause or activity"

To be committed is clearly a relative term; being committed has different meanings for different people and different situations. The CSI coaching staff understands that each of our athletes have different commitment levels to the Sport of Swimming. Our "commitment" is to make sure that your commitment level best matches your personal goals. Our purpose as coaches is to make sure we do everything possible to assist and empower each of you to achieve your unique goals; In order to do this , you (the athlete and parent) set the commitment standard and we (the coaching staff) make sure you follow through on your commitment. While we will assist, suggest and encourage you on your journey through the sport of swimming, it is important to note that YOU are in charge of your future and making sure that your goals and commitments are aligned.

 

Move up Policy: Our coaches will maintain an outlook of fluidity in regards to the placement of each swimmer.  Each athlete will be evaluated and his/her individual needs will be taken into account throughout the year.  

 

"Performance" Group:  The Junior "Performance" group is an optional upgrade that includes Sports Performance services through CSI Athlete.  These team-only dryland classes are scheduled before swim practices on Mon/Wed/Fri at 5pm.  Swimmers may upgrade at any time to the Performance level or downgrade at any time to a Swim-Only level. 

 

"Elite" Group: (Invitation only) CSI's Age Group "Elite" Team and National "Elite" Team is for athletes who have achieved specific time-standards and who have decided to pursue regional, national and even international USA Swimming competitions.  The "Elite" Group has been designed specifically for those swimmers who are fully committed to maximizing their swimming potential.

 

Please email us at a[email protected] to schedule a tryout or to request more information

 


COMPETITIVE SWIM TEAM GROUPS


Senior Group

Who: For high school and college-aged athletes interested in incorporating both CSI's Swim and Strength training curriculum. Training has been designed so that CSI Senior athletes can take part in both USA as well as their high school or college swim teams.

(GROUP 1):
Able to fulfill 3 out of the 4 following prerequisites:
1. Can swim 15 x 100 M free @ 1:30
2. Has at least one Speedo Sectional or AAA time standard 
3. Committed to building up to at least 8 swim & 3 strength sessions per week
4. Will take part in all Team Meets for both the Short & Long Course Season

(GROUP 2) is ideal for the Senior swimmer whose priority is to prepare for the high school season and do not plan to train annually with CSI in addition to those who are not yet able to fulfill CSI’s Senior (Group 1) Prerequisites...

Training Focus: We will focus on building the athlete capable to compete at the highest levels of the sport of swimming by perfecting technique and race execution, performing high-intensity endurance training and sprint work in the pool and utilizing CSI Athlete’s Swim Strength Program in the gym. 

Expectations:

  • 5+ practices per week
  • Swimmers will have the opportunity to compete at USA Sanctioned Meets and should attend at least 4 meets throughout the season in order to gauge progress and qualify for the end of season championship meet
  • Those who qualify will be expected to compete in the Lake Erie Senior Championship Meet and should strive to qualify for the Lake Erie Zone Team, Central Zones, Sectionals and Nationals

Equipment & Gear: CSI Swim Cap, Goggles, Snorkel, Fins, Paddles, Tempo Trainer, Kickboard, Pull buoy

 

 

Junior Group

Who: For elementary and middle school aged athletes able to perform all four competitive swimming strokes legally. This group is for those who are competitive swimmers either as their primary sport or in conjunction with other competitive sports.

Junior “Performance”: We strive to develop not only great swimmers with a love for the water, but more importantly great athletes.  Led by CSI Athlete, masters in the field of Sports Performance, our Junior “Performance” Group includes Speed & Conditioning Training in an age-specific group setting, sure to create a fun team atmosphere outside of the pool. 

Training Focus: Training duration and intensity will be increased from the Primary level while making sure the progression is appropriate to each athlete's current ability and training history.  We will focus on basic endurance training and sprint work while improving and refining stroke mechanics and introducing racing strategies. 

Expectations:

  • 3-5 practices per week
  • Swimmers will have the opportunity to compete at USA Sanctioned Meets and should attend at least 4 meets throughout the season in order to gauge progress and qualify for the end of season championship meet
  • Those who qualify will be expected to compete in the Lake Erie Age Group Championship Meet and should strive to qualify for the Lake Erie Zone Team.
  • Beginner swimmers should attempt the IMR/IMX Challenge

Equipment & Gear: CSI Swim Cap, Goggles, Snorkel, Fins, Paddles, Pool Buoy, Tempo Trainer, Kickboard

 

 

Primary Group

Who: For elementary aged athletes able to perform all four competitive swimming strokes legally and ready both physically and mentally for basic conditioning.  

Training Focus: This group is designed to continue stroke development and to begin refining stroke mechanics.  Practice will still be heavily instructional while increasing basic aerobic conditioning needed to build endurance and maintain technique over longer distances in preparation for racing. 

Expectations:

  • 2-3 practices per week
  • Swimmers will have the opportunity to compete at USA Sanctioned Meets and should attend at least 2 meets throughout the season in order to gauge progress and qualify for the end of season championship meet
  • Those who qualify will be expected to compete in the Lake Erie Age Group Championship Meet
  • Beginner swimmers should attempt the IMR/IMX Challenge

Equipment & Gear: CSI Swim Cap, Goggles, Fins, Kickboard, Pull Buoy

 

 

Developmental Group

Who: For athletes who have taken swim lessons or participated in a recreational team and are learning to love the sport of swimming and would like to be part of a competitive team. To earn your spot in this group, swimmers must be able to swim one length of the pool in any recognizable stroke.

Training Focus: This group will focus on teaching the swimmer to become proficient and legal in each of the four competitive strokes and turns. 

Expectations:

  • 2 practices per week
  • Swimmers will have the opportunity to compete at USA Sanctioned Meets and should attend at least 2 meets throughout the season in order to gauge progress and qualify for the end of season championship meet
  • Those who qualify will be expected to compete in the Lake Erie Age Group Championship Meet
  • Beginner swimmers should attempt the IMR/IMX Challenge

Equipment & Gear: CSI Swim Cap, Goggles, Fins, Kickboard, Pull Buoy