Background-image
Partners
Paragon
TYR
Sponsors
Practice Groups

 

Practice Groups

 

At Lake Shore Swim Club, we have practice groups for all ages and abilities.  Below is a general listing of our groups.  In order to make sure every swimmer learns every stroke correctly, we teach swimmers by ability, not age.  The below groups are just guidelines.  

Not sure where your swimmer fits in?  Just click on the 'Contact Us' button to the left or email lakeshore@lsscswimming.org. We can arrange for a trial.  During the trial, our coaches will assess your swimmer to see which practice group best fits their abilities.

Our minimum requirement is the ability to complete one lap of backstroke and freestyle.  They must also be able to complete a 30 minute workout and be able to follow instruction.

TRAINING GROUPS AND DESCRIPTIONS:
 
                             There are 7 training/roster groups offered at Lake Shore Swim Club:
National Team
Senior 
Junior Blue
Junior White
Junior Red
Developmental Elite
Developmental 
Pre-Competitive 
Masters
 
PRE-COMPETITIVE
This group is being offered for beginning swimmers (5 years of age and older) who would like to continue learning about swimming in a "structured practice environment". We ask that participants be able to complete one-length (25-yards) of the pool in Freestyle or Backstroke.
 
The Pre-Comp swimmer is looking for: 
  • A FUN teaching atmosphere and opportunity to be part of a team!
  • A way to build endurance and work on overall fitness 
  • An introduction to good swimming stroke technique 
  • Confidence in the water and on the pool deck 
  • Basic swimming skill and knowledge of the four competitive swimming strokes as a preparation for competitive swimming
REQUIREMENTS TO JOIN PRE-COMPETITIVE:
  • One (1) length of the pool in Free and Back. 
  • Be able to complete a 30-minute water workout

Swimmers at the PreComp level practice 2 or 3 nights a week.  Practices last for 45 minutes and include stretching, video and swimming.  Some practices at the PreComp level are held at the Rocky River Recreation Center and some are held at the Rocky River High School. 

 
DEVELOPMENTAL 
This group primarily consists of our elementary school age swimmers. (approximately 7-10 yrs old)  Participants must be able to complete 25 yards of freestyle and backstroke legally, be familiar with Breaststroke and Butterfly and handle a 45-minutes to 1-hour water work out.  
 
The goal of this group is to: 
  • To have FUN while LEARNING about the sport of swimming 
  • Improve upon basic competitive swimming skills 
  • Learn and refine stroke technique for all four competitive swimming strokes 
  • Learn about proper "Lane Etiquette" 
  • Teach positive team building 
  • Build endurance and overall fitness 
We ask that participants in this group attend 2 practices per week. Each practice will be approximately 1 hour - 1 hour and fifteen minutes, and will include basic dryland training. We encourage swimmers in this group to also participate in other physical activities to improve their overall motor development. 
 
REQUIREMENTS TO JOIN DEVELOPMENTAL:
  • One length or 25-yards freestyle
  • One length or 25-yards backstroke
  • Knowledge of butterfly and breastroke
  • Able to complete a 45-minute 
  • Elementary School (ages 7-10)
 
DEVELOPMENTAL ELITE
This is an elevated training group to help prepare our stronger developmental swimmers for the transition into our Junior training group. Ages are primarily 9-11 years old, however swimmers will be moved into this group at the Coaching Staff’s discretion based on ability, not age. Participants must be able to complete 25 yards of all four strokes legally, and complete repeat lengths in an organized practice.
 
The goal of this group is to: 
  • To have FUN while LEARNING about the sport of swimming 
  • Improve upon basic competitive swimming skills 
  • Learn and refine stroke technique for all four competitive swimming strokes 
  • Learn about proper "Lane Etiquette" 
  • Teach positive team building 
  • Build endurance and overall fitness 
We ask that participants in this group attend 3 practices per week. Each practice will be approximately 1 hour - 1 hour and fifteen minutes, and will include basic dryland training. We encourage swimmers in this group to also participate in other physical activities to improve their overall motor development. 
 
REQUIREMENTS TO JOIN DEVELOPMENTAL ELITE:
  • Comfortable swimming repeat lengths of all four strokes
  • Ability to follow a “work-out” and use the pace clock
  • Able to complete a 1-hour water workout
  • Elementary School (ages 8-11)
  • Participation in this group includes the invitation to compete in travel and higher level competition.

JUNIOR TRAINING GROUPS

We offer 3 training groups within our Junior program, Red, White and Blue.  Our Coaching Staff will evaluate the swimmer's abilities and will place all swimmers in the group that will best fit their individual needs.

JUNIOR RED / JUNIOR WHITE
These groups consist of our middle school age swimmers. (10-14 yrs old)  Participants in these groups will be expected to have knowledge of all four competitive swimming strokes, although may still need stroke refinement. They should be able to complete a 1 hour water workout for RED and a  1 1/2 hour water-workout for WHITE. 
The goal of these groups is to: 
  • Learn how to practice properly combining the appropriate speed with great stroke technique 
  • Emphasize good stroke technique and refinement of all four competitive strokes using stroke drills 
  • Focus on proper race strategy, starts and turns 
  • Learn to use the pace clock as a practice tool 
  • Build endurance and overall fitness   
We ask that participants in this group attend 3-4  practices per week for RED and 4-6 practices a week for WHITE.  Dryland training is offered twice a week and is an important piece in our Junior Training Program.
 
REQUIREMENTS TO JOIN JUNIOR RED OR JUNIOR WHITE:
  • Must be in Middle School (5th-8th grade or approximately 10-14 yrs old)
  • Must be at least 10 yrs old
  • Must be able to complete a 1 ½ hour water workout, plus dryland
 
 JUNIOR BLUE
This is an elevated training group designed to help prepare our stronger Junior swimmers for the transition into our Senior training group.  (Primarily but not limited to 11-14 yrs old)  Participants in this group will have additional travel meets available to them. Participants in this group are expected to comfortably train and compete in all four strokes. They should be able to complete a 1 ½-2 hour water-workout. 
The goal of this group is to: 
  • Learn how to practice properly combining the appropriate speed with great stroke technique 
  • Emphasize good stroke technique and refinement of all four competitive strokes using stroke drills 
  • Focus on proper race strategy, starts and turns 
  • Build endurance and overall fitness   
We ask that participants in this group attend 4-5 practices per week. Each practice will be approximately 1 1/2 - 2 hours, and will include basic dryland training. 
 
REQUIREMENTS TO JOIN JUNIOR ELITE:
  • Must be in Middle School (5th-8th grade)
  • Must be at least 11 yrs old
  • Must be able to complete a 2 hour water workout, plus dryland
  • Participation in this group includes the invitation to compete in travel and higher level competition
 
SENIOR
This group consists of our high school age swimmers. (14 yrs old and older) Our Senior swimmers show a strong commitment to the sport and a desire toward individual and group accomplishment.  
The goal of this group is to: 
  • Achieve personal best times at high school and club championships through hard work and dedication 
  • Maintain high academic standards 
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle outside of the pool including healthy eating, sleeping and social habits. 
  • Show a strong commitment to swimming by holding high practice standards through good attendance and strong work ethic 
The training schedule for this group accommodates the goal of the individual.  Some swimmers will be asked to practice more than others based on their own personal level of development and skill.  Those in this group should practice anywhere from 6-8 times per week for 2- 2 1/2  hours at each practice which includes MANDATORY dry land activities. 
  • Please note: Any High School swimmer who wishes to participate in the Senior Training Group during the high school season must indicate their desire at the time of registration.  A determination of space availability will be made by the Head Coach and Board within a month of the start of short course season.
 
REQUIREMENTS TO JOIN SENIOR:
  • Must be able to complete a 2-hour water workout
  • Suggested grade range is 9th-college
  • Any swimmer who is not in high school will need permission from the head coach to move into this training group.
NATIONAL TEAM TRAINING
This group consists of any swimmer with an individual (or relay) Sectional Time Cut or faster. This training group will be offered the same training and dryland schedule as the Senior training group, however will be expected to attend 9 practices per week, and will primarily complete their own practice sets. 
  
REQUIREMENTS TO JOIN NATIONAL TEAM:
  • Must be able to complete a 2-3 hour water workout plus doubles and dryland
  • Must have at least Sectional time standard in an individual event, or be a member of a Sectional qualifying relay
  • No grade requirement
******************************************************************************
Please remember that the Coaching Staff has the final say regarding practice group assignments based on the needs of the individual swimmer, and the betterment of the entire Lake Shore swimming family. Thank you for your understanding and support.