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Tri-Hampton YMCA Swim Team offers training and practice groups for competitive swimmers of all ages. It is the goal of THY to offer ability-specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging each individual and developing each individual to the best of THEIR abilities.

 

THY Practice Groups

Group assignments are based on skill level in all 4 strokes, practice stamina*, club team experience, racing accomplishments, and age.


Promotion from group to group is based on the individual’s commitment to training (practice attendance) and his/her ability to sustain consistent daily training performance while focusing on improving one’s racing weaknesses**.

 

Senior:

Senior Level is a high-level workout program for the established competitive swimmer. This level is designed to prepare the swimmer to effectively compete in highly competitive YMCA and USA Meets, including YMCA Nationals, and USA Sectionals, Junior and Senior Nationals. Swimmers in this level must be committed to year-round swimming and demonstrate commitment levels through practice and meet attendance. The objective of this program is to bring each participant to their swimming potential through training, stroke analysis, and conditioning exercises and nutritional planning.

Alongside the dedication required to practice and competition aspect of this group, Senior members also take on the responsibility of being our leaders on the team. Duties may include, but are not limited to, leading team bonding activities, assist the coaches in leading dryland, reading and completing assigned leadership material and tasks provided by the coaches, and participate in any meetings the coaches may organize.

 

Age Group 2:

This group is for swimmers who have demonstrated proficiency in all four competitive strokes, a competitive drive, a commitment to the sport of swimming and a strong team spirit. Swimmers placed in this group are ready to begin preparing to be in the Senior Group. A focus is placed on technique refinement with a higher emphasis placed on conditioning. Challenging aerobic and anaerobic training cycles are incorporated in this level. Swimmers in this practice group are encouraged to set goals which include USA Silver Champs and Junior Olympics, YMCA Districts and States and the long-term goals of YMCA Nationals, USA Sectionals, Junior and Senior Nationals. Selection for this level will be based on the individual’s ability to maintain time standards and consistent practices as well as the swimmer’s drive, determination and leadership towards the team. Swimmers in this level must be committed to year-round swimming and demonstrate commitment levels through practice and meet attendance. The objective of this program is to bring each participant to their swimming potential through training, stroke analysis, and conditioning exercises and nutritional planning.

 

Age Group 1:

This group is for swimmers who have demonstrated proficiency in all four competitive strokes, a competitive drive, a commitment to the sport of swimming and a strong team spirit. Swimmers place in this group show more need towards technique refinement. A higher emphasis will also be placed on conditioning. Challenging aerobic and anaerobic training cycles are incorporated in this level. Swimmers in this practice group are encouraged to set goals which include USA Silver Champs and Junior Olympics, YMCA Districts and States. Selection for this level will be based on the individual’s ability to maintain time standards and consistent practices as well as the swimmer’s drive, determination and leadership towards the team. Swimmers in this level must be committed to year-round swimming and demonstrate commitment levels through practice and meet attendance. The objective of this program is to bring each participant to their swimming potential through training, stroke analysis, and conditioning exercises and nutritional planning.

 

Pre-Age Group:

This is a developmental group that teaches all four competitive strokes and prepares swimmers for competition. A large emphasis is placed on proper body position, stroke technique, kicking, starts, and turns. Swimmers will compete in YMCA and USA meets, as appropriate.

 

Academy:

This is a developmental group that teaches all four competitive strokes and prepares swimmers for competition. A large emphasis is placed on proper body position, stroke technique, kicking, starts, and turns. Swimmers in this group do not compete in any meets.

 

*Practice Stamina is defined as an individual’s ability to withstand the intensities of each practice and to perform at an optimal level.  A “Test Set” will also help determine one’s practice stamina. Each group has a specific “Test Set” designed to emulate the group’s practice intensities.

**Racing weaknesses include stroke technique, overall endurance, and mental/physical fatigue. A swimmer must be able to demonstrate the ability to correct these weaknesses within the structure of the practice. If a swimmer is falling behind while working on these areas, it would become counterproductive to increase overall practice intensity until these areas are fixed.