Group Descriptions

2019-2020 DRD Group Descriptions

 

Roster group descriptions are never set in stone. Roster alignments are dynamic and always changing, as well as flexible. Roster assignment is always an important topic with any team, and coaches here at DRD take the decision process seriously. We ask that parents and swimmers trust the professional judgement of the coaching staff when it comes to roster group placement and to remember that within any roster group the swimmer will go through 3 phases:

  • Orientation and adaption
  • Growth and maturity
  • Mastery and leadership

 

Move ups will typically occur at the end of a month; sometimes there are exceptions and all decisions are made by the coaching staff. It is extremely important to remember that we are all on the same team; the coaches would never hold a swimmer back. Our goal is for swimmers to show mastery and leadership at each level and to move forward at a time that best serves the individual long-term.

 

Note: These descriptions represent a first attempt by the DRD staff to publicly identify and define each of our training groups. It’s possible that not all members of a given roster group will have met the stated requirements. Sometimes there will be flexibility at the entry level and graduation between groups.

 

Coaches ask that you please remember that kids are not rushed through the program; rather coaches take great care in making the decision to move-up an individual. Coaches want to see mastery and leadership at each level before advancement.

 

 

Novice Blue

Summary: Swimmers are beginning the development of competitive swimming skills. Emphasis for the Novice group is on introducing the fundamental skills, movements and terminology of the four competitive strokes. Both flip turns and open turns will be introduced in this group. Swimmers should be able to swim freestyle and backstroke. Swimmers should understand butterfly and breaststroke working towards consistent legal swimming in both strokes.

 

Practice: We offer Novice Blue practice 5 nights a week @ 1 hour in duration, with Novices allowed to attend 3 nights a week of your choice.

 

Basic Group Philosophy:

  • Positive low-pressure first experience in competitive swimming
  • Education for both swimmer and parent
  • Participation in multiple sports encouraged

 

Entry Requirements: Must be able to complete a 25 of basic freestyle and backstroke, ages 5-10.

 

Basic Curriculum:

  • Free Technique - head in line, bilateral breath, rotation
  • Breast Technique - turn feet out, glide phase, hands in front of shoulders on arm pull
  • Back Technique - head is still, shoulder rotation, feet break surface on kick
  • Fly Technique - 2 kicks per cycle, hips visible at surface every stroke
  • All basic turns - can flip turn in FR/BA, has 2 hand touch in Fly/BR
  • Backstroke flag count
  • Basic start off blocks - enter hands first, keep chin down/no flop
  • Streamline - every day/every time
  • Underwater dolphin kick - feet together and no flutter kick

 

Cognitive Goals:

  • Understand pool safety rules
  • Understands basic lane etiquette
  • Understand length of pool and can determine the number of lengths in a 25/50/75/100
  • Understand distance to backstroke flags
  • Know the names of the strokes (IM and M.R)
  • Understands the purpose of training and practice
  • Has basic understanding of the pace clock and can manage intervals of :60/:30
  • Has basic understanding of racing rules (starting whistles/commands/legal starts/turns/finishes)

 

Character Goals:

  • Respect (coach/teammates/parents/officials/pool staff)
  • Sportsmanship
  • Honesty
  • Discipline
  • Positive attitude
  • Leadership
  • Independence
  • Tolerance
  • Problem solving
  • Commitment
  • Excellence

 

Performance Goals:

  • Entering first meet
  • Establish a time in freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke

 

Equipment:

  • Kick board
  • Fins

 

 

Novice Gold

Summary: Building upon our novice blue group, swimmers in novice gold should have further understanding of swim meets and should be able to marshall themselves to events at swim meets. Freestyle and backstroke technique should be strong. Breaststroke and butterfly strokes should both be legal.

 

Practice: We offer Novice Gold practice 5 nights a week @ 1 hour in duration, with Novices allowed to attend 3 nights a week of your choice.

 

Basic Group Philosophy:

  • Positive low-pressure first experience in competitive swimming
  • Education for both swimmer and parent
  • Participation in multiple sports encouraged

 

Entry Requirements: Must be able to complete a 50 yard swim with basic freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke, ages 8-12.

 

Basic Curriculum:

  • Free Technique - head in line, bilateral breath, rotation
  • Breast Technique - turn feet out, glide phase, hands in front of shoulders on arm pull
  • Back Technique - head is still, shoulder rotation, feet break surface on kick
  • Fly Technique - 2 kicks per cycle, hips visible at surface every stroke
  • All basic turns - can flip turn in FR/BA, has 2 hand touch in Fly/BR
  • Backstroke flag count
  • Basic start off blocks - enter hands first, keep chin down/no flop
  • Streamline - every day/every time
  • Underwater dolphin kick - feet together and no flutter kick

 

Cognitive Goals:

  • Understand pool safety rules
  • Understands basic lane etiquette
  • Understand length of pool and can determine the number of lengths in a 25/50/75/100
  • Understand distance to backstroke flags
  • Know the names of the strokes (IM and M.R)
  • Understands the purpose of training and practice
  • Has basic understanding of the pace clock and can manage intervals of :60/:30
  • Has basic understanding of racing rules (starting whistles/commands/legal starts/turns/finishes)

 

Character Goals:

  • Respect (coach/teammates/parents/pool staff)
  • Sportsmanship
  • Honesty
  • Discipline
  • Positive Attitude
  • Leadership
  • Independence
  • Tolerance
  • Problem Solving
  • Commitment
  • Excellence

 

Performance Goals:

  • Entering first meet
  • Establish a time in freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly

 

Equipment:

  • Kick board
  • Fins
  • Snorkel

 

 

Intermediate

Summary: Swimmers show the ability to exceed past the fundamental stage of competitive swimming. The Intermediate swimmer must have the ability to perform all competitive strokes according the USA Swimming Standards. This group continues to work on improving skills and movements and different types of competitive training are introduced and enhanced.

 

Practice: We offer Intermediate practice 5 nights a week @ 1.5 hours in duration, with Intermediates allowed to attend 4 nights a week of your choice.

 

Basic Group Philosophy:

  • Swimmers are being introduced to the concept of year-round swimming and bigger commitments
  • This is the stage of development where swimmers get the best feel for what USA Swimming offers and where hopefully a love for the sport is developed
  • This level is about increasing the challenge and developing motivation within each swimmer to excel
  • Swimmers may still wish to participate in multiple sports

 

Entry Requirements:

  • Must have competed in at least one USA Swim meet
  • Ages 8-12 (some exceptions)
  • 6 x 50's kick on 1:25
  • 10 x 50's swim @ 1:15
  • No attendance policy; but 3 times a week is a recommended minimum
  • Coaches can waive exceptions for swimmers they feel display above average commitment or work ethic

 

Basic Curriculum:

  • Improve stroke length in all strokes
  • Basic Butterfly technique
  • Establish legal Breaststroke
  • Speed kicking
  • Master basic starts, turns, finishes in all strokes
  • Improved endurance and capacity to perform training sets

 

Cognitive Goals:

  • Introduce the concept of efficiency and stroke length as a priority in fast swimming
  • Introduce the concept of work ethic and excellence in preparation

 

Character Goals:

  • Respect (coach/teammates/parents/officials/pool staff)
  • Sportsmanship
  • Honesty
  • Discipline
  • Positive Attitude
  • Leadership
  • Independence
  • Tolerance
  • Problem Solving
  • Commitment
  • Excellence

 

Performance Goals:

  • Swim in meets on regular basis
  • Establish times in freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, fly and IM

 

Equipment:

  • Kick board
  • Fins
  • Snorkel
  • Pull-buoy

 

 

Junior

Summary: Swimmers have shown continuous physical and mental development as a competitive swimmer. The Junior swimmer has the willingness to train at a progressive level based on their own ability, in addition to the ability to swim all four strokes legally. Junior practice is offered 5 nights a week.

 

Practice: We offer Junior practice 5 nights a week @ 2 hours in duration. Juniors are encouraged to keep an 85% practice attendance.

 

Basic Group Philosophy:

  • Swimmers have shown commitment to the sport of swimming and are focused on competing at a high level
  • Swimmers will show an interest in seeking their personal potential in the sport
  • Swimmers are learning how to compete and deal with "pressure" (how to keep swimming fun!)
  • Swimming begins to become the primary sport with minimal interruption

 

Entry Requirements:

  • Must have competed in at least three USA Swim meets
  • Ages 10-13 (some exceptions)
  • 8 x 50's kick on 1:20
  • 10 x 50's swim @ 1:00
  • While there is no attendance policy, swimmers should make a minimum of 4 workouts/week
  • Coaches can waive exceptions for swimmers they feel display above average commitment or work ethic

 

Basic Curriculum:

  • Advanced technique in all strokes. 
  • Intro to stroke structure: Line, balance, core, anchor, timing.
  • Drill mastery in all strokes.
  • Under water dolphin kick as a racing technique
  • Progressive training sets/test sets/charting
  • Advanced dryland
  • Advanced starting/turn techniques

 

Cognitive Goals:

  • Racing tactics and strategies
  • Goal setting
  • Understanding of USA Swimming ladder of achievement (time standards/levels)
  • Intro to training data/tracking: Can verbalize various data points in training sets (# of dolphin kicks, stroke counts, times, set rounds, etc.)
  • Concept of pride, personal development, personal potential, seeking and testing physical and mental limits, and honesty introduced (as related to training)
  • Swimmers will memorize best times in various practice sets and time trials

 

Character Goals:

  • Respect (coach/teammates/parents/officials/pool staff)
  • Sportsmanship
  • Honesty
  • Discipline
  • Positive Attitude
  • Leadership
  • Independence
  • Tolerance
  • Problem Solving
  • Commitment
  • Excellence

 

Performance Goals:

  • Swim in meets on regular basis
  • Establish times in ALL races

 

Equipment:

  • Kickboard
  • Fins
  • Snorkel
  • Pull-buoy
  • Paddles

 

 

Senior

Summary: The highest level of competitive and training swimming for DRD, swimmers are able to compete, train and comprehend competitive swimming at an advanced level. The Senior swimmer must have the willingness to train on land with stretches and exercises as well as in the pool to take swimming to the highest level.

 

Practice: We offer Senior practice 5 nights a week @ 2.5 hours in duration. Senior swimmers are expected to attend as close to 100% practice attendance as possible.

 

Basic Group Philosophy:

The Senior Group is both a permanent destination and transitional group (depending on your level and/or personal goals)

  • Transitional swimmers: Swimmers advancing up through the ranks will continue to develop their skills at this level through high-school, striving for championship level cuts (States, Sectionals, Nationals).
  • Destination swimmers:  Not everyone will achieve championship times and thus this group is where anyone age 14 and over can work to better themselves as a competitive swimmer (for as long as they continue to enjoy the sport)

The overall atmosphere of the group is excellence driven. The Coach will work with each swimmer individually according to their written goals and personal commitment level.

 

 

Entry Requirements:

  • Must have competed in at least 3 swim meets (can be HS meets and/or USA meets)
  • Must be at least 14 years old
  • 10 x 50's kick on 1:10
  • 10 x 100's swim @ 1:45
  • There is no attendance policy, but swimmers should be honest relating their expectations and goals to their actual commitment
  • Swimmers looking to eventually advance to an elite-level should attend as close to 100% practice attendance

 

Basic Curriculum:

  • Intro to cyclic training and taper meets
  • Advanced dryland training
  • Advanced concepts in all strokes

 

Cognitive Goals:

  • Racing tactics and strategies
  • Goal setting
  • Personal philosophy
  • Historical understanding of the sport
  • Understanding of USA Swimming ladder of achievement (time standards/levels)
  • Basic understanding of training cycles and season planning
  • Intro to self-sufficiency and personal responsibility
  • Pace clock mastery
  • Can manage and recite training data
  • Can verbalize basic technical goals for each stroke

 

Character Goals:

  • Respect (coach/teammates/parents/officials/pool staff)
  • Sportsmanship
  • Honesty
  • Discipline
  • Positive Attitude
  • Leadership
  • Independence
  • Tolerance
  • Problem Solving
  • Commitment
  • Excellence

 

Performance Goals:

  • Swim in meets on regular basis
  • Establish times in 6 races (or more)
  • Improve personal best times in all races
  • Work to establish championship times

 

Equipment:

  • Kickboard
  • Fins
  • Snorkel
  • Pull-buoy
  • Paddles

 

 
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