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GoldSharks/ GoldJets/ Competitive Prep
Updated spring 2019
 
GOLDSHARKS, GOLDJETS & COMPETITIVE PREP
PRACTICE GROUP CRITERIA
 
 
The GOLDSHARKS and GOLDJETS levels are designed to give 6-to-8-year-old (and some 9-year-old) swimmers a positive and technically sound introduction to a swim team experience. These levels are designed to introduce the enjoyment and basic skills of competitive swimming. The COMPETITIVE PREP level is designed for swimmers 9 and older who are new to competitive swimming and have completed at least an advanced level of swim lessons.

GOLDSHARKS 1 & 2
GOLDSHARKS 1 are new 6-8-year-old (and some 9-year-old) swimmers who will learn the basics of all four competitive strokes. They will also learn the skills necessary to compete in the sport of swimming such as working with teammates, following directions and listening to the coaches. Added bonus: making friends and having fun!
GOLDSHARKS 1 must meet the following criteria:
  • Legally swim and kick 25 yards in two different strokes without any stopping/assistance
  • Comfortable in deep water and in a group setting away from parents and/or caretakers
  • Attend one to three 45-minute practices offered each week

GOLDSHARKS 2 are new and experienced 6-8-year-old (and some 9-year-old) swimmers who will continue to build on the basics of all four competitive strokes. They will continue to grow in stamina and in the skills necessary to compete in the sport of swimming such as working with teammates, following directions and listening to the coaches. Added bonus: making friends and having fun! GOLDSHARKS 2 must meet the following criteria:

  • Legally swim and kick 25 yards in two different strokes without any stopping/assistance
  • Comfortable in deep water and in a group setting away from parents and/or caretakers
  • Awareness of all four strokes and a swim team environment
  • Attend one to three 45-minute practices offered each week
GOLDJETS
GOLDJETS are new and experienced 6-to-8-year-old (and some 9-year-old) swimmers who are already legal in three of the four competitive strokes. They will continue to grow in stamina and in the skills necessary to compete in the sport of swimming such as working with teammates, following directions and listening to the coaches, more advanced drills, following directions and listening to the coaches. Added bonus: making friends and having fun. GOLDJETS must meet the following criteria:
  • Legally swim and kick 25 yards in three different strokes without any stopping/assistance
  • Comfortable in deep water and in a group setting away from parents and/or caretakers
  • MRC times (A/B) in two events
  • Swim 10 x 50 @ 1:10
  • Kick 10 x 25 @ :40
  • Attend two to three 60 minute practices offered each week
COMPETITIVE PREP
COMPETITIVE PREP are swimmers ages 9 and older who will focus on the foundations of competitive swimming. They will learn the detail technique in freestyle and backstroke and the mechanics of breaststroke and butterfly. The swimmers will learn training fundamentals such as swimming as a group, interval training, reading a pace clock and how to properly use swim equipment. They will also learn the skills necessary to compete in the sport of swimming such as working with teammates, following directions and listening to the coaches. COMPETITIVE PREP must meet the following criteria:
  • Legally swim and kick 25 yards in two different strokes without any stopping/assistance
  • Comfortable in deep water and in a group setting away from parents and/or caretakers
  • Attend at least two of the three 45-minute practices or 60-minute practices offered each week