AGE GROUP PROGRAM: AGES 9 - 12
The main focus of our Age Group program is to develop efficiency within all four strokes – butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and, with proper technique and distance per stroke. We aim to teach our athletes the importance of learning how to train and compete within a healthy, fun and competitive environment.
We have 4 levels within the Age Group portion of the club - Prep, Age Group Bronze, Age Group Silver and Age Group Gold. Practices are designed to daily improve skill and technique, develop concentration and learn to swim fast while having fun with friends. Each group is progressively more challenging with our highest Age Group category being Age Group Gold. This group prepares swimmers to compete regionally and be ready for the Senior program on Edina Swim Club.
This is our introduction to competitive swimming for our newer, older swimmers. Swimmers develop all 4 strokes as well as dives, flip turns, and competitive basics. In order to be placed in Prep, a swimmer should be able to:
- swim 50 yards of freestyle with rhythmic breathing
- swim 50 yards of backstroke non-stop
This group is offered 3 practices a week and the coaches would like to see them at least two times a week. A Prep swimmer may want to participate in the novice meets that are offered.
AGE GROUP BRONZE
This group focuses on technique but add elements of training, intervals, and race readiness. In order to be placed in Age Group Bronze, a swimmer must be able to:
- complete legal 50 fly and 50 breast
- complete legal 100 IM
- 6 x 100 free @ 2:30
- 12 x 50 flutter kick @ 1:30
This group is offered practice 4 practices a week and coaches would like to see swimmers 2 – 3 times per week. Swimmers are encouraged to compete in 1 meet per month and finals meets.
AGE GROUP SILVER
Swimmers in this group are highly competitive and ready to be challenged. Skill is still the top priority, with more advanced techniques combined with training sets. In order to be placed in this group, a swimmer must be able to:
- Established times in all 9-10 events
- 4 – B times for 9-10
- 6 x 100 free @ 1:50
- 12 x 50 flutter kick @ 1:15
Age Group Silver has 7 practices offered a week and the coaches would like to see swimmers at least 4 times a week. Swimmers are expected to compete in 1 -2 meets per month and finals meets.
AGE GROUP GOLD
This is our most competitive group for 12 and unders. They have mastered the Age Group Silver curriculum and are dedicated to swimming. This group contains a mix of skill technique and training with an emphasis on preparing for the senior program. Underwater work is a strong component and swimmers are expected to be reaching for State, Zones, & National level times. In order to be placed in Age Group Gold, swimmers must:
- Have established times in all IMX or IMX events
- 12 x 100 free @ 1:30
- 12 x 50 free flutter kick @ 1:00
- Minimum of 4 BB times, 4 – 10 and under champ times or 2 zone times.
There are 8 practices offer a week and Age Group Gold swimmers are expected to attend at least 4, more preferred. Swimmers are expected to compete in 1-2 meets per month and finals meets.