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Group Descriptions

WRIGHT COUNTY WAVE TRAINING GROUPS

It is the goal of the Wright County Wave to offer age-specific training for all of our athletes geared toward challenging each individual and developing each swimmer to the best of their abilities.  Currently the Wright County Wave Swim Club has seven training groups Minnows, Sharks, Competitors, Junior Competitors, Advanced Competitors, Senior Competitors and Masters. Wright County Wave swim coaches will place swimmers into a training group based on their age and their competitive swimming skill development.   

Each training group will have a designated practice time.  Click the  TRAINING SCHEDULE BUTTON  on the website home to view exact practice times and upcoming meets for the season.   

Coaches will determine when a swimmer is ready to advance to the next level.  A swimmer may advance within the coarse of a season.

Wave swimmers in all training groups will be encouraged to participate in swim meets.  Wave home meets are mandatory and short races are available for smaller new swimmers. The purchase of a Wave team swim suit and swim cap is highly recommended.  Suits should be ordered at the beginning of the season.  Visit the Wave Suits & Caps link on the website to order suits.  Caps may be purchased at practice. 

 MINNOW  (Ages 6-8 years)

Minnows are young beginning swimmers. Minnows will begin their season swimming in the shallow end of the pool until their coach deems they have developed enough ability to swim in the deeper end of the pool. Practices will focus on building the skills needed to learn the four competitive swimming strokes (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle). Short events designed for Minnow swimmers will be available at all Wave home swim meets. Minnows are encouraged to participate in all Wave home swim meets.

Minnows will practice one day a week for 30 to 45 minutes.  

 SHARK  (Ages 7-9 years) 

Sharks are young beginning competitors. They may have developed some swimming skills but they are still learning to swim all four strokes. Shark practice will focus on developing all four swimming strokes.  Sharks will have the opportunity to attend meets, swim events and establish times. Short events designed for Shark swimmers will be available at all Wave home meets; Sharks should plan on attending.

Sharks will practice one to two times per week for 30 - 45 minutes. 

 COMPETITOR   (Ages 10-12 years) 

Competitors are beginning competitors. They may have developed some swimming skills but they are still focusing on learning the four strokes with legal starts and turns. All Practices will focus on developing the four swimming strokes with legal starts and turns.  Competitors will have the opportunity to attend meets, swim events and establish times. Meet participation is highly encouraged. Competitors will participate in all Wave home swim meets.  

Competitor Practice will be held one to three times per week for 45 - 60 minutes. 

 JUNIOR COMPETITOR  (Ages 7-10 years) 

Junior Competitors have basic knowledge of all four of the competitive swim strokes. Training will focus on building swim endurance, advanced stroke development and goal setting. Swimmers are required to attend a minimum of two swim meets each season and participation at the Minnesota Swimming Championship Meets is highly encouraged.  Plan on attending all Wave home meets and the Minnesota State Swimming Championship Meets in advance; dates are listed on the meet schedule.  

Junior Competitor Practice will be held three - four times per week for 1 hour. Practice will average 2000 - 2500 yards a practice.

 ADVANCED COMPETITOR   (Ages 11-14 years) 

Advanced Competitors have basic knowledge of the four competitive strokes. Practices will focus on building endurance, stroke refinement and setting swim specific goals for the season. Swimmers are required to attend a minimum of three swim meets each season and participation at the Minnesota Swimming Championship Meets is highly encouraged. Plan on attending all Wave home meets and the championship meets in advance; dates are listed on the meet schedule.

Advanced Competitor Practice will be held 3-4 times per week for 1-1.5 hours. Swimmers will average 3000 to 3500 yards a practice.

 SENIOR COMPETITOR   (Ages 12 to 18 years, Middle-High School Swimmers)

Senior Competitors are proficient swimmers in all four strokes (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle). They can perform the legal starts and turns needed to swim all four strokes and the individual medley.  Practice will focus on building the speed, pace and endurance needed in order to achieve swim specific goals.  Senior Competitors must compete in a minimum of four swim meets each season including all Wave home meets.   Participation at the Minnesota Regional Championship Meet & the State Championship Meet is highly encouraged.  Dates for the Championship Meets are indicated on the Meet Schedule; plan on attending in advance.

Senior Competitor Practice will be held three to five times per week. Practice duration is one - two hours.  Swimmers will average 4000 to 4500 yards a practice.  Swimmers need to maintain a higher level of physical fitness due to the physical demands of this practice group in order to avoid injury.  

 MASTER   (Ages 19 +)
 
It's never too late to start competitive swimming.  Swimming is a lifelong sport that can be enjoyed at any age.  In no other sport do you see athletes aged 100 or older still competing.  Wave Masters practices will focus on fitness and stroke development. Basic swimming knowledge is required.  Masters will have the opportunity to swim in meets.  Minnesota Masters Swim Meet Information can be found on their website: minnesotamasters.com 
 
Masters Practice duration is one - two hours.  Practice will be held 3-5 times per week.
 
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