The Mississippi Makos Swim Team offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels, concentrating on level specific training for all of our athletes that is geared towards challenging each individual and developing the best of THEIR abilities.
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Makos uses a “progressive” age group program designed to develop the child physically, mentally and emotionally in a systematic fashion. A well-defined, long-term approach of gradually increasing degrees of commitment is essential to reach peak performance levels during a swimmer’s physiological prime. The emphasis in the early stages of participation must be placed on developing technical skills and a love for the sport. In the later years, a more demanding physical and psychological challenge must be introduced to the training program. In this respect, “too much too soon” is more often the cause of failure to achieve maximum potential in senior swimming than in the reverse situation.
In addition to emphasizing long-term rather than short-term results, it is also important that we establish training groups of swimmers who are compatible in respect to abilities, commitment levels and goals. Unfortunately, this is not always the most convenient approach to take, but it is always the most productive.
At each level, the goals and objectives are specific and directed toward meeting the needs of the swimmer. The long-term goal of total excellence is always in mind. As each child is different, he/she will progress at his/her own rate. The coaching staff recognizes this fact by making team assignments based on a swimmer’s physical, mental and emotional level of development.
This is the beginner group. The only requirement is that the swimmer must be able to swim 25 yards unassisted. The emphasis of this group is to develop each swimmer to a point where he/she is able to swim each of the 4 competitive strokes legally. The recommended number of practices for the white group is 1-2 times per week. The White group is on a monthly commitment.
This group is designed for the swimmer who can swim all 4 competitive strokes (3 of the 4 legally). The emphasis of this group is to help refine stroke technique, starts and turns, and introduce the swimmer to the fundamentals of training. The recommended number of practices for the Blue group is 2 to 3 times per week. The Blue group is on a monthly commitment.
This group continues to refine their competitive strokes, starts, and turns. In addition, these swimmers will intensify their training. The recommended number of practices for the Bronze group is 3 to 4 times per week. The Bronze group is on a monthly commitment.
Advanced Age Groups
SILVER and GOLD
Practices intensify at this level with a continued emphasis on the 4 competitive strokes and all other necessary competitive techniques. Swimmers will also be introduced to strength training through the use of body weight exercises. As our more advanced swimmers increase their commitment to swimming, we insist that they maintain good academic standing. The recommended number of practices for the Silver and Gold groups is 4 to 6 times per week. The Silver and Gold groups are required to make a 9-month commitment.
This is the top Makos age group program. The training will emphasize training with attention to the 4 competitive strokes and all necessary competitive techniques. In addition to an intensive water program, swimmers in this group will also engage in strength training, which will be highlighted by body weight exercises. As our more advanced swimmers increase their commitment to swimming, we insist that they maintain good academic standing. The recommended number of practices for the Senior group is 5 to 8 times per week. The Senior group is required to make a 12-month commitment.