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Group Levels

All swimmers are assigned to a group based on their age, ability level and swimming goals.  Each coach will be responsible for helping swimmers improve and reach their swimming goals.  Swimmers progress will be monitored throughout the year and swimmers will advanced to the next group when they are fully prepared.

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Shortfin (8 & Under)

Shortfin is a developmental group focusing on freestyle and backstroke stroke technique, kicking, and basic training etiquette. During the season, swimmers in Shortfin will further develop their freestyle and backstroke technique and will be introduced to butterfly and breaststroke. Required equipment kick board & fins.

Longfin (10 & Under)

Longfin is a developmental group with an emphasis on basic training etiquette, kicking, and the fundamentals of the four competitive strokes. Swimmers in Longfin have a strong understanding of freestyle and backstroke, and can demonstrate either butterfly or breaststroke. During the season, swimmers in Longfin will continue to develop all four competitive strokes, and work on proper starts, turns and finishes. Required equipment kick board & fins.

Bronze (8-10)

Bronze is a developmental group focusing on technique training over yardage, kicking, reading the pace clock, and proper starts, turns and finishes. Swimmers on Bronze have a strong understanding of all four competitive strokes, basic training etiquette and will continue to develop their enthusiasm for swimming. Required equipment kick board & fins.

Silver (9-12)

Swimmers on Silver have a strong understanding of all four competitive strokes with the emphasis on technique
training and will continue to master starts, turns and finishes. Silver will continue to build on the stroke technique
learned in Bronze and will be introduced to interval training, and develop aerobic stamina through endurance
training. During the season, Silver will have a goal of achieving a “B” time standard. Required equipment kick
board, fins & pull buoy.

Gold (11-13)

Gold will help swimmers transition into the competitive levels or Varsity. Gold will focus on technique for all four
competitive strokes through drill training, interval training, and endurance training. Swimmers will also be
educated on meet preparation, discipline and nutrition for training and competition. Gold will have a goal of
reaching a “B” time standard and maintain regular practice attendance. Required equipment kick board, fins, pull
buoy & paddles.

Varsity (13 & Up)

The primary goal in Varsity is to have efficient technique in each competitive stroke, starts, turns and finishes. In
addition, these swimmers will be educated on stroke training and competition and race strategies. Varsity will have a goal of reaching a “B-BB” time standard and maintain regular practice attendance. Required equipment kick board, fins, pull buoy & paddles.

High School Prep (9th-12th Grade)

Swimmers in high school will receive the opportunity to prepare for their upcoming high school swim season.
Swimmers are coached in each of the four competitive strokes, starts, turns, and finishes in a positive atmosphere emphasizing drills and stroke techniques to have a successful high school season. All levels and abilities welcome. Only offered during the months of September and October. Required equipment kick board & fins.

Home School (All Age Groups)

Swimmers on Home School need to at have a basic understanding of Freestyle and Backstroke. Swimmers on
Home School will focus on being able to swim all four competitive strokes, and work on proper starts, turns
and finishes. During the season, technique training is emphasized and interval training, and aerobic
development will be introduced. Required equipment kick board & fins.

Beginner Competitive (8-10)

All 8-10 year olds selected for this group are evaluated and put into the proper program based on the coaches’
decision & evaluation. Beginner Competitive will have a minimum of “B-BB” time standard and have a
commitment to regular practice and meet attendance with the goal to compete at Age Group Champs.
Swimmers will continue to develop stroke technique in all four strokes, and perfect their starts, turns and
finishes. Swimmers will also be introduced to more interval and endurance training, as well as being educated
on meet preparation. Required equipment kick board and fins.

Age Group Challenge (9-12)

All 9-12 year olds selected for this group are evaluated and put into the proper program based on the coaches’
decision & evaluation. Swimmers in Age Group Challenge will have a minimum of “B-BB” time standard and
have consistent practice and meet attendance. While continuing to develop efficient and technically sound
strokes, they will build aerobic stamina through endurance and interval training. These swimmers will be
educated on training and competition nutrition, meet preparation and discipline. Required equipment kick
board, fins, pull buoy, paddles & snorkel.

Age Group Select (9-12)

All 9-12 year olds selected for this group are evaluated and put into the proper program based on the coaches’
decision & evaluation. Swimmers in Age Group Select will have a minimum of “BB” time standard and an Age
Group Champs Cut or Age Group Sectional Cuts, and consistent practice and meet attendance is required.
With a higher focus on endurance and race specific training, swimmers will still develop efficient and
technically sound strokes through focus and purpose driven drills. Swimmers will also be educated on practice
and race strategies, stroke physics, nutrition for training and competition. Required equipment kick board,
fins, pull buoy, paddles, parachute & snorkel.

Junior (11-13)

All 11-13 year olds selected for this group are evaluated and put into the proper program based on the coaches’
decision & evaluation. Swimmers in Junior will have a minimum of “BB” time standard and an Age Group
Champs Cut or Age Group Sectionals Cut. Swimmers will develop technically efficient strokes through focus
and purpose driven drills and maintain consistent practice and meet attendance. Swimmers will also further
their understanding of stroke physics, nutrition for training and competition, race strategies, meet preparation
and discipline. Required equipment kick board, fins, pull buoy, paddles, parachute & snorkel.

Senior (13 & Up)

All 13 & up swimmers selected for this group are evaluated and put into the proper program based on the
coaches’ decision & evaluation. This group is for top level, high school age swimmers where swimming is their
top priority and will have a minimum of “BB” time standard and a Champs Cut or Sectional Cut. The primary
objective at the Senior level is to refine and master efficient technique in all four competitive strokes. In
addition, these swimmers aim to master their understanding of stroke physics, nutrition for training and
competition, exercise physiology and specific race strategies. This group participates in senior level meets with
a competitive goal to swim in higher level National Meets or swim collegiately. Required equipment kick
board, fins, pull buoy, paddles, parachute & snorkel.