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Program Descriptions

SWIM SEASON is SEPTEMBER - JUNE.  Summer Program is available with our upper levels.

White Team:

The swimmer must be 6 years old and able to swim one lap of freestyle and one lap of backstroke without stopping.  This group will learn various swimming drills for all four competitive strokes that will be used throughout the competitive program. A major emphasis on stroke technique is maintained around 95% so the young swimmer develops proper stroke mechanics and proper starts and turns for all four strokes.  Competition is not mandatory, but recommended at this level. Three, 1-hour practices are offered weekly from September through June.  

Blue Team:

The focus of this group remains primarily at the technical aspect of swimming, but with an increase in part/whole swimming drills and whole stroke swimming sets. Intermediate-advanced swimming drills will be introduced in all four strokes and racing starts and turns are enforced.  Competition is encouraged, and strongly recommended at this level.  Coaches are expecting 50% minimum attendance for this level.  Four, 1-hour practices are offered weekly from September through June.  

Silver Team:

Technical training remains at the forefront with this level while interval training is designed for swimmers to develop their endurance training. Advanced swimming drills in all four strokes will be taught as well as an increase in kicking and dryland offered three days a week for 20 minutes. Swimmers will compete at several meets throughout short course and long course seasons. Athletes at this level are expected to complete their IMX in their age group and maintain a 60% attendance minimum.  Four, 1.50 hour practices are offered weekly from September through June.  Swimmers are encouraged to swim in the Summer Swim Program.

Junior Team:

Technical training is maintained throughout this level in conjunction with interval training; developing pace strategies in practice will encourage the swimmer through more difficult swim sets, as well as prepare for races during swim meets. A dryland program is offered three days a week.   Athletes at this level are expected to complete their IMX in their age group. A minimum of three practices per week is required.  Five, 1.75 to 2.25 hour practices are offered weekly September through June. Swimmers at this level are encouraged to participate in the Summer Swim Program.  Swimmers are required to compete at a minimum of 4 meets throughout the SC season including Championships in Fredonia, LSC, Sectionals or Nationals.

Senior Team:

This level is designed to prepare swimmers to compete at the highest level of USA Swimming. Training is planned to accommodate individual goals and includes a dryland training program. The swimmer is expected to be fully committed; a minimum of four practices per week is required.  Athletes at this level are expected to complete their IMX in their age group.  Six, 1.75 to 2.5 hour practices are held weekly September through June.  Swimmers at this level are highly encouraged to participate in the Summer Swim Program.  Swimmers are required to compete at a minimum of 4 meets throughout the Short Course season including Championships in Fredonia, LSC, Sectionals or Nationals.

Varsity Rate of is offered to those swimmers who also participate on their High School Varsity Swim Team, and are meeting program requirements of the Junior / Senior Team.  Swimmers may participate in Dryland during their varsity season. This rate does not apply to any other sport except High School swimming. 

Note: Our levels are based on skill set of our competitive swim program, and do not match up with community education or other swim programs that may be offered in an area.  Swimmers will be assigned to a swim group based on coaches evaluation of their swim stroke and technique abilities, not age.

Many children enjoy swimming, but not every child is ready or has the confidence or skills to join a competitive swim team.  Local learn to swim recreational programs are ideal for children who may not meet the requirements of our White Team description.  Many of our swimmers have had much success in building up their confidence through these programs.  

If you live in Orchard Park, Orchard Park Recreation has a very well run program.  Please feel free to call 662-6450 to talk to Aquatics director about placing swimmer in appropriate levels.  oprec@orchardparkny.org or visit their website http://www.oprec.org/AQUATICS

West Seneca Town has a great learn to swim program that is also great for youth.  Click on the below link to see their current offerings.   http://www.westseneca.net/index.php?q=swimming