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Micros

This is the entry-level group for the Mariners. It is primarily designed for athletes aged 9 and under who have limited or no experience in the sport but have already mastered at least two strokes. The focus of this group is to learn the competitive swimming skills necessary to have a solid foundation in the sport or improve upon the skills already obtained. We encourage the athletes in this group to attend at least two but not more than three practices a week, and strongly encourage spring participation. Summer participation is optional, but talk to your coaches in the spring to determine a plan for continuity. Appropriate competitions are strongly recommended for this group.

 

Minis

This group is primarily designed for athletes aged 9 and under with some 10 year olds who have limited experience in the sport but have already mastered between two and three strokes. The focus of this group is to learn the competitive swimming skills necessary to have a solid foundation in the sport or improve upon the skills already obtained. Additionally the athletes in this group will begin to explore some conditioning elements of the sport. We encourage the athletes in this group to attend at least two but not more than three practices a week, and strongly encourage spring participation. Summer participation is optional, but talk to your coaches in the spring to determine a plan for continuity. These swimmers will be expected to participate in specific local meets, with others optional.

 

Novice

This group is primarily designed for athletes aged 9 through 12 who have a solid competitive swimming foundation and background. The focus of this group will be refining competitive swimming skills and developing a strong aerobic base along with developing race technique.  We encourage the athletes in this group to attend between three and four practices a week and expect spring and summer participation. These swimmers will be expected to participate in specific local meets with others optional.

 

White

This group is primarily designed for middle school athletes who have a strong competitive swimming foundation and the desire to participate in a competitive group. The focus of this group will not only be able to master competitive swimming skills that will prepare them for the future, but to teach athletes the importance of being committed to the sport in order to help achieve their goals. For this group we suggest a year round commitment of four to five practices a week in the Winter season and three to four in the Spring and Summer.

 

Red

These groups are primarily designed for middle school athletes who have a very strong competitive swimming foundation and the desire to participate in a highly competitive group. The focus of this group will not only be able to master competitive swimming skills that will prepare them for national-level swimming, but to teach athletes the importance of being committed to the sport in order to help achieve their goals. In this group, athletes are required to attend between four to five practices a week through the spring and summer season.  This group will have required meets, some of which will involve travel.

 

Platinum

This group is designed for high school athletes who have a competitive swimming foundation and a commitment to the sport. The focus of this group will be training at a level where swimming at regional competitions is expected. The expectation of the athletes in this group is to attend 70% of all practices year-round. This group will have required meets, some of which may involve travel.

 

Gold

This group is designed to prepare swimmers for the national level. In order to participate with Gold you must be twelve years or older, must have achieved a minimum of NJS Silver times and have already demonstrated a strong commitment to the sport. Gold athletes will swim year-round with the Mariners and will attend a minimum of 80% of practices. Athletes in this group will be expected to be 100% accountable to the group’s requirements—which will be judged by commitment, attendance, attitude, sportsmanship and maturity.