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Practice Levels

Red Bank Y Swim Team – Practice Levels (Updated June 25, 2015)

The placement of each individual swimmer is made by the entire coaching staff and is in the best interest of the swimmer and their long term development. Much time and effort is spent ensuring each athlete is in the training level most beneficial to their success as a person and an athlete. The following criteria are used to consider placement:

  • Consistently makes choices that demonstrate a willingness to make the commitment expected of the swimmers at that training level
  • Meets attendance expectations
  • Maintains a strong work ethic and consistently trains at the standard expected of swimmers at that level
  • Has mastered stroke, training intervals, and skills expected of the level and maintains the right attitude and approach to the sport
  • Exhibits maturity and responsibility typical of swimmers in that level
  • Fits the age and skill parameters for that level

Remember that all practice level assignments will remain in place for the first six weeks of the season, and only at that time will we discuss any possible schedule changes for your swimmers.

Please note that the head coach must approve all changes in practice level assignments.  This would be based upon careful consideration and recommendation from the coaching staff.

In addition, swimming swimmers will only be allowed to swim at practices they are assigned unless it is approved by both the lead of the practice level and the head coach. No exceptions. 

Age Group Program
Emphasis on Stroke Technique and Skill Acquisition
4 levels are offered in this program
The goal is simple - Matching the Swimmer’s Desire & Commitment with Coaching Excellence to Achieve Results

Green Level - Ages 8 and under - This level is designed to allow swimmers to continue the teaching process for all 4 competitive strokes. The criterion for entry is the ability to swim 25 yards of freestyle and backstroke legally. Swimmers must listen and try to complete the tasks the coaches give them. Green Level swimmers will swim in invitational meets such as mini meets; however they will not participate in Dual Meets. The Green Level practices 3 times per week.

Blue Level - Ages 8 and under - This level focuses on developing the correct strokes and skills that will allow the swimmer to move toward their competitive goals. Swimmers should be able to swim 50 yards of freestyle and 25 yards of breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly. They will learn flip turns, race open turns, and race starts. They must listen and complete the tasks set forth by the coaches. Blue Level practices 3-4 times per week.

White Level - Ages 9-11 - This level continues to teach the swimmers training disciplines. The focus is on continuing to develop the correct strokes and begin some form of aerobic and race strategy training that will allow the swimmers to move on to their competitive swimming goals. They should be able to swim all 4 strokes legally with good form and execute flip turns, starts, and streamlines effectively. Swimmers will continue to develop their race starts and turns. The White Level will practice 4-5 times per week.

Red Level - Ages 9-13 - This level is focused on developing the correct stroke skills and race   strategies that will allow swimmers to move ahead with their competitive goals. The Red Level is inclusive of different skill levels and ages. Swimmers will continue to develop all 4 strokes, starts, and turns, as well as participate in races of varying distances. The Red Level practices 4-5 times per week.

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Junior Program
Emphasis on Stroke Technique Improvement & Physical Conditioning
3 different levels are offered in this program
The goal is simple - Matching the Swimmer’s Desire & Commitment with Coaching Excellence to Achieve Results

Junior 2 - Ages 11-13 - This level has significant focus on the ability of the swimmer to train and workout performance.  In addition, Junior 2 is focused on the continued development of correct strokes, skills and race strategies.  The Junior 2 Group will practice 5-6 times per week.  As a general statement swimmers must be able to train at a pace of 1:25 to 1:35 per hundred for the workout.

Junior 1 - Ages 11-14 - This level focuses the development of correct strokes, skills and race strategies that will ready the swimmer for the next level of training.  Swimmers at this level are expected but not required to commit to a year round training regimen.  The Junior 1 Group will practice 5-6 times per week.  As a general statement swimmers must be able to train at a pace of 1:20 to 1:30 per hundred for the workout.

Black Level – Ages 11-18 – This level supplements all the levels offered by the YMCA competitive swim team.  It is designed for inexperienced swimmers at an older age or experienced swimmers who want stay with swimming, however it clearly is not a priority sport at this time.  The focus is on continuing to develop the correct strokes and have a sufficient level of aerobic and race strategy training.  They should be able to swim all 4 strokes legally with good form and execute flip turns, starts and streamlines effectively.  The Black level will participate in Home and Local Invitational Swim Meets (at RBY, OCY and FOBY) and attend the appropriate championship meets.  This level will not participate in dual meets.  The Black Level practices 2-3 times per week.

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Senior Program
Emphasis on Stroke Technique Mastery, Competition Performance, & Physical Conditioning
4 different levels are offered in this program:   
The goal is simple - Matching the Swimmer’s Desire & Commitment with Coaching Excellence to Achieve Results

 

Senior 2B - Ages 13-14—This level focuses the development of correct strokes, skills and race strategies that will ready the swimmer for the next level of training. Swimmers in Senior 2b are expected but not required to commit to a year round training regimen. The Senior 2b Group will practice 5-6 times per week. As a general statement swimmers must be able to train at a pace of 1:20 to 1:25 per hundred for the workout.

Senior 2 - Ages 13-14 —This level focuses the development of correct strokes, skills and race strategies that will ready the swimmer for the next level of training. Swimmers in Senior 2 are expected but not required to commit to a year round training regimen. The Senior 2 Group will practice 5-6 times per week. As a general statement swimmers must be able to train at a pace of 1:15 to 1:25 per hundred for the workout.

Senior 2 Wall - Ages 13-18 — This level focuses the development of correct strokes, skills and race strategies that will ready the swimmer for the next level of training. Swimmers in Senior 2 Wall are expected but not required to commit to a year round training regimen. The Senior 2 Group will practice 5-6 times per week.  As a general statement swimmers must be able to train at a pace of 1:15 to 1:25 per hundred for the workout.  Swimmers in this practice level will swim out of Camp Zender only and will have a practice specific to this location.  *This is the only Senior level that does not travel.   

Senior 1B Ages 15-18 – The Senior 1B level is designed for the High School aged swimmers swimmer who has not yet attained multiple 15-18 YMCA State Championship qualifying times.  These swimmers must be able to swim at the pace designated for this level. The level is designed for athletes whose goal is to attain several 15-18 a NJ YMCA State Championship qualifying times. The swimmers in this group are encouraged to commit to swimming on a year-round basis, but it is not required. Dry-land training, core strength programs and weight training are a requirement for all swimmers in this level. Senior 1B swimmers will participate in YMCA sanctioned events as their primary activity with non-sanctioned YMCA championship events and meets second. Swimmers must exemplify high standards and be representative of the YMCA and the team philosophy. The Senior 1B Level will practice 5-7 times per week. As a general guideline, swimmers must be able to train at a pace of 1:15 to 1:25 per hundred for the workout and attend 85% of the practices

Senior 1—Ages 13-18 - Swimmers must have YMCA State Championship qualifying times at the 15-18 age group level or be invited by the coaching staff and be able to train at the pace designated for this level.  Swimmers must demonstrate the skills required at this level. The primary goal for this group is to work towards and attain a YMCA National Short Course or Long Course time standard and score at YMCA NJ State Championships. Most swimmers at this level will have one or two YMCA National times. Swimmers in this group must commit to swimming on a year-round basis. Twice a day practice and dry-land trainings are also a requirement for this group. Qualifying swimmers must exemplify high standards and be representatives of the YMCA values and believe in a support the team philosophy. The Senior 1 Level will practice 5-7 times per week. As a general guideline, swimmers must be able to train at a pace of 1:10 to 1:20 per hundred for the workout and attend 90% of the practices. 

Senior —Ages 13-18- This level is the most competitive and demanding level of The Community YMCA Swim Team programs. Swimmers must have YMCA National Short Course or Long Course time standard or be invited by the coaching staff.  Swimmers must have the ability and skill set needed to train at this level.  The primary goal is to excel and score at YMCA Nationals (Short Course & Long Course). Swimmers must commit to swimming on a year-round basis. Twice daily practices and dry-land are requirement for this group. Core strength programs, spinning, and weight training are also required. Senior swimmers will participate in YMCA sanctioned events as their primary activity with non-sanctioned YMCA championship events and meets second. They must exemplify high standards and be representative of the YMCA values and believe in and support the team philosophy. The Senior Level will practice 6-9 times per week. As a general guideline, swimmers must be able to train at a pace of 1:05 to 1:10 per hundred for the workout.

Senior 1B WALL – 13-18 is the same as Senior1/1B but trains exclusively out of the Wall location