TEAM PRACTICE GROUPS
This group is typically for young/beginner swimmers. Typically swimmers entering into this group should be able to swim 25 yards without stopping in 2 different strokes. They work mainly on swimming technique and learning to do all four strokes legally. The main goal for Red Group is to encourage the swimmers to love the sport while improving on skills
This group works with younger swimmers who can do the basics, but still need stroke development. Swimmers entering White group shoul be able to swim 50 yards of freestyle and 50 yards of backstroke without stopping. We also like them to swim 25 yards of butterfly and/or 25 yards of breaststroke legally. While in the group we work on technique for all four strokes and build a little endurance. Our main goals are to get swimmers legal in all four strokes and gain endurance to build confidence for the longer races.
Consisting of advanced swimmers, the Blue group takes the skills and endurance learned in the prior two groups and expands it to build a more well-rounded and competitive swimmer. Swimmers entering Blue should be able to easily complete 50 yards of all four strokes (legally), and complete the 100 IM without stopping. Since this group is for more intermediate level swimmers, entrants to Blue group must be able to keep up with the increased pace of practices. Technique work is still part of this training, and we introduce higher forms of endurance and aerobic training as the season progresses.
In past years we have "lumped" all ages of our Gold group together, but had the "younger" gold group swimmers swim separate and do separate workouts from the "older" gold group swimmers. This year we formally seperating the groups, but the Gold and Silver groups will mostly train at the same times.
Silver group will still have a focus on the technical aspects of competitive swimming, but will begin to push the endurance training aspects of the sport. Those entering Silver must be able to swim 100 yards of all four strokes (legally), plus swim a 200 IM without stopping and with reasonable form. Since this is a high level group, swimmers must be able to keep up with the high level of training. We expect Silver swimmers to be focused and mature enough to listen to coaches, comprehend advice and apply it with good effort.
This is our highest level group, and it encompasses all the technical and endurance training aspects designed to allow a swimmer the best chance at a competitive performance. Those entering Gold must be able to swim 200 yards of all four strokes (legally), plus swim a 400 IM without stopping and with reasonable form. While we do not have specific time standards to enter this group, Gold swimmers should be at or near AA level times for multiple events. Swimmers must be able to keep up with the high level of training. Gold swimmers need to have good self-focus and mature enough to listen to coaches, comprehend advice and apply it with good effort. While we still incorporate technique training in Gold, a major part of this group is higher levels of aerobic and anaerobic training designed to build endurance and raise a swimmer's competitive ability.
GROUP PLACEMENT AND ADVANCEMENT
Swimmers new to the team must attend a New Swimmer Evaluation at the beginning of the season to be placed into a practice group. Both new and returning swimmers may need to be moved around to different practice groups as the season progresses to better suit his/her individual needs. While we encourage parents to stay informed and ask questions about group placement, please know that the coaches hae the final say to which group a swimmer is placed. We do not want to hold any swimmers back if they are ready to move to a higher level, and we likewise do not want to advance a swimmer if he/she is not ready for a higher level of training. Sometimes a swimmer is ready "physically" for the next level, but may not be mentally (mature) ready. Conversely, they may be mature enough to handle a higher levl, but physically are not strong enough to move up.
While we do not have minimum practice requirements, swimmers who attend practice regularly see the biggest improvements throughout the season. Below are suggestions on attendance for the groups for best advancement. Coaches encourage swimmers to attend every possible practice!
- Red/White group- 85% attendance gives swimmers the best opportunity to drop time and qualify for AA Champs
- Blue group- 85 to 95% attendance in regular season practices provides the best chance to drop time and qualify for AA and Zone Champs
- Silver/Gold group- 90 to 95% attendance in regular season helps to build the endurance necessary to drop time and qualify for AA's, Zones and Nationals
SPECIAL NOTES ON ATTENDANCE
- High school aged swimmers who wish to be on the AMFY team and compete for their high school teams should plan to attend a minimum of one AMFY practice per week
- All swimmers competing at A Champs, AA Champs and Zone Champs must attend a minimum of 50% of practices during the week before the meet. 100% attendance is strongly encouraged.
- Swimmers competing at YMCA Nationals must attend 100% of National team practices in the weeks leading up to the meet. Anyone with conflicts must speak with Coach Matt BEFORE missing any practices.