BASH Group Expectations and Descriptions
Practice Group Descriptions
- 6 to 9 year old inexperienced swimmers who can swim freestyle and backstroke.
- Emphasis on teaching the fundamentals, and on learning new strokes and starts.
- Swimmers sign up for 1 or 2 days per week, 10 week program sessions.
- Will have the opportunity to swim in beginner swim meets.
Age Group 4
- 7 to 10 year old swimmers who can swim 3 of the 4 competitive strokes
- Emphasis will be to learn all 4 competitive strokes and turns; improving starts and learning turns will also be incorporated.
- Swimmers are recommended to attend 2 practices per week.
Age Group 3
- 8 to 10 year old swimmers who can swim all 4 competitive strokes and dive from the starting blocks.
- Emphasis will be on improving stroke fundamentals, as well as starts and turns
- Swimmers will be expected to swim a 400 Freestyle and a 200 IM in practice and learn how to read a pace clock.
- Swimmers are expected to swim in YMCA swim meets and they will swim IM events in meets.
- Swimmers are recommended to attend 3 practices per week.
Age Group 2
- 9 to 12 year old swimmers who can swim all 4 strokes
- Swimmers in this group still focus on refinements in stroke mechanics and improve turns and starts
- Swimmers are expected to swim an 800 Free and 200’s in practice.
- Dryland training will be introduced and swimmers will be expected to participate in the “out of the water” training
- Swimmers are expected to swim in YMCA swim meets, and will swim some distance events (200’s & 500’s) in meets
- Training paces per 100 – Free/ 1:45, IM/2:00, Kick/2:00
- Swimmers are recommended to attend 3 to 4 practices per week.
Age Group 1
- 10 to 12 year old swimmers and some YMCA Zone level 9-10 year old swimmers who are ready for a challenging swimming and training experience
- Swimmers are selected by the coaching staff for this group.
- Must swim in YMCA and USA Swimming Meets (90% of those offered), and are expected to swim all their age group’s distance events in meets.
- Winter YMCA AA time standards are required (current or previous winter season)
- Stroke mechanics will be improved and an increase in training will be offered
- Advanced dryland training and conditioning will be incorporated in the practice sessions.
- Training paces per 100 – Free/1:30, IM/1:45, Kick/1:50
- Swimmers are required to attend 5 practices per week.
- Swimmers 13 and over, who swim seasonally, are multi-sport athletes, or who just like swimming and want to be involved in the sport.
- Continued work on stroke development, technique, and training for competition will be emphasized.
- Swimmers must participate in YMCA swim meets and YMCA Championships
- Training paces per 100 – Free/1:40, IM/1:55, Kick/2:00
- Swimmers are recommended to attend 4 practices per week
- 13 and over swimmers who are ready for the challenge of a serious training program that will prepare them for high levels of swimming
- Practices are up to 2 hour in the pool and before school practices are available
- Weight training is introduced and dryland training is more challenging; both are required for swimmers in this group.
- Swimmers are required to swim all their age group events in swim meets
- Swim training will incorporate drills and cycles using hand paddles and snorkel (required equipment)
- Training paces per 100 – Free/1:25, IM/1:40, kick/1:45
- Swimmers are expected to attend 5 or more practices per week
- 13 and over swimmers who are ready for the highest level of training and competition
- Swimmers will be selected to train in this group. Swimmers are trained to compete at the State and National Levels of competition
- Swimmers will be expected to swim in YMCA and USA Swimming meets.
- Swimmers are expected to compete at their highest level of swim meet at the end of each of their seasons
- Serious swim training and weight training are introduced and required
- Training paces per 100 – Free/1:15, IM/1:25, kick/1:40
- The highest level of commitment is expected and all practices are required, including those before school in the morning