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Group Descriptions

The Mason Manta Rays offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of the Mason Manta Rays to offer age specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging each individual and developing each individual to the best of THEIR abilities.

Please call us at (513) 229-8555 to schedule a tryout, or Click Here to send us an email request for more information.

GROUP DESCRIPTIONS (Updated 8/2016)

INSTRUCTIONAL – THE MASON SWIM ACADEMY

SWIMAMERICA Stations 1-6, STROKE SCHOOL (Stations 7 & 8), & SWIMFIT (Stations 9 & 10)

Mason Swim Academy presents learn-to-swim lessons based on a program developed by SwimAmerica. Students will be taught by certified coaches as they progress through ten stations of skills.  If a swimmer tries-out and does not make the year-round team, we will suggest one of these levels in our instructional program. For more information, please review your publication. 

                              

NINE AND UNDER YEAR-ROUND

EXPLORATION 1

Exploration 1 group bridges young athletes from swim lessons and summer club swimming to a competitive year-round swimming environment. The emphasis will be learning all four competitive strokes, turns, and starts.

Practices include:

  • All four competitive strokes, turns, breathing patterns, balance, and streamlining

  • Three 60- to 75-minute practices per week (45- to 60-minute in-water & 15 minute dryland)

  • Dryland-only practice options are one day a week for 60 minutes

  • Attend a minimum of one practice every week

  • Attend three to four practices every two weeks for optimal results and skill retention

DISCOVERY 1

Discovery 1 group bridges young athletes from swim lessons and summer club swimming to a competitive year-round swimming environment.  Swimmers will be USA Swimming registered and will compete in USA Swimming meets. Discovery 1 swimmers are encouraged to participate in all of our home swim meets, while other meets are optional.

Practices include:

  • All four competitive strokes, turns, breathing patterns, balance, and streamlining

  • Three 60- to 75-minute practices per week (45- to 60-minute in-water & 15 minute dryland)

  • Dryland-only practice options are one day a week for 60 minutes

  • Attend a minimum of one practice every week

  • Attend three to four practices every two weeks for optimal results and skill retention

DISCOVERY 2

Discovery 2 group is for swimmers with competitive experience. Games and drills are used to create good habits and to keep swimming fun. Discovery 2 swimmers are encouraged to participate in all of our home swim meets, while other meets are optional.

Practices include:

  • All four competitive strokes, starts, turns, breathing patterns, balance, and streamlining

  • Three 75- to 90-minute practices per week (60- to 75-minute in-water & 15 minute dryland)

  • Dryland-only practice options are one day a week for 60 minutes

  • Attend a minimum of one practice every week

  • Attend three to four practices every two weeks for optimal results and skill retention

AGE GROUP YEAR-ROUND

EXPLORATION 2

Exploration 2 group bridges young athletes ages 9 and older from swim lessons and summer club swimming to a competitive year-round swimming environment. The emphasis will be learning all four competitive strokes, turns, and starts.

Practices include:

  • All four competitive strokes, turns, breathing patterns, balance, and streamlining

  • Three 60- to 75-minute practices per week (45- to 60-minute in-water & 15 minute dryland)

  • Dryland-only practice options are one day a week for 60 minutes

  • Attend a minimum of three practice every two weeks

  • Attend two to three practices per week for optimal results and skill retention

IMAGINATION 1 

Imagination 1 group is for ages 9-11.  There is an emphasis on aerobic training and an introduction of speed work. Swimmers will begin developing leadership skills during stretching and exercises. Imagination 1 swimmers are encouraged to participate in all of our home swim meets, while other meets are optional.

Practices include:

  • All four competitive strokes, starts, turns, underwater kicking, advanced balance techniques, basic group goal setting, and race strategy

  • Four 75- to 105-minute practices per week (60- to 75-minute in-water & 15- to 30-minute dryland)

  • Dryland-only practice options are one day a week for 60 minutes

  • Attend a minimum of three practice every two weeks

  • Attend two to three practices per week for optimal results and skill retention

IMAGINATION 2

Imagination 2 group is for ages 11-13.  Conditioning and aerobic training will be emphasized. Swimmers should exhibit leadership skills in and out of the pool. Imagination 2 swimmers are encouraged to participate in all of our home swim meets, while other meets are optional.

Practices include:

  • Competing in all four competitive strokes, starts, turns, underwater kicking, mastery of balance techniques, group and individual goal setting, and race strategy

  • Four 90- to 120-minute practices per week (75- to 90-minute in-water & 15- to 30-minute dryland)

  • Dryland-only practice options are one day a week for 60 minutes

  • Attend a minimum of four practice every two weeks

  • Attend three to four practices per week for optimal results and skill retention

AGE GROUP PERFORMANCE

CHALLENGE 1

Challenge 1 group is for swimmers primarily ages 8-11 who are invited into the group by their coach’s discretion or meet these competitive standards:

  • Junior Olympic participation individually or as part of relays
  • IMX score of at least 600 points
  • IM Ready score of 900 points

Practice goals are geared toward achieving Ohio Swimming Junior Olympic time standards and National AAA time standards and beyond. Swimmers will exhibit leadership skills in and out of the pool and represent the Manta Rays to the best of their ability. Challenge 1 swimmers should understand the importance of being on time for warm-ups and practices. Swimmers need to demonstrate an ability to balance activities and school with swimming. Challenge 1 swimmers participate in all of our home swim meets and their highest championship meet, while other meets are strongly encouraged.

Practices include:

  • Competing in all four competitive strokes, starts, turns, underwater kicking, mastery of balance techniques, group and individual goal setting, and race strategy

  • Four 75- to 135-minute practices per week (75- to 105-minute in-water & 15- to 30-minute dryland)

  • Dryland-only practice options are one day a week for 60 minutes

  • Attend a minimum of six in-water practices every two weeks

  • Attend all practices for optimal results and skill retention

  • Alternative attendance requirement one time per year (September-August) during a fall or spring activity

CHALLENGE 2

Challenge 2 group is for swimmers primarily ages 11-13 who are invited into the group by their coach’s discretion or meet these competitive standards:

  • Junior Olympic participation individually
  • IMX score of at least 800 points

Power point ranking of over 600 points in an event 100 yards or longer

Practice goals are geared toward achieving Ohio Swimming Junior Olympic time standards and National AAA time standards and beyond. Swimmers will exhibit leadership skills in and out of the pool and represent the Manta Rays to the best of their ability. Challenge 2 swimmers should understand the importance of being on time for warm-ups and practices and have the desire to improve their swimming. The concept of mental training and race preparation are introduced in this group. Swimmers need to demonstrate an ability to balance activities and school with swimming. Challenge 2 swimmers participate in all of our home swim meets and their highest championship meet. Additional meets are strongly encouraged and will be used to help gauge future placement.

Practices include:

  • Competing in all four competitive strokes, starts, turns, underwater kicking, mastery of balance techniques, group and individual goal setting, and race strategy

  • Five 90 to 165-minute practices per week (90- to 120-minute in-water & 30- to 45-minute dryland)

  • Dryland-only practice options are one day a week for 60 minutes

  • Attend a minimum of seven in-water practices every two weeks

  • Attend all practices for optimal results and skill retention

Alternative attendance requirement one time per year (September-August) during a fall or spring activity

 

SENIOR PROGRAM

Ability group assignments are at the coach’s discretion. Swimmers may not change or practice with more advanced ability groups without prior coach approval.

SENIOR 1
Senior 1 group is for swimmers ages 13-18.  Physical and technical skills will be taught to help the athlete develop and progress through the senior program. Athletes in this group continue to evolve from learning to swim to learning to train. We do expect a wide range of physical, mental, and motivational levels in this group and will coach according to the needs of each individual. Athletes in this group have the option of participating in other sports (pricing options reflect this) with the understanding that a certain level of commitment is still required in order to develop skills. Senior 1 swimmers participate in all of our home swim meets and their highest championship meet, while other meets are strongly encouraged.

Practices include:

  • Competing in all four competitive strokes, starts, turns, underwater kicking, mastery of balance techniques, group and individual goal setting, and race strategy

  • Six 90- to 160-minute practices per week (90- to 120-minute in-water & 15- to 30-minute dryland)

  • Minimum attendance of 75% required

  • Attend all practices for optimal results and skill retention

  • Alternative attendance requirement one time per year (September-August) during a fall or spring activity

SENIOR 2

Senior 2 group is for swimmers generally ages 13 years and older who are invited into the group by their coach’s discretion or meet these competitive standards:

  • 13-14 year old with sectional time standard or IMX over 4000 points
  • 15 & older IMX score of at least 2000 points
  • Power point ranking of over 750 points in an event 200 yards or longer

This group is expected to be a cohesive training group that works together to assist the most dedicated and motivated swimmers to reach their individual goals and begin to expand those goals. Practice goals are geared toward achieving Ohio Swimming Junior Olympic time standards (13-14), USA Sectional times and beyond. Swimmers will exhibit leadership skills in and out of the pool and represent the Manta Rays to the best of their ability. Swimmers will challenge themselves in practice and need to demonstrate an ability to balance activities and school with swimming.

Senior 2 swimmers participate in all of our home swim meets and their highest championship meet. Additional meets are strongly encouraged and will be used to help gauge future placement.

Practices include:

  • Senior 1 curriculum as well as increased mental training and race preparation skills

  • Six 90- to 180-minute practices per week (90- to 120-minute in-water & 30- to 60-minute dryland)

  • Minimum attendance of 75% is required

  • Attend all practices for optimal results and skill retention

  • Alternative attendance requirement one time per year (September-August) during a fall or spring activity

HIGH PERFORMANCE

High Performance swimmers are generally ages 15 years and older who are invited into the group by their coach’s discretion and/or meet these competitive standards:

  • Females
    • IMX score of at least 3500 points
    • Sectional time standard
    • Power point ranking of over 800 points in an event 200 yards or longer

  • Males

    • IMX score of at least 3000 points
    • Sectional time standard
    • Power point ranking of over 800 points in an event 200 yards or longer

This group will be a cohesive training group that works together to assist the most dedicated and motivated swimmers to reach their individual goals and begin to expand those goals. Practice goals are geared toward achieving USA Junior National times and beyond. Athletes will have clearly defined goals, high aspirations, good time management skills and a willingness to pursue their dreams and goals. High Performance swimmers participate in all of our home swim meets and their highest championship meet.

Practices include:

  • Senior 1 & 2 curriculum as well as endurance training

  • Eight 90- to 135-minute in-water practices

  • Five 30- to 60-minute dryland practices on in-water practice days

  • 100% attendance is expected but swimmers must maintain at least 80% to stay in the group

  • Alternative attendance requirement one time per year during a fall sport session

 

MASON MANTA RAYS DRYLAND STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROGRAM

Dryland training is an integral part of Mason Manta Rays program. Swimmers will develop hip to shoulder physical literacy and athleticism through core strength, shoulder stability, and body awareness. Dryland will start with very basic exercises at the younger ages and build to more advanced exercises for older ages (Total Team Dryland).

G.A.I.N.:  Gambetta Athletic Improvement Network

  • Goal = Use dryland training as a means of creating an efficient swimmer that is injury free and fully capable of adapting to the stress of training and competition.
  • Some points:
    • Dryland training is completely integrated with the objectives of the water workout.
    • Total Team Dryland:  8-18 progression
    • Train movements…NOT muscles
    • Reinforce the hip-to-shoulder relationship
    • Maximize the potential for propulsion & create greater potential to minimize resistance
    • Coordination, flexibility, stability, strength, & power.