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Mission: Coaching athletes to be champions in life through excellence in competitive swimming
Vision: Delivering championship results with character and integrity in a healthy and fun environment
With an experienced and well-educated coaching staff, CSP swimmers utilize the many resources at their disposal to attain their swimming goals. Each of the staff is a professional in the swimming world with a broad based background. Many of the coaches belong to the American Swim Coaches Association, hold positions in Ozark Swimming and are placed on committees for United States Swimming. The CSP staff takes pride in their professional accomplishments on and off the pool deck.
Members of the CSP Tideriders vary in age from 5 years in the developmental programs to 80 years in our Masters program. With so many choices, our team will meet your swimming needs.
Each swimmer is evaluated by his or her ability, age experience, and desired level of competitive swimming. With that information, a coach will discuss the opportunities that exist within the program. Placements are Monday and Wednesdays at Westminster Christian Academy at 6:45 PM and Tuesday and Thursdays at the Center of Clayton at 6:15 PM. Please call the office to confirm practice times as our schedule does change from time to time.
Training Groups for 2018 - 2019
The Beginner group is designed for swimmers ages 5 – 8 years old, who can already get themselves across 25 yards in some fashion. Goals for this group include complete proficiency for freestyle and backstroke and a working knowledge of breaststroke and butterfly. Starts and turns are introduced as well. Practice is offered two (2) times per week and children are encouraged to attend both practices and to compete in 2 USA sanctioned swim meets per season.
The Stroke Development group is designed for swimmers ages 5 – 8 years old, who can complete one length of the pool of back stroke and free style. Practice is offered three (3) times per week and children are encouraged to attend at least two (2) of these practices and compete in 2 USA sanctioned swim meets per season.
The Developmental group is available for swimmers who have achieved the main goals of the Stroke Development group, or who begin with complete knowledge of freestyle and backstroke as well as the introductory techniques of breaststroke and butterfly. Swimmers ages will be 6 – 10 years of age to enter this group. Complete breaststroke and butterfly is taught along with stroke drills for all competitive strokes. Correct breathing patterns, legal finishes, starts, and turns are taught and reinforced. Competition in at least three of the four strokes is encouraged for swimmers to display their proficiency and to move forward in the program. Practice is offered four (4) times per week, and children are encouraged to attend at least two (2) of these practices and compete in 2 USA sanctioned swim meets per season.
Swimmers who move into Advance Stroke should exhibit legal strokes in all four competitive strokes and perform legal turns in all strokes as well. Swimmers in this group will be from 10 - 14 years old. Advanced drills are introduced and basic stroke drills are reinforced. Stroke correction methods are taught; in addition, stroke lengthening and the importance of stroke technique are taught. Building and refining the swimmers' strokes and the start of developing an aerobic base and increasing swimming power are objectives for swimmers in this group. Interval training using the pace clock is introduced and utilized. Use of certain equipment is introduced in this group. Practice is offered five (5) times per week, and swimmers are encouraged to attend at least two (2) of these practices and compete in a USA sanctioned meet every 2 months.
Swimmers who move into Age should exhibit legal strokes in all four competitive strokes and perform legal turns in all strokes as well. Swimmers in this group will be from 7 – 10 years old. Advanced drills are introduced and basic stroke drills are reinforced. Stroke correction methods are taught; in addition, stroke lengthening and the importance of stroke technique are taught. Building and refining the swimmers' strokes and the start of developing an aerobic base and increasing swimming power are objectives for swimmers in this group. Interval training using the pace clock is introduced and utilized. Use of certain equipment is introduced in this group. Practice is offered four (4) times per week and swimmers are encouraged to attend at least three (3) of these practices and compete in a USA sanctioned meet every 2 months, as well as championship meets.
Swimmers in the Junior Varsity group have moved into longer training sessions and exhibit a maturity level to handle increased length of practices. The minimum age for swimmers to enter this group is 9, by the February Championship Meet. The ability to modify strokes and utilize advanced starting, turning, and tempo techniques is expected. Cognitive learning of advanced swimming techniques, goal setting, and team dynamics are goals for this group's swimmers. Practice is offered six (6) times per week, and Junior Varsity swimmers are encouraged to attend at least four (4) of these practices and compete in a USA sanctioned meet every month, as well as championship meets. A commitment to attend the required practices must be shown before moving to the Varsity Group.
This program is competitive program for athletes ages 13 - 18. This program is tailored for athletes who have a working knowledge of all four strokes. These swimmers have either participated in summer swimming programs, swim high school, or have been a member of another CSP practice group. Practices are offered 4 days per week for 1 ½ hours per session. The main purpose of this group is to give those swimmers who have swimming skills continued aerobic training along with emphasis on stroke technique that will allow them to advance into other CSP programs as well as high school swimming. This group has no competitive requirements, although if a swimmer wishes to compete they may.
Swimmers in the Varsity group have gained experience in the CSP training program and have adapted to more intense physical training. A minimum age of 11, by the February Championship Meet, is required for entrance into this group. Varsity swimmers should be making more of a commitment to swimming or accept that their improvements could be compromised. Swimmers begin to understand the cycling of training methods. Race strategy and stroke technique are continually refined and improved. Psychological training is emphasized as well as communication with team coaches concerning training. Nutrition and strength improvements are an increased concern. Test swims and knowledge of training paces are stressed. Practices are offered 6 times per week, and Varsity swimmers are encouraged to attend at least 5 of these practices, attend a minimum of 1 USA sanctioned meet a month and the season ending Championship meet swimmer is qualified for competition.
Swimmers must be a minimum of 12 years of age by the February Championship Meet and are ready to make that next step to more intense physical training. Senior swimmers are making more of a commitment to swimming while increasing their knowledge of the training cycles. Swimmers need to have more communication with the coach concerning their training. Nutrition and Strength will be taught with greater emphasis. There are 6 practices offered and Senior swimmers are encouraged to make at least 5 of those practices. Swimmers must attend the Championship Meets and any meet identified as Senior on the meet calendar. If the swimmers meets these qualifications and has achieved an “A” time standard for the 11 – 12 year old age group they will be considered for this group.
Swimmers must be at least 13 years of age, must have meet a AAA 13-14 National Time Standard in at least 1 event, and show the commitment and responsibility to their individual and team performances before moving into the Elite group. Intrinsic motivation and personal responsibility are two main emphases for swimmers in this group. Elite group swimmers are required to attend a minimum of 80% of practices to achieve the maximum benefits of this group. Maturity, goal setting, and leadership qualities are emphasized for swimmers in this group. Swimmers are expected to attend all team meets and championship meets qualified for and identified as Elite group competitions. Knowledge of training paces and race times are necessary. Psychological maturity and physical conditioning are vital.
The only requirement for the Masters group is to enjoy the sport and to be a minimum of 18 years old. Some members of the Masters Group train for Masters competitions and triathlons, while others only participate in order to get a daily work out. Practices are held 6 mornings per week, Monday through Saturday. Please visit the CSP Masters page for more information.
Summer Tune Up
Summer Tune Up will be offered beginning the middle of April through the middle of May. Check the website for more information in Februrary.