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 Cascade TraininTraiTraining Group Descriptions

Our swimmers are challenged but not intimidated by the training group structure. Cascade’s training groups provide a solid progression of swimming skills and technique as each swimmer works toward his/her potential.  We offer fair and accurate group placement based upon age, ability and commitment, ensuring the right amount of physical and mental challenge for each swimmer.

Blue Ribbon Group
Cascade Swim Club, in conjunction with the City of Seattle, is proud to offer this entry level program at the Ballard pool only. Please talk with a coach to see if this is the right group for your swimmer.  Athletes must be able to swim at least 25 yards of  breaststroke and butterfly and 50 yards of freestyle and backstroke.
 
Age Group III (Advanced novice age group)
These athletes must be able to swim at least 25 yards of breaststroke and butterfly and 50 yards of freestyle and backstroke. The aim of this program is to perfect the four competitive strokes as well as to work on racing starts and turns. Three practices a week are recommended. This program is offered at Evans, Shoreline, Queen Anne, and Ballard.

Age Group II (Developmental Age Group)
These swimmers must be able to perform all four strokes, racing starts and turns with reasonable proficiency. The emphasis is on refinement of skills coupled with a moderate conditioning program and competition at local meets. Four practices a week are suggested.  This program is offered at Evans, Shoreline, Queen Anne, and Ballard.

Age Group I (Sectional Team)
At this level a swimmer must have a high level of proficiency in all strokes, starts, and turns and racing experience. Skill refinement continues, but the primary emphasis is on conditioning and preparation for local and ultimately sectional competition. Five-six practices a week are preferred. This program is offered at Evans, Shoreline, Queen Anne, and Ballard.

The Senior Team
Accommodates swimmers, ages 14 and older (sometimes 13), who train and compete at local, sectional, and National USA levels. Fine tuning of skills and rigorous conditioning aimed specifically at competition are stressed. Age and ability, as well as history of practice attendance and commitment help determine group placement on the Senior Team.

The Senior Team swimmers work out a minimum of 6 workouts per week when transitioning, and are expected to train 8-11 work outs a week when fully adapted to the program.  Swimmers who are unable to commit to this should sign up for the Senior Development or High School Development group. Full participation in all championship and “all-team” travel meets is required, as is dry land, Saturdays and Holidays.

In order to qualify for the Senior Team a swimmer must also be able to demonstrate that they are capable of doing 10 X 200’s on the 2:20, have at least one sectional time, or be an Age Group Sectional finalist. These workouts are at Madison pool.

2017 Senior Parent Information packet from Tom - download pdf

Senior Development Program
For swimmers not ready for the work load and/or commitment level of the Senior Group. It offers challenging senior level workouts 5 afternoons a week at Queen Anne and Ballard pools in the afternoon at Madison pool with coach approval, plus Saturdays and mornings @ Madison. To Qualify: 10X 200s on the 2:40, attend practice 5 days/wk. including dry land.  Meet participation is required.
 
High School Development Program
Designed to give the High School swimmer who seeks to advance his/her swimming skills and conditioning level before, during and after their high school season. Team swim meet participation is not required. Swimmers must be capable of doing 10 X 100 on the 1:30. This program is offered 3 afternoons a week only at Queen Anne and Ballard pools, and  every morning at Madison pool (Saturdays included).
 
Rainier Beach Program
This program is offered to all levels for 1.5 hours a day, six days a week, at Rainier Beach pool.