A Swimmer will be placed into a specified practice group and can only change groups based on the immediate and head coach approval.
Group Objectives: Bronze 1 & Bronze 2
Bronze 1 & Bronze 2 are training groups that emphasize the further development of swimming skills. The focus is on keeping the sessions fun so that kids will want to stay in the water year-round and develop a good feel for the water. We stress fundamental swimming skills: sculling, turns, kicking, underwater efficiency and distance-per-stroke. We teach young people to love the water and have fun learning how to master the fundamental skills.
Group Objectives: Silver 1 & Silver 2
The Silver 1 and Silver 2 groups are for swimmers who are ready for the next level of swim training. Swimmers are encouraged to meet higher attendance expectations (3-4 times per week), and swim throughout the year while still participating in other sports activities. Our training emphasis at this stage is on low intensity aerobic stroke efficiency work. Athletes are also educated in race planning and goal setting. A great emphasis is placed on kicking; drills, starts and turns; we learn that hard work and competition are fun, and that it’s okay to try new ideas
Group Objectives: Pre-Gold
The-Gold Group is for the swimmer who is able to swim all four strokes well and maintain good technique on low intensity interval sets. This group “launches” off of the base of fundamentals that has been laid down in previous years. It is important that the technique mastered not be permitted to deteriorate under increased training loads A more equal emphasis is placed on physiological training and technique work. Swimmers are encouraged to attend no less than 5x per week.
Group Objectives: Gold
This group is expected to have the swimmers to be mentally driven to train hard. Proper stroke and turn techniques have become habitually consistent, allowing more emphasis to be placed on physiological training. The age range of 13-16 is known as the “window of opportunity” for developing aerobic capacity, and we provide the opportunity for more threshold and anaerobic training. Swimmers are encouraged to attend practices as often as possible, and morning workouts are offered year-round for the top-level group. Dryland training is an important element of these groups with a focus on core body conditioning, flexibility and basic weight lifting techniques. This level swimmers are expected to be good role models for younger swimmers.