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Blue 1 & 2 Teams:

Swim- Tuesday’s and Thursday’s 4:30-5:15pm

-The Blue Team is the first step to being a part of our YMCA swim team!  The main focus of this group is to develop a love and excitement for the sport of swimming that will lead to a lifetime activity. Swimmers must be able to put their face in the water, swim 25 yards on their belly/ back with a flutter kick. The Blue Team is divided into a Blue 1 and Blue 2 based on ability and experience.  The focus of Blue 1 is to learn proper mechanics and techniques of the long axis strokes (Freestyle & Backstroke).  Proper body positioning with breathing techniques and comfort in the water will be the primary goals.  In Blue 2, swimmers will receive an introduction to the short axis strokes (Breaststroke and Butterfly) as well as the progressions for a proper racing start.  Basic competitive swimming rules and training techniques will be introduced in both groups such as (swimming etiquette, whistle starts, turns, finishes and pace clock reading).  Athletes on this team may do some basic body weight dryland exercises on the pool deck (sit ups, wall sits, planks, push ups).  Swimmers on this team are encouraged to participate in YMCA meets only; however, this is considered our pre-competitive group.

Swimmers ages in this group are typically 5-12

Coaches:

Sarah Beach - Sbeach96@ymail.com, Hannah Morgan, Kelly Mullane

 

Yellow Team:

Swim- Monday’s and Friday’s 4:30-5:30pm

-The Yellow Team is the next level of progression through the Makos Swim Team.  The main focus of this group is to continue a love and excitement for the sport of swimming that will lead to a lifetime activity. Swimmers must be able swim 50 yards on their belly/ back with a flutter kick as well as perform 25 yards of Breaststroke.  The technical focus of the Otters Sr. group is continued teaching of proper mechanics and techniques of Freestyle, Backstroke, and Breaststroke (timing and drills) with a beginner’s emphasis on Butterfly (kicks, pulls, proper touches). Swimmers will also learn to do a proper racing start, turns and finishes.  Swimmers use basic clock intervals and sets during practice sessions as well as training equipment (kick boards, pull buoys, fins).  Athletes in this group may do some basic body weight dryland exercises on the pool deck (sit ups, wall sits, planks, push ups).  The goal to be attained by swimmers in this group is a legal 100 IM, 8 x 25 Kick on 1:40, and 8 x 25 on 1:20 Freestyle or Backstroke.  Swimmers in this group are encouraged to participate in two YMCA meets and the YMCA Championship meet at season end.  USA Swimming Premier membership is an option.

Swimmers ages in this group are typically 5-12

Coaches:

Debra Sanders, Sarah Beach 

 

Bronze:

Swim- Monday’s, Tuesday’s, Thursday’s and Friday’s from 4:30-5:30pm

-The Bronze group is the beginning of year round competitive swimming.  The focus of this group is primarily stroke development, but having an electrifying love for swimming!  The bronze swimmers will obtain knowledge of all four strokes, but require a great deal of instruction in order to swim them legally in a meet.  An emphasis will be placed on Starts, Turns and Finishes.  Athletes will receive continued instruction in pace clock management and basic training sets.  Swimmers may be exposed to dryland on a weekly basis on the swim deck only to help strengthen the muscles and aerobic capabilities.  Swimmers will be introduced to the idea of time improvement as an instrument for measuring progress.  Attendance of at least 3-4 days per week is recommended so that you’ll see the improvement of your swimmer.  Swimmers in this group are expected to participate in two YMCA meets and the YMCA Championship meet at season end.  USA swimming is recommended.  At this level, swimmers should be gaining proficiency in all four strokes and able to perform a legal 200 IM, 500 Freestyle, swim 6 x 50 @ 1:40 Freestyle and kick 8 x 50 @ 2:40

Swimmers ages in this group are typically 8-12

Coaches:

Madison Wesley

 

Silver: 

Swim- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 5:30-7:00pm, Wednesday 4:30-6:00pm

The focus of the Silver group is continued stroke development with a beginning emphasis on more endurance training and an introduction to developmentally appropriate dryland training.  Swimmers in this group will begin to train and compete on a more serious level.  Goal setting will be used on a seasonal and meet basis.  Swimmers will have consistently legal swims in all four strokes, but an emphasis on technique will be the main focus.  Swimmers will continue the use of pace clocks, interval training, and swimming longer races in meets 200’s, 500 Free and the longer IM.  In this group, meet performances and time standards are increasingly used for evaluating progress.  Swimmers are expected to participate in two YMCA meets and the YMCA Championship meet at season end.  USA swimming is strongly encouraged. Other guidelines- Timed 1000 Freestyle, 4 x 200 IM’s on 4:30, 8 x 100’s freestyle on 1:55, 16 x 50’s kick on 1:30. Practice is a key component for daily improvement.  Swimmers are strongly encouraged to attend 4-5 practices a week and attendance is taken.

Swimmers ages in this group are typically 9-14

Coach:

Hannah Morgan

 

Gold:

Swim- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 5:30-7:30pm and Wednesday 4:30-6:30pm

Dryland- on Tuesday and Thursday 4:15-5:15pm in our TRX room

Gold group is our first step to year around swimming.  This group is typically for swimmers ages 12-18 that want to continue to improve their competitive skills to reach the commitment level of the platinum group.  The gold group is a transitional group that will focus on preparing advance age group swimmers both physically and mentally for the platinum group.  Technique is still the most important factor taught, but also building a strong aerobic base throughout the season to swim all distance events in meets. Meet improvement and achieving training goals are the keys for measuring progression in this group.  This group will meet five times a week and are taught the importance of goal setting, consistent training, and be introduced to race strategies. Practice is a key component for daily improvement.  Swimmers are expected to attend 4-5 practices a week and attendance is taken.  Swimmers in this group are expected to participate in two YMCA meets and the YMCA Championship meet at season end.  USA swimming is strongly encouraged. Swimming training goals and guidelines- Timed 1650 Freestyle, 8 x 200 IM’s on 3:20, 10 x 100 fr on 1:40, 12 x 75’s fr kick on 1:45

Swimmers ages in this group are typically 12-18

Coach: Brian Heaton – makosswimteam@yahoo.com, Adam McKenzie (Asst)

 

Platinum:

Swim- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 5:30-7:30pm and Wednesday 4:30-6:30pm

​*some morning practices may be offered

Dryland- Tuesday and Thursday 4:30-5:15pm on weight floor (tennis shoes required)

Platinum group is the final step of the AAYM swimming program.  All swimmers in this group are ages 13 and older and have made the decision that swimming will be a major focus in their lives.  The swimmers in this group have a plan and goal to swim at the collegiate level.  This group focuses on training and competing at the highest level of swimming.  A high emphasis on technique and skill training are in place, but conditioning and racing are the main focus points as well as gaining functional strength through the addition of weight training.  Swimmers in this group may be asked to attend 2 training sessions per day.  Swimmers in this group have goals of competing at a regional, sectional, and national level.  Swimmers must attend a minimum of six swim workouts a week and two dryland workouts a week.  Swimmers in this group are expected to participate in two YMCA meets and the YMCA Championship meet at season end.  USA swimming is mandatory for this group. Swimming training goals and guidelines- T-30 (3 x 3 x 300 @ 5:00), 4 x 400 IM’s on 7:00, 20 x 100’s on 1:30, 10 x 100’s fr kick on 2:00

Swimmers ages in this group are 13 and older

Coach: Brian Heaton – makosswimteam@yahoo.com, Adam McKenzie (Asst)