Competitive Development (U10)
Location: COC Pool
Times: 2 day (Tues/Thurs) or 3 day (Mon/Wed/Fri) a week options with 30 minute time slots available beginning between 4:30 - 6:30 pm.
A half-hour group for swimmers ages 5 - 10 years old and is designed to teach the basics of each stroke where swimmers can get highly personalized attention and frequent correction. The group works on teaching the four basic strokes of competitive swimming (freestyle, backstroke, butterfly and breaststroke) as well as basic starts and turns. Classes are offered every half hour from 3:30 on and are offered two or three times a week. Classes are small and personal with no more than 9 swimmers in a group. Athletes training in this group are required to participate in our Blue and Gold meets. New swimmers must be tested before they can enroll in this group. Swimmers graduating from our Swim School will normally enroll in this program, as well as swimmers interested in exploring competitive swimming for the first time.
Competitive Development (11+)
Location: COC Pool
Time: 7:00pm and 7:30pm with either a 2 day a week (Tues/Thurs) or 3 day a week (Mon/Wed/Fri) options available.
A half-hour group for swimmer ages 11-16 years old and is designed to teach the basics of each stroke in the diving well, where swimmers can get highly personalized attention and frequent correction. The group works on teaching the four basic strokes of competitive swimming (freestyle, backstroke, butterfly and breaststroke) as well as basic starts and turns. Because the swimmers are older, this class is able to move at a faster pace than the U10 group. Classes are offered at 7:00 pm with practice options of two or three times a week. Classes are small and personal with no more than 12 swimmers in a group. Athletes training in this group are encouraged to participate in our Blue and Gold meets. New swimmers must be tested before they can enroll in this group. Swimmers graduating from our swim school will normally enroll in this program, as well as swimmers interested in exploring competitive swimming for the first time.
Birth Certificate or Passport – if you are a new swimmer to the team, please bring this to the office on your first day and fill out the USA Swimming registration form.
Practice Attire - All swimmers must wear goggles – the Speedo Vanquisher or Junior Vanquisher goggles are great. Swimmers who have hair long enough to get in their eyes when they swim must wear a swim cap. All swimmers should have a competitive style swimsuit – jammers or racers for boys, one-piece with no ties for girls.
Meet Attire – all swimmers must wear a Yellow Canyons cap and a solid Navy Blue Speedo brand swimsuit to meets. (It cannot be TYR or Sporti etc. must be Speedo.) The suits with the team logo are available at Swimworks. The endurance fabric really does last longer. Your suit needs to be TIGHT! Suits stretch, they do not shrink and if it is too big it will drag in the water and slow you down, or worse, fall off. Most competitive swimmers wear a size or two DOWN from their clothing size.
Equipment List – Pre-Competitive 10 and Under, Pre-Competitive 11+
Speedo Power Fins – these are the longer swimmer’s fins. They are not diving fins, but they should not be the short, training fins. Please get the correct ones. The Sporti fins have smaller sizes than the Speedo.
Mesh Equipment “Wet Bag” – to hold all of your equipment. This bag should be kept by the side of the pool, and will be wet. That is why the mesh works so well.
Optional, but recommended
Dry Equipment Bag – the Speedo backpacks are really nice and can be ordered embroidered at Swimworks. The medium size is probably perfect for younger kids, but the large size will hold everything you would ever need. The small one is too small. If you don’t get the Speedo one, bring some type of bag to put your clothes and towels in.
Rules and Expectations
Pre Comp Swimmers are good teammates.
Here are some rules to remember to help us be the best teammates we can be.
1) Be at practice, on time and ready to go.
Come to practices!
Come early, so you are ready to go when practice starts.
Swimmers are in charge of packing and bringing all their own equipment.
2) Be kind and respectful.
To your coach - listen and follow directions. Raise your hand if you have a question.
To your teammates - never kick, injure, or put down another swimmer.
To the pool area - no food, drinks, or band-aids in the pool area. Throw away any trash. If you borrow equipment, treat it nicely and put it away when you are done.
Parents will receive a pass to park in the designated parking lots 7 or 8, or may purchase a pass to park in lot 5. There is no parking available by the pool for swimming parents, drop-off only.
3) Be safe and aware.
Don’t run in the pool area or anywhere on campus.
Bathrooms are for using the toilet only, do not change or shower in the bathrooms. Ask a coach if you need to go to the bathroom and take a buddy. Boys over four years old may not enter the women's locker room.
Don't enter other buildings on campus.
Snack machines in the PE building must be entered from outside, not through the locker rooms. Ask a coach and take a buddy to go to the snack machines.
Parents - please walk your swimmers between the pool area and the parking lot.
Parents and siblings need to remain in the bleacher area during practice, only swimmers are allowed on the pool deck. Swimmers who are dropped off early or remaining at the pool late must stay in the bleachers.
Use a feet-first entry unless told to dive by your coach. Use a three-point entry when other swimmers are in the water by the wall. Never push someone into the water or hold someone under water.
4) Be a good swimmer.
Work hard and always do your best.
Don’t correct other swimmers, or worry about who is slower or faster than you.
Cheer on your teammates.
Where to Go on Your First Day
Please have your swimmers dress in their swimsuit and use the bathroom before coming to the pool.
Swimmers should bring their bag with their equipment with them and meet me by the diving well for Bronze practice.
Parents should take their swimmer's birth certificate or passport to the office to fill out their USA swimming registration for the current year if they have not already done so. You may also pick up your parking pass from the office. Otherwise, all parents and siblings must remain in the bleachers during practice due to insurance reasons.
Good attendance is a key to improvement. Please contact your coach regarding any absences. There will be no "make up" practices offered.
MOVE UP STANDARDS
Pre Comp Level
Ability to perform 4 competitive strokes - butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle - legally and correctly. Swimmers are evaluated on head position, breathing and movement, body position and movement, arm and leg positions and movement, as well as overall rhythm, balance, and technique.
Ability to streamline glide underwater followed by 3 dolphin kicks.
Ability to perform a racing dive followed by streamline glide and 3 dolphin kicks
Ability to perform a backstroke start with correct arm movement
Ability to kick on the side with head in backstroke position.
Ability to perform a freestyle flip in the water, landing on the back and kicking on the back.
Swimmers are evaluated on above monthly during practice time.
Move-ups are not based on performance in meets, but swimming in meets is required to move up.. Swimmers who are regularly participating in meets overwhelmingly move to Silver more quickly. Here are some benefits of meet participation:
Measurable Improvement. Hard work and good attendance results in faster swims and the ability to swim more strokes, rewarding swimmers for their efforts and encouraging them to keep going.
Swimmers are given individual attention by their coach, further helping them improve.
Swimmers who are participating in meets feel much more a part of our team and have more reason to want to improve and more motivation to move to the next level.
Swim meets emphasize personal improvement and reaching personal goals, not beating others on the team.
Swim meets are fun!