Developmental Swim Team
Short Course Training Philosophy
Our swim year goes from September 1st through August 31st each year. Within that 12 month swim year, there are two competitive swim seasons. Short course season is officially September 1st – March 31st, where all competition is done in a 25 yard pool. This first competition season basically takes place during the school year. The second competitive season within our swim year is long course season. This is known as our “summer” season. Officially, long course runs April 1st through the end of August. All competition and training during this time period is known is done in a 50 meter Olympic size pool.
The following is a general, brief description of our training program for each group during the short course season. The Fledgling Group and Blue Group is considered our “Developmental Swim Team.” Please see below:
September & October
Fledgling Group = September starts the new swim year. This is when all Fledging swimmer begin (new and returning). For these two months swimmers will do a lot of kicking with a board, without a board, with fins, without fins, on their front and on their back. Really trying to build a kicking foundation and trying to establish body position on top of the water becomes a focus. Introduces freestyle & backstroke swimming.
Blue Group = September starts the new swim year and all new swimmers begin. For these two months swimmers will do a lot of kicking with a board, without a board, with fins, without fins, on their front and on their back. Really trying to build a kicking foundation. Trying to establish body position on top of the water becomes a focus. As a general rule most of September is geared towards freestyle work and October is geared towards backstroke technique emphasis.
November & December
Fledgling Group = With two months under our belt and a strong kicking foundation laid, we begin to focus on freestyle and backstroke swimming. A combination of endurance work and technique focus will be center to everything we do.
Blue Group = With two months under our belt and the swimmer being more coordinated in the water, we will begin to do more complex body position drills. As a general rule most of our focus in November is on breaststroke and butterfly in December.
January – March
Fledgling Group = During this three month stretch we continue to work on freestyle and backstroke. We also introduce flip turns and work on dives. Competition may be introduced if there is a swim meet with an 8&U category.
Blue Group = With 4 months of continual stroke work on all the strokes, swimmers are usually ready to start transitioning into actual training mode. We introduce IM swimming with its accompanying turns during this time period. We also spend time on dives, interval training and meet race preparation.