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Memphis Thunder is divided into four primary swim groups:  Silver, Southeasterns, Black (I & II) and Seniors (A & B).  Below is a desciption of each group:

SILVER GROUP

 

This is the entry level group into the Thunder program. The mission of this group is to introduce swimmers and parents to the sport of competitive swimming.

Requirements:
- Must be able to swim one lap of each competitive stroke (without fins).


Training Goals:

Technique Goals
- Properly breathing to the side in freestyle with a good head position, long arm strokes with an above water recovery and a strong smooth kick.
- Able to dive in head first.
- Able to do legal turns and finishes in all four strokes.
- Good body position and roll in the backstroke.
- Able to perform the glide phase of breaststroke.


Knowledge Goals
- Knows how to count distance/lengths of sets/instructions.
- Able to circle swim.
- Knowledge of kickboard and fins.
- Knows the MTAC Stroke Drill Progressions.
- Understands Safety Rules.


Stress Management
- Swimmer controls emotions at practice and at meets.


Performance Goals: 

Training Goals
- Able to complete a legal 25 of each stroke.
- Able to execute a good streamline.
- Able to complete a legal 100 yard IM.


Character Development:

Sportsmanship/Spirit Goals 
- Respectful of meet officials.
- Understands lane etiquette.
- Congratulates teammates.
- Encourages teammates.


Social Skills
- Communicates with coaches.
- Listens to coach, doesn’t talk while coach is talking.
- Respectful of others space in practice.
- Participates in group and team events.
- Respectful of pools, locker rooms, team equipment and other swimmers’ property.
- Picks up equipment and belongings after one’s self.


Team Commitment
- Wears team suit and cap at meets.
- Wears team t-shirt at meets.
- Cheers with and for teammates.
- Helps pick up pool deck.


SOUTHEASTERN GROUP

 

The mission of this group is to build fundamentally sound swimmers and equip swimmers with the knowledge to help them achieve their potential.  The primary emphasis in this group is improving/perfecting technique in all four strokes with an introduction to aerobic conditioning.


Training Goals:


Technique Goals
- Able to complete a legal 200 IM.
- Able to complete a legal 100 of each stroke.
- Able to execute a relay start.
- Able to perform advanced starts and turns.


Knowledge Goals
- Comes to see coach before and after every race at meets.
- Learns positive mental attitude.
- Knows best times.
- Able to effectively utilize pace clock and interval training.
- Understands splits, building, descending, and negative splitting.
- Knows the MTAC Stroke Drill Progressions.
- Knows Safety Rules.


Stress Management
- Controls emotions at practices and at meets.
- Prioritizes school work, social activities and other commitments including swimming.
- Balances school, home and extra curricular activities.
- Understands work versus reward relationship.
- Understands meet and practice performance.


Performance Goals:


Competition Goals
- Competes in ‘mini-meets’ and dual meets.
- Competes in several USA Swimming meet per season.
- Competes in the appropriate championship meet, either District Championships or the Southeastern Championships.
- Participates in athlete/coach communication and planning.
- Talks with coaches before and after swims.


Character Development:


Sportsmanship/Spirit Goals
- Respectful of meet officials.
- Understands lane etiquette.
- Congratulates teammates.
- Encourages teammates.
- Respectful of opponents and other teams.
- Congratulates opponents.
- Demonstrates proper meet behavior.
- Makes friends with swimmers of other teams.


Social Skills
- Communicates with coaches.
- Listens to coach, doesn’t talk while coach is talking.
- Respectful of others space in practice.
- Participates in group and team events.
- Respectful of pools, locker rooms, team equipment and other swimmers’ property.
- Knows that splashing and touching others is inappropriate.


Team Commitment
- Wears team suit and cap at meets.
- Wears team t-shirt at meets.
- Cheers with and for teammates.
- Helps pick up pool deck.

 

BLACK GROUP I & II

 

This group is the Southeastern-to-Senior “bridge” group. The mission of this group is to build fundamentally sound swimmers and equip swimmers with the knowledge to help them achieve their potential.  The primary emphasis in this group is to introduce swimmers to the Senior Group training regimen while still improving/perfecting technique in all four strokes and expanding their introduction to aerobic conditioning.


Training Goals:


Technique Goals

- Able to complete a legal 200 IM.
- Able to complete a legal 100 of each stroke.
- Consistently uses bi-lateral breathing in freestyle.
- Always executes breaststroke pull-downs.


Knowledge Goals
- Understands core strength and flexibility.
- Learns and uses positive mental attitude.
- Understands and uses pace clock.
- Understands how to hold a pace.
- Understands distance per stroke and executes drills to improve it.
- Understands splits, building, descending, and negative splitting.
- Sets practice goals, season and yearly goals.
- Knows the MTAC Stroke Drill Progressions.
- Knows Safety Rules.


Education Goals:


Stress Management

- Controls emotions at practices and at meets.
- Prioritizes school work, social activities and other commitments including swimming.
- Balances school, home and extra curricular activities.
- Understands work versus reward relationship.
- Understands meet and practice performance.


Performance Goals:


Training Goals

- Understands training sets.
- Able to apply technique suggestions/recommendations to training.


Competition Goals
- Competes in ‘mini-meets’ and dual meets.
- Competes in several USA Swimming meet per season.
- Competes in the appropriate championship meet, either District Championships or the Southeastern Championships.
- Athlete/coach communication and planning.
- Talks with coaches before and after swims.
- Completes proper warm up and warm down.


Character Development:


Sportsmanship/Spirit Goals

- Respectful of meet officials.
- Understands lane etiquette.
- Congratulates teammates.
- Encourages teammates.
- Respectful of opponents and other teams.
- Congratulates opponents.
- Demonstrates proper meet behavior.
- Makes friends with swimmers of other teams.


Social Skills
- Communicates with coaches.
- Listens to coach, doesn’t talk while coach is talking.
- Respectful of others’ space in practice.
- Accepts criticism from a coach and understands they are critiquing the individual skill and not the individual person.
- Respectful of pools, locker rooms, team equipment and other swimmers’ property.
- Understands and takes responsibility for attendance, performance and practice habits and how to relate these three to meet performance.


Team Commitment
- Wears team suit and cap at meets.
- Wears team t-shirt at meets.
- Cheers with and for teammates.
- Helps pick up pool deck.


SENIORS GROUP A & B

 

This group is the primary training group. The mission of this group is to build fundamentally sound swimmers and equip swimmers with the knowledge to help them achieve their potential.  The primary emphasis in this group is to improve/perfect technique in all four strokes while expanding their aerobic conditioning.

Training Goals:


Technique Goals

- Able to complete a legal 400 IM.
- Able to complete a legal 200 of each stroke.
- Understands training cycles.
- Understands relationships between distance per stroke, stroke rate and swimming speed.
- Able to maintain stroke rate and times in training sets.
- Understands splits, building, descending, DPS, pace and negative splitting.


Knowledge Goals
- Sets short term and long term goals.
- Understands race strategy and proper race prep and warm down.
- Understands and can use relaxation and visualization.
- Understands and can explain season plan.
- Understands relationship between personal commitment level and results.
- Can explain aerobic and anaerobic training.
- Sets practice goals, season and yearly goals.
- Knows the MTAC Stroke Drill Progressions.
- Knows Safety Rules.


Education Goals:


Nutrition Goals

- Water bottles at practice and at meets.
- Eats healthy snacks.
- Demonstrates proper pre-meet meals.
- Understands and plans a healthy diet.


Time Management
- Informs coach prior to practice start time of absence and reason.


Stress Management
- Prioritizes school work, social activities and other commitments including swimming.
- Understands meet and practice performance.
- Balances school, home and extra curricular activities.
- Understands work versus reward relationship.


Performance Goals:


Training Goals

- Challenges themselves on test sets.
- Accepts new and challenging dryland and water training.
- Able to apply technique suggestions/recommendations to training.


Competition Goals
- Competes in most scheduled USA Swimming meets per season.
- Competes in the appropriate championship meet, either District Championships, the Southeastern Championships, or Sectional Championships.
- Competes in Zone and travel qualifying meets.


Character Development:


Sportsmanship/Spirit Goals

- Congratulates teammates and opponents.
- Encourages teammates.
- Demonstrates proper meet behavior.
- Demonstrates leadership skills.
- Respectful of meet officials.


Social Skills
- Initiates communication with coaches.
- Understands and takes responsibility for attendance, performance and practice habits and how to relate these three to meet performance.
- Positive leadership behavior.
- Respectful of pools, locker rooms, team equipment and other swimmers’ property.
- Understand the relationship between critiquing and criticism from coaches.


Team Commitment
- Attends group and team activities.
- Wears team t-shirt at meets.
- Cheers with and for teammates.
- Helps pick up pool deck.
- Positive role model for team and for the sport