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Practice Groups

DISCOVERY: Learn to Swim

"Learning the fundamentals in a fun environment"

Focus is on teaching fundamentals and developing basic motor learning skills, balance, and coordination in the water.
Yardage swum is low-intensity and technique-oriented.
Athletes typically range in age from 5 to 8 years old.

Minis 1 – Ages 5 to 8

  • Focus:  FUN, fundamentals, balance, coordination, basic motor skills, drills and techniques introducing all 4 strokes, plus starts and turns.
  • Practices:  Three practices are offered per week.
  • Competition:  Introduction to competition: athletes participate in 3 to 6 swim meets per year as approved by coaches.

Minis 2 – Ages 7 to 8

  • Focus:  FUN, fundamentals, continued focus on drills and technique in all 4 strokes, including competitive skills to prepare for monthly competitions.
  • Practices:  Three practices are offered per week with dryland included to increase balance, coordination, and athleticism.
  • Competition:  Competition is part of the program: athletes participate in 4 to 8 swim meets per year.

 IMAGINATION: Learn to Train

"Fundamentals and introduction to training, in a fun environment."

Focus remains on teaching fundamentals and developing a strong foundation in all strokes while introducing a culture where hard work is valued and fun.
Athletes are encouraged to attend as many practices each week as possible.
Athletes typically range in age from 9 to 14 years old.

Age Group White – Ages 9 to 14

  • Focus:  Developing a strong foundation in all 4 strokes with little to no specialization
  • Practices:   Four practices are offered per week. Dryland sessions are offered to complement swim training. Elementary age swimmers typically train 2-4 times per week; middle school swimmers train 3-4 times per week
  • Competition: Athletes compete monthly, with one “focus meet” per season. The group's emphasis is on long term development instead of qualifying for a certain competition. Competitions are used as an evaluation of training.

Age Group Blue – Ages 9 to 14

  • Focus:  Athletes learn to value hard work, with a continued emphasis on maintaining a strong foundation in all 4 strokes with little to no specialization.
  • Practices:  Four (4) practices are offered per week, complemented by 4 dryland sessions. Swimmers typically attend 3 – 4 practices per week
  • Competition:  Athletes compete monthly with one “focus meet” per season. The group's emphasis remains on long term development but with increased awareness of what the “next level” of competition looks like. Competitions are used as an evaluation of training, with increased awareness of times as one measurement of progress.

PREPARATION: Learn to Compete

"Competitiveness is directly correlated with hard work, consistency, mindfulness, and embracing the journey."

The quantity and intensity of the training program increases.
Focus shifts from teaching fundamentals to stroke technique refinement and physiological conditioning.
Athletes are encouraged to attend as many practices per week as possible.
Athletes typically range in age from 11 to 18 years old.

Age Group Bronze – Ages 11 to 14

  • Focus:  Athletes learn to appreciate the training process and seeing results over time. Athletes continue to establish a strong foundation in all 4 strokes with little specialization. Coaches place an equal emphasis on long course and short course swimming. 400yd IM and 1000yd free are regularly swum in competitions.
  • Practices:   Five (5) practices are offered per week: with continued focus on previous work, incorporation of tools, and introduction to resisted movements. Swimmers typically attend 3 – 5 practices per week
  • Competition:  Athletes compete monthly with a focus meet as late in the season as possible. Senior level meets are introduced and consideration is given to attending the highest level meet for which he/she qualifies.

Senior Silver – Ages 15+

  • Focus:  Athletes learn to find and define success based on personal goals. They continue to build a solid foundation in all 4 strokes. This group, offered in sessions, allows swimmers and multi-sport athletes the flexibility to choose what they want to get out of the sport. The goal of the group is still to develop and move athletes through the program. 
  • Coaches balance establishing a base of technique and aerobic systems with catering to individual needs and goals of each athlete.
  • Practices:  Five (5) practices are offered per week: Swimmers typically attend 3 – 5 practices per week
  • Competition:  Athletes are encouraged to compete monthly, especially those who are looking to progress through the program.
  • Senior Gold – Ages 15+

  • Focus:  Athletes are encouraged to find creative ways to reach their potential. Group members possess a strong technical foundation in all 4 strokes and a focus on long term development. One emphasis is on building an aerobic base for both short term and long term success.
  • Practices:  Five (5) practices are offered per week: Swimmers typically attend 3 – 5 practices per week
  • Competition:  Athletes compete monthly with one focus meet per season and the possibility of a mid-season meet to gauge progress. Athletes should be working to seek success in multiple ways not just defined by dropping time.