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Swim Utah
 
Steiner Aquatics Center-645 Guardsman Way-Salt Lake City, UT 84108
COMPETITIVE AGE GROUP SWIMMING
Swim Utah was created to provide the youth of the Salt Lake Valley with a year round competitive swim experience.  Swimmers learn the importance of dedication, commitment, perseverance and team spirit.  Competitive swimming is an excellent way for children to get in shape. It teaches time management, goal setting, self-esteem, and improves concentration and focus. Swim Utah provides coaching for all levels of swimming ability. Coaches will determine the appropriate group based on ability and age.  As the swimmer improves they will be moved up to a more advanced group, which will require more practice time and therefore will increase the monthly cost as noted in the chart below.
 

Dear Prospective Swim Parents:

From one swim parent to prospective swim parents.  Swimming is a unique sport and will demand a lot from your child.  Swimming 1-2 hours a day requires a lot of dedication, drive and ultimately concentration and organization.  Swimmers tend to be better students, have better concentration and are goal oriented.

They also foster healthy habits and lifestyles.  Swimming helps kids make better choices to improve and sustain their performance.  It even starts to rub off on you!

Like any activity, swimming puts demands on parents to get them to practices, meets and activities.  Unlike some other activities, this is a life long skill with rewards for the whole family.  

Like your swimmers, we encourage you to share in the friendships (you will be with these adults a lot on deck), learn about swimming, and attend the family activities.  

Congratulations on embarking with your child on a wonderful experience.

Here is a useful link on how to be an effective sports parent.

 

WELCOME TO SWIM UTAH

 

 

VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS

Swim Utah is a parent run swim team with no paid positions other than our coaches.  Therefore we depend on our parents to volunteer to be Trustees on the Board, Committees, Officials and Teams.  In addition, we need your help to support your child by getting them to practice, meets and team activities.  At meets, each club is responsible to time.  When you sign up for a meet please note the volunteer tab and sign up for a timing slot.  When we conduct our own meets we will call upon on Members to help with concessions, timing, set up, meet management etc.  Fortunately, not only will your child make long lasting friendships, but so will you. Again, welcome to our team.

 

NEWCOMER AND PARENT EDUCATION

Twice a year we will hold Parent Newcomer meetings to go over club structure, responsibilities, coaches introduction etc.  Even if you are not new to the team, this is a great opportunity to meet other parents and get better aquainted with the team.  At least every quarter we will offer a parent education class to help you help your swimmer with their sport.  Topics such as officiating rules and regulations, good eating habits, swimming terminology, training assistance, etc.  We encourage all parents to come to each meeting.  The meeting/training will be emailed and placed on the web site.  As with any sport, swimming has its own unique demands and there are things we as parents can due to further the performance of our swimmers.

Swimmer Level

Your swimmer will be placed in the appropriate swim group for their ability and age.  The cost of the program is commensurate with the level they are in.  As they improve the head coach will move them up as required.  This typically will require more practice time and therefore an increase in cost.  

 

 
 

AG1: Age Group 1:  Developing Level Swimmers

 

The primary objectives for AG1 are proper development of all 4 strokes, turns, and starts. At Swim Utah creating a fun positive environment for this group is very important as we want to create a lifelong enjoyment in the sport of swimming. Practices are divided into teaching segments that teach all 4 strokes at each session. Fins are utilized often during practice to promote correct kicking form and aid in stroke development. Swimmers are introduced to competition through a series of fun learning meets.

 

Average Ages: 8 to 10

Age Range: 6* to 11

Sessions offered Per Week: 5

Suggested Minimum Attendance: At Least 2 Sessions

Attendance to Move Forward: 65%

Equipment: Fins, Kickboard

 

Entry:

1.  Be able to swim 3 of the 4 strokes legal for 25 yards.

2.  Understand the concept of Butterfly and Dolphin Kicking.

3.  Be able to blow bubbles (rhythmic breathing).

 

Expectations

  1.  Drop under pushoff / streamline.

  2.  Learn how to flip turn.  

  3.  Learn stroke counts for turns.

  4.  Kick on all axis’.

  5.  Learn to dive into shallow water.

  6.  Introduction to sculling

 

Test Sets:

     1.  10 minute swim for max distance.

     2.  100 Free with flip turns under 2:30

     3.  4 x 25 Fly legal

     4.  100 Perfect Posture Kick

     5.  3 x 100 IM Legal

 

 

AG2: Age Group 2:  Developing Meet Preparation


In AG2 our focus is to continue the skill development learned in AG1 and to add fundamentals of athletic development. Training fundamentals are focused on set progressions emphasizing aerobic development and building good racing technique. The understanding and use of the pace clock, send-offs, and repeat times are taught. Positive competitions are used to test and refine skills, which include, but not limited to racing splits, stroke count, and tempo.
 

Average Ages: 9, 10

Age Range: 8* to 11

Sessions offered Per Week: 5-6

Suggested Minimum Attendance: 60%

Attendance to Move Forward: 70%

Equipment:  Fins, Snorkel, Kickboard

 

Entry:

1.  Be able to do all skills required for AG1.

2.  Pass dive progression (be able to dive off blocks into 4.5 feet of water)

3.  Float on surface (good body position)

4.  Be able to breathe every 3 (alternate breathing) on free, hips on surface and have a steady kick.

5. Be able to perform a flip turn.

 

Expectations:

  1. Learn how to use pace clock for send-offs and repeats.

  2. Show good sportsmanship to teammates and opponents.

  3. Working toward swimming 500 yards with flip turns.

  4. “Power of Team” introduced and emphasized.

 

Test Sets:

            1.  10 minute swim for max distance.

            2.  6 x 50 Kick @ 1:20 descending.

           3.  200 Free under 4:00.

           4.  4 x 25 Fly @:45

           5.  3 x 100 IM Legal

 

AG3: Age Group 3: Competitive Swimmers

 

In AG3 Swimmers have begun to master their skills in strokes, starts, and turns taught in earlier team groups. Swimmers will perform all 4 strokes at each practice session. Swimming all 4 strokes well and creating an IM focused athlete is the team’s objective in AG3. Goal Setting and beginning to look forward to long-term goals are emphasized beginning in AG3. The Swimmers will begin to take accountability for their swimming and start to understand the training process.  Learning to be good teammates and understanding the “Power of Team” is strongly emphasized in AG3. Competition is structured at the local, state, and national level for this group.
 

Average Ages: 11, 12

Age Range: 10* to 13

Sessions offered Per Week: 6-8

Suggested Minimum Attendance: 60%

Attendance to Move Forward: 70%

Equipment: Fins, Snorkel, Kickboard, Paddles, Buoy

 

Entry:

1.  Pass all requirements from AG2

2.  Swim a 400 Free and 400 IM

3.  Working towards "A" times.

 

Expectations:

  1. Swim and train with stroke counts.

  2. Be an example for other team members, encourage and help your team.

  3. Set goals and accept challenges.

  4. Attend all meets coach requires.

 

Test Sets:

           1.  10 x 100 Free @1:40

           2.  4 x 50 Butterfly @ 1:15 descending.

          3.  2 x 200 IM @3:30

          4.  8 x 50 Kick @1:00

 

 

ST1: Senior Team 1: High School Preparation

 

In ST1 Swimmers begin the transformation from age group swimmer to senior athlete. The swimmer is responsible for more of their training responsibilities and carries a larger share of the responsibility for their own swimming and/or training specifically for the High School season.  The focus is on learning proper stroke, start, and turn techniques, as well as improving aerobic and training efficiency.  Swimmers can use this group in preparation for next year's high school season, or as a springboard into more advanced training groups.


Average Age: 15

Age Range: 13* to 18

Sessions offered Per Week: 5-6

Suggested Minimum Attendance: 60%

Attendance to Move Forward: 70%

Equipment:  Fins, Snorkel, Paddles, Kickboard, Buoy
 

Entry:

1.  Pass all requirements from AG2.

2.  Complete sets as required.

3.  Desire to improve and train.

4.  Compete in all meets coaches recommend.

 

Expectations:

  1. Swim and train with stroke counts.

  2. Be an example for other team members, encourage and help your team.

  3. Set goals and accept challenges.

  4. Attend all meets coach requires.

 

Test Sets:

  1. 12x100 free @1:30

  2. 500 Free under 6:30

  3. 3 x 200 @3:40 IM

  4. 8 x 25 10-15M underwater @45

  5. 8 x 50 2 of Each IMO @1:00

 

 

ST2: Senior Team 2:  Mid Level Competitive Swimmers

 

The ST2 represents further the transformation from age group swimmer to senior athlete. The swimmer is responsible for more of their training responsibilities and carries a larger share of the responsibility for their own swimming. Swimmers are given responsibilities of monitoring their performances and communicating with the coach. The goal of this group is to achieve success on the regional and national stages. Swimmers and families need to realize that success at this level requires dedication and discipline. Highlighted in this group is the chance to be a team leader and a great athlete.
 

Average Age: 15

Age Range: 13* to 18

Sessions offered Per Week: 9-11

Suggested Minimum Attendance: 70%

Attendance to Move Forward: 90%

Equipment:  Fins, Snorkel, Paddles, Kickboard, Buoy, (TempoTrainer)

 

Entry: 

1.  Be able to perform all skill sets of AG3 and ST1.

2.  Complete sets as required.

3.  Desire to improve and train.

 

Expectations:

    1.  Achieve IMX Long and Short course

    2.  Swim/Train with stroke counts.

    3.  Achieve several far western/zone time, and sectional times.

    4.  Achieve AAA times.

    5.  Attendance greater than 80% and attend dryland training.

    6.  Be responsible for Volunteer hours (e.g. special olympics, swim-to-win meets, University Meets)

    7.  Be an example to other team members. Encourage and help your team mates.

    10.  Be prepared to race at any time and anyone.

    11.  Set SMART goals and accept challenges.

    12.  Attend two a-day practices during summer as scheduled.

 

Test Sets:

           1.  12 x 100 Free @1:25

    2.  500 free under 5:50

          3.  8x25 15+y underwater @:45

4.  3x200 @ 3:00 IM N/S each 50

5.  Kick 8x50 @:50 2 of each IMO

 

ST3: Senior Team 3: Upper Level Competitive Swimmers

 

Swimmers at this elite level have a strong work ethic and are responsible for their attendance. This group will be working towards attending regional senior level competition and beyond.

 

Average Age: 16

Age Range: 14* to 18

Sessions offered Per Week: up to 11

Minimum Attendance: 90%

Equipment:  Fins, Snorkel, Paddles, Kickboard, Buoy, (TempoTrainer)

 

Entry:

1.  Perform all skills associated with ST2 and below.

2.  Desire to improve and train.

3.  Attend all meets coaches recommend.

4.  Have a good understanding of the process of training.

 

Expectations:

  1. Achieve multiple sectional times.

  2. Travel to out of state meets.

  3. Working towards Junior National, Senior National Times.

  4. Be an example to others, encouraging and helping team mates.

  5. Responsible for Volunteer hours

  6. Set SMART goals

  7. Accept challenges, race at any time and any one.

  8. Attend two a-day practices as scheduled.

 

Test Sets:

  1. 12 x 100 Free @1:15    

  2. 500 under 5:30

  3. 8 x 25 underwater @:45

  4. 3x200 @ 2:50 IM N/S each 50

  5. Kick 8 x 50 @:50 2 of each IMO