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Swim Groups

Group Placement

Athletes will be placed in groups based on children’s goals and abilities.  Certain groups have minimum age requirements.  Coaches will encourage athletes to be placed in the appropriate group which will foster personal and athletic growth.

 

Elite Senior Group

Desired age range for this group - 13 and over
This group is designed for athletes who have made swimming their primary sport and wish to further pursue their craft.  Any athlete participating in this group must have achieved at least one of the 13-14 VSI Age Group Standard times in a particular event.  Athletes in this group are expected to make all practices and all USA meets that are on the schedule.  Those who practice at this level are not only expected to maintain good practice attendance routine, but also maintain a high level of commitment to their chosen sport outside of the pool as well (i.e. proper nutrition, sleep habits, and cross training/dryland
and represent themselves in school in the most positive manner possible).  Any athlete that doesn't meet these requirements must have permission from the Head Coach to join this group.

Practice Attendance Requirement: All practices (swim and dryland) must be attended.

Equipment: Kick Board, Long Fins, Zoomers (Short Fins), Breaststroke Band, Snorkel, Hand Paddles

 

Competitive Senior Group

Desired Age Range for this Group - ages 13 and over
This group is designed for athletes who are thinking of making swimming their primary sport but also are committed to other athletic sports.  There are no swimming qualification time requirements for this group, but any athlete participating in this group must devote themselves inside and outside of the pool to the sport of swimming.  Their attitudes and work ethic must reflect their goals, and athletes must understand that in order to swim in this high level of a group their attitudes, goals, and actions must match that of the group  Athletes in this group are expected to make as many practices as they can, and as many USA meets as they can.

Practice Attendance Requirement: Make as many practices as they can, and compete in as many meets as they can..   
Equipment: Kick Board, Long Fins, Breaststroke Band, Snorkel, Hand Paddles

 

Elite Age Group 1

Desired Age Range for this Group- Ages 11-14 years old
This group is designed for athletes who have made the decision they wish to one day be in the Elite Senior group because they love swimming, but aren’t ready yet for the stringent training demands that will be placed on them.  In this group, athletes will begin to make their transition from age group swimming to senior swimming as it relates to practices (i.e, training and expectations inside and outside of the pool).  Any athlete participating in this group must have achieved at least one of the 11-12 VSI Age Group Standard times in a particular event.  Any athlete that doesn’t meet these requirements must have permission from the Head Coach to join this group.

Practice Attendance Requirement: Must make 4 swim practices a week.
Equipment: Kick Board, Long Fins, Breaststroke Band, Snorkel, Hand Paddles,    

 

Elite Age Group 2

Desired Age Range for this Group- Ages 7-12 yrs old
This group is designed for athletes who have made the decision they wish to one day be in the senior group because they love swimming.  In this group, athletes will begin to make the transition from age group swimming to senior swimming as it relates to practices (i.e. training and expectations inside and outside of the pool).  Any athlete participating in this group must have achieved at least one of the 10 and Under VSI Age Group Standard times in a particular event. This group is expected to make 5 out of 6 practices, and all USA meets that are on the schedule.  Any athlete that doesn't meet these requirements must have permission from the Head Coach to join this group.


Practice Attendance Requirement: Must make 4 swim practices a week.
Equipment: Kick Board, Long Fins, Breaststroke Band, Snorkel

 

Competitive Age Group

Desired age range for this Group: ages 6-12 yrs old
This group is designed for athletes who are at the younger ages but are showing great promise in the sport of swimming.  Swimmers must possess the mental and physical preparedness skills to be ready and perform at practice day in and day out.  While they should (and hopefully are) involved in other sports, they should also make this team a priority and give 100 percent of their mind and effort at practice daily.  Athletes in this group should make as many practices as they possibly can, and compete in as many meets as they possibly can. 

Practice Attendance Requirement: Make as many practices as they can, and compete in as many meets as they can.

Equipment: Kick Board, Long Fins, Breaststroke Band

 

High School Prep

Desired Age Range for this Group- Ages 13 and over
The focus of this group is to condition/prepare athletes who are interested in getting in shape to prepare for the start of their high school swim season.  This is a group that will run from September 5 - November 2 only.

Practice Attendance Requirement: None, come as you can  
   
Equipment: Kick Board, Long Fins, Breaststroke Band, Snorkel

 

Non-Competitive Developmental Group (2 or 3 Day)

Desired Age Range for this program/group is: 5-12 years old (although swimmers who are younger or older than this age frame are accepted based on their ability level as well).

Prerequisite for this group: those who are in this group MUST know how to do freestyle and backstroke, and be able to complete a lap across the pool doing it. 

This group is designed for kids who enjoy swimming, and are looking to start to grow in the sport and develop proper technique.  The focus of this program is more towards developing stroke technique and efficiency, and move at a slower pace in order to meet the specific individual needs of all children in the program.  Ideally this program is aimed for swimmers of the ages 5-12 years old.  There is some flexibility with this that, if you have a child who is younger but is familiar with freestyle and backstroke they’ll fit in, or a swimmer who is older who needs more stroke refinement they’ll fit in too.  This program is based on the Nationally certified and recognized “Swim America” curriculum.

Practice Attendance Requirement: None, come as you can
Equipment: Kick Board, Long Fins, Breaststroke Band