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Criteria for Swimmer Advancement

   Ashwaubenon Swim Club offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of Ashwaubenon Swim Club to offer age specific training for all of our athletes geared toward challenging and developing each individual to the best of his or her abilities.

Each swimmer will be assigned a specific level at the beginning of the season.  The swimmer’s level dictates the available practice times.  Swimmers can move up a group level by completing specified tests in practice and achieve times in events at swim meets, and will have opportunities to advance throughout the season.  Generally, we recommend swimmers for advancing levels in January, April, and September, although we do allow some advancement at other times in special cases. Swimmer levels and advancement are strictly the coaches' decision. 

Swimmer performance in training must consistently reflect the demands of that workout level or they may be moved back down to the lower level.

If you have any questions about your swimmer’s level, or their readiness to test into the next level, please ask Coach Dave or Coach Katie.

Entrance Criteria to begin at the Junior Jaguar level

  • swim 25 yards freestyle keeping face in water, side breathing, and without stopping
  • swim 25 yards backstroke without stopping
  • alternative to two items above: graduated Level 5 Ashwaubenon Swim Lessons
  • deep water safe
  • kick 50 yards flutter kick with a kickboard in 1:45 or faster

Criteria To Move From Junior Jaguars to White

Habits

  • Ready with all gear at practice
  • Puts equipment away at end of practice
  • Behaves properly in locker room and other unsupervised areas
  • Immediate compliance to coach commands
  • Demonstrates ability to swim sets with purpose and minimal supervision
  • Understands pace clock and makes all assigned send off intervals
  • Listens and follows instructions without chronic need to re-explain instructions
  • Cheers and encourages teammates and know the names of teammates in group
  • Competes in local and developmental competitions and talks to coach before and after races.
  • Knows best times in two events.

Test Sets

  • 50 Flutter Kick with a kickboard in 1:05 or faster
  • Legal 50's in each of the 4 main strokes with correct technique, turns, and breakouts (in meet or practice)
  • 100 IM legally swum with correct technique, turns, and breakouts in 2:15 or faster
  • 8 x 50 Freestyle on 1:10 interval, t-starts and flip turns required each 50
  • 8 x 50 Backstroke on 1:20 interval, t-starts and back flip turns required each 50
  • 200 Freestyle with flip turns required in 4:15 or faster
  • 12 x 25 Flutter Kick with a kickboard on :40 interval, hands on board at all times
  • Dive Certified and has competed in at least one USA Swimming meet 

Strength Performance Recommendations

  • Can do push-ups, pull-ups, and sit-ups
  • In the level, athletes will be introduced to strength training using their body's own weight
  • Introduced to shoulder strengthening exercises

Criteria To Move From White to Green

Habits

  • Ready with all gear at practice
  • Puts equipment away at end of practice
  • Behaves properly in locker room and other unsupervised areas
  • Immediate compliance to coach commands
  • Demonstrates ability to swim sets with purpose and minimal supervision
  • Understands pace clock and makes all assigned send off intervals
  • Listens and follows instructions without chronic need to re-explain instructions
  • Cheers and encourages teammates and know the names of teammates in group
  • Competes in local and developmental competitions and talks to coach before and after races.
  • Knows best times in three events.

Test Sets

  • 50 Flutter Kick with a kickboard in :50 or faster
  • Legal SCY 50's swum in a meet in each of the 4 main strokes with correct technique, turns, and breakouts
  • 100 IM legally swum in a meet with correct technique, turns, and breakouts, and in 1:45 or faster in meet or practice
  • 8 x 50 Freestyle on :55 interval holding 10 rest, t-starts and flip turns required each 50
  • 8 x 50 Backstroke on 1:10 interval, t-starts and back flip turns required each 50
  • 100 and 200 Freestyle swum in a meet with flip turns, 100 Freestyle required in 1:25 or faster and 200 Freestyle required in 3:20 or faster (times can be made in meet or practice)
  • 12 x 25 Streamline BK Flutter Kick on :40 interval
  • 5 x 100 Freestyle on 1:45 interval
  • Dive Certified and has competed regularly in USA Swimming meets 

Strength Performance Recommendations

  • Can do push-ups, pull-ups, and sit-ups
  • In the level, athletes will be introduced to strength training using their body's own weight
  • Introduced to shoulder strengthening exercises

Criteria to move from Green to Gold

Habits

  • Exhibits respectful, selfless and sportsmanlike behavior everywhere
  • Ready on time with all gear at practice
  • Puts equipment away at end of practice
  • Immediate compliance to coach commands
  • Swim sets with minimal supervision, holding proper interval and set count
  • Understands and makes all assigned send off intervals and can use clock to calculate repeats
  • Knows times and stroke counts on sets requiring time or count
  • Listens and follows instructions without chronic need to re-explain instructions
  • Motivates, Challenges, Cheers, and Knows names of all teammates
  • Attends the recommended swim meets for their level and is on time to warmups, talks to coach before and after races
  • Swimmer competes in all events offered in his/her age group and knows best times

Cognitive

  • Begins learning about nutritional requirements of training and competition
  • Begins understanding how to utilize split information in training
  • Begins understanding race strategy for different events
  • Has a beginning understanding of effective goal setting

Strength Performance

  • Can do pushups, pull-ups, and abdominal work correctly

Test Sets

  • 10 x 100 freestyle on 1:40 interval, t-starts and flip turns required on each wall
  • 10 x 100 backstroke on 1:50 interval, t-starts and back flip turns required on each wall
  • 16 x 25 butterfly on :40 interval, hips high on chest press throughout
  • 6 x 100 breaststroke on 2:05 interval, t-starts, open turns and pull-outs required on each wall
  • 4 x 200 IM on 4:00 interval, legal turns and breast pull-out each repeat
  • 6 x 100 flutter kick with the kickboard on 2:30 interval
  • 500 freestyle in 7:15 or faster
  • 200 IM in 3:00 or faster
  • Must have acceptable turns and breakouts for all swims
  • Regular participation in practice and at USA Swimming meets

Criteria to move from Gold to Senior

Habits

  • Exhibits respectful, selfless and sportsmanlike behavior everywhere
  • Ready on time with all gear at practice
  • Puts equipment away at end of practice and ensures team use area is left as it was found
  • Understands the relationship of heart rate, pace and effort, requiring no supervision in training
  • Has mastered pace clock use to include knowing times, repeat numbers and patterns
  • Listens and helps teammates follow instructions when instructions were not understood
  • Knows times and stroke counts on sets requiring time or count
  • Through actions earns the right to lead by voice, and helps mentor less experienced teammates
  • Attends the recommended swim meets for their level and is on time to warmups, talks to coach before and after races
  • Swimmer competes in all events offered in his/her age group and knows best times
  • Demonstrates ability to balance school, social, swimming and family
  • Actively influences teammates/peers in a positive manner

Cognitive

  • Has general knowledge of energy systems and how they are used in training
  • Understands nutritional requirements of training and competition
  • Understands the importance of distance per stroke and strives for goal DPS through race and practice
  • Understands that training seasons are designed for peak performance at the highest level of competition at the end of the season. Understands improvement will not happen at every competition as a result.
  • Understands and utilizes effective goal setting principles

Strength Performance

  • Has strength and flexibility required for training at the Senior level. Understands the importance of flexibility and stretches outside of training.
  • Understands the importance of shoulder strength, and performs shoulder injury prevention exercises outside of training.
  • Will be introduced to weight machines and other strength training equipment

Test Sets

  • 10 x 100 freestyle on 1:20 interval, t-starts and flip turns required on each wall
  • 10 x 100 backstroke on 1:30 interval, t-starts and back flip turns required on each wall
  • 16 x 25 butterfly on :30 interval, hips high on chest press throughout
  • 6 x 100 breaststroke on 1:40 interval, t-starts, open turns and pull-outs required on each wall
  • 4 x 200 IM on 3:45 interval, legal turns and breast pull-out each repeat
  • 6 x 100 flutter kick with a kickboard on 1:40 interval
  • 500 freestyle in 6:00 or faster
  • 200 IM in 2:30 or faster
  • Must have acceptable turns and breakouts for all swims
  • Regular participation in practice and in USA Swimming Meets