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Practice Group Descriptions

Practice Group Descriptions

 

We offer age and skill appropriate training groups.  Below is a brief description of our practice groups and typical practice times. 

 

Level 1

 

This is our beginning group and is intended for kids 8 or 9 and under. For kids to swim in this group they need to be able to swim at least one length of the pool freestyle with their faces (mostly) in the water utilizing rotary breathing as well as one length of backstroke. This group typically practices 2 times a week for an hour during the short course season. Additional practices may be offered during the summer outdoor long course/summer recreation league season. The goal of this group is to expose swimmers to the fun of competitive swimming while honing their technique and love for the sport so that they are able to compete in swim meets with confidence. We will recommend that our Level 1 swimmers attend certain meets throughout the season.  By competing in meets the young athletes really learn to connect what we do in practice to the skills that are needed for them to perform well at our swim meets. Competitions for this level of swimmers are fun and a huge part of the learning process. 

 

Level 2 

 

Kids in this group are usually 9-12 years old and are ready to take their swimming to the next level.  This group has practices offered 5 times a week for 1.25 hours during the short course and summer outdoor long course season. It is recommended that swimmers attend an average of 3 practices per week. The coaching goal for this group is to work with them to perfect their technique while simultaneously building an aerobic base that will sustain them throughout their swimming career. Our Level 2 swimmers will participate in dryland exercises as well as other clinics and classroom sessions.  We will work to improve their stroke technique and proficiency in all four competitive strokes while learning how to compete with effective race strategies. Meet participation is crucial and strongly recommended for Level 2.  Competing in meets helps athletes make a connection and understand that their practice habits have a direct relationship on their meet performance. Level 2 swimmers should attend all Required Meets and as many other meets as their schedule allows. This STAT Level 2 would be ideal for any JR Indian swimmers that finished their season in lanes 2 & 3 as well as any Lionfish Level 2 swimmers from the summer. 

 

Level 3 

 

Kids in this group are usually 9-13 years old and are ready to increase their practice lengths but still require additional stroke and technique development. This group typically has practices offered 5 times a week for 1 1/2 hours during the short course and summer outdoor long course season. It is recommended that swimmers attend a minimum of 3 practices per week and an average of 4 practices per week. The coaching goal for this group is to work with them to perfect their technique while simultaneously building an aerobic base that will sustain them throughout their swimming career. Our Level 3 swimmers will participate in dryland exercises as well as other clinics and classroom sessions.  We will continue to work to improve their stroke technique and proficiency in all four competitive strokes, while learning how to compete with effective race strategies. Meet participation is crucial and strongly recommended for Level 3. Competing in meets helps athletes make a connection and understand that their practice habits have a direct relationship on their meet performance.  Level 3 swimmers should attend all Required Meets and as many other meets as their schedule allows. In addition to STAT swimmers assigned to this group it would be for JR Indian swimmers that finished their season in lane 4. 

 

Level 4 

 

Our Level 4 swimmers typically range in age from 10-13. These swimmers are typically more proficient in their stroke and turn techniques and tend to be more committed to the sport of swimming.  Many already have State or Zone qualifying times.  As such, these swimmers are capable of handling an increased work load that is needed to perform well at these championship level swim meets. The Level 4 practice group trains 5 times per week for 2 hours. It is recommended that swimmers in Level 4 attend an average of 4 practices per week. Practices include a mix of dryland work to supplement and enhance our in-water work. Additional practices, clinics and classroom sessions will be offered as well. The coaching goal of this group is to increase the athlete’s aerobic training and strength/power base to improve their overall swimming speed so that they may be able to qualify for more elite level meets such as the State Meet, Zones and perhaps even national level meets!  

 

Senior–1 (High School Prep) 

 

Our Senior-1 training group is intended for upper middle school and high school age swimmers who may be new to the sport and need more fundamental stroke development. This training group is also for swimmers of this age who aren’t able to train at the rigorous capacity of the Senior-2 group.  At The Stateline Aquatic Team, we believe that all kids who want to be in the sport of swimming, especially at the high school level, need a fundamental base set of technical and racing swimming skills.  We believe that the sport of swimming is a technique limiting sport – those that don’t have, or utilize, the right technical skills in the water are going to be at a serious disadvantage to those that do have these skills no matter the size or strength difference.  Senior-1 swimmers are offered practices 5 days a week for 1-1/2 to 2 hours a night. It is recommended that swimmers attend an average of 3 practices a week, attend all Required Meets and as many of the other meets as their schedule allows.  Practice sessions will be a combination of in water instruction, dry-land strength and coordination exercises, clinics and classroom presentations. 

 

Senior-2 

 

Our Senior-2 Group is intended for motivated and committed athletes who are looking for a challenging, positive and supportive team environment to achieve their individual goals at the season-end championship meets.  The swimmers in the Senior-2 Group are typically high school age swimmers (and college swimmers during the summer) who are willing to work hard and be committed to each other and themselves for their goals.  We recommend strongly that swimmers in this group commit to attending at least 4 practices a week in order to support their teammates in this group and to achieve their season-end championship meet goals. Practices for our Senior-2 Group are offered 5 times a week during the short course season and two-a-day practice sessions are offered during the summer. The Senior-2 Group will have dryland training, clinics and classroom education sessions to complement their in-water practices. There will be predominately one practice for this group and will be designed to support the training needs of the group as a whole.  Practices may get differentiated even more as pool space and the season plan dictates.  Our coaching staff will design practices and counsel these swimmers as needed to help them prepare to achieve whatever their individual goals may be - whether that’s a State, Zone or National qualifying time!