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Swim Team Practice Groups

The Stevens Point Area YMCA Swim Team (SPDY) offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of our team to offer age specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging each individual and developing each individual to the best of their abilities.

If you have questions regarding our the SPDY Swim Team please contact Abby Bubnik &  Adam Meshak at SPDY@spymca.org.

The SPDY swim team is for beginners interested in learning more about competitive swimming as a sport, through advanced swimmers that compete at the state and national levels. The team is led by a group of professional coaches with multiple years of swimming and coaching experience.   Practices focus on fundamental competitive swimming skills, stroke instruction, and team building. Swimmers prepare for a variety of competitions and participate in frequent swim meets.   Interested swimmers must be able to swim 1 length (25 yds) of the pool. The six distinct training groups offered in the SPDY program are:

Developmental I

Introductory group on the SPDY Swim Team, this is for all swimmers new to the sport of competitive swimming. Most swimmers in the group are under the age of 10 and should have had previous swim lesson experience. Swimmers must be able to swim 1 length (25 yards) of both freestyle and backstroke. Four practices are offered per week, but swimmers are restricted to only two of those. This group spends 100% of the time working on freestyle and backstroke technique and learning breaststroke and butterfly fundamentals. Swim meet participation is encouraged but not required.

Developmental II

This practice group is for swimmers 12 years old or younger who have some swim team experience or many years of swim lesson experience. Swimmers must have knowledge of all four competitive strokes and must be able to swim both freestyle and backstroke for 2 lengths of the pool (50 yards) without stopping. Swimmers in this group will focus on proper stroke technique for all 4 strokes, as well as being introduced to starts and turns and some racing strategies. Swimmers should attend 2-3 practices per week and swim meet participation is encouraged but not enforced.

Juniors

This practice group is generally for swimmers 12 years old or younger. Swimmers wishing to join this group must be able to dive, swim 200 yards of freestyle without stopping, swim 50 yards of each of the 4 strokes legally, and legally swim a 100 IM. Swimmers in this group will be focusing on perfecting all 4 strokes, dives and fip turns, some endurance training, and an introduction to dry land exercises. Each swimmer is expected to attend 2-4 practices per week and swim meet participation is strongly recommended.
 

Junior Elite

This practice group consists of swimmers 9 years old and above. Swimmers in this group must meet the training group requirements or must have permission from coaching staff. Practices will consist of 60% training and 40% technique work, with a strong focus on race strategy. Practices are based on 100% attendance and swim meet participation is expected. Requirements:

1. Ability to perform all 4 strokes legally.
2. Attend a minimum 60% of practices.
3. Must be able to swim 10x50 freestyle on 1:00 intervals.
4. Ability to read the pace clock and keep track of sendoffs.
5. Must have a strong commitment to the team and sport of swimming.
 

Seniors

This practice group consists of swimmers 12 years old and above and must meet group requirements or be granted permission from the coaching staff. Swimmers in this level should have a strong commitment to the sport of swimming and the desire to achieve their maximum swimming potential. Swimmers are required to participate in a minimum 70% of team practices. Practices in this group are based on 100% attendance and focus mainly on training and race strategy, with some technique work. Swim meet participation is expected. Requirements:


1. Be profcient in all 4 strokes.
2. Attend a minimum of 70% of practices.
3. Be able to do 10x100 freestyle on 1:35 interval. 

Senior Elite

This practice group consists of swimmers 14 years and older. This is the top level on the SPDY swim team. Swimmers in this group have shown the commitment to train at the highest level and the interest to swim at the YMCA National level. Practices are conducted based on 100% attendance and swimmers must participate in a minimum of 80% of team practices to remain in this group. Swim meet participation is expected. Requirements:

 

1. Attend a minimum of 80% of practices.
2. Be able to swim 10x100 freestyle on 1:20 interval.
3. Demonstrate the ability and commitment to swim at the highest level.