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Group Descriptions

Practice Group Structures

We are implementing a few changes to the existing training groups. Below you will find a synopsis of each group and which athletes should be practicing in each section. These group structures are a guideline for where each athlete will be able to receive optimal training for their age, ability, and level of commitment.  Any athlete who has questions about which group they have been assigned to should contact Coach John or Coach Elizabeth before completing their registration, and set up a meeting to discuss any changes.

-Developmental

The Developmental Groups are utilized to help our newer athletes, regardless of age, to learn the fundamentals of competitive swimming. Athletes might stay in this group for several years or only a few months depending on how quickly they progress.

              -Developmental Teal

For athletes in Second Grade and below. Minimum requirements are that the athlete can swim one length of the pool in both Freestyle and Backstroke and has and understanding of bilateral breathing (face in the water) in Freestyle.

-Developmental Blue

For athletes in Third Grade and above who are new to the sport of competitive swimming. Minimum requirements are that the athlete can swim one length of the pool in both Freestyle and Backstroke and has and understanding of bilateral breathing (face in the water) in Freestyle.

               

-Age Group

The Age Groups are utilized to help our younger athletes who have an understanding of the sport of competitive swimming and an array of basic skills to develop positive training habits while expanding on their skill sets.

-Age Group

For athletes in Grades 3-5. Minimum requirements are that the athlete can complete practices as directed by coaches and can utilize the basic skills required for the sport.  ie Turns, Legal Strokes, Dives and More.

-Junior

The Junior Groups are utilized to help our developing athletes who have an understanding of training habits and an array of skills to continue their overall progress. Athletes in this group will have a broad range of ability and coaches will find ways to make sure all athletes are being appropriately challenged.

              -Junior Teal

For athletes in Grades 5-7(+). Minimum requirements are that the athlete can complete practices as directed by coaches and can utilize the basic skills required for the sport.  ie Turns, Legal Strokes, Dives and More.

-Junior Blue

For athletes in Grades 5-7(+) who want an additional challenge and an increased level of commitment. Minimum requirements are that the athlete will commit to an increased practice and meet attendance and more practice opportunities. Athletes in this group will also need to be able to complete all training to a reasonable standard. 

-Senior

             -Senior Teal

For athletes in Grades 8+. Minimum requirements are that the athlete can complete all training to a reasonable standard.

-Senior Blue

For athletes in Grades 8+ who want an additional challenge and an increased level of commitment. Minimum requirements are that the athlete will commit to an increased practice and meet attendance and more practice opportunities.

 

Blue or Teal?

There are four Main Groups that will practice together. Three of these are broken down further into two separate categories. In Developmental the breakdown is relatively easy. Any athlete in Grade 2 or below should be in Teal and any athlete in Grade 3 or above should be in Blue. In Junior and Senior there are several factors to look at:

                -Practice commitment

                -Meet commitment

                -Ability to train

All athletes in Junior Group will have a majority of their practices held at the same times. Athletes in the Blue Section will be offered additional opportunities to train. At the large group practices all athletes will be broken down into smaller segments as needed regardless of their Blue/Teal association. Athletes in Blue Sections will be expected to maintain a higher rate of attendance at practices (Minimum 80%-Goal 95%) and meets (Minimum 85%-Goal 100% and must be at all Target Meets). They will also be expected to be able to handle more emotionally and physically challenging elements of practices and meets. Senior Groups will operate in the same way.

The biggest factor for Juniors and Seniors when determining whether to sign up for Blue or Teal is not how fast the athlete is. What separates athletes in the Blue Sections is their willingness to be pushed outside of their comfort zones and how they respond when they are.