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Bronze (Practice Site & Travel Team)

BRONZE TRAINING GROUP

The Bronze training group swimmers have two different options for training, but need to pick one training site choice for the season. DSMY offers a Bronze training group at five branch Practice Sites and an additional group with the Wellmark YMCA Travel Team.

At the practice site, this is a competitive swimming training group for swimmers 13+ years old and will be geared toward the high school swimmer who is also involved in many non-swimming activities and commitments. In order to maintain one's training baseline and to see improvement, swimmers are encouraged to attend as many practices and meets as their schedule will allow.

At the Travel Team site, the focus will be geared towards increasing aerobic capacity while continuing to improve upon stroke technique and mechanics. With increased volume and intensity, Bronze swimmers will continue to master race strategy/execution, improve upon goal setting and mental preparation and be introduced to prelim/finals championship style of meets.

High school boys, participating with their high school swim team, will only be charged $10 for the months of November, December and January so they may compete in their required three YMCA closed meets.

High school girls, participating with their high school swim team, will be charged for the months of November (pro-rated upon return, if needed), December, January and February so they may compete in their required three YMCA closed meets.  High school girls are encouraged to register before the season begins (9-4-18).  The payment made at check out of registration will be considered payment for November 2018.

Evaluation Guidelines and Requirements for Entry into Bronze Training Group

  • Good listening skills
  • Strong kick and aerobic base
  • Legal in all four strokes
  • Ability to read the pace clock
  • Practice Site: 13+ years old, high school swimmer or invitation from Practice Site Head Coach
  • Travel Team: 11+ years old with one USA Swim “A” time standard OR summer before freshman year of high school.

Practices Per Week & Length

  • 4-6 practices per week
  • Travel Team: intro to doubles
  • Practice Site: 1 hour 30 minutes; Travel Team: 2 hours per practice
  • Travel Team: optional Dry Land encouraged

Bronze Equipment Needed for Practice Sites

Your own: Suit, cap, goggles, water bottle, towel, fins, hand paddles (your choice/preference)

YMCA provided: Kickboards and pull buoys

Group Outcomes (As Outlined in the DSMY Athlete Progression Model)

Course Emphasis,

Water Skills &

Dry Land Training

 

  • Short course (25 yard) emphasis at the Practice Site; short and long course (50m) with the Travel Team
  • Stroke technique emphasis
  • Legal strokes and turns
  • Aerobic endurance and anaerobic training based
  • Race strategy, test sets, build/descend/negative split sets
  • Intro to pushing outside of physical and mental comfort zones emphasized with the Travel Team
  • Basic stretching
  • Basic core
  • Basic speed/agility
Character Development
  • Live the core values
  • Positive team culture, relationships, sportsmanship
  • Goal setting
  • Community service
  • Ownership and accountability
  • Healthy choices
  • Priority on academics
Meets and Competition
  • 3 YMCA meets (fall/winter season)

  • 3 USA Swimming meet (Travel Team)

  • YMCA State Meet (1st weekend of March)

  • Relays

  • Travel Team: 1650 free, 200 fly, 400 IM, Track IMX score

Group Goals
  • Maintain a love for the sport
  • Practice Site: maintain feel for the water and aerobic base
  • Travel Team: focus on all strokes while increasing the distances
  • Compete and score at Y State, Y Regionals and ISI Age Group & Senior Championship meets
  • Progression to Silver Travel Team training group
Volunteering for Hosted Meets Guidelines
  • Required to help with home meets; variety of positions:
  • YMCA/USA official
  • volunteer coordinator and/or committee leader

Locations Offered