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Silver 1 Group

SILVER 1 GROUP 

This is a competitive training group designed for swimmers ages 12 and older to train them for YMCA and USA Swimming state and regional level of competition.

The emphasis of the Silver I group will be on increasing aerobic capacity through increased kicking and swimming volume and intensity, continuing to enhance stroke mechanics and underwater kicking ability, and mastering concepts related to race strategies, proper nutrition, goal setting, and mental preparation. Continue to develop strong work ethic.

Requirements for Entry into Silver 1 Group

  • 10 x 100 Free on 1:25 (SCY)
  • 10 x 100 IM on 1:35 (SCY)
  • 10 x 100 Kick on 1:50 (SCY)
  • 500 Free Faster than 6:30 (SCY)
  • 400 IM Faster than 5:45 (SCY)
  • Excel in team-wide test sets throughout the season
  • Must have achieved a legal time in either YMCA or USA Swimming competition in the following events – 100 Butterfly, 100 Backstroke, 100 Breaststroke, 100 Freestyle, 200 Individual Medley, and 500 Freestyle
  • New swimmers placed into the Silver 1 group must achieve a legal time in either YMCA or USA Swimming competition in the following events within 3 months of joining the program – 100 Butterfly, 100 Backstroke, 100 Breaststroke, 100 Freestyle, 200 Individual Medley, and 500 Freestyle

Practice & Meet Attendance Expectations

  • For regular improvement, swimmers are strongly encouraged to attend a minimum of five out of the six practices offered per week.
  • Swimmers are strongly encouraged to attend at least one meet per month as recommended by the group coach.
  • Swimmers should attend at least three YMCA meets during the short-course season in addition to the highest-level championship meet they qualify for. Also attend meets during the long course season.

Goals Outcomes (As Outlined in the YOTA Athlete Progression Model)

Skills in Water
  • Distance Per Stroke
  • Excellent Kick - Especially Underwater
  • Develop a feel for the water
  • Maintain Excellent Body Balance
  • Efficient Strokes & Focus on Details
  • Continue to develop a strong and consistent work ethic
In-Water Training
  • Adding Intensity to Dryland
  • Core Body Strength
  • Stretching/Flexibility
  • Training outside of your comfort zone
  • Importance of Warm-up/Cool Down
  • Test Set Performance
  • Great Turns and Details
  • Continued Improvement of descending, building, negative splitting in practice & races
Character Development
  • Showcase YMCA Core Values
  • Develop coach/Swimmer Relationship
  • More Ownership and Accountability
  • Understand relationship between work ethic and meet perfomance
  • Positive Attitude
  • Living a Healthy Lifestyle
  • Provide Leadership to other swimmers at your site
  • ACADEMICS
Meets & Competition
  • Learning the importance of relays (TEAM)
  • 400IM/200 Strokes
  • 1000/1650 if ready
  • Track your IMX Score
  • Long Course Emphasis
Group Goals
  • Progression to Silver II Group
  • Focus on all four strokes and All Events Regardless of Distance
  • Compete and score at NCS Age Group Champs, Senior Champs, Age Group Sectionals & Capital Classic

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