The Youngstown Neptunes offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of the Youngstown Neptunes 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.
Questions or Concerns Regarding Practices or Practice Times should Contact:
Jamie Stahl, Head Coach
This season Neptune Practices will be divided up based on swimming ability. This is done so our coaches can provide the best education and exercises for all of our swimmers. Swimmers can attend the practice time that they would like to try and be placed into. Swimmers are more than welcome to swim down a level if they cannot make it to the practice they are placed in.
Periodically throughout the season we will reassess any swimmer that would like to move up a practice. Practice criteria are subject to change throughout the season based upon the improvement and ability level of that group.
Team Structure /Training Groups
The coaching staff will determine placement of a swimmer in a training group based on ability, commitment, work ethic, maturity, and sportsmanship all in the best interest of the swimmer. This is done so our coaches can provide the best education and exercises for all of our swimmers. The following descriptions are general guidelines for each swim group:
WHITE 4:25-5:25 MWF
The purpose of this group is to learn the four competitive strokes, learn the basics of the sport of swimming and most importantly have fun. A focus on enjoying the water, meeting new challenges and gaining endurance builds confidence in these young swimmers.
- The swimmer must pass the YMCA Deep Water Test.
- The swimmer must be able to swim one length of freestyle and backstroke (25yards) without stopping.
- Swimmers will learn starts and basic stroke technique of each of the four strokes.
- Swimmers will learn the proper dive off of the wall and block.
- Swimmers will be introduced to the breaststroke pull out.
YELLOW 6:30-7:30 MTWHF
The purpose of this group is to develop the fundamentals all four competitive strokes, and learn starts and turns. The focus is to improve stroke technique, teaching components of competitive swimming, building team pride, and increasing overall swimming fitness.
- Must be able to swim at least 100 yards freestyle (4 lengths without stopping)
- Legally swim 25 yards of backstroke
Have the basic fundamentals and knowledge of the drills for butterfly and breaststroke.
Swimmers will learn to perfect the breaststroke pull out.
Swimmers will learn the proper turns for each of the four strokes and the I.M.
Swimmers will learn Relay Starts from the block.
Swimmers will be introduced to interval training.
GREEN 7:30-8:30 MTWH 6:30-7:30 F
The purpose of this group is to work on stroke development, perfect all four competitive strokes, continue to improve starts and turns, and introduce endurance work at practice.
- Swimmers must be able to swim at least 300 yards freestyle with flip turns(12 lengths without stopping)
- Legally swim 50 yards of backstroke
- Legally swim 25 butterfly and 25 breaststroke.
BLACK 5-6:30 MTWHF
Black is our rigorous and highly competitive training group. This group is committed to reaching their highest potential on a daily basis. Swimmers are expected to be on deck with caps and goggles by 4:55 and in the pool at 5pm.(Unless otherwise arranged with the Head Coach.)
The purpose of this group is to perfect and fine tune all four competitive strokes, starts and turns, learn about and train in the different energy zones at practice (Aerobic, Anaerobic), and understand racing strategies. Swimmers in this group are very experienced and have coach’s permission.
High School 5-6:30 MTWHF
The purpose of this group is perfect and fine tune all four competitive strokes, starts and turns, learn about and train in the different energy zones at practice (Aerobic, Anaerobic), understand racing strategies and most importantly have fun. Swimmers are expected to be on deck with caps and goggles by 4:55 and in the pool at 5pm. (Unless otherwise arranged with the Head Coach.)
DRYLAND PRACTICES: 11 & Up
Dryland practices will be held Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.