Training Groups

The Indiana YMCA Swim Team has training groups to fit the ability levels of all swimmers.  From our newest swimmers just learning the competitive strokes to our national competitors, everyone can be included in this wonderful sport.  We have physical requirements listed for each team but moving up is always at the coach’s discretion. 

Gold Team

The gold team includes our Piranhas who are learning the sport of competitive swimming.  An emphasis is put on proper stroke technique and competitive swimming instruction.  

Requirements to Join

Swim 25 yards freestyle
Swim 25 yards backstroke
Understanding of breaststroke and butterfly

Work
• 25’s of all strokes
• Learning IM
• Emphasis on learning all four competitive strokes
• Learning flip turns for all strokes
• Staying healthy and having fun with swimming


White Team

The white team is for swimmers who are able to compete in all four competitive strokes but need refinement on technique and increased endurance.  The white team still has an emphasis on technique but teaches technique while building the endurance necessary for successful competition.

Requirements to Join
• Swim three of the four competitive strokes under :30 seconds for 25 yards
• Complete a legal 100 IM

Work
• Increments of 25’s, 50’s, 100’s, and the occasional 200
• Focus on a mastery of all four competitive strokes with drills
• Introduce endurance training during with paced sets
• Competitive starts and turns

 

Advanced White Team

The white team is for swimmers who are able to compete in all four competitive strokes but need refinement on technique and increased endurance.  The white team still has an emphasis on technique but teaches technique while building the endurance necessary for successful competition.

Requirements to Join
• Swim four of the competitive strokes in the following times:

Under :48.5 seconds - 50 yard butterfly
Under :48.5 seconds - 50 yard backstroke
Under :53.5 seconds - 50 yard breaststroke
Under :41 seconds - 50 yard freestyle
Under 1:31.5 seconds - 100 yard Individual Medley

Work
• over 1500 yards per practice
• Increments of 25’s, 50’s, 100’s, and the occasional 200
• Focus on a mastery of all four competitive strokes with drills
• Introduce endurance training during with paced sets
• Starts and turns

 

Red Team

The red team increases the level of yardage for our swimmers who are beginning to get really serious about competitive swimming.  This is for our younger swimmers who want to compete at a higher level and will practice 4 times/week.  Stroke development is still added, but a higher emphasis is placed on training speed and endurance.

Requirements to Join
• High level of efficiency in all four competitive strokes 
• Competitive times that meet four of the following requirements:

Under :41 seconds - 50 yard butterfly
Under :42 seconds - 50 yard backstroke
Under :46 seconds - 50 yard breaststroke
Under :35 seconds - 50 yard freestyle
Under 1:29 seconds - 100 yard Individual Medley

Work
• over 2500 yards per practice
• All distances up to 500 yards
• All four strokes covered daily
• Daily stroke drills working on technique and efficiency
• Increased emphasis on general endurance and speed training

 

Blue Team

The blue team is our highest training group.  It includes our fastest swimmers as well as our Piranhas who also compete on the teams of our area high schools.  Although technique is incorporated into every practice a main goal of this group is to make swimmers faster using specifically designed sets to increase a swimmers speed in their chosen events.


Requirements to Join
• Mastery of all four competitive strokes 
• Competitive times that meet or exceed four of the following requirements
• Under :33 seconds - 50 yard butterfly
• Under :35 seconds - 50 yard backstroke
• Under :39 seconds - 50 yard breaststroke
• Under :30 seconds - 50 yard freestyle
• Under 2:50 seconds - 200 Yard Individual Medley

Work
• over 3000 yards per practice
• All distances up to 1000
• All four strokes covered daily
• Daily stroke drills
• Very high emphasis on the necessary training for speed and endurance