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PRACTICE GROUPS

 

NATIONAL

GROUP CRITERIA

Swimmers who have attained, or are within one second per 50 of, a YMCA Long Course or Short Course National Championship qualifying time in at least one event. The focus of this group is on preparation for the YMCA National meet.

PRACTICE REQUIREMENTS

Swimmers in this group are expected to attend all assigned practices.

*subject to coaches approval to move to this level

 

SENIOR

GROUP CRITERIA

Swimmers 12 and over who have a New England YMCA qualifying time in at least one event, or who have attained a CT-Swimming Age Group Cut in at least one event. The focus of this group is on preparation for the Age Group and Senior Championship meets and ultimately qualifying for YMCA Long Course Nationals.

PRACTICE REQUIREMENTS

Swimmers in this group are expected to attend all assigned practices and can complete the following practice sets.

5 x 200 @ 2:45

10 x 100 @ 1:20

10 x 100 IM @ 1:30

10 x 50 kick @ 1:15

*subject to coaches approval to move to this level

 

Junior

GROUP CRITERIA

Swimmers 9 years old and older NOT meeting Senior criteria and can complete the following practice sets:

• 8 x 100 Freestyle @ 1:45

• 8 x 100 IM @ 1:50

• 10 x 50 kick @ 1:20

The focus of this group is on refinement of the four competitive strokes, continuing to develop the swimmer’s aerobic base, racing strategy, and short-term goal setting.

PRACTICE REQIREMENTS

Swimmers in this group are expected at attend at least 6 out of every 10 practices.

*subject to coaches approval to move to this level

AGE GROUP

GROUP CRITERIA

Swimmers 8 years old and older NOT meeting Junior criteria AND can complete the following

practice sets:

• 6 x 100 Freestyle @ 2:15

• 6 x 100 IM @ 2:30

• 10 x 50kick @1:30

The focus of this group is on continued development of the four competitive strokes, beginning to develop an aerobic base for longer events, and beginning race strategy.

PRACTICE REQUIREMENTS

Swimmers In this group are expected to attend at least three practices per week.

*subject to coaches approval to move to this level

 

BRASS (Pre Age-Group)

GROUP CRITERIA

Swimmers  13 years old and younger NOT meeting minimum Age Group requirements, and swimmers 8 years old and younger with LESS than one full year of competitive experience, or without four legal strokes. The focus of this group is on instruction in the four competitive strokes, including starts and turns.

PRACTICE REQUIREMENTS

Swimmers in this group are expected to attend at least two practices per week.