The Starfish Swim Club offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of the Starfish Swim Club here 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.
Pre-Competitive (2 practices per week): Is the transitional level from lessons to the competitive program. Emphasis is on development of basic competitive strokes and skills. Through coach’s feedback and drills, swimmers will learn proper body position, breathing and work on gross motor skills. It is the mission of the coaching staff to insure each swimmer enjoys their introduction to the competitive program.
Age Group 1 (3 practices per week): Similar to the pre-competitive program, the emphasis is on development of proper technique. Refinement of strokes, starts, and turns are continued at this level. The goal of coaches is to see that the swimmers enjoy their experience as they are introduced to training sets and more challenging practice sessions. Group 1 swimmers are introduced to local USA swimming competitions.
Age Group 2 (4 practices per week): Swimmers at this level continue to develop their technique and racing skills with an increased emphasis on aerobic conditioning. More complex training sets are introduced and swimmers become familiar with the pace clock. They are expected to be able to take an active role in their development as a competitive swimmer. Goal setting and racing strategies are introduced at this level. Swimmers compete at the local level and for some, out of district competitions are available.
Age Group 3 (6 practices per week): Age Group 3 members are challenged in both their physical and mental development as competitive swimmers. Practice sessions are demanding and each member of the squad is expected to focus on perfecting skills while increasing their endurance capacity. Age Group 3 members are encouraged to compete in all strokes and distances and discouraged from specializing in specific events. Swimmers compete at the local and regional level and prepare for Senior swimming.
Senior 1 (6 practices per week): For High School age swimmers who want a quality training program, but are not able to meet the demands of the Senior group. The focus is put on the events offered in High School swimming. As with Age Group 3, swimmers will compete at the local level, with the possibility of qualifying for higher level competitions where time standards must be met to compete.
Senior 2 & 3 (6 - 9 practices per week): The most advanced and demanding group, swimmers invited to train at this level have chosen swimming as their primary athletic endeavor. Only the most dedicated swimmers will be offered this level of training. It is expected that they will maintain that commitment to swimming and demonstrate it on a daily basis. Coaches’ expectations and squad standards are detailed at the beginning of the season and must be met in order to remain at this level. Regional and National level competition is the goal of this group.