Beginner - White Group
Must be able to swim 2 of the 4 competitive strokes legally for one length (if not, we recommend them to the YMCA for swim lessons). Little yardage (up to 1,000 yards) since most of the time is spent working on stroke technique. Exposure to starts and turns Focus: Drills and stroke technique.
Intermediate - Gray Group
Age ranges vary and level of experience can vary as well (from 1-4 years). These swimmers understand all four strokes and need some stroke refinement, also will develop stronger turns and starts and will start to do more distance yardage.
Advanced - Blue Group
ften between the ages of 9-13. These swimmers have the basic ability to perform all strokes, but the emphasis is still on developing better technique since they are still young and learning to perform the strokes better. These kids can handle more yardage, but practices are still ran mostly as drill sessions. Slightly more yardage is completed in these workouts with the drills getting more demanding and in-depth, as well as more emphasis put on butterfly. Firm introduction to starts and turns.
As the swimmer progresses, they will have the ability to perform all of the strokes with strong efficiency and are starting to get faster. These swimmers may have Y All-Star times or Zone times. Advanced Juniors will be introduced to interval sets and accomplish about 1,500 to 2,500 yards a day. A close eye is spent on technique, and are beginning to develop their own personal styles of strokes. This group may have a day or two a week in order to focus more on drills of a particular stroke or starts/turns.
High School - Orange Group
Usually between the ages of 14 and up. Dry Land training is introduced in this group and is encouraged as a part of the training regimen. They normally go between 3,000 to 4,000 yards a day with some days focusing on distance. Thirty minutes of dry land is encouraged at least 3 days a week before or after practice. Few practices are spent doing drills, since most swimmers have strong efficiency in all strokes. Taper training is introduced in this group as we approach Champs, Zones and Nationals.