Training Groups

The Kent County YMCA has six training groups: Otter Pups, Juniors, Age Group 2, Age Group 1, Senior 2 and Senior 1. All of our training groups are based on a progressive system of competitive swimming development. The primary considerations for placing a swimmer in a group are their swimming ability, emotional maturity, commitment and experience. A secondary consideration is the swimmers age. The head coach determines training groups, and the roster of the groups will be emailed through Google groups and available at the YMCA Welcome Center prior to registration each season. Training group placement is not a choice made by the swimmer or his/her family. The head coach reserves the right to maintain proper enrollment and balance in all groups. ​Any practice group changes will be communicated to the swimmer and/or parent in consultation with the training group coach.

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Otter Pups

Otter Pups represent the transition from Pre-­Team onto the competitive swim team. Swimmers in this group primarily range in ages of 6 to 8 years old, although there isn’t an age restriction. This group practices 3 days per week for 1 hour at each practice. The primary goal for this group is to teach swimmers about the sport of competitive swimming. Stroke technique is the primary emphasis. 

Swimming Prerequisite: ​25 Yards Freestyle and 25 yards Backstroke

Competition Focus: ​YMCA dual meets, SENECY Championships and New England YMCA Championships.

Attendance Requirement: ​There are no practice attendance requirements, but it is suggested that swimmers attend at least 2 out of the 3 practices offered each week.

Juniors Training Group

Swimmers in the Junior Training Group have some competitive experience and are looking to building upon a solid base of stroke technique. Swimmers will be introduced to basic dryland exercises with the focus on proper technique rather than strength training. Swimmers in this group range in age from 8 to­12 years old, although there isn’t an age restriction. The group practice four days per week for one hour each practice.  

Swimming Prerequisite: ​100 Yards Freestyle and 25 yards Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly.

Competition Focus: ​YMCA dual meets, SENECY Championships and New England YMCA Championships.

Attendance Requirement: ​There are no practice attendance requirements, but it is suggested that swimmers attend at least 3 out of the 4 practices offered each week.

Age Group 2 Training Group

Age Group 2 practices 4 times each week for 1 hour & 30 minutes. The primary age of the swimmers is from 9­ to 12 years old. As is the case with all our training groups, the major focus is still centered on having fun and learning the sport. Solid practice habits are reinforced and training sets are introduced, along with stroke technique/development.  

Swimming Prerequisite: ​200 Yards Freestyle and 25 yards Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly. Swimmers should also regularly use freestyle and backstroke flip turns.

Competition Focus: ​YMCA dual meets, SENECY Championships and New England YMCA Championships.

Attendance Requirement: ​Swimmers should plan on attending at least 3 out of the 4 practices offered each week

Age Group 1 Training Group

Age Group 1 practices 5 times each week for 1 hour & 30 minutes. The primary ages of the swimmers are 11­-13 yrs old. Proper stroke technique is still an emphasis along with reinforcement of proper practice habits. An increase in emphasis on conditioning occurs after the beginning portion of the season.  

Swimming Prerequisite: ​500 Yards Freestyle and 200 Yard Individual Medley.

Competition Focus: ​YMCA dual meets, SENECY Championships and New England YMCA Championships. The competition focus shifts to achieving NE Swimming Age Group Championships time standards and possibly Zones qualifying standards.

Attendance Requirement: ​Swimmers should plan on attending at least 4 out of the 5 practices offered each week.

Senior 2​ Training Group

Senior 2 practices 5­-6 times each week for 2 hours. The primary ages of the swimmers are 13 yrs old and over. Proper stroke technique is still an emphasis, along with the addition of preparation for longer events (200’s odd stroke/1000, 1650 free/400 IM) and reinforcement of proper practice habits. 

Swimming Prerequisite: ​Recommendation of Age Group/Senior Training Coach in consultation with the Head Coach, swimmer and family.

Competition Focus: ​YMCA dual meets, SENECY Championships and New England YMCA Championships. The competition focus shifts to achieving NE Swimming Age Group Championships time tandards and possibly Zones qualifying standards.

Attendance Requirement: ​It is recommended that swimmers plan on attending at least 4 out of the 5 practices offered each week. High School practices may be substituted for YMCA practices after consultation with the Senior Training Coach.

Senior 1 Training Group

The focus for Senior 1 is on cardiovascular fitness, refining stroke mechanics, and gaining competitive experience. The Senior 1 Training Group represents the highest level of training and commitment. Swimmers are expected to increase overall commitment to the sport of competitive swimming through their progression. This group incorporates high-volume training, energy cycles, sprint work stroke refinement, stroke cycles, heart rate training, and goal setting. Dryland is typically at the YMCA in and incorporates running, core training, calisthenics, tubing, isometrics, mental training, and videos.

Swimming Prerequisite: ​Recommendation of Senior Training Coach in consultation with the Head Coach, swimmer and family.

Competition Focus: ​YMCA dual meets, SENECY Championships and New England YMCA Championships. The competition focus shifts to achieving YMCA National Time Trial Cuts, YMCA National Time Standards, NE Swimming Age Group Championships Time Standards and Zones qualifying standards.

Attendance Requirement: ​Senior 1 swimmers are expected to attend 85% of all workouts. High School practices may be substituted for YMCA practices after consultation with the Senior Training Coach; however, all high school students must make at least 1­-2 Sea Otter practices each week.