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Training Group Descriptions

Swimmers, regardless of attendance, will be placed with their aged-based peer group and practices will be differentiated to appropriately serve all skill levels at that age.  All practices will have an element of fun as Swim Charleston believes that fun and hard work can go together. Group placement is outlined below.

Level 1:  This group of mostly 9/under swimmers is an entry level competitive swimming group.  Swimmers should be able to legally perform (or be very close to successfully performing) at least three of the four competitive strokes.  This group is focused on developing the stroke fundamentals and swimmers will spend the majority of practice time focusing on developing proficiency and efficiency in the four competitive strokes, starts, turns, and finishes.  In addition, swimmers will learn to read the clock and begin to understand interval training.  Swimmers will begin to explore the concept of goals.  

Level 2: This group of 9-12 year olds will continue to emphasize perfecting all four strokes and the mechanics of kicking, starts, turns, and finishes. The group will begin to do more interval training, learn pre-race, race and post-race strategies, explore visualization, and discuss nutrition and cross-training.  Swimmers at this level will be expected to know the rules of year-round USA competitive swimming and they will work with the coaches to set short-term and long-term goals. Advanced swimmers in this age bracket will be placed in the Level 2Plus group.  

Level 3: This group of 11-13 year olds will continue to perfect the four strokes, starts, turns, and finishes.  The group will continue with interval training and the study of pre-race, race, and post-race strategies. Swimmers will continue to build their understanding of visualization, nutrition, and cross-training.  Swimmers at this level will be expected to know the rules of year-round USA competitive swimming and they will work with coaches to set short-term, mid-term, long-term practice and time goals. 

Level 4: This group of 14-15 year old swimmers will continue to focus on perfecting their technique while developing more serious and rigorous training habits.  The focus is on extensive aerobic training supplemented with advanced dryland conditioning.  Swimmers will continue to be students of visualization, nutrition, and cross-training.  They will learn advanced sprint, middle and distance training techniques and racing strategies.  Practices increase in intensity and duration. Swimmers in this group will work with coaches to set more leveled short-term, mid-term, and long-term practice and time goals.  Swimmers in this group will be encouraged to examine the possibility of college swimming.  In addition, swimmers in this group will be expected to work with younger swimmers (10/under) as mentors.

Level 5 (Senior): This group of 16-18 year old swimmers (and 15 year olds who are qualified for Senior Sectionals) will continue to focus on perfecting their technique while developing the most serious and rigorous training habits.  The focus is on extensive aerobic training supplemented with advanced dryland conditioning.  Swimmers will continue to be students of visualization, nutrition, and cross-training.  They will perfect advanced sprint, middle and distance training techniques and racing strategies.  Practices increase in intensity and duration. Swimmers in this group will work with coaches to set more leveled short-term, mid-term, and long-term practice and time goals.  Swimmers in this group will be highly encouraged to examine the possibility of college swimming.  In addition, swimmers in this group will be expected to work with younger swimmers ages (12/under) as mentors.

Training Group Moves

Upon suggestion from the coach, swimmers who have a birthday in the middle of the season, may have the option to move to a new training group. Swimmers may also elect to wait to make these group changes until either April or June or September. These decisions will be made by swimmer, coach and parent together. 

Season Training Plans

Season training plans will consist of 3 phases, depending on the practice group. Group and individual training plans will be adjusted as necessary to ensure that swimmers perform well at their championship meets, whatever they may be.

For the Long Course practice schedule, hover over the Practice Groups Tab above and then click on the sub-tab labeled practice schedule. 

For the Short Course practice schedule, hover over the Practice Groups Tab above and then click on the sub-tab labeled SCY practice schedule.