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SBA Team Requirements:  Positive attitude and team spirit!

This is a competitive swim team – swim meets are mandatory; this is where swimmers, parents and coaches see their development.

During swim meets, all members will need to be in team attire.  This includes team caps, suits, shirts and any other team items.  Represent SBA with pride!

SBA is a Speedo sponsored team – please purchase Speedo items as much as possible.  All groups need fins, paddles for drills, a pull buoy, center mount snorkel and kickboard.  Coaches may add additional items for their groups. Items can be purchased from Paradowski’s at (https://www.swimwestusa.com/collections/south-bay-aquatics) Password is gosouthbay

Advancement to the next group beyond Bronze and Silver is based in part on swimmer performance.  Click here for the Time Standards for Advancement required for consideration; other considerations are listed below. Keep in mind, this is not an exhaustive list.  

 

Swim Level

Equipment, Practice, Advancement Criteria

Monthly Fee

Try-Outs

2-week trial period; Welcome letter and information packet provided
Must be able to swim 50 yards freestyle with breathing, 25 backstroke, and be deep water safe.

$25 for
2 weeks (prorated for remainder of month)*

Novice/Bronze
(Age Group)

Practice Equipment: cap, swimsuit, goggles, fins, paddles, pull buoy, center mount snorkel and kickboard

Swim Meet Equipment: team suit, team cap, goggles, team shirt

Optional Equipment: (team apparel, mesh bag)

Practice: weekdays, 45 minutes each day

Advancement Criteria to Silver:
1) Knowledge of all stokes and turns, legal in technique

2) Must swim in Novice meet or USA Swimming sanctioned meets

3) Consistent attendance

4) Knowledge of reading the pace clock

5) 5 x 25 fly, back, breast on :50 interval

6) 5 x 50 free on 1:20

7) Good work ethic 

8) Coach’s recommendation

$100*

Silver Group
(Age Group)

Practice Equipment: cap, swimsuit, goggles, fins, paddles, pull buoy, center mount snorkel and kickboard

Swim Meet Equipment: team suit, team cap, goggles, team shirt

Optional Equipment: (team apparel, mesh bag)

Practice: weekdays, 45 minutes each day plus up to 30 minutes of dryland workout at pool

Advancement Criteria to Age Group Development
1) Knowledge and legal execution of competitive starts, turns, and finishes

2) Knowledge and ability to perform required team stroke drills

3) Ability to use pace clock proficiently

4) 5 x 50 fly, back, breast on 1:10

5) 5 x 50 free on 1:00

6) 5 x 100 free on 1:45

7) Consistent practice effort/behavior

8) Coach's recommendation

$100*

Age Group Development

Practice Equipment: cap, swimsuit, goggles, fins, paddles, pull buoy, center mount snorkel and kickboard

Swim Meet Equipment: team suit, team cap, goggles, team shirt

Optional Equipment: (team apparel, mesh bag)

Practice: weekdays, 1.5 hour each day

Advancement Criteria to Age Group Elite
1) Ability to complete a minimum of 5000 yard workout

2) 10 x 50 free on :50 interval

3) Possible other factors set by coach

4) Consistent practice effort/behavior

5) Coach's recommendation

$120*

Age Group Elite

Practice Equipment: cap, swimsuit, goggles, fins, paddles, pull buoy, center mount snorkel and kickboard

Swim Meet Equipment: team suit, team cap, goggles, team shirt

(Optional: team parka, bag/backpack, team warm-up pants)

Practice: Monday-Saturday, 2 hours each day

Advancement Criteria to Senior Development

1) 10 pts from Time Standard sets by a 4% scale for female and 6% for male

2) Possible other factors set by coach

3) Coach's recommendation

$140*

Senior Groups are Time Based Achievement Groups.  The levels to qualify for each group are based on time standards (10 point minimum for advancement), high intensity training, and high expectations.  The goal is to advance to the highest levels of USA Swimming.  Swimmers in the Senior Elite Group are the model of the committed and dedicated student athlete.  Each member strives to reach goals of the Collegiate level of swimming.  With that come assistance in the recruiting process.  Each swimmer is walked through the goal-setting process to plan out a successful training season.  

Advancement standards for Men/Women are linked below.

Dryland program offered and advised at an additional cost to all swimmers 12 and older at Extreme Fitness in Chula Vista

Senior Development

Practice Equipment: cap, swimsuit, goggles, fins, paddles, pull buoy, center mount snorkel and kickboard

Swim Meet Equipment: team suit, team cap, goggles, team shirt

Optional Equipment: (team apparel, mesh bag)

Practice: weekdays, 2 hours each day

  • High attendance is mandatory to maintain the different level of Sr. Performance Groups status.  
  • Each workout will have a stroke and technique component.  Stroke efficiency and balance are a daily focus.  
  • 2 - 1 hour Dryland workouts per week are offered and strongly encouraged to promote core and strength development in areas that relate to performance.

Competitions are planned around training with goals and consistent high performance

Advancement Criteria:

1) 10 pts from Time Standard sets

2) Possible other factors set by coach

3) Coach's recommendation

$120*

Senior Performance Development

Practice Equipment: swimsuit & caps, goggles, long fins, pull buoy, paddles, center mount snorkel, mesh bag to put equipment in, and great working attitude  

Swim Meet Equipment: Team suit (unless Championship meet), team caps, team attire

(Optional:  team jacket, team bag or backpack, team parka, team warm-up pants) 

Practice: Monday-Saturday; 2 hours in the pool

(certain times training will have up to 3 hours of practice)

  • High attendance is mandatory to maintain the different level of Sr. Performance Groups status.  
  • Each workout will have a stroke and technique component.  Stroke efficiency and balance are a daily focus.  
  • 2 - 1 hour Dryland workouts per week are offered and strongly encouraged to promote core and strength development in areas that relate to performance.

Competitions are planned around training with goals and consistent high performance

Advancement Criteria:

1) 10 pts from Time Standard sets

2) Possible other factors set by coach

3) Coach's recommendation

$140*

Senior Performance

Practice Equipment: swimsuit & caps, goggles, long fins, pull buoy, paddles, center mount snorkel, mesh bag to put equipment in, and great working attitude  

Swim Meet Equipment: Team suit (unless Championship meet), team caps, team attire

(Optional:  team jacket, team bag or backpack, team parka, team warm-up pants) 

Practice: Monday-Saturday; 2 hours in the pool + additional workouts during peak season

(certain times training will have up to 3 hours of practice)

  • High attendance is mandatory to maintain the different level of Sr. Performance Groups status.  
  • Each workout will have a stroke and technique component.  Stroke efficiency and balance are a daily focus.  
  • 2 - 1 hour Dryland workouts per week are offered and strongly encouraged to promote core and strength development in areas that relate to performance.

Competitions are planned around training with goals and consistent high performance.  

Advancement Criteria:

1) 10 pts from Time Standard sets

2) Possible other factors set by coach

3) Coach's recommendation

$160*

Senior Elite Performance

Practice Equipment: swimsuit & caps, goggles, long fins, pull buoy, paddles, center mount snorkel, mesh bag to put equipment in, and great working attitude  

Swim Meet Equipment: Team suit (unless Championship meet), team caps, team attire

(Optional:  team jacket, team bag or backpack, team parka, team warm-up pants) 

Practice: Monday-Saturday; 2 hours in the pool + additional workouts during peak season

(certain times training will have up to 3 hours of practice)

  • High attendance is mandatory to maintain the different level of Sr. Performance Groups status.  
  • Each workout will have a stroke and technique component.  Stroke efficiency and balance are a daily focus.  
  • 2 - 1 hour Dryland workouts per week are offered and strongly encouraged to promote core and strength development in areas that relate to performance.

Competitions are planned around training with goals and consistent high performance. 

$160*

*$10 off (per month) for each additional active sibling swimming on the team (from the same household).  Quarterly rates (Jan/Apr/Jul/Oct) are discounted 10%.  SBA offers a discounted rate for swimmers who qualify for the reduced USA swimming registration card. Contact SBA for information about obtaining a reduced USA swimming registration card.  Child swims for free when sponsored by a USA swimming qualified official registered with South Bay Aquatics (must officiate at least two full shifts a month).

For information about becoming an Official, Contact Nestor Moran.  

For questions about your bill, contact the admin at [email protected].

Time Standards for Advancement