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Training Groups

ST CHARLES SWIM TEAM TRAINING GROUPS

AGE GROUP TEAM

The Age Group Programs of the St. Charles Swim Team are the Orange, Blue 1, Blue 2, White and the Age Group Performance Teams. Each of the Teams will have the following objectives:

  • Swimmers will consistently improve their stroke technique
  • Swimmers will grow up in the sport trying to be their best
  • Swimmers will begin a goal setting process
  • Swimmers will be a part of a Team Atmosphere
  • Swimmers will make friends with their teammates
  • Swimmers will ENJOY swimming
  • Swimmers will make goals and attempt to attain them
  • SWIMMERS WILL WANT TO COME TO PRACTICE

Good practice attendance and attitude at an early stage in an athlete’s swimming career can go a long way in ensuring long-term success.

ORANGE TEAM is for SCST 8 & Under swimmers who will consistently improve their stroke technique, grow up in the sport of swimming trying to be their best, be a part of a Team Atmosphere, make friends with their teammates, enjoy swimming and they will want to come to practice.

For swimmers to begin on the ORANGE TEAM they must have a developed general knowledge of all 4 strokes, swim a 25 of all four strokes and be able to dive into deep water.

Goals for incoming ORANGE TEAM Swimmers
(These are Goals not Criteria)

  • Push Off and streamline to flags with a dolphin kick
  • Legal competitive swimming turns and starts
  • 200 Freestyle without stopping with flip turns
  • Swim a legal 100 IM without stopping
  • Kick 3 100s of any stroke legal
  • Attend All Home Meets
  • Have Fun Swimming

Goals for advancing ORANGE TEAM Swimmers
(These are Goals not Criteria)

  • Swim 500 Freestyle without stopping with Flip turns
  • Swim a legal 200 IM without stopping
  • Kick a legal 100 of all four strokes on 2:55
  • Learn proper competitive starts from the racing platform
  • Read a Pace Clock
  • Attend All Home Meets
  • Have Fun Swimming

Equipment and Apparel List for ORANGE TEAM

Training Equipment:

  • Swimsuit
  • Goggles
  • SCST Cap
  • Speedo Kickboard

Optional Training Equipment

  • Speedo Mesh Bag

Required Competition Apparel:

  • SCST Black Speedo Competition Swimsuit
  • SCST Cap
  • SCST T-Shirt

Optional Competition Apparel:

  • SCST Speedo Warm Up Jacket and Pants
  • SCST Speedo Backpack

BLUE TEAM 1 is for SCST 9 - 11 swimmers who will consistently improve their stroke technique, be a part of a Team Atmosphere, make friends with their teammates, enjoy swimming and they will want to come to practice.

For swimmers to begin on the BLUE TEAM 1 they must be at least 9 years of age and be able to legally complete 25 yards of all four competitive strokes and be able to dive into deep water.

Goals for incoming BLUE TEAM 1 Swimmers
(These are Goals not Criteria)

  • 200 Freestyle without stopping with flip turns
  • Swim a legal 100 IM without stopping
  • Kick 3 100s of any stroke legal
  • Perform a grab start and backstroke start effectively
  • Perform all turns and push offs efficiently
  • Manage Basic Clock Intervals
  • Attend All Home Meets
  • Have Fun Swimming

Goals for Advancing BLUE TEAM 1 Swimmers
(These are Goals not Criteria)

  • Swim a 500 Free without stopping
  • Swim a legal 200 IM
  • Kick 10 X 50 Kick on 1:20 interval
  • Manage Basic Clock Intervals, ability to leave on the pace clock :05, :10.  Know basic intervals :30 and 1:00.
  • Perform all turns efficiently
  • Perform starts efficiently
  • Attend All Meets and Championship Meets
  • Have Fun Swimming

Equipment and Apparel List for BLUE TEAM 1

Training Equipment:

  • Swimsuit
  • Goggles
  • SCST Cap
  • Speedo Mesh Bag
  • Speedo Kickboard
  • Speedo Short Fins 
  • Speedo Snorkel
  • Speedo Pull Buoy
  • Speedo Paddles
  • Water Bottle

Required Competition Apparel:

  • SCST Black Speedo Competition Swimsuit
  • SCST Cap
  • SCST T-Shirt

Optional Competition Apparel:

  • SCST Speedo Warm Up Jacket and Pants
  • SCST Speedo Backpack

BLUE TEAM 2 is for SCST 9 - 11 swimmers who will consistently improve their stroke technique, be a part of a Team Atmosphere, make friends with their teammates, enjoy swimming and they will want to come to practice.

For swimmers to begin on the BLUE TEAM 1 they must be at least 9 years of age and be able to legally complete 25 yards of all four competitive strokes and be able to dive into deep water.

Goals for incoming BLUE TEAM 2 Swimmers
(These are Goals not Criteria)

  • Swim a 500 Free without stopping
  • Swim a legal 200 IM
  • Kick 10 50's Kick on 1:20 interval
  • Manage Basic Clock Intervals, ability to leave on the pace clock :05, :10.  Know basic intervals :30 and 1:00.
  • Perform all turns efficiently
  • Perform starts efficiently
  • Attend All Home Meets and Championship Meets
  • Have Fun Swimming

Goals for Advancing BLUE TEAM 2 Swimmers
(These are Goals not Criteria)

  • Swim an 1650 Free without stopping under 25 minutes
  • Swim a 200 of each stroke legal
  • Kick 5 100s with a board on 2:20
  • Understand interval send offs on the clock
  • Improve starts and turns
  • Develop consistent practice attendance
  • Race every distance, every stroke available over the duration of a season
  • Attend All Meets and Championship Meets
  • Have Fun Swimming

Equipment and Apparel List for BLUE TEAM 2 

Training Equipment:

  • Swimsuit
  • Goggles
  • SCST Cap
  • Speedo Mesh Bag
  • Speedo Kickboard
  • Speedo Short Fins
  • Speedo Snorkel
  • Speedo Pull Buoy
  • Speedo Paddles
  • Water Bottle

Required Competition Apparel:

  • SCST Black Speedo Competition Swimsuit
  • SCST Cap
  • SCST T-Shirt

Optional Competition Apparel:

  • SCST Speedo Warm Up Jacket and Pants
  • SCST Speedo Backpack

WHITE TEAM is for SCST 11-13 swimmers who will consistently improve their stroke technique but will also be transitioning from introductory competitive swimming to more experienced competitive swimmers. WHITE TEAM swimmers will grow up in the sport of swimming trying to be their best, be a part of a Team Atmosphere, enjoy meets, make goals and attempt to attain them, make friends with their teammates, enjoy swimming and they will want to come to practice.

For swimmers to begin on the WHITE TEAM they must be at least 11 years of age and have a basic understanding of competitive swimming. They must be able to legally complete 25 yards of all four competitive strokes and be able to dive from the side of the pool in deep water.

Goals for incoming WHITE TEAM Swimmers
(These are Goals not Criteria)

  • Swim an 500 Free without stopping
  • Swim a legal 100 of each stroke
  • Swim a 200 of 2 different strokes legally
  • Kick 10 50's on 1:10
  • Perform a grab start and backstroke start effectively
  • Perform all turns and push offs efficiently
  • Manage Basic Clock Intervals
  • Attend All Home Meets and Championship Meets
  • Have Fun Swimming

Goals for Advancing WHITE TEAM Swimmers
(These are Goals not Criteria)

  • 20 100's Free on 1:30
  • 200 legal of all 4 strokes
  • 10 100's Kick on 2:10.00
  • Understand interval send offs
  • Develop a consistent practice attendance
  • Improve fluidity in start, turns and push offs
  • Develop Goal Setting
  • Attend All Home Meets and Championship Meets
  • Race every distance, every stroke available over the duration of a season
  • Have Fun Swimming

Equipment and Apparel List for WHITE TEAM

Training Equipment:

  • Swimsuit
  • Goggles
  • SCST Cap
  • Speedo Mesh Bag
  • Speedo Kickboard
  • Speedo Long Fins
  • Speedo Snorkel
  • Speedo Pull Buoy
  • Speedo Paddles
  • Water Bottle

Required Competition Apparel:

  • SCST Black Speedo Competition Swimsuit
  • SCST Cap
  • SCST T-Shirt

Optional Competition Apparel:

  • SCST Speedo Warm Up Jacket and Pants
  • SCST Speedo Backpack

AGE GROUP PERFORMANCE is for the 11-14 year old SCST Age Group swimmer that has goals of pursuing their swimming career as far as possible. At an early age these swimmers have made a commitment to the sport of swimming.

Goals for AGE GROUP PERFORMANCE Swimmers
(These are Goals not Criteria)

  • 1650 under 20:00
  • 400 IM under 6:00
  • 5 100's stroke (fly @ 1:35, back @ 1:25, breast @ 1:40)
  • 5 200's IM on 3:00
  • 10 100's Kick on 1:50.00
  • Maintain a consistent practice attendance of 75% per month
  • Every member of this training group to have an ISI Age Group Championship qualifying standard and looking to achieve a Junior National qualifying standard
  • Swimmers are expected to attend ALL Swim Meets in which the AG Performance is participating.
  • Continue development of Goal Setting
  • Develop and Improve Race Strategies
  • Have Fun Swimming

Equipment and Apparel List for AGE GROUP PERFORMANCE

Training Equipment:

  • Swimsuit
  • Goggles
  • SCST Cap
  • Speedo Mesh Bag
  • Speedo Kickboard
  • Speedo Long Fins
  • Speedo Short Fins
  • Speedo Snorkel
  • Speedo Pull Buoy
  • Speedo Paddles
  • Water Bottle

Required Competition Apparel:

  • SCST Black Speedo Competition Swimsuit
  • SCST Cap
  • SCST T-Shirt

Optional Competition Apparel:

  • SCST Speedo Warm Up Jacket and Pants
  • SCST Speedo Backpack

SENIOR TEAM

The Senior Programs of the St. Charles Swim Team consists of the Senior 1, Senior 2 and Senior High Performance Group.  In addition to emphasizing long-term rather than short-term results, it is also important that we establish training groups of swimmers who are compatible in respect to abilities, commitment levels and goals.  Unfortunately, this is not always the most convenient approach to take, but it is always the most productive.

At each level, the goals and objectives are specific and directed toward meeting the needs of the swimmer.  The long term goal of total excellence is always in mind.  As each swimmer is different, he/she will progress at his/her own rate.  The coaching staff recognizes this fact by making team assignments based on a swimmer’s physical, mental and emotional level of development.

The goal of the Senior Program is to ensure that every swimmer will have a love of the sport that will never leave them and to get every swimmer into a college program, if that is their goal.

SENIOR TEAM 1 is intended to provide learning and conditioning program for middle school to High School age swimmers. It is the intention of the coaching staff that these swimmers attend ALL the Home meets that the club runs.

Goals for SENIOR TEAM 1  Swimmers
(These are Goals not Criteria)

  • Maintain a consistent practice attendance per month 
  • Swimmers are expected to attend all HOME Meets in which the Senior Team is participating.
  • Equipment and Apparel List for SENIOR TEAM 1

Training Equipment:

  • Swimsuit
  • Goggles
  • SCST Cap
  • Speedo Mesh Bag
  • Speedo Kickboard
  • Speedo Long Fins
  • Speedo Short Fins
  • Speedo Snorkel
  • Speedo Pull Buoy
  • Speedo Paddles
  • Water Bottle

Required Competition Apparel:

  • SCST Black Speedo Competition Swimsuit
  • SCST Cap
  • SCST T-Shirt

Optional Competition Apparel:

  • SCST Speedo Warm Up Jacket and Pants
  • SCST Speedo Backpack

SENIOR TEAM 2 is intended to provide both a stepping stone for athletes intending to be successful in the St. Charles Swim Team National Team and also provide a training program for those athletes who cannot meet the skill level, attendance and/or training requirement of the National Team. It is the intention of the coaching staff that these swimmers attend ALL Senior Program meets that they qualify for.

Goals for SENIOR TEAM 2 Swimmers
(These are Goals not Criteria)

  • Swimmers Qualify for Regional Championships
  • Swim 30 100's Free on 1:20.00
  • Kick 10 100s of best stroke on 1:40
  • Maintain a consistent practice attendance of 80% per month
  • Swimmers are expected to attend all Swim Meets in which the Senior Team is participating.

Equipment and Apparel List for SENIOR TEAM 2

Training Equipment:

  • Swimsuit
  • Goggles
  • SCST Cap
  • Speedo Mesh Bag
  • Speedo Kickboard
  • Speedo Long Fins
  • Speedo Short Fins
  • Speedo Snorkel
  • Speedo Pull Buoy
  • Speedo Paddles
  • Water Bottle

Required Competition Apparel:

  • SCST Black Speedo Competition Swimsuit
  • SCST Speedo Warm Up Jacket and Pants
  • SCST Cap
  • SCST T-Shirt

Optional Competition Apparel:

  • SCST Speedo Backpack

SENIOR HIGH PERFORMANCE is designed to provide an atmosphere necessary for success at all levels of regional and national competition on a yearly basis. To be eligible for this team and meet the expectations of this team, each team member must fully commit his or her talents to the sport of swimming full-time. It is required that all members of this team attend a minimum of 85% of all practices, have at least a Summer Sectional Time Standards, and attend ALL meets the Senior Program will be attending. It is expected that these swimmers swim at the highest level of competition that they qualify for.  

Goals for the SENIOR HIGH PERFORMANCE Swimmers

  • Working towards Junior National, Senior National and Olympic Trial Qualifying Time Standards.
  • Swim 30 100’s on 1:10
  • Kick 10 100’s of best stroke on 1:30
  • Maintain a consistent practice attendance of at least 80% per month
  • Swimmers are expected to attend all Swim Meets in which the Senior Team is participating.

Equipment and Apparel List for SENIOR HIGH PERFORMANCE

Training Equipment:

  • Swimsuit
  • Goggles
  • SCST Cap
  • Speedo Mesh Bag
  • Speedo Kickboard
  • Speedo Long Fins
  • Speedo Short Fins 
  • Speedo Snorkel
  • Speedo Pull Buoy
  • Speedo Paddles
  • Water Bottle

Required Competition Apparel:

  • SCST Black Speedo Competition Swimsuit
  • SCST Speedo Warm Up Jacket and Pants
  • SCST Cap
  • SCST T-Shirt

Optional Competition Apparel:

  • SCST Speedo Backpack