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Swim Groups

The Winter Haven Stingrays Swim Team offers training and practice groups for swimmers ages 5-18 years old. In addition, we have a Masters swim group. Our coaching staff is fully registered, certified and insured by USA Swimming. Swimmers are placed in groups based upon each swimmer’s skills and abilities. It is the goal of the Stingrays to offer ability specific training for all of our athletes. Groups are structured so as to challenge and develop each individual to attain the skill sets necessary to become a competitive swimmer.

 

Training Groups and Descriptive Criteria

National Group

Swimmers in the National Group must be dedicated to swimming as a year round sport.  They must have achieved at least three (3) Speedo Sectionals times or three (3) Florida Senior Champs times.  They must also meet with the Head Coach to determine if this group is the right fit for them as well as perform the following Training Sets:

                12x100 @ 1:20 Freestyle

                8x100 @ 1:45 Kick

                8x100 @ 1:30 IM

                And one of: (6x100 @ 1:30 Fly or Back/1:40 Breast)

Equipment required for this level:  Fins, Kickboard, Pull Buoy, Hand Paddles, Snorkels

Practices:  8-10 practices of 120-150 minutes will be offered per week.  Swimmers are required to attend at least 5 practices per week.

Meets:  Swimmers are required to participate in WIN hosted Meets, 3 invitational meets per season, and the highest level championship level meet they qualify for.

Recommended Age Range:  13-18 year olds

Senior Group

Swimmers in the Senior Group must be of High School Age and wanting to either get an introduction to competitive swimming, or be looking to stay in shape for their high school swim season, or be trying to get their first Sectional cuts.  Must be able to swim at least 2 strokes legally and be able to swim 500 yards freestyle.

Equipment required for this level:  Fins, Kickboard, Pull Buoy, Snorkels

Practices:  8 practices of 120 minutes will be offered per week.  Swimmers are encouraged to attend 4 practices per week.

Meets:  Swimmers are encouraged to participate in WIN hosted Meets, and the highest level championship level meet they qualify for.

Recommended Age Range:  14-18 year olds

Gold

Swimmers at the Gold level must have at least three (3) FLAGS times as well as perform the following Training Sets:

                10x100 @ 1:40 Freestyle

                6x100 @ 2:00 Kick

                6x100 @ 2:00 IM

                And one of: (4x100 @ 1:50 Fly or Back/2:00 Breast)

Equipment required for this level:  Fins, Kickboard, Pull Buoy, Hand Paddles

Practices:  8 practices of 90-120 minutes will be offered per week.  Swimmers are encouraged to participate in at least 5 practices per week.

Meets:  Swimmers are required to participate in WIN hosted meets, 3 invitational meets per season, and the highest level championship level meet they qualify for.

Recommended Age Range:  10-14 year olds

Silver

Must be able to swim a Legal 200 IM as well as perform the following Training Sets:

                8x100 @ 2:00 Freestyle

                6x50 @ 1:20 kick

                4x100 @ 2:30 IM

Equipment required for this level:  Fins, Kickboard, Pull Buoy

Practices:  6 practices of 75-90 minutes will be offered per week.  Swimmers are encouraged to participate in 3-4 practices per week.

Meets:  Swimmers are encouraged to participate in in inter-squad, WIN hosted meets and the highest level championship level meet they qualify for.

Recommended Age Range:  8-14 year olds

Bronze

Must be able to swim 1 length (25 yards) legal Freestyle/Backstroke and have a knowledge of Breaststroke and Butterfly.  To go into Bronze group, must perform a 100 IM and 6x50 @ 2:10 as well as be able to kick 100 yards with a kickboard.

Equipment required for this level:  Fins, Kickboard

Practices:  5 practices of 45-60 minutes will be offered per week.  Swimmers are encouraged to participate in 2-3 practices per week.

Meets:  Swimmers are encouraged to participate in any inter-squad meets plus any WIN hosted meets.

Recommended Age Range:  5-12 year olds

Winter Haven Masters Program

Along with our Age Group Program the WIN Stingrays provides an opportunity for adults to participate in our Masters Program. Individuals 19 and older with any swimming skill level are invited to join. Swimmers must register with United States Masters Swimming https://www.usms.org/join-usms/join-or-renew.  Our masters swimming group is as varied as each person that joins. They include: parents swimming while their kids are at practice, cross training and tri-athletes honing their swimming skills and improving endurance, those swimming to relieve stress after work, former swimmers wanting to get back in the pool, lap swimmers, swimmers with rehabilitation needs, and swimmers that are training for USMS swimming competitions. Coaching is based on the desires and needs of each individual. Masters swim at any time during the age group schedule. WIN Masters is a great way to meet like minded new friends that are interested in maintaining good health with swimming contributing to their fitness regime. Never too old to WIN!