Squad Levels

Swimming Squads 2019-2020

Pre-team 1: Ages 5+, 4:30-5:15pm, Mon, Wed, Fri

This is for swimmers ages 5+ (must be 5 years old by 1 May of 2019) who can swim a 25 free with their face in the water and 25 backstroke staying on their back. The focus of this group will be learning to swim all 4 strokes legally with a strong emphasis on developing a great kick for all 4 strokes.  Swim portion of practices will be approximately 45 minutes. Swimmers should be on pool deck no later than 4:25. We recommend at least 2 practices a week.

Pre-team 2: Ages 5+, 4:30-5:15pm Tues, Thurs, Fri 

This is for swimmers ages 5+, (must be 5 years old by 1 May of 2019), who can swim a 25 free with their face in the water and 25 backstroke staying on their back and are legal in either butterfly or breaststroke.  The focus of this group will be learning to swim all 4 strokes legally with a strong emphasis on developing a great kick for all 4 strokes.  Swim portion of practices will be approximately 45 minutes in length. Swimmers should be on pool deck no later than 4:25. We recommend at least 2 practices a week.

Squad 1: 6:15-7:15pm Monday through Friday (Dryland from 7:00-7:15)

This is for swimmers legal in all 4 strokes, ages 7-14, who have never been on a year- round swim team.  The focus of this group will be continued stroke development with stroke drills, learning to use a clock, circle swimming, and dives and turns.  Swim portion of practices will be approximately 45 minutes in length and will be offered Monday through Friday.  We recommend at least 2 practices a week, but no more than 3 practices a week.     

Squad 2: 4:45-6:15pm Monday through Friday (Dryland from 4:45-5pm)

This is for swimmers who are legal in all 4 strokes for ages 7-14 and have experience being on a swim team.   Aerobic capacity and endurance sets will be introduced with continued emphasis on stroke development, turns and dives.  Basic dryland is incorporated into practices from 4:45-5:00.  Swimming portion of practices will be approximately 1 hour and 15 mins long and offered Monday through Friday.   A minimum of 3 practices per week is recommended with a maximum of 4. 

Squad 3: 4:45-6:30pm Monday through Friday (Dryland from 4:45-5), Saturday 9:00-10:30am for ages 11&over

This is for swimmers legal in all 4 strokes, ages 9-12.  Strokes will be monitored, and aerobic capacity and endurance will be developed, with pacing for races, and tactics for racing being introduced.  Dryland will be incorporated into practices.  Practices will be one and a half hours long and offered Monday through Friday. 15 mins of dryland before swimming will be done Monday through Friday.  We recommend 9-10-year-olds attend a minimum of 3 practices a week, max 4 days a week.  For 11-12-year-olds we recommend a minimum of 4 practices a week, not more than 5.

Junior Varsity Squad: 4:45 -6:30pm Monday through Friday (Dryland from 4:45-5), Saturday 9:00-10:30am

This is for swimmers legal in all 4 strokes and meet the coach’s swimming requirements for squad 3; ages 13-18. Strokes will be monitored and aerobic capacity and endurance will be developed, with pacing for races, and tactics for racing being introduced.  Dryland will be incorporated into the first 15 minutes of practice with the swimming portion of practices being one and half hours long and offered Monday through Friday. A minimum of 4 practices a week is recommended. 

Squad 4: (Dryland 5:15-6:15pm on Tues & Thurs, 8:00-8:45am Sat), Swim 6:30-8:30pm Monday through Friday, 9-11am Saturday 

For those swimmers ages 12-18 committed to having swimming be the sport they plan to prioritize.  An attendance commitment of a minimum of 5 practices a week will be required with a commitment of 2 one-hour dryland sessions a week on Tues and Thursday or Saturday.  Swimmers will need to be able to accomplish certain swim sets in order to swim at this level.

Varsity Squad: 6:30-8:30pm Mon through Friday, 9-11am Saturday

This is for those swimmers, ages 13 -18/19, who love to swim and who meet the coach’s swimming criteria for squad 4, but who cannot commit to the squad 4 attendance requirement due to other activities taking preference over swimming.    

National Squad: (Dryland 5:15-6:15pm Tues & Thurs, 8:00-8:45am Sat) Swim 6:30pm – 8:30pm Monday through Friday, 9-11am Saturday

These swimmers have goals of making AAAA times and faster, ages 13 and older. They are committed to attending 6 swimming practices a week and 3 one-hour long dryland practices a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  They are able to meet the coach’s swimming criteria by accomplishing certain swimming sets to be able to swim at this level. 

National Elite Squad: Dryland 5:15-6:15pm Tues & Thurs, 8-8:45am Sat. Swim 5:30am - 7:00am on Mon, Wed, Fri; 6:30pm – 8:30pm Monday through Friday, 9-11am  Saturday

Swimmers in the National Elite group, ages 15 and over, are committed to attending several morning practices in addition to the afternoon swimming and dryland practices required of the National Squad.