EMSC Practice Groups
Guppies and Minnows
These are our entry level groups that are focused on having fun and working on basic technique of all four strokes. These groups typically swim in the diving well which is a shorter distance per lap than the main lap pool. Swimmers needs to have experience with freestyle and backstroke and be able to swim 25 yards of each on their own to enter this group. Swimmers are encouraged to attend at least 1 meet a season and 2 practices a week.
From the Minnows group, athletes move into this group and into the main lap pool for all their practices. Athletes focus mainly on continuing to develop the four legal competitive strokes, having fun, and perfecting start and turn technique. Shorter sets on an interval will be introduced in this group. Swimmers are encouraged to attend at least 2 meets a season and 2-3 practices a week
Athletes entering this group display a desire to begin training on a more committed basis. Competition at swim meets is expected in this group. This group has a balance of technique and training workouts, with a focus on proper technique. Athletes in this group train for the 200 Individual Medley and 100 yard stroke events. Swimmers will also be ready to swim the 500 freestyle at least once per season. Swimmers are encouraged to attend at least 2 meets a season and 3 practices a week.
This group is our most advanced group for non-high school aged swimmers. Practices at this level are primarily focused on technique work, interval training, and preparing for meets. We will train for 200 yard stroke events, the 500 free and the 400 IM in this group. We still focus on proper form, but in the confines of training sets. Goal setting and more intentional mental training will increase for swimmers in this group. Swimmers are encouraged to attend at least 3 meets a season and 4 practices a week.
The Orange group is for all high school aged swimmers. This group will challenge each swimmer to perform to the best of their abilities, and will have a higher focus on goal setting and mental training. We will continue to train all four swim strokes, but will emphasize each swimmer's primary strokes and events as well. Swimmers are encouraged to swim in as many meets as possible in each season and 4-5 practices a week.
Individual placement in groups will be determined by coaches and will be based on both age and ability. As a club, we are aware of the mental, social, and physical attributes of each swimmer and how much it can vary from individual to individual. We aim to promote prolonged success for the lifelong swimmer beginning at age 6 and all the way up to 18 and beyond.