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Training Groups

Flying Dolphins club's training program is divided into 7 levels, so swimmers have the opportunity to participate in a practice group that matches their peer group, stroke development and training ability.

Practice groups have training and developmental parameters put in place to help the athletes get the most out of their training. Practice group placements are determined by the coaching staff, using the practice group descriptions listed below, along with other determining factors such as training site parameters, maturity level, and one's ability to train.

 

Age Group I

AGI is composed of the youngest competitive swimmers in the Flying Dolphins program. The main emphasis of this group is teaching the fundamentals of the four competitive strokes in a fun learning environment. This consists of kicking, drilling, and the development of the skills necessary for competitive swimming.

Lead Coach

Rafa (rflores@92y.org)

Age

6-9

Practice Requirements

Four practices are offered each week. Swimmers are encouraged to make at least two per week.

Qualifications

New swimmers must try out in September. Coaches will look for familiarity of all four strokes as well as comfort level in the water and the ability to take instruction.

Meet Requirements

AGI swimmers are encouraged to attend one meet a month. All 8 & Unders are required to attend the 8U Championships in March.


Junior I

Junior I is one of two second-level developmental groups. Swimmers in this group will continue to work on building their technical base and mastering all four strokes as well as racing skills. Emphasis will be placed on swimming correctly and building strength in and out of the water.

Lead Coach

Shanequa (shaynes@92y.org)

Age

8-11

Practice Requirements

Four practices are offered each week. Swimmers are encouraged to make at least two per week.

Qualifications

New swimmers must try out in September. Coaches will look for familiarity of all four strokes as well as comfort level in the water and the ability to take instruction.

Meet Requirements

Junior I swimmers are encouraged to attend 3-4 meets during the SCY season and 1 LCM meet. The Junior I coach will highlight meets at the beginning of the season.

 

Age Group II

AGII is a second-level development group where swimmers continue to refine skills and begin competing more regularly. Practice and meet attendance are mandatory. The primary objective of AGII will be to develop a strong technical and aerobic base to carry swimmers into the rest of their swimming careers. Interval training will be introduced.

Lead Coach

Will wtrusler@92y.org

Age

9-11

Practice Requirements

There are six practices offered each week. Swimmers are required to make at least three of those. Four is encouraged for 10 and 11 year olds.

Qualifications

New swimmers must try out in September. Coaches will look for four legal strokes, speed, and ability to take instruction.

Coaches will decide which swimmers will move from AGI. Commitment, times, and work ethic will be all be considered. 

Meet Requirements

AGII swimmers are required to make one swim meet or two meet sessions a month.  Emphasis will be placed on the various championship meets (MIT in December, Junior Olympics in March and July, and the Silver and Bronze Championships in the spring.) All qualifiers are expected to attend.

 

Junior II

The Junior II group is for swimmers ages 11-14 and will act as a transition group from Age Group to Senior level swimming. Practices will focus on emphasizing technique, building endurance/speed, and learning advanced race strategies. Dry land training will focus on core strength and swimming specific exercises.

Lead Coach

Nelson nrivera@92y.org

Age

11-14

Practice Requirements

Five practices are offered each week. Swimmers are encouraged to make three per week.

Qualifications

New swimmers must try out in September. Coaches will look for four legal strokes and may time swimmers in a few events.

Coaches will decide which swimmers will move from within the team.

Meet Requirements

Swimmers in the Junior II group are encouraged to attend one swim meet a month and all championship meets for which they qualify (MIT in December, Junior Olympics in March and July, and the Silver and Bronze Championships in the spring.)


Age Group III

AGIII represents the highest level of Age Group training at YFD. It is designed for swimmers 11-13 years of age who have shown a high level of commitment as well as a mastery of all four strokes. Swimmers in this group must meet all practice and meet commitments. Focus will be on aerobic training and race-pace work.

Lead Coach

Iliana ibitis@92y.org

Age

11-13

Practice Requirements

There are six practices offered each week. Swimmers are required to make at least four of those. Five is encouraged for 12 and 13 year olds.

Qualifications

First-time swimmers will be accepted on a limited basis. Coaches will look for great technique as well as speed in tryouts

Most new swimmers will come from within the team. Coaches will look at times, dedication, work ethic, and maturity.

Meet Requirements

AGIII swimmers are required to attend one swim meet a month and are expected to attend all championship meets for which they qualify (MIT in December, Junior Olympics in March and July, and the Silver and Bronze Championships in the spring.)

 

Senior

The Senior group is for swimmers 13 and over and will serve as a stepping stone to the National group or collegiate swimming. It will also allow high school swimmers who play multiple sports or are involved in different activities to continue their swimming careers. Focus will be on aerobic training, race-pace work, and developing the entire athlete.

Lead Coach

Naomi nhansen@92y.org

Age

13 and over

Practice Requirements

There are six practices offered weekly. Practice requirements will be set between coach and athlete and range from three-six a week.

Qualifications

New swimmers must try out in September. Coaches will look for four legal strokes and may time swimmers in a few events.

Coaches will decide which swimmers will move from within the team. Commitment, times, and work ethic will all be considered.

Meet Requirements

Senior swimmers are expected to swim at one meet per month. Emphasis will be placed on the various championship meets (MIT in December, Junior Olympics in March and July, and the Silver and Bronze Championships in the spring.) All qualifiers are expected to attend.

 

National

The Senior National group represents the highest level of competition at YFD. Athletes in this group must demonstrate exceptional commitment, work ethic, and a desire to become the best swimmers they can be. Swimmers will aim to compete at the highest levels of Metro swimming as well as the state, national, and international level. Emphasis will be placed on developing the complete athlete both in and out of the pool.

Lead Coach

Amine aboubsis@92y.org

Age

13 and over

Practice Requirements

There will be eight practices offered weekly and six are mandatory. Swimmers are also expected to attend all strength and conditioning sessions as well as regular team meetings with our sports psychologist.

Qualifications

All promotions to the Senior National group will come from joint decisions between the Head Coach and the rest of the staff. Practice/meet attendance, work ethic, times, and training ability will all be considered.

A written essay is also required as well as a meeting with the Head Coach.

Meet Requirements

Senior National swimmers will attend all meets prescribed by the Head Coach.