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Training Groups

Flying Dolphins club's training program is divided into 5 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 placement are determined by the coaching staff, using the practice group description listed below, along with other determinating 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 competitive strokes. This consists of kicking, drilling, and the development of the skills necessary for competitive swimming.

Coaches

Ben, Naomi, Shanequa, Iliana, Will

Age

6-10

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.

 

Age Group II

AGII is the 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.

Coaches

Will, Iliana

Age

9-12

Practice Requirements

There are six practices offered each week. Swimmers are required to make at least three of those.

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 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

The Junior group is where swimmers continue the transition from technique training to more endurance work. Swimmers will continue to focus on advanced technical skills and will work on developing their aerobic base with distance freestyle and IM training. Race strategy and meet preparation will also be emphasized. This group represents the highest level of Age Group swimming at YFD.

Coaches

Amine, Iliana

Age

11-14

Practice Requirements

There are six practices offered weekly. Swimmers in the Junior group are required to make four of them.

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

Swimmers in the Junior group 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 Prep

The Senior Prep group is a transition group from Age Group to Senior level swimming. Practices will emphasize good technique as well as building endurance and gaining speed. Swimmers will learn about nutrition, fitness, and racing strategies.

Coaches

Naomi, Nelson

Age

11 and over

Practice Requirements

There are six practices offered weekly. Practice requirements will be set between coach and athlete and range from two-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 Prep 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.

 

Senior 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.

Coaches

Amine, Ben 

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 coaches of the Junior and Senior Prep groups. 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.