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Training Group Structure:

Phoenix Swimming is a program that is structured based upon the belief that to optimize each athletes opportunity to develop both as swimmers and as people, we need to offer training groups that center around a systematic progression of expectations and involvement. Fundamentals of all training groups are a love for swimming, a love for Phoenix Swimming and continued emphasis on technique and skill development. As swimmers age and develop physically and emotionally, their workload both in and out of the pool needs to increase. Often this physical challenge leads to swimmers learning how to respond to psychological challenges and how they need to rely on the support of their coaches, teammates and parents to address such challenges and overcome them.

The emphasis of Phoenix Swimming is long-term results and long-term involvement in the sport. At each level and for each swimmer the goals and objectives are specific. Training plans are based upon the needs of the swimmers participating in each group and with the long term goal of excellence in the pool and in life. As each child is different, he/she will progress at his/her own rate. All group assignments are at the discretion of coaches and are based on an understanding of each swimmers development and progression.

**All swimmers should bring a water bottle, extra goggles, dryland attire, and sneakers to every practice.**

Novice Group:

Practices 3 days per week for 1hr to 1hr 15 min

Ages 9 and Under

Introductory program to competitive swimming with a major focus on establishing concrete technical fundamentals and improved body coordination and awareness. Through a progression of stroke drills and by introducing different training skills and processes, swimmers will become more comfortable and stronger in the water, will start to refine all four competitive strokes, and will start to understand their role as members of Phoenix Swimming.

Required Apparel: Phoenix Team Suit, 2 Caps (if you wear one), 3 Phoenix Shirts

Age Group Program (Split into AG1 and AG2):

Practices 5 days per week for 1hr 30min to 2hrs

Ages 8-12

The majority of the time is spent on refining stroke mechanics by utilizing stroke drill progression throughout the season and by developing the ability to align and merge technique changes with an improved understanding of racing and race strategy. Goals of this group range from learning to utilize a pace clock to developing a strong sense of good sportsmanship and healthy training, competition, and teammate relationships.

Required Apparel: Phoenix Team Suit, 2 Caps (if you wear one), 3 Phoenix Shirts

Required Equipment: Kickboard, Pull Buoy, Short Training Fins (prefer TYR Crossblade Training Fin), Equipment Bag

Junior Group:

Practices 6 days per week for 1hr 30min to 2 hrs

Ages 10-14

This program and the training schedule are centered around merging the development of solid, stable technique with an increased and progressive workload. Training processes that were introduced in the age group program, such as threshold training, goal setting or meet preparation, will be further explained and the responsibility of the athlete in training and competition will increase. Group meetings, goal meetings, informational sessions, alternate dryland opportunities are all a vital part of this group in terms of physical, emotional and social development as individuals and as members of Phoenix Swimming.

Required Apparel: Phoenix Team Suit, 2 Caps (if you wear one), 3 Phoenix Shirts

Required Equipment: Kick board, Pull Buoy, Finis Snorkel, Hand Paddles (prefer Hans black paddles), Short Training Fins (prefer TYR Crossblade Training Fin), Old pair of Running Sneakers (to use in the pool), 2 Racquet balls, Equipment Bag

PreNational Group (Split into PR1 and PR2):

Practices 6 days per week for 1hr 45min to 2hr 15min

Ages 12-15

The PreNational group is a transition group between kids currently in the Junior and Senior groups that have shown a high level of not only performance but commitment to the team. These swimmers aspire to swim on a National stage – whether that be Sectionals, Junior Nationals, or Olympic Trials. Swimmers in this group are expected to attend all practices and team functions. Group meetings, goal setting and dryland sessions are all integral and required parts of training in this group.

Required Apparel: Phoenix Team Suit, 2 Caps (if you wear one), 3 Phoenix Shirts, Technical Suit (Technical Suit needs to be approved by coaches)

Required Equipment: Kickboard, Pull Buoy, Finis Snorkel, Finis Snorkel Cap, Hand Paddles (prefer Hans black paddles), Short Training Fins (prefer TYR Crossblade Training Fin), Old pair of Running Sneakers (to use in the pool), 2 Racquet balls, Equipment Bag

Senior Group/National Group:

Senior Group practices 6 days per week for 1hr 45min to 2hr 15min/ National Group practices 7 days per week for 2hr to 3hr

Ages 14+

As our highest training groups, the expectations on these Phoenix Swimming members are high in both training and in how they conduct themselves as individuals. These athletes are the team leaders, role models, and many will be our team's representatives at the highest levels of competition in New England, the Eastern Zone and Nationally. Senior/National group members are expected to be mature, dedicated, committed, responsible and dependable. As swimmers develop through our program and through our senior team, they will gain an understanding of how self-confidence, determination, discipline and the ability to challenge oneself and others in a healthy, constructive manner will facilitate their training, make them better swimmers and teammates, and will become the tools that assist each individual in defining their own personal character. As with Junior Group and PreNational Group, group meetings, goal meetings (both as a group and individually), informational sessions, and alternate dryland opportunities are all essential in constructing successful swimmers, training groups, and a dominant team.

Required Apparel: Phoenix Team Suit, 2 Caps (if you wear one), 3 Phoenix Shirts, Technical Racing Suit (Technical Suit needs to be approved by coaches)

Required Equipment: Kick board, Pull Buoy, Finis Snorkel, Finis Snorkel Cap, Hand Paddles (prefer Hans black paddles), Short Training Fins ( prefer TYR Crossblade Training Fin), Old pair of Running Sneakers (to use in the pool), 2 Racquet balls, Training band, Equipment Bag

 

Throughout each individuals progression and development as members of Phoenix Swimming, coaches will be reassessing group placement based upon a number of factors including providing the most ideal training environment (considering both ability and the importance of social networks). Also, as coaches, we reserve the right to make sure we are providing each swimmer with every opportunity to improve their skill level without “over training” and jeopardizing the ultimate long-term goal of excellence in the pool and in character. Any training and competition decisions are made by the coaches and will be made with every swimmers best interest in mind.