Summer session includes a recreation swim team integrated with our year round USA team. Since seasonal summer swimmers are typically new and developing swimmers, our summer session is a fun session where competitive development and core skills are integrated into an engaging swimming atmosphere. With our summer swim meets, the recreational swimmer will learn the earliest building blocks for successful participation at a swim meet. This may include starts, turns, relays and the importance of good sportsmanship. Most importantly, the session highlights having a good time at swim meets, and includes our annual 2 day Sedona Splash home meet, The Sedona Mile, and an end of the summer potluck with awards. Simultaneously during the summer session, our competitive team participates in all of the above with an additional focus on more rigorous training sets and attending regional, state or zone meets a swimmer has qualified for.
Fall session is a great time for newer and developing swimmers to get special attention to improve on stroke technique. If a swimmer wants to move from a recreational swimmer into a competitive regional and state qualified swimmer Fall is a great session to focus on making such improvements. The temperature outside is warm so the focus can be on teaching and modifying with little discomfort due to hot or cold weather. This is also the session when our high school age swimmers are training with the SCORPIONS swim team of Sedona Red Rock High School. It is the philosophy of our club that High School swimming is an integral part of the swim experience and should be embraced.
"In high school swimming programs in the USA, in a sample school year, 270,000 young people participated in USA Swimming club programs. Many of these athletes swam with both their high school and club teams. These swimmers receive many positive benefits from both programs and their overall swimming experience is meaningfully impacted in a variety of ways by those collective experiences. It is very, very important that our high school and club programs work together with mutual cooperation and respect with the primary focus being the best interests of the athlete that they oftentimes share. Student Athletes are focused, determined and physically fit and know what team work is about."
Winter session is for our most hearty or advanced swimmers. Those who are interested and able to brave the more extreme winter temperatures or those swimmers who have committed to achieving regional/state qualifying times are best suited for this training group. Most years we have high school swimmers from the Mingus Marauders high school swim team join our club so that they can continue to effectively train year round. We welcome these swimmers and the bonds that are formed between these two competing groups is quite remarkable. Sometimes, during the winter session, we train at high altitude locations; predominantly with trips to Flagstaff. This is beneficial to our swimmers and a fun field trip.
Spring session is a time when some swimmers reemerge and begin their prep for summer. It is also the session that brand new swimmers may "try us out" and see if they like to swim. Basic fundamentals are reviewed and swimmers enjoy the refreshing water and seeing old friends. Year round swimmers continue to attend USA meets and hone their skills, work on technique and drop times. Building a strong connection with both other swimmers, is an important facet of swim team and camaraderie.