The Fox Valley Wave Swim Team offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of the Fox Valley Wave Swim Team to offer age specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging each individual and developing each individual to the best of THEIR abilities.
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PRACTICE TEAM DESCRIPTIONS
Bronze: (Generally Ages 6 - 12)
The Bronze team is the entry-level to our competitive team. Swimmers must be able to swim 25 yards freestyle and 25 yards backstroke. This group is primarily instructional with emphasis on developing the fundamentals of the four competitive swimming strokes as well as starts and turns. Games and drills are used to create an enjoyable atmosphere for learning. Very basic aerobic training using drills is introduced in this group. Recommended practice attendance of 2-3 times per week for 45/60 minutes. Practice is offered four times per week to allow for the swimmers to balance other activities with swimming. Swim meet participation is strongly encouraged as competing starts to become part of the learning process.
Bronze 1: Slower pace; legal freestyle and backstroke for competitive swimming; introduction to breaststroke and butterfly with focus on the kick. Learn legal flip turns for freestyle and dive from side. Practice Equipment: Long Fins, Kickboard
Bronze 2: Faster pace; work towards all four strokes and turns being legal, efficient, and with good technique; dive from blocks. Practice Equipment: Long Fins, Kickboard
Silver 1: (Generally Ages 8-12)
Silver 1 is the beginning of low level aerobic training. The practice remains predominately technique driven. Emphasis is on continuing to refine good stroke mechanics, starts and turns for the four competitive strokes while progressing toward advanced skill work and efficiency in the water to prepare swimmers for a move to Silver 2. Recommended practice attendance is 3-4 times per week. Practices are offered five times per week. Meet participation is encouraged. Practice equipment: Long Fins, Kickboard, Straight Snorkel, Pull Buoy.
Silver 2: (Generally Ages 9-14)
All four strokes will be emphasized during practices for Silver 2 to develop well-rounded swimmers through continued stroke mechanics and training. Swimmers are introduced to the ideas of training and how the number of practices, and how the practice is swum, plays a role in how a swimmer performs at a meet. Swimmers are introduced to the idea of setting goals and "being your best". It is highly recommended, but not required for swimmers in this group to practice 3-4 times per week. Swimmers should swim in at least one meet per month and championship meet (Silver State/Regionals or 12 & Under State) at the end of the season. Practices are offered five times per week. Practice equipment: Long Fins, Kickboard, Straight Snorkel, Pull Buoy, Paddles.
Gold 1: (Generally Ages 11-14)
Swimmers have developed the basic competitive swim skills, understand the importance of training and how it will affect their progress through the sport. Skills will be refined while increasing training. Focus will be put on the “little things” that make an enormous impact as the swimmer progresses. Recommended practice attendance is 3-4 times per week. Swimmers should swim in at least one meet per month and championship meet (Silver State/Regionals or 12 & Under State) at the end of the season. Practices are offered five to six times per week. Practice equipment: Short Fins, Kickboard, Straight Snorkel, Pull Buoy, Paddles.
Gold 2: (Generally Ages 12-14)
The swimmers in this practice team are being prepared to be the next senior level swimmers. This group is a transition from age group swimming to senior level swimming. The main goal for the group is to have any remaining stroke flaws corrected and continue to build an aerobic base. At this level a high commitment and dedication to swimming and the team is required. Training becomes much more important and practices are offered five to six times per week. It is highly recommended, but not required that swimmers attend four practices per week. Swimmers should swim in at least one meet per month and championship meet (Silver State/Regionals, 12 & Under State or 13 & Over State) at the end of the season. Practice equipment: Short Fins, Kickboard, Straight Snorkel, Pull Buoy, Paddles.
Senior Levels (Generally Summer Prior to High School and Up)
The Senior Level is split into two groups - Senior and Senior National. Either group is open to all eligible swimmers and the decision between the two is based on intention of the swimmer.
Senior swimmers have made the decision to continue to improve their skills and competitive achievements through increased training and commitment to the sport. Swimming is an important part of their lives, but may not be their number one focus. Senior practice is offered six times per week. In order to gain the most value and satisfaction from being part of the Senior group, it is recommended that swimmers attend a minimum of four practices per week. Swimmers should swim in at least one meet per month and a championship meet (Silver State/Regionals or 13 & Over State) at the end of the season. Practice equipment: Short Fins, Kickboard, Straight Snorkel, Pull Buoy, Paddles.
Senior National swimmers have made the decision that swimming is their number one extracurricular activity and prioritize their lives to allow for the commitment required to be the best swimmer they personally can be. This group is established to allow for “like minded and equally committed” swimmers to come together in support of each other in a highly demanding environment. Senior National practice is offered in pool six to nine times per week, with 100% accountability for all practices required. An integrated dry land program is offered two to three times per week. It is recommended that swimmers attend all scheduled dry land. If a swimmer is to miss a practice, they must communicate their intention with the lead coach prior to missing practice. The emphasis is on specific, intensive and highly motivated training of both mental and physical skills. Swimmers should swim in at least one meet per month (preferably a higher caliber meet) and championship meets (Silver State/Regionals, 13 & Over State and Speedo/National level meets) at the end of the season. Practice equipment: Short Fins, Kickboard, Straight Snorkel, Pull Buoy, Paddles.
Missing practice without prior notification will result in the following consequences:
First miss: Prior to the next practice, the swimmer shall give a hand-written note to the lead coach apologizing for not following the rules of the Senior National group and a statement of intention to follow the rules in the future.
Second miss: At the next attended Senior National practice, the swimmer will not be allowed to participate but will be required to assist the lead coach in coaching the practice. Also, the swimmer will be required to meet with the lead coach to determine if the group is the right fit for the swimmer.
Third miss: Within the following 2 weeks the swimmer will assist the lead coach for Bronze for 3 practices. The swimmer shall have another meeting with the lead coach to determine if the group is the right fit and be given a final warning that they will be removed from the group if they do not follow the rules.
Fourth miss: The swimmer will be removed from Senior National and placed in an alternate group.