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Swim Groups

The Stingrays Swim Club offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of the Stingrays Swim Club 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.

Please call us at (716) 481-6975 to schedule a tryout, or Click Here to send us an email request for more information.

The Stingrays Swim Club uses a progressive age group program designed to develop the child physically, mentally and emotionally in a systematic fashion.  A well defined, long term approach of gradually increasing degrees of commitment is essential toreach peak performance levels during a swimmer's physiological prime.  The emphasis in the early stages of participation must be placed on developing technical skills and a love for the sport.  In the later years, a more demanding physical and psychological challenge must be introduced to the training program.  In respect "too much too soon" is more often the cause of failure to achieve maximum potential in senior swimming than in the reverse situation.

In addition to emphasizing long-term rather than short-term results, it is also important that we establish training groups of swimmers who are compatible in respect to abilities, commitment levels and goals.  Unfortunately, this is not always the most convenient approach to take, but it is always the most productive.

At each level, the goals and objectives are specific and directed towards meeting the needs of the swimmer.  The long term-goal of total excellence is always in mind.  As each child is different, he/she will progress at his/her own rate.  The coaching staff recognizes this fact by making team assignments based on a swimmer's physical, mental and emotional level of development.

Stingrays Swim Club consists of five group levels and are described below.  Should you have any questions about your child and the group they are in, please contact and discuss the matter with their current coach.

Guppies
The first level of the "learn-to-swim"program. 

This group offers the beginner swimmer exposure to a swimming pool.  The Guppies practice two evenings a week, from September through May, using a shallow pool where they can stand in and touch the bottom.

Barracudas

The second level of the "learn-to-swim"program. 

This group learns beginning stroke technique and swimmers are able to handle a deeper pool.  The Deep Water Guppies practice two days a week, from September to June.  Hopefully, these swimmers will enjoy the program and continue into the competitive level groups of the Stingrays Swim Club.

Marlins
The first competitive group. 

The swimmer's skills in the four competitive strokes (freestyle, breast stroke, back, butterfly) are sharpened at this level and they are taught starts and turns.  Marlins get their first taste of competition and begin representing the Stingrays at meets.  This group is offered four days of practice each week, September through August, with a minimum suggested attendance of three practices a week.

Dolphins
The second competitive group. 

This group further sharpens the technical skills of the swimmer in all aspects.  It introduces a more intense training program with an emphasis on keeping the program fun.  Dolphins are offered practices five days a week, September through August, with a minimum suggested attendance of three practices a week.

Sharks
The highest competitive group. 

The Sharks group consists of advanced swimmers who wish to compete at high levels of competition.  This group offers very intense training and stroke technique.  These swimmers are willing and able to compete at regional and national levels.  Sharks are scheduled for practices five days a week, September through August, with a minimum suggested attendance of three practices a week.