The Cache Valley Marlins 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 to reach 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 this 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 toward 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.
Senior Team/Gold A
The senior team consists of swimmers that exhibit a high level of swimming and workout ability. These swimmers are expected to be mature, motivated, dedicated, responsible, and dependable. As our more advanced swimmers increase their commitment to swimming, we insist that they maintain good academic standing.
Gold A Team swimmers are well-versed in technique and strategy. They are also a full-fledged training group. Generally, they have a skill level commensurate with State Championship time standards on up to Sectional Level swimming. Most of the swimmers in the Gold group are between the ages of 14-18 years old. Workouts for the Gold Team are offered 5-6 days a week and usually last two hours each day.
Gold A is designed as a stepping stone into National level swimming. The Gold A team is made up of swimmers striving to get out-of-state meet cuts, including Far Westerns, Zones, Sectionals, Jr. Nationals. Swimmers are required to maintain 85% attendance based on 6 practices/week. Swimmers in Gold A are committed to improving their level of ability and fitness.
Gold B Team
These swimmers have started to exhibit good swimming skills. They spend their time equally between stroke technique and training skills and processes. Gold B Team swimmers are offered practices five days a week where workouts are one and a half hours per day.
Gold B is designed as a stepping stone into senior swimming. Working to do the faster distances and send-offs. Works all the sets. Competition is expected at this level. State level Championship competition. Attends practice 5 times/week.
Becoming efficient at breaststroke, butterfly, and IM. Working on front and back starts, turns and finishes, becoming fit by doing 20-30 minute aerobic sets 3-4 times a week. Learning how to read the pace clock. Meet attendance is encouraged to attend one meet per month. Practice attendance: 4-5 times/week
The majority of time is spent working on refining stroke mechanics. These swimmers have started to exhibit good swimming skills and will be introduced to some training skills and processes. Bronze Team swimmers swim for one hour 3/week.
Can swim 25 yd. freestyle w/rotary breathing and backstroke, know breaststroke and butterfly (with fins), flips turns and front dives. May attend one meet per month, check with coach concerning events. Practice attendance: 3 practices/week.
Pre-Team is an entry level developmental group for children interested in competitive swimming. We continue to develop all 4 strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly) and provide opportunities to compete in swim meets to help them prepare to advance to higher groups on the team. Swim 2 days/week for 1 hour.