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Training Groups

The Southern Marlins Racing Team offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of the Southern Marlins Racing 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.  For those interested in a Masters Program, please click here.

Please email us to schedule a tryout by clicking here.

Click here for the equipment list for each group. Click here for fees.

 

Minnow Team    (ages 5 and up) 

The purpose of the Minnows Team is to introduce children to competitive swimming. The focus of the Minnows is on learning the four competitive strokes in a fun environment that fosters teamwork and acquiring new skills. The Minnows meet twice a week for one hour each practice.

 

Required Equipment: swimsuit, goggles

 

Marlins Team   (General Ages: 7-10)

The Marlins Team is designed for children who have some previous experience with organized swimming, either through lessons or a competitive program. Swimmers in the Marlins focus on stroke refinement, learning a competitive start (dive), and swim meet readiness.  The Marlins meet four times per week for one hour each practice.

 

Required Equipment: swimsuit, goggles, water bottle

 

Silver Team   (General Ages: 9-11)

Designed for swimmers in their second year of competitive swimming, this group is composed primarily of swimmers aged 9-11 years old.  Silver swimmers focus heavily on improving their technique through the use of drills designed to teach more advanced skills. Silver swimmers will also begin to swim longer distances, utilize the pace clock to swim sets of repeats, and learn the rules governing swimming in competitions. The Silver swimmers are offered five practices per week, between 60 and 90 minutes each. Silver Team athletes are encouraged to attend at least 70% of practices.

 

Required Equipment: swimsuit, cap for girls, goggles, mesh bag, kickboard, long fins (no zoomers please), pull buoy, water bottle

 

*Swimmers must have approval from Head Age Group Coach before enrolling in this group.*

 

Blue Team   (General ages: 10 – 12) 

Designed for advanced swimmers who are close to or currently competing at the state championship level, the Blue Team is geared towards athletes who are 10-12 years old.  Swimmers continue to hone their technical skills while increasing their endurance with more challenging sets.  Swimmers in this group also incorporate dryland training in addition to in-water workouts in order to gain speed, power, and core stability. The Blue Team swimmers are offered five practices per week, ranging from 1.5 to 2 hours. Blue Team swimmers are encouraged to maintain at least 75% of the practices offered.

 

Required Equipment: swimsuit, cap for girls, goggles, mesh bag, kickboard, long fins (no zoomers please), pull buoy, water bottle.

 

Minimum training requirements: Must be able to train 15 x 100m on 1:50/100m

 

*Swimmers must have approval from Head Age Group Coach before enrolling in this group.*

 

Gold Team   (General ages: 12 – 14) 

Designed for the older age group swimmer who wishes to advance to more competitive levels of swimming, this group is composed of athletes from ages 12 to 14.  The Gold Team focuses  on many different aspects of swimming, such as acquiring advanced technical skills, conditioning, swimming longer distances, more difficult repeat sets, goal setting, and race strategy, just to name a few.  Swimmers in this group also utilize dryland training to increase their power, speed, agility, and core stability, as well as to prevent injury.  The Gold Team is offered seven workouts per week, including one weekday morning and Saturday mornings. Gold Team members are encouraged to attend at least 80% of practices offered. 

Required Equipment: swimsuit, cap for girls, goggles (at least one extra pair is strongly recommended), kickboard, long fins (no zoomers please), pull buoy, “Stroke Maker” hand paddles “Ylon” snorkel, water bottle.

 

Minimum training Requirement: Ability to train 20 x 100m freestyle @ 1:40/100m

 

*Swimmers must have the approval of the Head Coach to train in this group*

 

Senior Team   (Ages 14 and up)

Senior Team members must have the goal of training at their highest levels to obtain Sectional & National time standards. Designed for the advanced teen athlete, this group is composed of swimmers aged 14-18 who are close to or currently competing at the state championship level.  Swimmers in this group have well-developed technique (no illegal stroke faults) for all four strokes, starts, and turns.  Senior swimmers focus on perfecting their technique, attaining peak levels of physical fitness, increasing their endurance, proper nutrition, goal setting, and more. Senior Team athletes train six days a week, which includes three morning practices. Senior swimmers are encouraged to attend all training sessions offered. Swimmers may only train in the Senior Team by invitation of the Head Coach.

Required Equipment: swimsuit, cap for girls, mesh bag, goggles (at least one extra pair is strongly recommended), kickboard, long fins (no zoomers please), “Stroke Maker” hand paddles, pull buoy, “Ylon” snorkel, water bottle

 

Minimum Training requirement: Ability to train 20 x 100m freestyle @ 1:30/100m​