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Practice/Groups

The Park West Pirates swim team is broken down into age groups for practice and meets.  All skill levels are encouraged to participate in practices.  Children must be able to swim 1 lap unassisted to compete in the meets.   Your swimmers age as of 01Jun20 will determine which group they will participate in this summer.

If you have swimmers in multiple age groups and need to consolidate their practices, and/or need to switch your swimmer's practice times due to other commitments, i.e. other sports, camps, vacations, etc, please email Head Coach before this occurs so they can suggest the most appropriate practice.

6 and under

Our 6 and under group swims 25 meter freestyle, 25 meter backstroke, and the 100 meter freestyle relay.  Our coaches are in the water with this group every day helping them with their swimming skills.  

7-8 year olds

Our 7-8 group swims 25 meter freestyle, 25 meter breaststroke, 25 meter backstroke, 25 meter butterfly and the 100 meter freestyle relay.  The coaches continue to build on their swimming skills, introducing the new strokes of breaststroke and butterfly.  

9-10 year olds

Our 9-10 group swims 200 meter freestyle relay, 50 meter freestyle, 50 meter breaststroke, 50 meter backstroke, 50 meter butterfly, 100 meter IM and 200 meter medley relay.  Working on endurance is key for this group, as they begin swimming longer distances.  Coaches will also introduce flip turns. 

11-12 year olds

Our 11-12 group swim 200 meter freestyle relay, 50 meter freestyle, 50 meter breaststroke, 50 meter backstroke, 50 meter butterfly, 100 meter IM and 200 meter medley relay. This group continues to work on swimming technique, starts, turns and endurance. 

13 and up

Our oldest swimmers compete in 200 meter freestyle relay, 50 meter freestyle, 50 meter breaststroke, 50 meter backstroke, 50 meter butterfly, 100 meter IM and 200 meter medley relay. The continue working on all skills and improving speed.  

Times are intentionally overlapping as stretching, dryland, warm up and other activities will be included in addition to swimming.

 

Age Groups Practice Times Total Practice Time
  Afternoons Mornings  
  11May-05Jun 08Jun-10Jul  
6 and under 4:00-4:30 8:00-8:30 30 min
7-8 year olds 4:00-4:45 8:00-8:45 45 min
9-10 year olds 4:30-5:30 8:30-9:30 60 min
11-12 year olds 5:15-6:15 9:15-10:15 60 min
13-14 Year olds 5:15-6:15 9:15-10:15 60 min
15-18 year olds 5:15-6:15 9:15-10:15 60 min