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The Fort Atkinson Swim Team offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of the FAST 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 (920) 222-9526 to schedule a tryout, or Click Here to send us an email request for more information.

 

  

F.A.S.T SWIM LEVELS: 

Swimmers are broken down by age groups according to their birth dates. USS Swimming in Wisconsin recognizes the following age groups: 10&U, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, and 17-18. 6&U and 8&U are permitted and swim at the discretion of the host club.
Listed below are the levels of swimming offered to athletes by the F.A.S.T swim team. These levels are offered as a guideline to the parents and the athlete to use in understanding how an athlete can achieve that next level. These levels are be used by the coaches, for parents, and athletes to help establish goals for the athlete to achieve the next level and beyond.
We realize that there will be exceptions due to strength or even a weakness that may or may not allow that athlete to move forward to the next level at the same pace as other athletes. We also realize that athletes sometimes need that next level of workout with better swimmers to get over a sometimes frustrating "slump". The benefit of the F.A.S.T swim team is that we have compassion, patience & understanding, and a coaching staff that can work with that athlete and parent to set goals that are achievable.

BRONZE GROUP: (Pre-Competition)
Practice recommendations: 2 times per week.
Meet requirements: All meets listed as team meets. (usually this will be home meets)
Time Standards:  None.  Swimmer must be able to swim 25 yards of freestyle, and 25 yards of backstroke legally to be on the team, or coaches discretion based on stroke evaluation.
Group emphasis: The main focus for this group will be on increasing the efficiency of the freestyle and backstroke, and teaching the child the breaststroke so that the child has 3 legal strokes. Swimmers will work on using the dolphin kick, and start & turn techniques will be taught, along with an introduction to interval sets. 
Graduation to Silver: Athlete must be able to swim the following strokes legally. 25 yards of freestyle, 25 yards of backstroke, and 25 yards of breaststroke. 

SILVER GROUP: (Junior Competition)
Practice Recommendations: 2-3 times per week
Meet Requirements: All team meets
Time Standards: At least one "C" time or better.  A workout of 2,000 yards per night.
Group Emphasis: The focus of this group will be stroke mechanics for all four competitive strokes, with introduction to competition training, starts, turns, Dry-Land workouts, and increasing endurance training. Time trials will be taken monthly (based on practice attendance) on the athlete with results to be recorded and charted.
 

COPPER: (Full Competition)

This group is still working on stroke mechanics for all four competitive strokes, and increasing endurance. The requirements, ages and time standards for this group are all based on coaches discretion.                  

Days offered: Monday through Friday. 

 

PLAID GROUP: (Full Competition)
Practice Recommendations: 3-4 times per week.
Meet Requirements: 3 meets per month, all team meets, coaches suggested meets.
Time Standards: At least one "B" time or better. A workout of 2,500 yards per night.
Group Emphasis: The focus for this group will be to work on advanced stroke techniques, starts, turns, and goal setting, and more enhanced education on race strategies, and mental training. All previous instruction to get the athlete to this point will constantly be re-visited. Time trials will be taken weekly and charted (based on practice attendance) on the athlete, along with charting of the athletes progress. Possible underwater and above water camera evaluations.
Days Offered: Monday through Friday.

Graduation to Gold: Time standards that are to be considered: 8 x 50 Freestyle @ 1:05, 4 x 100 IM @ 2:30 legally. A workout of 3,000 yards per night.
 

GOLD GROUP: (Full Competition)
Practice recommendations: 4 - 5 times per week.
Meet Requirements: 3 meets per month, all team meets, coaches suggested meets.
Time Standards: At least (3) "B" times, and (1) "A" time or better. A workout of 3,000-3,500 yards per night.
Group Emphasis: The focus for this group will be advanced stroke techniques, starts, turns, and goal setting. Installation of pre-swim race strategies, and mental preparation.  All previous instruction will continue. Time trials and test sets will be done weekly, with constant charting of athletes progress, and possible underwater and above water camera work.
Days Offered: Monday through Friday. (Fridays are a regular practice for Platinum swimmers.)
Graduation to Platinum: Time standards to be considered: 6 x 100 Freestyle @ 1:40, 6 x 100 stroke at 2:00, and 4 x 200 IM @ 2:40. A workout of 4,500 yards.

 
PLATINUM GROUP: (Full Competition & Senior Level)
Practice Recommendations: 5 times per week.
Meet Requirements: 3 meets per month, all team meets, coaches suggested meets
Time Standards: Athlete must have all "A" time standards.  Athlete must be working towards state qualifying times, with zones consideration. Time standards to be considered: 10 x 100 Freestyle @ 1:40, 6 x 100 stroke @ 2:00, 5 x 200 IM @ 3:45.
Group Emphasis: Training methodology and heart rate usage are introduced. Athletes will continue to refine race strategy implementation. Conditioning takes on a greater importance. Preparation for national level competition and high school programs are implemented.
Days Offered: Monday through Friday. (Fridays are a regular workout for Platinum swimmers)