Stingray Swim Team Group Requirements

In order for swimmers to move up into the next group, they must complete the following requirements and demonstrate the necessary abilities. It is to your swimmer's advantage to strive for the next group, but they will only be moved up if they are mentally and physically ready. Moving up too quickly will have a negative reaction, and all group placement is decided by the coaching staff. The coaching staff will use the following requirements as a guideline in regards to group placement:


Copper Group:

  • Swimmer must have some prior swimming experience such as swimming lessons
  • Swimmers must listen to their coach at all times and be respectful to the coach and other swimmers. Coach may not be in water, so swimmers must be able to support themselves at all times.
  • This group is designed as a transition from swim lessons to swim team, and is non-competitive

Bronze Group:

  • Swimmers must be able to swim 50 freestyle (with side breathing) and 50 backstroke without stopping
  • Swimmers must be familiar with drills and how to dive off starting block
  • Swimmers will be prepared for workouts, remain positive, and give their best effort each day
  • Swimmers are expected to practice 2 times a week
  • Swimmers encouraged to begin competing in local swim meets

Silver Group:

  • Swimmers must complete this test set with proper technique:
    • ​10 X 50 freestyle @ 1:30
    • 4 X 100 freestyle @ 2:45
    • 8 X 25 flutter kick @ 1:00
  • Demonstrate legal freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly
  • Ability to follow instruction and work well with teammates and coaches
  • Swimmers are expected to practice 3 times a week
  • Swimmers are expected to compete in local swim meets

Gold Group:

  • Swimmers must complete this test set with proper technique:
    • 10 X 50 freestyle @ 1:10
    • 5 x 100 freestyle @ 2:20
    • 200 IM without disqualification
    • 12 X 25 IM order kick @ :45
  • Ability to perform all 4 strokes/turns legally and consistently at practice/meets
  • Swimmers are expected to practice 3 times a week
  • Swimmers are striving to qualify for Alaska Age Group Championship meet

Platinum Group:

  • Swimmers must complete this test set with proper technique:
    • 10 X 50 freestyle @ 1:00
    • 5 X 100 freestyle @ 2:00
    • 4 X 200 IM without disqualification @ 4:20
  • Ability to read pace clock and send oneself off on intervals
  • Swimmers are expected to be qualifying for Alaska Age Group Championship meet and striving for Alaska Junior Olympic times
  • Swimmers are expected to practice 4 times a week

Junior Group:

  •  Swimmers must complete this test set with proper technique:
    • 10 X 100 freestyle @ 1:40
    • 5 X 200 freestyle @ 3:20
    • 1 X 400 IM @ 7:15
    • 3 X 200 IM @ 3:40
    • 4 X 100 flutter kick @ 2:00
  • Must be qualifying for Alaska Age Group Championships and Alaska Junior Olympics meets
  • Swimmers will be competitive in all 4 strokes, distance events, and the IMs
  • Prepared to swim 2 hours per day, 6 days per week with an average yardage of 4,500 - 6,000 per day and aspire to a minimum attendance to 80%
  • Swimmers will compete in swim meets, be at least 11 years old, and parents will volunteer whenever needed
  • REQUIRED EQUIPMENT

Senior Group:

*In addition to the requirements of the previous group

  • Swimmers are of high school age OR have qualified for a Sectional Level meet and demonstrate the mental and physical ability to train 2 hours per day, 6 days per week. 
  • Senior swimmers are prepared and train to swim competitively in their respective high schools
  • REQUIRED EQUIPMENT