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
    • ​​examples include swim lessons, ability to float on stomach and back, treading water in a stationary position, kick on back the length of the pool, and general understanding of freestyle and backstroke
  • Swimmers must listen to their coach at all times and be respectful to the coach and other swimmers
  • 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 25 freestyle and 25 backstroke without stopping
  • For swimmers who can complete workouts without a coach in the water
  • Swimmers will work on technique on backstroke and freestyle
  • Swimmers will learn the introduction to butterfly and breaststroke
  • Swimmers will be prepared for workouts, remain positive, and give their best effort each day
  • Attends practice regularly and on time

Silver Group:

*In addition to the requirements of the previous group

  • Swimmers must complete the freestyle test set
    • ​10 X 50 freestyle @ 1:30
    • 3 X 100 freestyle @ 3:00
  • Demonstrate the basics of freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly
  • Introduction to the pace clock
  • Ability to follow instruction and work well with teammates and coaches

Gold Group:

*In addition to the requirements of the previous group

  • Swimmers must complete the freestyle and IM test sets
    • 10 X 50 freestyle @ 1:15
    • 5 x 100 freestyle @ 2:30
    • 200 IM without disqualification
  • Ability to perform all 4 strokes legally
  • Demonstrate turns and finishes for all 4 strokes, and use them during practice
  • Ability to read pace clock and be able to send oneself off at basic intervals
  • Ability to swim 300 yards without stopping and with legal strokes and turns

Platinum Group:

*In addition to the requirements of the previous group

  • Swimmers must complete the freestyle and IM test sets
    • 10 X 50 freestyle @ 1:00
    • 5 X 100 freestyle @ 2:00
    • 4 X 200 IM without disqualification
  • Ability to swim 500 yards without stopping
  • Striving to achieve Alaska Age Group Championship times

Junior Group:

*In addition to the requirements of the previous group

  •  Swimmers must complete the freestyle and IM test sets
    • 10 X 100 freestyle @1:40
    • 5 X 200 freestyle @3:20
    • 1 X 400 IM @7:30
    • 3 X 200 IM @3:40
  • Must have at least one Alaska Age Group Championship time, and be striving to achieve Alaska Junior Olympic Championship times
  • Swimmers will be competitive in all 4 strokes, distance events, and the IM
  • 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, 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 National 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