Bethel Park Swimming

Training Groups 2021-22

SENIOR

COACHES

  • LEAD COACH
  • ASSISTANT COACHES:  Kathy Strock, Annie Sekulski

DESCRIPTION

The Senior Group is for our high school age and advanced age group athletes. The focus for this group is stroke refinement, intense aerobic & strength training, and high performance. Athletes are expected to compete monthly in USA Swimming sanctioned swim meets. 

SCHEDULE

The practice schedule will vary depending on the time of year. Athletes can expect up to eight practice sessions per week and up to 5 strength training sessions. Check the Practice Calendar for the current practice schedule.

COST

Season

Start/End Date

Payment Options

Senior

Short Course

September - March

Single payment

$675

 

9/1 - 10/1 - 11/1

Installments

$225

Long Course

April - July

Single Payment

$385

 

4/1 and 5/1

Installments

$192.50

REQUIREMENTS FOR PLACEMENT

  • 9th and up/ start spring of 8th grade year
  • Below 9th grade: 13-14 A time in any event 100 or longer; maintain 90% attendance
  • Swim 3 SC meets/ 2 LC meets

EQUIPMENT RECOMMENDATIONS

Required

Optional

Competitive Suit & Goggles

Pull buoy

Yoga Mat

Kickboard

Running Shoes – for team dryland sessions

Training Fins

 

Training Snorkel 

 

 

PLATINUM

COACHES

  • LEAD COACH:  Kathy Strock
  • ASSISTANT COACHES:  Annie Sekulski, Emily Eiben

DESCRIPTION

The Platinum Team is our advanced age-group training group. This group is for committed and motivated young swimmers looking to make swimming their primary athletic focus. This group focuses on stroke refinement, aerobic training, and strength building. Strength training and yoga are included in this group and swimmers are expected to compete monthly in USA Swimming sanctioned meets. 

SCHEDULE

Athletes will train 6 practices per week with additional dryland sessions throughout the year.  Please refer to the practice calendar for the current schedule.

COST

Season

Start/End Date

Payment Options

Platinum

Short Course

September - March

Single payment

$650

 

9/1 - 10/1 - 11/1

Installments

$217

Long Course

April - July

Single Payment

$370

 

4/1 and 5/1

Installments

$185

 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR PLACEMENT

  • At least 11 years old
  • Routinely make sets of 100’s freestyle on 1:25 and IM on 1:40
  • Maintain 80% attendance to stay in the group
  • Attend a scheduled transition meeting with Gold & Platinum coaches (swimmer and parent)

EQUIPMENT RECOMMENDATIONS

Required

Optional

Competitive Suit & Goggles

Pull buoy

Yoga Mat

Kickboard

Running Shoes – for team dryland sessions

Training Fins

 

Training Snorkel 

 

 

GOLD

COACHES

  • LEAD COACH:                         Emily Eiben
  • ASSISTANT COACHES:       Annie Sekulski, Kathy Strock

DESCRIPTION

The Gold Training Group takes all the aspects of stroke development and beginner aerobic training learned in the Bronze and Silver groups and builds upon them. The focus moves from stroke development to stroke refinement and competitive training. The athletes in this group expect an elevated heart rate during each workout. We also begin to implement bodyweight strength training and yoga for athletes in this group. Athletes are expected to compete monthly in local USA Swimming sanctioned competitions. 

SCHEDULE

Athletes will train 6 practices per week with additional dryland sessions throughout the year.  Please refer to the practice calendar for the current schedule.

COST

Season

Start/End Date

Payment Options

Gold

Short Course

September - March

Single payment

$625

 

9/1 - 10/1 - 11/1

Installments

$209

Long Course

April - July

Single Payment

$355

 

4/1 and 5/1

Installments

$177.50

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR PLACEMENT

  • At least 9 years old
  • 4 legal strokes (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle)
  • Have swum the 200 IM in a meet (legally)
  • Have swum the 500 freestyle in a meet
  • Able to complete 8 x 100 freestyle on 1:40 (on two separate occasions)
  • Able to complete 8 x 100 IM on 2:00 (on two separate occasions)

EQUIPMENT RECOMMENDATIONS

Required

Optional

Competitive Suit & Goggles

Pull buoy

Yoga Mat

Kickboard

Running Shoes – for team dryland sessions

Training Fins

 

Training Snorkel 

 

 

SOUTH PARK 1

COACHES

  • LEAD COACH:  TBD
  • ASSISTANT COACHES:  TBD

DESCRIPTION

This advanced age-group training group for athletes in grades 7-12 is located at South Park High School Pool. This group is for committed and motivated young swimmers looking to make swimming their primary athletic focus. This group focuses on stroke refinement, aerobic training, and strength building. Swimmers are expected to compete monthly in USA Swimming sanctioned meets. 

SCHEDULE

Short Course Season

Long Course Season

Sept-Mar

Apr-May

June-July

Monday-Thursday:  5:00-6:30 p.m.

Monday-Thursday:  5:00-6:30 p.m.

Mornings – days, times, location TBD

COST

Season

Start/End Date

Payment Options

South Park 1

Short Course

September - March

Single payment

$600

 

9/1 - 10/1 - 11/1

Installments

$200

Long Course

April - July

Single Payment

$320

 

4/1 and 5/1

Installments

$160

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR PLACEMENT

  • Coaches will evaluate athletes for placement prior to registration.

EQUIPMENT RECOMMENDATIONS

Required

Optional

Competitive Suit & Goggles

Pull buoy

Yoga Mat

Kickboard

Running Shoes – for team dryland sessions

Training Fins

 

Training Snorkel 

 

SILVER

COACHES

  • LEAD COACH:  Jane Brackett
  • ASSISTANT COACHES:  Michelle Becker, Annie Sekulski

DESCRIPTION

The Silver Group builds on the stroke development learned in the Bronze practice and begins to develop swimmers’ aerobic capacity. Swimmers will be taught basic race strategies to maximize performance in the water. This group is geared primarily towards athletes ages 8-12.  Athletes are recommended to compete monthly in local USA Swimming sanctioned competitions.

SCHEDULE

Fall

Winter

Spring 

Summer 

Sept-Nov

Dec-Mar

Apr-May

June-July

Monday-Thursday:  5:00-6:30

Friday:  5:00-6:00 p.m.

Monday-Thursday:  5:00-6:30

Friday:  5:00-6:00 p.m.

Monday-Thursday:  5:00-6:30

Friday:  5:00-6:00 p.m.

Mornings – days, times, location TBD

COST

Season

Start/End Date

Dues

Payment Options

Fall

Sept - Nov

$300

Upon Registration

Winter

Dec - Mar

$300

Upon Registration

Spring

Apr - May

$170

Upon Registration

Summer

June - July

$170

Upon Registration

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR PLACEMENT

  • successfully make 8 x 100 freestyle on 2:00
  • strong understanding of the 4 legal competitive strokes [butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, & freestyle]
  • completed the USA swimming dive/start progression [freestyle & backstroke]

EQUIPMENT RECOMMENDATIONS

Required

Optional

Competitive Suit & Goggles

Pull buoy

 

Kickboard

 

Training Fins

 

 

BRONZE

COACHES

  • LEAD COACH:  Jane Brackett
  • ASSISTANT COACHES:  Michelle Becker, Annie Sekulski

DESCRIPTION

This group focuses on stroke development. Athletes will develop proper stroke techniques, good practice habits, and beginning aerobic development. Correct techniques and good habits are fundamental to development in more advanced groups. Athletes are recommended to compete monthly in local USA Swimming sanctioned competitions.

SCHEDULE

Fall

Winter

Spring 

Summer 

Sept-Nov

Dec-Mar

Apr-May

June-July

Monday-Thursday:  6:30-7:30 p.m.

Friday:  5:00-6:00 p.m.

Monday-Thursday:  6:30-7:30 p.m.

Friday:  5:00-6:00 p.m.

Monday-Thursday:  6:30-7:30 p.m.

Friday:  5:00-6:00 p.m.

Mornings – days, times, location TBD

COST

Season

Start/End Date

Dues

Payment Options

Fall

Sept - Nov

$280

Upon Registration

Winter

Dec - Mar

$280

Upon Registration

Spring

Apr - May

$160

Upon Registration

Summer

June - July

$160

Upon Registration

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR PLACEMENT

  • to complete 100 yards freestyle with legal flip turns
  • understand the concept of IM – [stroke order, distance, turns, etc.]

EQUIPMENT RECOMMENDATIONS

Required

Optional

Competitive Suit & Goggles

Pull buoy

 

Kickboard

 

Training Fins

 

SOUTH PARK 2

COACHES

  • LEAD COACH:  TBD
  • ASSISTANT COACHES:  TBD

DESCRIPTION

This group focuses on stroke development for athletes in grades 2 through 6. Swimmers will develop proper stroke techniques, good practice habits, and beginning aerobic development. Correct techniques and good habits are fundamental to development in more advanced groups. Athletes are recommended to compete monthly in local USA Swimming sanctioned competitions.

SCHEDULE

Fall

Winter

Spring 

Summer 

Sept-Nov

Dec-Mar

Apr-May

June-July

Monday-Thursday: 

6:30-7:30 p.m.

Monday-Thursday: 

6:30-7:30 p.m.

Monday-Thursday: 

6:30-7:30 p.m.

days, times, location TBD

COST

Season

Start/End Date

Dues

Payment Options

Fall

Sept - Nov

$255

Upon Registration

Winter

Dec - Mar

$255

Upon Registration

Spring

Apr - May

$135

Upon Registration

Summer

June - July

$135

Upon Registration

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR PLACEMENT

  • Athletes will be evaluated prior to registration.

EQUIPMENT RECOMMENDATIONS

Required

Optional

Competitive Suit & Goggles

Pull buoy

 

Kickboard

 

Training Fins

 

SHARKS

COACHES

  • LEAD COACH: Kathy Strock
  • ASSISTANT COACHES:  Annie Sekulski, Emily Eiben

DESCRIPTION

The Bethel Park Sharks is Bethel Park Recreation Swim Team’s year-round pre-competitive developmental swim program.  The program is geared towards introducing young athletes to competitive swimming without having the stricter training regimen recommended with the Bethel Park Recreation Swim Team’s year-round competitive swimming program.  Coaches will work daily with the athletes to help introduce them to all the basics of competitive swimming.  This includes but is not limited to the four strokes, legal starts, and turns, reading a clock, practice habits, and what it means to be a good teammate.

SCHEDULE

Fall, Winter, & Spring

Summer 

Sept-May

June-July

Monday-Thursday: 5:00-5:45

Typically Mon-Thurs Evenings

COST

  • Sept-May        $60.00 per month
  • Summer Season:    TBD

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR PLACEMENT

  • Swim the full length of the pool both freestyle and backstroke with some concept of face-down breathing on freestyle.

ADDITIONAL TRAINING GROUPS

COLLEGE TRAINING GROUP

The College Training Group is for athletes who compete at the college level and return home during the summer and holidays to train.  This training group will follow the Senior Group practice schedule.  Please check out the Team Fees page for costs.  Athletes, please check in with Coach Kutrufis before registering.