Skill Group Levels - KW Swim Team

Each season we provide technical instruction on strokes, starts, and turns for all Skill Groups. For the younger Skill Groups, we break down different swimming components into daily and week-long segments. For the advanced Skill Groups, we supplement technical learning with more endurance training. We lead swimmers through dryland (out-of-water) exercises to increase overall fitness and improve swimming ability.

Returning Swimmers

Coaches determine when a swimmer is ready to advance to the next level.

New Swimmers

All swimmers new to the team must have their swimming skills assessed by the coaches before they begin practice. This is to ensure the swimmer is ready to join the team and to place the swimmer within the appropriate skill group. To have a swimmer's skills assessed, a swimmer may attend one of the open tryouts held at the beginning of each season or make arrangements for an individual skills assessment by contacting us.

Skill Group Levels

 

Pre-Competitive (PC) - Skill Group

Ages

Ages 10 and Under

Skill Building & Refinement

Begin to build the foundation for all 4 competitive strokes
Learn how to start/finish properly in freestyle and backstroke

Min. Exit Requirements

Rotary breathing for 25 yards under :40
Streamline 5 yards underwater
Legal 25 backstroke under :45
Ability to do a front somersault in the water
Flutter kick 50 yards under 1:30

Practices

Practice offered two times per week, 45 minutes per session. Encouraged to attend practice regularly.

Meets

No meet requirements

Gear Required

Practice:
Kick Board
Goggles (2)
KW Silver/White Caps (2)

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Developmental 1 - Skill Group

Ages

Ages 10 and Under

Skill Building & Refinement

Introduction to proper practice procedures
Introduction of basic stroke drills
Attempting all four stroke kicks with and without a board
Arm cycles coordination and stroke count
Proper usage of bi-lateral breathing
Streamline development with proper underwater kicks
Performance of legal turns and starts

Min. Exit Requirements

Completion of 2 USA Swimming competitions
Legal strokes and turns in all four strokes
Can verbally display knowledge of all 4 stroke and turn rules
Swim a continuous 200 free with flip turns and bi-lateral breathing
Swim a 100 IM with legal strokes and turns

Practices

Practice offered three times per week, 60 minutes per session. Encouraged to attend practice regularly.

Meets

Encouraged to participate in three meets per year

Gear Required

Practice:
Kick Board
Goggles (2)
KW Silver/White Caps (2)

Dryland Training:
Shorts
T-shirt
Socks
Sneakers

Meets:
Black Suit
KW T-shirt
KW Black Caps (2)
Goggles (2)
Please label all equipment with your name.

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Developmental 2 - Skill Group

Ages

Ages 8 - 12

Skill Building & Refinement

Introduction to interval swimming and kicking
Stroke rate development
Develop underwater swimming on starts and turns
Learn a variety of stroke drills
Athletic development through basic dryland movements
"B" meet ready (Four 9-10 Age Group "B" times)

Min. Exit Requirements

3 USA Swimming meets
10x50 @ 1:00 freestyle maintaining turns and technique
10x50 @ 1:10 kick
200 IM completed legally in a meet
15 meters streamline kicking underwater
Knowledge of meet protocol, and all rules pertaining to IM, relay, and fly over start.
Show good sportsmanship

Practices

Practice offered five times per week, 60 minutes per session. Encouraged to attend practice regularly.

Meets

Encouraged to participate in three meets per year

Gear Required

Practice:
Kick Board
Goggles (2)
KW Silver/White Caps (2)

Dryland Training:
Shorts
T-shirt
Socks
Sneakers

Meets:
Black Suit
KW T-shirt
KW Black Caps (2)
Goggles (2)
Please label all equipment with your name.

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Age Group 1 - Skill Group

Ages

Ages 9 - 12

Skill Building & Refinement

Continued development of interval kicking
Continued development of stroke drills
Maintain technique through practice sets and competition
Learn to effectively use training equipment (snorkels, paddles, fins)
Develop core body strength, increase flexibility and fitness through dryland activities
Increase speed and endurance

Group Goals

4 USA Swimming meets
"B-BB" meet ready: Four 9-10 Age Group "BB" times
8x100 @ 2:15 flutter kick
8x100 @ 1:50 freestyle maintaining turns and technique
Skills maintained through the 200 IM
20 yards under water kicking from a dive
Knowledge of all swimming races
Demonstrates good sportsmanship

Practices

Practice offered five times per week, 1 hour and 15 minute sessions. Minimum three practices per week.

Meets

Encouraged to participate in one meet per month

Gear Required

Practice:
Kick Board
Hand Paddles
Pool Buoy
Front Snorkel
Fins
Goggles (2)
KW Silver/White caps (2)
Yoga Mat

Dryland Training:
Shorts
T-shirt
Socks
Sneakers

Meets:
Black Suit
KW T-shirt
KW Black Caps (2)
Goggles (2)
Please label all equipment with your name.

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Age Group 2 - Skill Group

Ages

Ages 9 - 12

Skill Building & Refinement

Continued development of interval kicking
Continued development of stroke drills
Maintain technique through practice sets and competition
Continued use training equipment (snorkels, paddles, fins)
Continued development of core body strength, flexibility and fitness through dryland activities
Increase speed and endurance

Group Goals

4 USA Swimming meets within a season
"BB-A" meet ready:  Four 11-12 Age Group "BB" times
Swim 5x200 free on 3:20
Swim a 400 IM legally
Swim 8x100 kick on 2:05
Swim 1000 yards
Complete a 200 breast or 200 fly under 3:30
Knowledge of all swimming races
Demonstrates good sportsmanship

Practices

Practice offered five times per week, 1 hour and 30 minute sessions. Minimum three to four practices per week.

Meets

Encouraged to participate in one meet per month

Gear Required

Practice:
Kick Board
Hand Paddles
Pool Buoy
Front Snorkel
Fins
Goggles (2)
KW Silver/White caps (2)
Yoga Mat

Dryland Training:
Shorts
T-shirt
Socks
Sneakers

Meets:
Black Suit
KW T-shirt
KW Black Caps (2)
Goggles (2)
Please label all equipment with your name.

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Junior 1 - Skill Group

Ages

Ages 12 - 14

Skill Building & Refinement

Continued development of interval kicking
Continued development of stroke drills
Maintain technique through practice sets and competition
Continued use training equipment (snorkels, paddles, fins)
Continued development of core body strength, flexibility and fitness through dryland activities
Increase speed and endurance

Min. Entry Requirements

Minimum one year of swimming with the Killer Whales or another USA Swimming Club
Must be legal in all 4 strokes
Must be at least starting 6th grade

Practices

Practice offered five times per week, 1 hour and 15 minute sessions. Minimum three to four practices per week.

Meets

Encouraged to participate in one meet per month

Gear Required

Practice:
Kick Board
Hand Paddles
Pool Buoy
Front Snorkel
Fins
Goggles (2)
KW Silver/White caps (2)
Yoga Mat

Dryland Training:
Shorts
T-shirt
Socks
Sneakers

Meets:
Black Suit
KW T-shirt
KW Black Caps (2)
Goggles (2)
Please label all equipment with your name.

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Junior 2 - Skill Group

Ages

Ages 11 - 15

Skill Building & Refinement

Continued development of interval kicking
Continued development of stroke drills
Maintain technique through training sets and competition
Continued use training equipment (snorkels, paddles, fins)
Continued development of core body strength, flexibility and fitness through dryland activities
Increase speed and endurance

Min. Entry Requirements

Minimum one year of swimming with the Killer Whales or another USA Swimming Club
"A" level competition
Must be at least starting 5th grade
Competed in 4 USA swimming meets in a calendar year
Complete a legal 400 IM under 6:00
5x200 freestyle swim on 3:00
8x100 kick on 1:55 with at least 6 of them being flutter kick
Commitment to swimming – minimum attendance of at least 4 workouts each week

Practices

Practice offered six times per week, 1 hour and 30 minute sessions. Minimum four practices per week.

Meets

Encouraged to participate in one meet per month

Gear Required

Practice:
Kick Board
Hand Paddles
Pool Buoy
Front Snorkel
Fins
Goggles (2)
KW Silver/White caps (2)
Yoga Mat

Dryland Training:
Shorts
T-shirt
Socks
Sneakers

Meets:
Black Suit
KW T-shirt
KW Black Caps (2)
Goggles (2)
Please label all equipment with your name.

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High School Senior - Skill Group

Ages

Ages 14 and Older

Skill Building & Refinement

Continued development of speed and endurance
Maintain technique through training sets and competition
Additional training equipment utilization
Development of strength and endurance through structured dryland
Meets as per coach recommendation
Positive role models for all young athletes
Show leadership

Min. Entry Requirements

Minimum one year of swimming with the Killer Whales or another USA Swimming Club
Must be legal in all 4 strokes
Must be at least starting 9th grade

Practices

Practice offered six times per week, 1 hour and 45 minute sessions, plus dryland

Meets

Encouraged to participate in one meet per month

Gear Required

Practice:
Kick Board
Hand Paddles
Pool Buoy
Front Snorkel
Fins
Goggles (2)
KW Silver/White caps (2)
Yoga Mat

Dryland Training:
Shorts
T-shirt
Socks
Sneakers

Meets:
Black Suit
KW T-shirt
KW Black Caps (2)
Goggles (2)
Please label all equipment with your name.

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Senior National - Skill Group

Ages

Ages 13 and Older

Skill Building & Refinement

Continued development of speed and endurance through specialized training
Maintain technique through training sets and competition
Additional training equipment utilization
Development of strength and endurance through structured dryland
Meets as per coach recommendation
Positive role models for all young athletes
Show leadership

Min. Entry Requirements

Minimum one year of swimming with the Killer Whales or another USA Swimming Club
"A+" level competition
Must be at least starting 8th grade
Competed in 4 USA swimming meets in a calendar year
Complete a legal 400 IM under 5:30
Make 5x200 freestyle swim on 2:45
8x100 kick on 1:45 with at least 6 of them being flutter kick
Commitment to swimming – minimum attendance of at least 5 workouts each week

Practices

Practice offered six times per week, 2 hour sessions, plus dryland. Minimum five practices per week.

Meets

Encouraged to participate in one meet per month

Gear Required

Practice:
Kick Board
Hand Paddles
Pool Buoy
Front Snorkel
Fins
Goggles (2)
KW Silver/White caps (2)
Yoga Mat

Dryland Training:
Shorts
T-shirt
Socks
Sneakers

Meets:
Black Suit
KW T-shirt
KW Black Caps (2)
Goggles (2)
Please label all equipment with your name.

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