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Skill Group Levels - KW Swim Team

The Fox Chapel Killer Whales Swim Team offers training, practice, and the opportunity to compete in swim meets for swimmers ages 5 to 18. Our skill groups range from those who have just graduated from KW Swim School Lessons (and are not quite ready for competition), to the accomplished, competitive swimmer. Our goal is to offer age-specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging and developing each individual to the best of their abilities.

Returning Swimmers

The KW Head Coach is responsible for the placement of each swimmer into one of the levels listed below according to their demonstrated swimming competency.

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 Introduction

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

Min. Exit Requirements

Rotary breathing for 50 yards under 1:10
Streamline 5 yards underwater from a dive off the side of the pool
Legal 25 yards backstroke under :45
Ability to do a front somersault in the water
Flutter kick 50 yards under 1:20

Practices

Practice offered two days per week for a 1-hour session (estimated and can change)
Encouraged to attend practice regularly.

Meets

No meet requirements

Gear Required

Practice:
Kick Board
Goggles (2)
KW Swim Caps (2)

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Developmental (D) - Skill Group

Ages

Primarily Ages 10 and Under

Skill Acquisition

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
Introduction to interval swimming and kicking
Develop underwater swimming on starts and turns
Athletic development through basic dryland movements

Min. Exit Requirements

Compete in at least one USA Swimming competition
Legal strokes and turns in at least 3 strokes
Can verbally display knowledge of all 4 stroke and turn rules
Swim a continuous 200 free with flip turns and bi-lateral breathing under 4:00
Can do a racing dive from the starting block
Can streamline 10 yards under water
Four 9-10 Age Group "B" times
10x50 @ 1:00 freestyle maintaining turns and technique
10x50 @ 1:15 kick
Knowledge of meet protocol, and all rules pertaining to IM, relay, and fly over start
Show good sportsmanship

Practices

Practice offered three days per week, 1-hour sessions (estimated and can change)
Encouraged to attend practice regularly.

Meets

Encouraged to participate in two or three USA Swimming meets per year
Must compete in at least one meet per year

Gear Required

Practice:
Kick Board
Goggles (2)
KW Swim Caps (2)

Dryland Training:
Shorts
T-shirt
Socks
Sneakers

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

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Age Group (AG) - Skill Group

Ages

Primarily Ages 9 - 13

Skill 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
Four 9-10 or 11-12 Age Group "BB" times
8x100 @ 2:10 flutter kick
Complete 5x200 free on 3:30 maintaining turns
15 yards underwater kicking from a dive
Swim a 200 IM legally
Complete a 500 free under 8:00
Knowledge of all swimming races
Demonstrates good sportsmanship

Practices

Practice offered five times per week, 1-hour sessions (estimated and can change)
Minimum three practices per week.

Meets

Encouraged to participate in one meet per month

Gear Required

Practice:
Kickboard (Any brand)
Pool Buoy (Recommended, but not required - Any brand)
Front Snorkel (Recommend Michael Phelps brand)
Hand Paddles (Any brand)
Fins (Any brand)
Goggles (2)
KW Swim Caps (2)

Dryland Training:
Shorts
T-shirt
Socks
Sneakers

Meets:
Suit
KW T-shirt
KW Caps (2)
Goggles (2)

Please label all equipment with your name.

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Junior (J) - Skill Group

Ages

Ages 10 - 14

Performance Building

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

Minimum Entry Requirements

Swimmers who meet all of the Age Group Goals can be considered for advancement to the Junior Group
Minimum one year of swimming with the Killer Whales or another USA Swimming Club
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 five to six times per week, 1.5 hour sessions (estimated and can change)
Minimum four practices per week.

Meets

Encouraged to participate in one meet per month

Gear Required

Practice:
Kickboard (Any brand)
Pool Buoy (Any brand)
Front Snorkel (Recommend Michael Phelps brand)
Hand Paddles
    - TYR Catalyst Paddles (11 and under size small; 12+ size medium)
    - OR Strokemaker paddles (11 and under size 1; 12+ size 2)
Short Fins (Recommend Arena Power Fins, TYR Stryker, or TYR Hydroblades)
Kick Socks (Recommend Power Bags by One Swim)
Finis Tempo Trainer
Finis Swim Parachute, Red 8-inch Chute
Goggles (2)
KW Swim Caps (2)

Dryland Training:
Shorts
T-shirt
Socks
Sneakers

Meets:
Suit
KW T-shirt
KW Caps (2)
Goggles (2)

Please label all equipment with your name.

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Senior (S) - Skill Group

Ages

Ages 14 and Older

Performance 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 model for all young athletes
Show leadership

Minimum Entry Requirements

Minimum one year of swimming with the Killer Whales or another USA Swimming Club
Must be at least starting 8th grade
Complete a legal 400 IM under 5:30 or 500 free under 6:30
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 to 3 hour sessions with dryland (estimated and can change)
Minimum five practices per week.

Meets

Participate in one meet per month

Gear Required

Practice:

Finis Tempo Trainer
Kick Board
Hand Paddles
Pool Buoy
DragSox
Front Snorkel
Fins
Goggles (2)
KW Swim 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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