YUMA HEAT SQUADS ***COVID-19 Update: Practice times, locations, squad availability, etc. are subject to change to ensure the safety of all swimmers, coaches, & families. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

PRE-COMPETITIVE (pre-comp)

* No Entry Requirement (swimmers do not need to know how to swim)
The Pre-Competitive group is part of a process designed to help beginners with no experience transition to a year round competitive USA sanctioned swim team. Swimmers will begin interacting as a team unit while increasing swimming and water safety skills, gaining fitness, and having fun.

For Group 1 - beginners (3 years and older) will focus on gradual water adaptation with a focus on gaining confidence in a horizontal versus a vertical body position to include; blowing bubbles, opening eyes underwater while retrieving submerged objects, bobbing with air exchange, front and back floats, streamline glides on front and back, kicking on front and back with kickboard, “big arms” as a beginning front crawl with an emphasis on learning a roll over breath, and basic backstroke. All skills will be performed with assistance until the swimmer shows confidence on their own.

For Group 2 - somewhat experienced swimmers will learn water safety skills, bobbing with air exchange, floating on front and back, streamlines glides on front and back, learning freestyle or “front crawl” with an emphasis on a roll over breath, and backstroke with an emphasis on proper technique.

No equipment other than a swimsuit and goggles are necessary

Pre-Comp Instructor(s): Coach Shantelle

PRE COMP WORKBOOK

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DEVELOPMENTAL 1

For young swimmers with limited swimming experience. The swimmer must be able to swim 25 yards in deep water without the aid of an instructor and should be somewhat versed in any two of the competitive strokes.  The swimmer must be able to listen and learn in a group environment.  The group focus is to learn 2 competitive strokes: freestyle & backstroke proficiently as well as being introduced to forward starts and the respective stroke turns.  The swimmers do not need to be fully proficient on starts and turns while in this group but must be made familiar with them.

There is no attendance requirement for this group, but athletes will improve more quickly, the more often they attend practices.

Workouts are offered Monday, Wednesday & Friday (no makeup lessons allowed – other than the scheduled Red Squad practices).

*All Developmental 1 Squad swimmers are required to have a kick board and a pair of "short" fins/Zoomers. 

Developmental 1 Squad Coach: Coach Shantelle

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DEVELOPMENTAL 2

This level is designed to introduce young swimmers into the sport of competitive swimming while allowing maximum opportunity to participate in other activities.  Emphasis is on improving and refining the fundamentals of freestyle & backstroke by means of drills and games that make swimming fun.  In this group, swimmers will be introduced to swimming breaststroke & butterfly and must do so legally before moving to the next level.  At the completion of this level, swimmers must legally swim all four competitive strokes. Swimmers in this group will also learn to “master” all the rules of competition for USA Swimming as well as proper workout and lane etiquette.  The swimmer must be able to listen and learn in a group environment.  This group will continue to work on strokes, starts, turns, proper push-offs as well as some limited endurance swimming.  

There is no attendance requirement for this group, but athletes will improve more quickly, the more often they attend practices.

Workouts are offered Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays. It is recommended to come to at least 2 (two) practices weekly for regular improvement.

*All Developmental 2 swimmers are required to have a kick board, a pair of "short" fins/Zoomers and Paddles 

Developmental 2 Squad Coach:  Coach Shantelle 

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DEVELOPMENTAL 3

Swimmers in this group should have a desire to improve their swimming and become more competitive. Swimmers must be able to swim all four competitive strokes legally as well as complete appropriate turns and starts legally and consistently. 

Additionally, each swimmer should be able to count and compute distances, and swim freestyle continuously for 15 minutes before progressing. 

Swimmers must know how to read the clock proficiently before moving to the next level.

Athletes cannot advance to the next group if they are unable to perform proper push-offs, streamlines, underwaters and turns very consistently. 

Athletes cannot advance to the next group if they are unable to committ to the competition expectations for the junior level athlete.

Practices are offered Monday to Friday. Swimmers should attend meets as often as possible (minimum of 1 meet in 2 months) and are expected to attend a minimum of 3 (three) out of the 5 practices offered per week. 

*All Develomental 3 Squad swimmers are required to have a kick board, a pair of "short" fins/zoomers, pull paddles, pull buoy, and swim training snorkel.

Developmental 3 Squad Coach: Coach Ryan

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JUNIOR COMPETITIVE SQUAD

Junior swimmers must be capable of 120 minute swim practices as well as 30 minutes of dryland work.

Expected meets for the junior competitive squad include monthly competition (mandatory 1 per month meets), Regional and State meets (if qualified). ALL JUNIOR SQUAD SWIMMERS that qualify for any championship meet will automatically be entered in the meet and will be expected to attend. Only swimmers who attend the championship meets will be considered to be a part of the YUMA HEAT championship team.

Any JUNIOR SQUAD swimmer that misses a monthly meet (without reasonable excuse) will be moved back to the Developmental 3 Squad until such time as two of the monthly meets in succession (two meets in a row) have been attended.  Only then will they be moved back to the Junior Squad.

Junior swimmers are expected to attend a minimum of 5 out of the 6 offered practices per week. 

Swimmers should always execute appropriate and legal turns without exception and should always be punctual to practices as well as meet warm ups. Athletes should exhibit good sportsmanship and must always be a positive influence on the group. Swimmers that do not live up to this code of conduct will be asked to leave practice for the day.

Many times the junior squad is merged with the gold squad for workouts.  In this situation, intervals and sets may be made more appropriate to the swimmers level. Group activities outside of the pool for team-building purposes must be attended and are mandatory. This group will focus on advanced stroke technique, competitive skills and endurance.

*All Junior Squad swimmers are required to have a kick board, a pair of "short" fins/Zoomers, pull paddles, pull buoy, and swim training snorkel.

Junior Squad Coach: Coach Theresa

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SENIOR COMPETITIVE SQUAD

Swimmers must be capable of 2 hour swim practices as well as 30 minutes of dryland work.  Expected meets for the gold squad include monthly competition (mandatory 1 per month meets), Regional, State, Far Western, Sectional meets (if qualified). ALL GOLD SQUAD SWIMMERS that qualify for any championship meet will automatically be entered in the meet and will be expected to attend. Only swimmers who attend the championship meets will be considered to be a part of the YUMA HEAT championship team.

Swimmers must be able to complete sets consisting of 400 IM.  

The athletes should be able to complete a T60 swim at threshold showing improvement.

Additionally, swimmers should have an understanding of goal setting, be able to accept constructive criticism from their coach/es, follow good nutritional habits, understand heart rate as a measure of intensity, know and respect competitors and teammates, exhibit a high level of sportsmanship, understand and use positive self-talk and team talk.  

Swimmers are expected to attend all of the 6 offered practices per week.  Swimmers should always execute appropriate and legal turns without exception, should always be punctual to practices as well as meet warm ups, should exhibit good sportsmanship and must always be a positive influence on the group. Swimmers that do not live up to this code of conduct will be asked to leave practice for the day. 

*All Gold Squad swimmers are required to have a kick board, a pair of "short" fins/Zoomers, pull paddles, pull buoy, and swim training snorkel.

Senior Squad Coach: Coach Mark