PRACTICE LOCATION  

Rancho San Antonio Boys Home Pool - 21000 Plummer St., Chatsworth, CA 91311   www.RanchoSanAntonio.org

Directions: West on Plummer, cross De Soto. Continue past the Rancho entrance, turn left into the driveway marked Truck Entrance, proceed to the pool building, on the left, adjacent covered picnic area.​

Parking: Park in marked spaces and on the pavement in front of handball area. You may also park on the gravel in the large picnic area past the playing field on the right. DO NOT PARK BEHIND THE KITCHEN-the building directly north of the pool building.

  • Constraints: Swimmers (waiting for their group practice) parents, observers must remain in the pool adjacent picnic area during practices.Use of other Rancho facilities and/or wandering through the campus are not allowed.
  • Swim Caps for Practice: If your swimmer (boy or girl) has hair longer than chin length they need to wear a swim cap at every practice and at meets.Hair sheds during swimming, causing pool filter problems.The cap is highly beneficial to becoming a better (faster) swimmer by reducing air resistance and distraction from hair in the eyes. It helps decrease nasty tangles.
  • Goggles are required: Safety is the first priority at practices and meets. Your swimmer needs a well-fitted pair of goggles, and also needs to know how to put them on, loosen and tighten them.  Swimmers without goggles will not be allowed in the water.  Note that we may occasionally swim laps without goggles in order to train the swimmers in what to do, should their goggles come off during competition.

            WE THANK YOU for complying with these requirements.

Swimmers are encouraged, not required, to attend every scheduled practice for their group.

Monday
p.m. 

Tuesday 
p.m. 

Wednesday
p.m.

Thursday
p.m.
  

Saturday
a.m.

Bronze
5:00 – 5:55

Novice   
5:00 – 5:55

Novice   
5:00 – 5:55

Bronze  
5:00 – 5:55

Silver
9:00 - 10:00

Silver  
 5:55 - 6:55

Silver 
5:55 - 6:55

Gold   
5:55 - 6:55

Gold    
5:55 – 6:55

Bronze
10:00 – 11:00

Silver,Gold,Senior
6:55 – 8:00

     Gold, Senior    
6:55 – 8:00

Senior
6:55 - 8:00

Senior
6:55 - 8:00

Novice
11:00 - 12:00

 
 

Group

Weekdays 
Times PM

Saturday AM

Novice

Tues, Wed 
5:00 – 5:55

11 - Noon

Bronze
 

Mon, Thurs  
5:00 – 5:55

10 – 11
 

Silver
 

Mon 5:55 - 6:55 & 6:55 - 8
Tues 5:55 – 6:55

9 - 10

Gold 
 

Tues 6:55 – 8
Wed, Thurs 5:55 – 6:55

No Practice

Senior
 

Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs    
6:55 – 8:00

No Practice

 

 

We appreciate that parents want the best for their child(ren) - SO DO WE!  Our goal is to give every swimmer the best possible practice, in consideration of skill, pool space, time and coach availability. Every season we re-evaluate group guidelines and the potential swimmers for each practice group. The first 2 weeks of practices, coaches review the swimmers' placements and may revise the groups. After this, if a parent wishes to request a review of their child(ren)s group assignment, this is done via an email to the team manager, [email protected]  The manager will send the request to the coaches who will make a decision.

 

GUIDELINES FOR GROUP PLACEMENT  

Novice - This is where you start to gain the basics. Note that these swimmers are eligible (and expected) to compete in ALL Catholic meets in the free and/or backstroke. They may be allowed to swim other strokes as they gain skills - pending coach approval.  When ready to move on, Novice swimmers will have: fair skills in freestyle and backstroke, know how to start and finish a race, understand what an underwater streamline is, and have a basic idea of the kick and armstroke of the two other competitive strokes: butterfly and breaststroke.

Bronze - Swimmers in this group have some experience in practice and (usually) meets. They continue training to strengthen freestyle and backstroke, building endurance and consistency. They practice turns (open & flip) and are working on proper technique in both butterfly and breaststroke. Note that these swimmers are eligible (and expected) to compete in ALL Catholic meets in the free and backstroke and will swim other events at meets, as they gain skills.  When ready to move on, Bronze swimmers will have: strong skills in freestyle and backstroke and keep consistent pace through the workout. They will have fair starts and finishes for a race, underwater streamline, and fair skills in the two other competitive strokes: butterfly and breaststroke.

Silver - Swimmers in this group focus on becoming legal in all four competitive strokes, while perfecting their technique in freestyle and backstroke. They are expected to enter all meets in freestyle AND backstroke, and all other events for which they may be eligible, depending on age, and coach approval.  They begin to swim longer distances, using the pace clock to build better endurance, and continue to strengthen starts and turns. When ready to move on, Silver swimmers will have: consistent proficiency in both freestyle, backstroke, starts and turns, and good skills in both breaststroke and butterfly.  They will keep pace with the workout and show a consistent effort in practice, on their own during warm-up, as well as under the coaches' direction in drills and sets.

Gold - Swimmers in this group are competent in all Silver group skills, and are focused on bringing all strokes, starts and turns to above average proficiency. They are expected to enter every meet, and the maximum number of events at each meet.  The gold athlete is exposed to intervals and racing techniques, and shows consistent motivation to improve in all aspects of competitive swimming on their own and under the coaches' direction.  When ready to move on, Gold swimmers will have:  above average proficiency in both freestyle and backstroke, consistent proficiency in both breaststroke and butterfly to easily keep pace with workouts. They will show fair consistency in flip turns and underwater streamlines.

Senior - Athletes in this group are competent in all Gold group skills, and focused on bringing all strokes, starts and turns to excellent proficiency. They are poised to join the Elite group, but need a little more experience and training time.  They are EXPECTED to enter every meet, and expected to enter the maximum number of events at each meet.  The Senior swimmer shows motivation to improve in all aspects of competitive swimming on their own and is highly attentive when under the coaches' direction.  When ready to move on, Senior swimmers, will have: excellent proficiency and consistency in all four competitive strokes, turns, underwater streamlines, and workout intervals. Consistently show high effort in warm-up, drills and sets.

Elite - Athletes in the Elite group should be at least 10 years old and have excellent proficiency in all four competitive strokes, starts, turns, streamlines.  They show consistent effort in all warm-up activity, drills, and sets and work to challenge their performance in every part of the workout. In most cases, placement into the elite group requires that the athlete has been involved in swim training during the months prior to the beginning of the SJE-SFVCSL season. Elite swimmers are REQUIRED to enter the maximum number of events they are eligible for at each meet.

Evaluations - A child needs to be unafraid of the water, including entry into the deep water from a jump or dive, able to put the head underwater to swim, and lift or turn the head to breathe.  Ideally we look for rhythmic breathing (blowing bubbles underwater, NOT holding the breath). The child should be able to swim from one length of our pool and back, at their own pace, but without stopping to hang onto the wall, lane line, nor standing on the bottom. The child does not need stroke proficiency, but needs to be able to take direction from a coach on deck, and follow instructions regarding safety and workout activity.