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Vortex offers 8 group options:    Lightning    Thunder  Hail   Storm   Age Group    Prep    Elite    Peak  

 

Team Vortex Swim Club coaching staff makes the decisions on group placement of the swimmer based on the swimmers’ daily practice habits and season long progress. These are guidelines that the coaches use to place athletes in the appropriate practice group. All group assignments are subject to change throughout the swim season per coaches’ discretion and our group placement policy that can be found here - https://www.teamunify.com/team/cotvsc/page/swimmer-info/group-placement-policy

Below are the expectations and standards for each group.


Lightning    Ages 5 - 8

Technique:  Must be able to complete 25 yards (one length of the pool) on both the front and the back.

Attendance:  1x / week minimum

Practice:  Lightning is our introductory swim group. We work to develop a love for the sport of swimming.  We work on all 4 competitive strokes. Swimming 25’s with correct rest to work proper technique.

Equipment Expectations:

Suit

Cap - for longer hair

Goggles

Water Bottle

Kickboard - smaller

Fins - Speedo Switchblade


Thunder  Ages 6 - 9 

Technique:  Must have at least 3 legal strokes and endurance to swim 1000 yards for a workout.

Attendance:  2x / week minimum

Practice:  Thunder is an age group prep swim group. We work on all 4 competitive strokes as well as starts and turns. We also work on increasing speed and endurance. We learn proper technique and skills necessary to move to Hail and Storm groups. 

Competition Expectations:  Meets are not required but they are encouraged. 

Equipment Expectations:

Suit

Cap - for longer hair

Goggles

Water Bottle

Kickboard - smaller

Fins - Speedo Switchblade


Hail Ages 8 - 11

Technique:  Must be able to complete 25 yards (one length of the pool) in both freestyle and backstroke.

Attendance:  2x / week minimum

Practice:  Hail is an age group prep swim group.  We work on all 4 competitive strokes as well as turns and starts from the blocks. We complete several 25, 50, and 100’s during the workout. We also do a dryland workout with this group working core, coordination, mobility, and strength.

Competition Expectations:  Meet participation is encouraged in this group. The District Championships meets are the End of season meets for this group.

Equipment Expectations:

Suit

Cap - for longer hair

Goggles

Water Bottle

Equipment Wet Bag W/:

Pull Buoy - smaller size 

Kickboard - smaller

Fins

Speedo Switchblade

Snorkel - must be a swimmer's snorkel


Storm Ages 9 - 13

Technique:  Must have 4 legal strokes that can be swam for 50’s and 100’s and the endurance to swim 2000+ yards for a workout. 

Attendance:  2x / week minimum

Training:  5 in water and dryland practices a week

Practice:  Storm is an age group level swim team that meets 5 times a week. We work on all 4 competitive strokes as well as starts and turns. We work on specific goals for each meet in the season such as specific technique, challenging events and achieving silver state times.

Set Examples:  6x 100's on 2:20, 10x 25's kick on :45

Competition Expectations:  2-3 meets a season, Districts are highly recommended.

Equipment Expectations:

Suit

Cap - for longer hair

Goggles

Water Bottle

Equipment Wet Bag W/:

Pull Buoy - smaller size 

Paddles - Just a bit larger than the hands (stroke Maker, Finis) 

Kickboard - smaller

Fins

Speedo Switchblade

Snorkel - must be a swimmer's snorkel

Workout clothes - Shoes, shorts - used for Dryland workouts


Age Group  Ages 11 - 14

Technique:  This group has achieved silver state and state times. Swimmers have goals to swim in finals at the end of season championship meets.

Attendance:  75%

Training:  5 in water and dryland practices a week

Practice:  This is the top age group swim team. It is preparing swimmers for the elite level groups. This team meets 5 times a week. We work on all 4 competitive strokes as well as starts and turns. We work on specific goals for each meet in the season and work towards championship meets.

Set Examples:  6x 100's on 2:00, 10x 25's kick on :40

Competition Expectations:  Meet participation is required to maintain group status. Swimmers are encouraged to compete in the highest qualifying meet as well as the District Championships.

Equipment Expectations:

Suit

Cap - for longer hair

Goggles

Healthy Snack

Water Bottle

Equipment Wet Bag W/:

Pull Buoy - smaller size 

Paddles - Just a bit larger than the hands (stroke Maker, Finis) 

Kickboard - smaller

Fins

Speedo Switchblade

Arena Powerfin Pro Swim Fins

TYR Hydroblade Fins

Snorkel - must be a swimmer's snorkel

Optional items:

Nose Plug

Fulcrum

Workout clothes - Shoes, shorts - used for Dryland workouts

 


Elite Prep  Ages 13 & up

Attendance:  Consistent attendance is required to maintain group status.

Training:  6 in water and dryland practices a week

Test Sets:  6x 200's on 3:15, 6x 100's kick on 2:15

Competition Expectations:  Meet participation is required to maintain group status. Must compete in the highest qualifying meet as well as the District Championships.

Equipment Expectations:

Suit

Cap - for longer hair

Goggles

Healthy Snack

Water Bottle

Equipment Wet Bag W/:

Pull Buoy - smaller size 

Paddles - larger than the size of the hand - 

        Finis AGILITY PADDLES

Kickboard - smaller

Fins

DMC Elite Fins

Arena Powerfin Pro Swim Fins

TYR Hydroblade Fins

Snorkel - must be a swimmer's snorkel

Optional items:

Nose Plug

Fulcrum

Various other Paddles

Workout clothes - Shoes, shorts - used for Dryland workouts 


 

Elite  Ages 13 & up

 

Attendance:  80%

Training:  6 in water and dryland practices a week including weight training

Test Sets:  6x 200's on 2:40, 6x 100's kick on 1:50

Performance:  Must have State Level qual times - 

Competition Expectations:  Must compete in the highest qualifying meet. Meet participation is required to maintain group status.

Equipment Expectations:

Suit

Cap - for longer hair

Goggles

Healthy Snack

Water Bottle

Equipment Wet Bag W/:

Pull Buoy - smaller size 

Paddles - larger than the size of the hand - 

        Finis AGILITY PADDLES

Kickboard - smaller

Fins

DMC Elite Fins

Arena Powerfin Pro Swim Fins

TYR Hydroblade Fins

Snorkel - must be a swimmer's snorkel

Optional items:

Nose Plug

Fulcrum

Various other Paddles

Workout clothes - Shoes, shorts - used for Dryland workouts


 Peak    Senior Travel Group, Ages 13 & up

Attendance:  90%

Training:  6 in water and dryland practices a week including weight training

Performance:  Must have Senior Zones qual times

Competition Expectations:  Must compete in the highest qualifying meet. Meet participation is required to maintain group status.

Equipment Expectations:

Suit

Cap - for longer hair

Goggles

Healthy Snack

Water Bottle

Equipment Wet Bag W/:

Pull Buoy - smaller size 

Paddles - larger than the size of the hand - 

        Finis AGILITY PADDLES

Kickboard - smaller

Fins

DMC Elite Fins

Arena Powerfin Pro Swim Fins

TYR Hydroblade Fins

Snorkel - must be a swimmer's snorkel

Optional items:

Nose Plug

Fulcrum

Various other Paddles

Workout clothes - Shoes, shorts - used for Dryland workouts