NSC Competitive Team - "Learning to Train"

The Sea Creatures Head Coach and former US National Team member, Aaron Opell, glances at his time while competing professionally in Porto, Portugal.

Middle School Silver

Swimmers in Middle School Silver are advancing the level of their training through continued stroke development and increased intensity. In this group athletes are encouraged to begin taking responsibility for their training. These individuals will also see a big jump in what is expected of them.

Group Goals

Middle School Silver swimmers are aiming for continued improvement and advancing to higher levels of competition.

  • Practice personal and team accountability through attendance and attitude
  • Prepare for higher levels of achievement through increasingly intense training
  • Accepts constructive criticism in order to improve
  • Fully taken responsibility for their training

Training Focus and Practice Duration

In order to be ready for increased training at the next levels, members in this group need to be aware of what it takes to be a truly elite athlete. Practices will be challenging on both a physical and mental level. Middle School Silver is focused around building a solid aerobic base and developing the skills needed to advance to Middle School Gold and the High School training groups.

  • Practices focus on stroke technique, building an aerobic and anaerobic base through pace training and intense kicking
  • Typical practices are 2 hours in duration and consist of a combination of land and water based training
  • The days and practice times for Middle School Silver Group can be found on the link below:

Middle School Silver Calendar

Group Selction Criteria

  • Swimmers must be in or going into Middle School.
  • Coaches will use practice performance in SSR or Elementary Silver/Gold to decide when a swimmer is eligible to swim in this group.
  • Examples of sets the coaches will use to make evaluations are: 8x100 on 1:45 swim free, 10x50 on 1:00 kick and 4x100 IM on 1:55.

Equipment Requirements

Training in this group uses many different types of equipment. Athletes are expected to have proper and functioning swimming gear at all times. Equipment is the responsibility of the athlete and should not get in the way of training. 

  • Fins, Paddles, Snorkel, Kickboard, Pull buoy, Water bottle


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