Info from April 28 Parent Meeting

Parent Handout –April 28, 2011

1.       Pool to Long Course - Pool will be changed over sometime in May. Our staff does not feel that it is imperative for our athletes to have LC practices. We train both under distance and over distance all year. The specific length of the pool is not as important as you might want to think. The strokes are exactly the same.  Additionally, an added bonus of training SC during LC season is the benefit of more turns in SC training and a better ability to make corrections. Turns and under waters are our main focuses during practice right now and this is the reason for the reluctance of changing over.  We will change the pool before our first meet allowing all of our athletes the opportunity to adjust to LC competitions.

 

2.       Group Restructure - Our goal behind restructuring the groups was to create more steps within our program. In order for an athlete to achieve success he needs to believe that he can get better. By adding more groups we are making each step up smaller and therefore placing the carrot in closer reach. The purpose for the age split was exactly the same. We want to create more steps. At the same time we need to train groups that are cohesive in technique and speed.  By not only separating the groups by ability but also by age we now have closer peer groups of swimmers with roughly the same abilities.  

 

3.       Effects of the Restructure - Already by creating a system that says,” you can’t move up until you demonstrate X skill.” I have seen 2 swimmers pick up fly using the same stroke progression as I used all last season.

 

4.       Training - As the season goes on all these groups that are working out mostly together will be separating more and more. It is important that we all start out in the same direction. Further into the season the different levels will be focusing on the same things at different paces. 

 

5.       Coach to Swimmer Ratio – depending on what the groups are working on you may see 1 coach working with 3 kids and another coach working with 30 kids. There is no magic number for swimmer to coach ratio. If we had a group of 50 kids at the same level, as long as the coach is being effective enough it is easy to pick off the few that are doing something wrong. The number of kids is less important than the ability of the group. 

 

6.       Reason for the shift in our meet schedule – The NSC coaching staff wanted to internalize our LC season as much as possible offer to get as many kids to compete as possible this season. At the same time, if we are going to go to an away meet we want to go to well-attended and very competitive meets. We also didn’t want the unpredictability of outdoor summer meets. We feel like it is a better option to go to controlled environment during the summer.

 With a new coach and some progressive changes, there will always be some ‘rough’ transitions.  In the end, the goal of the coaching staff is to offer the BEST training and competition opportunities with the focus on the long-term development of the athlete.

Group Requirements

It is important for swimmers and parents to understand that all group advancement final decisions rest with the NSC coaching staff.  These group requirements are the guidelines and goal setting motivation for NSC coaches and athletes but all aspects of a specific athlete (group requirements, attendance, maturity, age, physical development, technique, attitude, competitive drive) are considered during evaluations and before any group advancement is made. All of these requirements are based on entry level to the group listed.

 

The following are all entry level requirements for each group:

Prep

Streamline

·         The ability to swim 25 yards.

Long Axis

·         The ability to perform repeat 25’s kick in streamline on front, back and sides of all three kicks.

Short Axis

·         The ability to perform repeat 25’s of freestyle and backstroke using proper body line and rotation as well as proper breathing technique and patterns.

DTCP (Dive, Turn, Clock Prep)

·         The ability to perform repeat 25’s of breaststroke and butterfly using proper stroke balance and timing.

Green 10-under

1

·         5x50 free on a :30 rest interval

·         The ability to swim full 25’s of fly, back and breast with proper technique

2

·         5x50 free on :60

·         5x25 fly on :20 rest interval

·         5x50 back on 1:20

·         5x50 breast 1:20

·         Minimum regular workout attendance of 3 workouts a week

·         Must have competed in 50’s of all four strokes and 100 IM

3

·         5x50 free on :50

·         1x500 free under 9:00

·         5x50 fly on :20 rest interval

·         5x50 back :60

·         5x50 breast 1:05

·         Minimum regular workout attendance of 3 workouts a week

·         Must have competed in the 200 IM and 200 free

 

White

This is a coach select group.  All aspects of the athlete (group requirements, attendance, maturity, age, physical development, technique, attitude, competitive drive) are considered. If you do not possess a strong combination of all or most of these attributes, you will not be advanced to this group.

 

 

 

Black 11-up

 

1

·         5x50 free on 1:00

·         The ability to swim full 25’s of fly, back and breast with proper technique

·         5x50 back on 1:20

·         5x50 breast on 1:20

·         Must have competed in a sanctioned USA swimming meet

2

·         5x100 free on 1:40

·         1x1000 free under  17:00

·         5x50 fly on :60

·         5x100 back 1:50

·         5x100 breast 2:00

·         Minimum regular workout attendance of 4 workouts a week

·         Must have competed in 100’s of all four strokes, 200 IM and 200 free

3

·         5x100 free on 1:20

·         1x1000 free under  14:00

·         10x50 fly on :50

·         5x100 back 1:30

·         5x100 breast 1:45

·         Near perfect attendance.

·         Must have competed in the 400 IM and 1000 or mile free

 

Senior Development

This is a coach select group.  All aspects of the athlete (group requirements, attendance, maturity, age, physical development, technique, attitude, competitive drive) are considered. If you do not possess a strong combination of most of all or most of these attributes, you will not be advanced to this group.