Practice Group Descriptions

Developmental Group -

The goal of this group is to improve the swimmer’s skills enough for them to swim in the intermediate group. They will learn proper kicking, breathing, and beginner stroke technique. To join they must be able to swim across the pool without stopping and unassisted as well as be able to float on their back. The practices are only 45 minutes long and are offered three times per week. The recommended attendance is only once or twice a week. 

EQUIPMENT: Kickboard, cap, goggles

PRACTICE: Monday & Wednesday 5-5:45 and Sat: 9-9:45 

PREREQUISITES: Swim across the pool unassisted.

AGE: 6-9

 

Intermediate Group -

This group is the entry level group to NEHA as a team. It introduces them to the world of competitive swimming. In this group, the swimmers will learn proper technique to all four strokes by the introduction of easy drills and skills as well as an introduction to reading pace clocks. The swimmers must be able to swim freestyle and backstroke for a full 25 with proper technique to enter this group. Practices last for one hour and there are options to swim 1-3 times per week. The swimmers must be willing to behave in a team environment and be able to swim 50s of free and back as well as 25s of breaststroke and fly to move up into the TEAM groups. 

EQUIPMENT: kickboard, fins, cap, goggles 

PRACTICE: Tuesday/Thursday/Friday: 5:00-6:00

PREREQUISITES: Swim free and backstroke legally for a 25 without stopping.

SUGGESTED AGE:  6-9, depending on skill level

 

White Group -

This is the first team group, swimmers will be in a team environment learning, training, and behaving as a team. In this group the swimmers will be learning proper technique for all four strokes along with turns and starts. There will be introduction to harder drills and the swimmers are expected to be able to read the pace clock. In this group the swimmers will be given the option to swim in USA sanctioned meets and will be able to practice race strategies. In order to join this group, the swimmers must be able to swim 50s of free and back as well as 25s of breaststroke and butterfly. Practices last for 1 hour and there are options to swim 6 days a week, recommended is 2 to 3 times per week. The goal is to have swimmers legally swim all four strokes, 100s of free and back, and 50s of fly and breaststroke in order to move up to the bronze group

EQUIPMENT: kickboard, fins, pull buoy, cap, goggles  

PRACTICE: Monday-Friday: 5:00-6:00, Saturday: 9:00-10:00

PREREQUISITES: Swim 50s of free and back, 25s of breaststroke and butterfly

SUGGESTED AGE: 6-10, depending on skill level

 

Bronze Group -

This group is the beginning group for harder training sets and competition. In this group, the swimmers will learn advanced drills, legal turns for all strokes and IM, intro to aerobic training, and test sets. This group is primarily focused on training younger middle school aged students to prepare them for competitive swimming. Meet participation is suggested, as well as summer league swimming is encouraged. This group is a great start for already competitive summer league swimmers to begin. In order to join this group, the swimmers must already be proficient in the four strokes and can swim them legally. They must be able to complete 100s of freestyle and backstroke without stopping as well as 50s of breaststroke and butterfly. Practice lasts for one and a half hours and is offered six times per week. The recommended attendance is 4 to 5 times per week. The goal of this group is to be able to swim 200s of freestyle and backstroke legally, without stopping, as well as butterfly and breaststroke in order to move up to silver. 

EQUIPMENT: Kickboard, fins, paddles, pull buoy, cap, goggles

PRACTICE: Monday-Friday: 5:00-6:30, Saturday: 9:00-10:30

PREREQUISITES: Swim 100s of free and back and 50s of breaststroke and butterfly 

SUGGESTED AGE: Middle school or advanced elementary school age

 

Silver I Group -

Silver 1 is for middle schooled aged swimmers that have advanced from bronze. This group builds on the strokes and technique learned in the bronze group, adding in harder and more advance training sets, drills, and dryland. In this group, swimmers must be willing to train hard. The primary goal of this group is to have swimmers be able to improve their training by being able to swim longer and harder sets and have proper technique in all four strokes, starts, turns, and finishes, throughout their time in this group. Swimming in USA sanctioned meets is high encouraged for this group. The training focus of this group is IM, Sprint, distance, and aerobic workouts. Practices one and a half hours and are offered 6 days a week. recommended attendance is 4 to 5 times per week. In order to join this group, the swimmer must be able to swim 200s of free and back and 100s of breaststroke and butterfly as well as being middle schooled aged. This group is for the advanced younger kids that need harder practices than the bronze group. In order to move up into the gold group, swimmers will be working to achieve TAGS/SECTIONALS/NATIONALScuts. 

EQUIPMENT: kickboard, fins, paddles, pull buoys, cap, goggles, dryland clothes 

PRACTICE: Monday-Friday: 6:30-8:00, Saturday: 9:00-11:00 -- Dry Land: Tu/Th: 6:00-6:45

PREREQUISITES: Advanced swimmers that can swim 200s of back and free and 100s of breaststroke and butterfly 

SUGGESTED AGE: 9-13

 

Silver 2/ Fitness Group-

This group is made up primarily of high school aged swimmers that have competed in summer league or USA swimming before. This group has the same prerequisites and goals as Silver 1. Practices are offered 6 times per week with 2 dryland sessions. Recommended attendance is 3 to 5 times per week. Swimmers must be able to swim 200s of free and back and 100s of breaststroke and butterfly in order to join this group. 

EQUIPMENT: kickboard, fins, paddles, pull buoys, cap, goggles, dryland clothes 

PRACTICE: Monday-Friday: 6:30-8:00, Saturday: 9:00-11:00 -- Dry Land: Tu/Th: 6:00-6:45

PREREQUISITES: Can swim 200s of free and back and 50s of breaststroke and butterfly 

SUGGESTED AGE: 13 and up

 

Gold I Group/Senior -

This group is the highest level of competitive group at NEHA. Swimmers in this group must have the desire, ability, and commitment to be able to continue developing their swimming. The practices will be high intensity but will have high rewards. The goals of this group are to qualify for Sectionals/NCSAs/Junior Nats and eventually be a competitive collegiate athlete. There are 6, 2 hour practices offered each week as well as 2 dryland sessions, recommended attendance is all of them. In order to be in this group, swimmers must have TAGS/AA Time Standards/be willing to train at high intensity. This group consists of 15 yr old and up swimmers. 

EQUIPMENT: kickboard, paddles, pull buoy, (Short fins), (snorkel), cap, goggles, dryland clothes, GOOD ATTITUDE

PRACTICE: Monday-Friday: 6:00-8:00, Saturday: 9:00-11:00 -- Dry Land: Tu/Th: 6:00-6:45

PREREQUISITES: TAGS, AA Time Standards, the right attitude and desire to train hard.

AGE: 15 and up

 

Gold 2 Group

This group is primarily for 13 and up swimmers who have the desire, ability, and commitment to train. There will be challenging workouts to improve the swimmer in and out of the pool. Most swimmers in this group also train with their high school. High school practices are usually in the morning, while NEHA practices are offered in the evening. The swimmers in this group will benefit from learning better technique and swimming skills to apply to both their high school and USA swimming practices.  For the 15 and under swimmers, they must swim TAGS or A Time Standards in order to move to this group. Practice is offered 6 times per week for 2 hours each day with 2 dryland sessions. Recommended attendance is 4 to 6 times per week

EQUIPMENT: kickboard, paddles, pull buoy, cap, goggles, dryland clothes

PRACTICE: Monday-Friday: 6:00-8:00, Saturday: 9:00-11:00 -- Dry Land: Tu/Th: 6:00-6:45

PREREQUISITES: Be proficient in every stroke and have the willingness to compete at a high level. Have TAGS or A Time Standards. 

AGE: 13 and up  

 

The assignment of the swimmer(s) to a group shall be the decision of the coaching staff. Practice group changes will be made at the completion of long course and short course season. On a quarterly basis, an assignment may be modified during the swim year if the coaching staff believes a different squad would be more appropriate for the Swimmer. This includes any swimmer who cannot maintain their level requirements. ALL SWIMMERS MUST SWIM WITH THEIR DESIGNATED SWIM GROUP AND SCHEDULED TIME. Swimmers arriving early must wait in the stands until their practice group starts. 

  

New Swimmer Evaluations

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