NEW - Practice Group Descriptions 2020

Intermediate Group -

This group is the entry level group to NEHA. Swimmers will be introduced to the basics of competitive swimming. Swimmers will learn important drills for freestyle and backstroke. They will also be introduced to butterfly kicks, breaststroke kicks, and flip turns. They will also be introduced to starts. This group is mostly for swimmers who are just starting to get into competitive swimming. Practices last for one hour 5 days a week, Monday - Friday. No Saturday practice.

Equipment: Cap, goggles, kickboard, fins, pull buoy, and water bottle

Suggested Age:  6-9, depending on skill level

White Group -

In this group, swimmers will be introduced to many more techniques and drills to improve on all four strokes, starts, and turns. This group is an introduction to the competitive side of swimming and their skills will be tested. There will be a test set to move to the next group. Swimmers are encouraged to start going to meets in order to get more feedback. This is a great opportunity to see their times and improve upon them. Practice lasts for one hour 6 days a week.

Equipment: Cap, goggles, kickboard, fins, pull buoy, and water bottle

Suggested Age: 7-10 at coach discretion

Copper Group -

This group will focus on fine tuning all strokes. They will work on turns and transitions. They will be introduced to the clock. This group is designed for those just starting swimming or needing extra time to fine tune strokes to move to Bronze or Silver. Before moving groups, they must be proficient in all strokes and must complete a test set. GULF meets are encouraged, as well as summer league. At least 2 meets during short course and 1 meet during long course are recommended while more is ideal.  Practice is offered 6 times a week and lasts for 1 hour and 30 minutes. This group must be consistent and try to come to every practice if possible. The goal of the group is to swim all strokes and all strokes offered at a GULFmeet for their age group and summer league competition. If the athlete begins earning B times or better at meets or qualifies for a higher-level meet, the coach and parent and athlete will decide a move up. 

Equipment- Goggles, cap, kickboard, fins, pull buoy, and water bottle

Suggested Age: 8-11 at coach’s discretion  

Bronze Group -

This group begins training harder in practice and to get ready for competitions. In this group, the swimmers will learn advanced drills, legal turns, starts and finishes. The swimmer will learn and master the clock and learn interval training. Drylands will be introduced and will be run during practice time on Wednesdays. Swimmers must be proficient in 4 strokes and swim them legally. They must be able to complete 100’s and 50’s of all stroke. GULF competition meets are highly encouraged, as well as summer league. A 2 meet minimum during short course and 1 meet minimum during long course is encouraged, while more is ideal. Practice is offered 6 times a week and lasts for one hour and thirty minutes. This group must be consistent and try to come to every practice if possible. The goal of this group is to swim all strokes and all strokes offered at a GULF meet for their age group and summer league competition. In order to move up to Silver there will be a test set of 8X100 free and an IM set. If the athlete begins earning A times or qualifies for a higher-level meet, the coach and parent and athlete will decide a move up. 

Equipment: Goggles, cap, kickboard, fins, pull buoy and water bottle. Drylands clothing on Wednesdays.

Suggested Age: Advanced 7-8 at coach’s discretion, 9-12 

Silver Group -

The Silver group’s training sets increase and competition focus is instilled in swimmers. This group of swimmers will learn the training cycle, race strategy, advanced drills, legal turns, starts and finishes. The swimmer will be expected to read the clock and master interval training. Drylands will be increased and built on from Bronze. Drylands will be twice a week for no more the 20-30mins beginning at 6pm. This group is great for those getting ready to compete at the high school level.  Swimmers must be proficient in 4 strokes and swim them legally. They must be able to complete 100’s, 200’s, long distance, and 50’s of all strokes. GULF competition meets are highly encouraged, as well as summer league. A 3 meet minimum during short course and 2 meet minimum long course is encouraged, while more is ideal. Practice is offered 6 times a week and last one hour and thirty minutes on M, W, and F and two hours on T. Th, and Saturday. This group should be consistent and try to come to every practice if possible.The goal of the group is to swim all strokes and all strokes offered at a GULF meet for their age group and summer league competition. In order to move up to Gold there will be a test set of 10X100 free on a set interval and an IM set on an interval. If the athlete begins earning A times or qualifies for a higher-level meet, the coach and parent and athlete will decide a move up. 

Equipment: Goggles, cap, kickboard, fins, pull buoy, paddles, and water bottle. Drylands clothing on T/Th. 

Suggested Age:  9-13, coach’s discretion

Gold Group -

This group is primarily for the middle school and home-schooled high schoolers. This group must be committed to swimming and must have the desire to work hard. Some swimmers in this group will swim JV for their high school but will get most of their swim work during NEHA practice. Technique and a start to a fast raced-based training will start in this group. The swimmers in this group are working towards TAGS times and are Junior Nationals' hopefuls, but most should have A-times. There will be 2 dryland workouts on Tuesday and Thursdays. These will be short 20-30 minutes workouts before entering the pool. Practice will be available 6 days a week for 2 hours each day. Swimmers must be willing to come to as many practices as possible, especially if you are home schooled. Dedication and commitment are key with this group. Recommended meet attendance is twice a month, or as often as possible. Swimmers in this group should be able to do 10x100 freestyle on a 1:30 interval and IM set on set interval. For swimmers moving up, it will be up to the coach's discretion.    

Equipment- Goggles, cap, kickboard, fins, pull buoy, paddles, and water bottle. Drylands clothing on T/Th.

Suggested Age: 13 and up

Senior Group -

This group is for the high school Varsity and JV swimmers who want extra race work after high school practice. Swimmers in this group must swim JV/Varsity high school and they must be willing to work hard. This group will mostly work on race-based training and high intensity practices to prepare them for collegiate level swimming. These swimmers are working towards TAGS times and are Junior Nationals' hopefuls. This group will participate in dryland activities 2 days a week of short 20-30 minute workouts before in water training. This group must be consistent and try to come to every practice if possible, which is offered 6 times a week. This group is recommended to come to at least 1 to 2 meets a month, or as often as possible. Swimmers in this group should be able to do 10x100 freestyle on a 1:20 interval and an IM set on set interval. 

Equipment- Goggles, cap, kickboard, fins, pull buoy, paddles, and water bottle. Dryland clothing on T/Th. 

Suggested Age: 14 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. 

  

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