18 & Under World 100s
Gulf Swimming
Level 4
Excellence 300

SSAN Group Descriptions 2021-2022

The groups have been adjusted this year to allow for age groups to train together as the children improve and progress. The Coaching Team will select the appropriate group for your child for returning swimmers based on the previous USA season performances, daily attendance & training habits, not summer league. For new swimmers, group placement is determined during the try-out period or after an evaluation.

When their Coach decides a swimmer is ready for the next level they will let the Head Coach know and the move up will only happen at the following times: At 2021 registration, October 1, 2021, January 1, 2022, April 1, 2022.

The SSAN coaching staff will make group placement decisions on practice & meet performances all year long, and consistently necessary skill sets at each level. Group placements are decided on what is best for the child.

 

Swim Streamline At Northampton

Competitive Swim Team

Copper (Elementary group, recommended ages 4-7)

  • Year-round, competitive entry-level group.
  • Meets are encouraged, but not required. Goal meets include the SSAN hosted Black & Gold meet & the October Open meet is strongly encouraged. Coaches will review all meet entries and edit at will.
  • Group focus is stroke instruction & technique, including building proficiency and further refinement of Freestyle & Backstroke, introduction to Butterfly & Breaststroke, introduction to flip turns, basic swimming terminology, and good practice habits.
  • Swimmer must be capable of multiple laps of freestyle and backstroke without interruption (stopping on lane ropes, pushing off the bottom), 25 backstroke kick on the surface in the streamline position, and listening ability in a distracting environment.

Required Equipment: fins, kickboard, mesh bag, extra SSAN cap and goggles.

 

Bronze (Elementary group, recommended ages 5-9)

  • Year-round, competitive entry-level group.
  • Meets are encouraged, but not required. Goal meets include the SSAN hosted Black & Gold meet, the October Open meet, and 1 championship meet. Coaches will review all meet entries and edit at will.
  • Group focus is refinement of Freestyle and Backstroke and development of Butterfly and Breaststroke. Introduction to building endurance, clock reading, understanding stroke mechanics, and racing starts/turns with further refinement of lane etiquette and safety.
  • Swimmer must be able to complete 50 Freestyle and 50 Backstroke without interruption multiple times. They must have a working knowledge of Butterfly and Breaststroke. The swimmer must demonstrate listening ability, motivation, and good sportsmanship.

Required Equipment: fins, kickboard, mesh bag, extra SSAN cap and goggles.

 

Silver (Elementary group, recommended ages 7-10)

  • Year-round, competitive intermediate-level group.
  • Goal meets include the SSAN hosted Black & Gold, the October Open, and at least 1 championship meet. Coaches will review all meet entries and edit at will.
  • Group focus is Improvement of all four strokes, racing starts/turns/finishes.  Introduction to interval training, clock reading, basic endurance training concepts, and the role an athlete plays in their own success.
  • Swimmer must be legal in all four strokes, the individual medley, and racing turns. Must demonstrate sportsmanship, motivation, work ethic, and implementation of verbal instruction.

Required Equipment: fins, kickboard, mesh bag, extra SSAN cap, extra goggles, and water bottle. 

 

Platinum (Elementary group, recommended ages 8-10)

Coach’s invitation based on training ability & meet performance.

  • Year-round, competitive intermediate-level group.
  • Goal meets include all SSAN hosted meets, and at least 2 championship meets in December, February, or July. Coaches will review all meet entries, and edit at will to make sure swimmers are swimming all events
  • Swimmers should have a complete IMR score in short course.
  • Group focus is continued improvement of all four strokes, racing starts/turns/finishes, interval training, and clock reading. Introduction to race strategies, and complex training sets.
  • Swimmer must be able to complete a legal 50 of each stroke, 200 IM, and 200 Free. The swimmer must demonstrate sportsmanship, work ethic, consistent attendance, and endurance in basic training sets. Listening skills and implementation of verbal instruction are highly desired. 

Required Equipment: fins, kickboard, mesh bag, extra SSAN cap, extra goggles, small pull-buoy, and water bottle

 

Titanium (Elementary group, recommended ages 8-10)

Coach’s invitation based on training ability & meet performance.

  • Year-round, competitive advanced training group.
  • Goal meets include all SSAN hosted meets, SCY & LCM Gulf Champs, and SCY & LCM TAGS. Coaches will review all meet entries, and edit at will to make sure swimmers are swimming all events
  • Swimmers should have a complete IMR/IMX score in short course and long course
  • Group focus is on stroke technique refinement through kicking & drilling, developing race strategy, introduction to endurance training by utilizing more interval training sets, and clock reading.
  • Swimmer must meet coach expectations in the current group: Swimmer should have good participation at practice, have a good work ethic, dedication, interpersonal skills, have a strong attendance record, demonstrate leadership qualities, along with being able to complete a legal 50 of each stroke, 200 IM, and 200/500 Free.

Required Equipment: fins, kickboard, mesh bag, extra SSAN cap, goggles, small pull-buoy, small paddles, junior snorkel, and water bottle

 

Age Group 1 (Junior High group, recommended ages 11-14)

  • Year-round, competitive intermediate level group
  • Goal meets include all SSAN hosted meets & 1 championship meet. Coaches will review all meet entries, and edit at will to make sure swimmers are swimming all events
  • Swimmers should have a complete IMX score in short course.
  • Group focus is on perfecting stroke technique through instruction, kicking, and drilling. Developing endurance through interval training. Introduction to race strategy.
  • Swimmers in this group are eligible for 5-hour Off-Campus PE with school and Coach permission
  • Swimmer should have good participation at practice, have a good work ethic, interpersonal skills, demonstrate leadership qualities, along with being able to complete a legal 50 of each stroke, 200 IM, and 200 Free.

Required Equipment: fins, kickboard, pull-buoy, small paddles, mess bag, extra SSAN cap, goggles, and water bottle.

 

Age Group 2 (Junior High group, recommended ages 11-14)

  • Year-round, competitive advanced level group
  • Goal meets include all SSAN hosted meets & at least 2 championship meets in December, February, or July. Coaches will review all meet entries and edit at will to make sure swimmers are swimming all events.
  • Swimmers should have a complete IMX score in short course and long course.
  • Group focus is on perfecting stroke technique and developing endurance. Increased focus on repeat interval sets and race pace training. Introduction to racing strategies for middle distance stroke and distance freestyle events.
  • Swimmers in this group are eligible for 5-hour Off-Campus PE with school and Coach permission
  • Swimmer should have good participation at practice, have a good work ethic, interpersonal skills, have a strong attendance record, demonstrate leadership qualities, along with being able to complete a legal 100 of each stroke, 200/400 IM, and a 200/500 Freestyle.

Required Equipment: fins, kickboard, pull-buoy, paddles, snorkel, mess bag, extra SSAN cap, extra goggles, and water bottle.

 

State 1 (Junior High group, recommended ages 11-12)

Coach’s invitation based on training ability & meet performance.

  • Year-round, competitive top-level group.
  • Goal meets include all SSAN hosted meets, SCY & LCM Gulf Champs, and SCY & LCM TAGS. Coaches will review all meet entries and edit at will to make sure swimmers are swimming all events.
  • Swimmers should have a complete IMX score in short course and long course.
  • Group focus is on perfecting stroke technique & developing endurance. Increased focus on repeat interval sets & race pace training. Development of racing strategy for middle distance stroke & distance Freestyle events.
  • Swimmers in this group are eligible for 5-hour Off-Campus PE with school and Coach permission
  • Swimmer must meet coach expectations for the current group. They should have a strong work ethic by staying on task while working hard to help him/herself and others. Participate in nearly all assigned sets and drills in practice at a satisfactory level. Have a positive attitude towards themselves, others, and workload. Respectfully listen, discuss, and ask questions while often welcoming and utilizing suggestions for improvement. Meet and/or exceed practice and meet requirements. Show leadership skills like knowing when to lead and when to follow in a lane along with making positive comments to themselves, coaches, and teammates.

Required Equipment: fins, kickboard, pull-buoy, paddles, snorkel, tempo trainer, mess bag, extra SSAN cap, extra goggles, and water bottle. 

State 2 (Junior High group, recommended ages 13-14)

Coach’s invitation based on training ability & meet performance.

  • Year-round, competitive top-level group.
  • Goal meets include all SSAN hosted meets, SCY & LCM Gulf Champs, and SCY & LCM TAGS. Coaches will review all meet entries and edit at will to make sure swimmers are swimming all events.
  • Swimmers should have a complete IMX score in short course and long course.
  • Group focus is on perfecting stroke technique & increased endurance training. Refining race strategy, starts, turns, & finishes. High intensity & faster interval training sets, increased training distance, and introduction to doubles at the coach’s recommendation.
  • Swimmers in this group are eligible for 5-hour or 15-hour Off-Campus PE with school and Coach permission
  • Swimmer must meet coach expectations for the current group. They should have a strong work ethic by staying on task while working hard to help him/herself and others. Participate in nearly all assigned sets and drills in practice at a satisfactory level. Have a positive attitude towards themselves, others, and workload. Respectfully listen, discuss, and ask questions while often welcoming and utilizing suggestions for improvement. Meet and/or exceed practice and meet requirements. Show leadership skills like knowing when to lead and when to follow in a lane along with making positive comments to themselves, coaches, and teammates.

Required Equipment: fins, kickboard, pull-buoy, paddles, snorkel, tempo trainer, mess bag, extra cap/goggles, and water bottle.

 

Senior 1 (High School group)

  • Year-round, competitive intermediate-level group for high school swimmers that have other interests while still wanting to have a competitive edge.
  • Goal meets include the SSAN hosted Black & Gold meet, the October & November Open meet and at least 1 Senior championship meet. Coaches will review all meet entries and edit at will to make sure swimmers are swimming all events.
  • Meets are encouraged in the Long Course season.
  • Swimmers should have a complete IMX score in short course.
  • Group focus is on perfecting stroke technique and developing endurance. Increased focus on repeat interval sets and race pace training. Development of racing strategy for middle distance and distance freestyle events. Helping prepare for High School swimming and year-round competitions.  
  • Swimmers in this group are eligible for 5-hour Off-Campus PE with school and coach permission.
  • Swimmer must meet coach expectations in the current group: Swimmer should have good participation at practice, work ethic, interpersonal skills, strong attendance record and demonstrate leadership qualities along with being able to complete a legal 100 of each competitive stroke, a 200/500 Free, and a 200 IM.

Required Equipment: fins, kickboard, pull-buoy, paddles, snorkel, tempo trainer, mess bag, extra SSAN cap, extra goggles, and water bottle.

 

Senior 2 (High School group)

  • Year-round, competitive advanced-level group
  • Goal meets include all SSAN hosted meets, all championship meets, and Gulf Champs. Coaches will review all meet entries and edit at will to make sure swimmers are swimming all events.
  • Meets are highly encouraged in the Long Course season.
  • Swimmers should have a complete IMX score in short course and long course.
  • The group is designed for swimmers who are training to obtain Zones & Sectionals qualifying time standards.
  • Group focus is on perfecting stroke technique and developing endurance. Increased focus on repeat interval sets and race pace training. Development of racing strategy for middle distance stroke and distance freestyle events. Help prepare for High school swimming and high-level year-round competitions.
  • Swimmers in this group are eligible for 5-hour or 15-hour Off-Campus PE with school and Coach permission.
  • Swimmer must meet coach expectations for current group. They should have a strong work ethic staying on task while working hard to help him/herself and others. Participate in all assigned sets and drills in practice at a satisfactory level. Have a positive attitude towards themselves, others, and workload. Respectfully listen, discuss, and ask questions while often welcoming and utilizing suggestions for improvement. Meet and/or exceed practice and meet requirements. Show leadership skills like knowing when to lead and when to follow in a lane along with making positive comments to themselves, coaches, and teammates.

Required Equipment: fins, kickboard, pull-buoy, paddles, snorkel, tempo trainer, mess bag, extra SSAN cap, extra goggles, and water bottle.

 

National (High School group)

Coach’s invitation based on training ability & meet performance.

  • Year-round, competitive top-level group
  • Goal meets include all SSAN hosted meets, all championship meets, Sectionals, and Zones. Coaches will review all meet entries and edit at will to make sure swimmers are swimming all events.
  • Swimmers should have a complete IMX score in short course and long course.
  • Swimmers in this group must be intrinsically motivated to train at a high level, be able to train increased distances & intensity level during workouts, participate in double practices throughout the year and a challenging dry-land program, and have an excellent work ethic and dedication year-round.
  • Swimmers in this group are eligible for 15-hour Off-Campus PE with school and Coach permission.
  • Swimmer must meet coach expectations for the current group. They should have a strong work ethic staying on task while working hard to help him/herself and others. Participate in all assigned sets and drills in practice at a satisfactory level. Have a positive attitude towards themselves, others, and workload. Respectfully listen, discuss, and ask questions while often welcoming and utilizing suggestions for improvement. Meet and/or exceed practice and meet requirements. Show leadership skills like knowing when to lead and when to follow in a lane along with making positive comments to themselves, coaches, and teammates. 1-2 current Sectional cuts required and must be in High School or College.

Required Equipment: fins, kickboard, pull-buoy, paddles, snorkel, tempo trainer, mess bag, extra SSAN cap, extra goggles, and water bottle.

 

National Select (SSAN’s top-level training group for high school swimmers)

Coach’s invitation based on training ability & meet performance.

  • Year-round, competitive elite-level group
  • Goal meets include all SSAN hosted meets, all championship meets, Sectionals, and Junior Nationals. Coaches will review all meet entries and edit at will to make sure swimmers are swimming all events.
  • Swimmers should have a complete IMX score in short course and long course.
  • Swimmers in this group must be intrinsically motivated to train at a high level, be able to train increased distances & intensity level during workouts, participate in double practices throughout the year and a challenging dry-land program, and have an excellent work ethic and dedication year-round.
  • Swimmers in this group are eligible for 15-hour Off-Campus PE with school and Coach permission.
  • Swimmer must meet coach expectations for the current group. Group consideration will be based on but not limited to: Attendance, training, punctuality, and willingness to change. Desire to be better in and out of the pool. They should have a strong work ethic staying on task while working hard to help himself/herself and others. Participate in all assigned sets and drills in practice at a satisfactory level. Have a positive attitude towards themselves, others, and workload. Respectfully listen, discuss, and ask questions while often welcoming and utilizing suggestions for improvement. Meet and/or exceed practice and meet requirements. Show leadership skills like knowing when to lead and when to follow in a lane along with making positive comments to themselves, coaches, and teammates. 1-2 current NCSA/Winter junior’s cuts recommended.

Required Equipment: fins, kickboard, pull-buoy, paddles, snorkel, tempo trainer, mess bag, extra SSAN cap, extra goggles, and water bottle. 

 

 

SSAN’s Homeschool Competitive Team

Homeschool: 10 and Under

  • Year-round, competitive entry-level group.
  • Goal meets include all SSAN hosted meets and 1 championship meet. Coaches will review all meet entries and edit at will.
  • Group focus is refinement of Freestyle and Backstroke and further development of Butterfly and Breaststroke. Introduction to building endurance, clock reading, understanding stroke mechanics, and racing starts/turns with further refinement of lane etiquette and safety.
  • Swimmer must be able to complete 50 Freestyle and 50 Backstroke without interruption multiple times. They must have a working knowledge of Butterfly and Breaststroke The swimmer must demonstrate listening ability, motivation, and good sportsmanship.

Required Equipment: fins, kickboard, mesh bag, extra SSAN cap and goggles.

Homeschool: 11 and Up

  • Year-round, competitive intermediate level group
  • Goal meets include all SSAN hosted meets & 1 championship meet. Coaches will review all meet entries, and edit at will to make sure swimmers are swimming all events
  • Swimmers should have a complete IMX score in short course.
  • Group focus is on perfecting stroke technique through instruction, kicking, and drilling. Developing endurance through interval training. Introduction to race strategy.
  • Swimmer should have good participation at practice, have a good work ethic, interpersonal skills, demonstrate leadership qualities, along with being able to complete a legal 50 of each stroke, 200 IM, and 200 Free.

Required Equipment: fins, kickboard, pull-buoy, small paddles, mess bag, extra SSAN cap, goggles, and water bottle.

SSAN’s Homeschool Non-competitive Team

Homeschool: Non-competitive

  • Training group for all ages wanting to get exercise after other activities/sports, stay in shape for summer league and would like to continue improving and staying fit.
  • Group focus is on continued development of proper stroke technique, introduction to interval training, keeping the fun in swimming, staying fit and summer league atmosphere all year long
  • Swimmer must be capable of multiple laps of freestyle and backstroke without interruption (stopping on lane ropes, pushing off the bottom), 25 backstroke kick on the surface in the streamline position, and listening ability in a distracting environment.

Required Equipment: fins, kickboard, mesh bag, extra SSAN cap, extra goggles, and water bottle.

 

Sharks

SSAN’s Non-competitive Team

Shark 1 (Entry level group)

  • Training group for elementary school swimmers wanting to get exercise after other activities/sports, stay in shape for summer league and would like to continue improving and staying fit.
  • Group focus is on continued development of proper stroke technique, introduction to interval training, keeping the fun in swimming, staying fit and summer league atmosphere all year long
  • Swimmer must be capable of multiple laps of freestyle and backstroke without interruption (stopping on lane ropes, pushing off the bottom), 25 backstroke kick on the surface in the streamline position, and listening ability in a distracting environment.

Required Equipment: fins, kickboard, mesh bag, extra SSAN cap, extra goggles, and water bottle.

 

Shark 2 (Intermediate level group)

  • Training group for middle schoolers who are wanting to get exercise after other activities/sports, stay in shape for summer league and would like to continue improving and staying fit.
  • Group focus is on continued development of proper stroke technique, introduction to interval training, keeping the fun in swimming, staying fit and summer league atmosphere all year long
  • Swimmer should have good participation at practice, have a good work ethic, interpersonal skills, demonstrate leadership qualities, along with being able to complete a legal 25 of each stroke, 100 IM, and 100 Free.

Required Equipment: fins, kickboard, mesh bag, small pull buoy, extra SSAN cap, extra goggles, and water bottle.

 

Shark 3 (Advanced Level group)

  • Training group for high schoolers who are wanting to get exercise after other activities/sports, stay in shape for summer league and would like to continue improving and staying fit.
  • Group focus is on continued development of proper stroke technique, introduction to interval training, keeping the fun in swimming, staying fit and summer league atmosphere all year long
  • Swimmer should have good participation at practice, have a good work ethic, interpersonal skills, demonstrate leadership qualities, along with being able to complete a legal 50 of each stroke, 200 IM, and 200 Free.

Required Equipment: fins, kickboard, mesh bag, small pull buoy, extra SSAN cap, extra goggles, and water bottle.