All new swimmers must try out for COHO. The minimum skill requirements are: Individuals ages 5 and over must be able to swim 1 length of continuous freestyle with rhythmic breathing (face in the water, turning the head to the side to breathe), 1 length of continuous backstroke, be able to go underwater and touch the bottom of the pool in the shallow end, and be comfortable swimming in the deep end of the pool.  Swimmers who can successfully complete this criterion will be placed in a specific group based on age and ability.

DEVELOPMENTAL PROGRAM – MINNOWS & SHARKS:

 

Lead Coach Jeff Napolski 

 

The COHO Developmental Program (Minnows & Sharks) is designed for children ages 5 and older who are novices or relative novices to the sport of swimming. Emphasis is placed on learning proper competitive stroke technique and skills, developing positive self-esteem, making new friends, and having fun! Swimmers are introduced to competition through Developmental swim meets. Swimmers are taught the basics of the four competitive strokes and competition starts and turns, while building their endurance. The main goal is to prepare swimmers for the COHO Age Group Program.  For Minnows, we recommend a minimum of 3 practices per week. The more often swimmers attend practice, the quicker they learn and perfect new skills.

 

Minnows: The intent of our swim school is to bridge the gap between swim lessons and competitive swimming. Emphasis is placed on learning basic competitive skills, improving body awareness in the water, developing positive self-esteem, making friends, and having fun! You may sign up for both sections if you wish to attend all 4 days of practice offered each week.

 

Sharks: Our Sharks group is intended to help prepare swimmers to transition to the competitive program. This group focuses on introductory concepts in streamlining, posture, line, balance, breathing, and general comfort in the water. Emphasis is placed on developing proper competitive stroke technique and skills while developing friendships and having fun! At this level, we introduce the COHO motto of Spirit, Character and Pride and the concept of being part of a team.

 

AGE GROUP PROGRAM – 10 & UNDER AND 11-14 GROUPS:

Lead Coach Jacob Weber

 

In our Age Group Program, we offer 3 levels for swimmer ages 10 and under, and 3 levels for swimmers ages 11-14. Within both age groups these levels are White, Blue and Red. There are specific requirements and practice schedules for each level. Swimmers must follow the schedule for their assigned age group and level. The primary focus of the White level is to learn and develop the technical aspects of all four of the competitive strokes, racing starts, and turns. Swimmers will experience an introduction to training concepts, and acquire skills in preparation for competition.

 

The Blue and Red levels are more advanced, and composed mostly of swimmers who have achieved "B" times from the USA Swimming National Age Group Motivational Time Standards. In these groups swimmers will build upon elements previously learned, while continuing to improve their technique, and expanding on training concepts.

 

SENIOR PROGRAM – GOLD 1 & GOLD 2:

 

Lead Coach Nancy Reese

 

Our Senior Program is designed to incorporate the training the training needs of all high school swimmers (eighth graders may be placed in this group in the spring if they are ready to train at this level). There are 2 groups within the Senior Program (Gold 1 and Gold 2) and the Head Senior Coach will have the final say on group assignments.

 

Gold 1 is intended to provide a training environment for athletes to be successful not only within COHO, but also the high school level. Swimmers are expected to attend at least 70% attendance for both swim and strength workouts.

 

Gold 2 is intended to provide a more intense environment for State and National level swimmers who are dedicated to training and competing year-round. Requirements for Gold 2 are:

 

  1. Have at least one Illinois Swimming Individual State qualifying time
  2. Maintain a minimum of 80% attendance for both swim and strength training workouts
  3. Other requirements by season as determined by the Head Senior Coach

 

Strength training is an important part of the Senior Program, and all program fees include strength workouts.

 

COHO MASTERS PROGRAM

 

Lead coach Todd Keil 

 

For adults 18 and up COHO offers a Masters swimming program. Practices are run by a coach, and designed for adults of all levels. Masters do not need to pay the USA registration fee or the COHO club fee. In the fall, winter, and spring you may register to attend all three practices offered per week (section 01), or to attend Sunday practices only (section 02).  In the summer, section 01 is 4 practices per week and section 02 is Saturday and Sunday practices only.

 

GROUP ASSIGNMENTS AND ADVANCEMENT:

 

We have established minimum requirements for swimmers to be assigned to certain groups. What is expected of swimmers is to do more than the minimum requirements, especially if they desire to progress and advance. What swimmers do in their current group will affect their group placement as they get older and move towards the Senior program on COHO.

 

Group placement and advancement are major concerns of most swimming families. Usually these concerns arise from a combined motive of: (1) wanting what’s best for the child and (2) logistical conveniences such as practice time and location.

 

From a coach’s perspective, the placement and advancement of swimmers is also of great importance, but for somewhat different reasons. The Goal of the coach and the swim program is to provide the swimmer with the best possible opportunity to develop his or her fullest swimming potential. Also, given the diverse age and ability levels on the swim club, athletes must be grouped to facilitate maximum benefit from the practice environment.