SPY has 8 different practice groups, which are part of 4 different billing groups. The billing groups are Developmental, Age Group, Advanced Age Group, and Senior. The following is break down of each group and expectations for each group. SPY does not operate with practice requirements, however we do make recommendations for the minimum number of practices a swimmer should attend. Consider the math.....

If a Developmental swimmer performs 1000 yards per practice over 28 weeks, there is a difference of 28,000 yards that swimmer can swim for if they average 1 more practice per week.. A swimmer attending 1 practice would swim 28,000 yards, while a swimmer swimming 3 times per week will swim 84,000 yards over the same time. The expectation for success for a swimmer swimming 3 times per week will be much greater than a swimmer attending once per week. Consider also that as swimmers move through the program that the amount they swim gets greater and the difference will grow.

Below is a description of groups and practice recommendations for each group.

Developmental Groups (4 practices offered per week)

Category 1

Category 1 is going to be made of swimmers 7 years and younger. Swimmers will focus mostly on stroke and skill development. The key to swimming fast will be swimming correctly so a lot of time will be spent on how our bodies move through the water and specific movements the swimmers need to master. There will be an introduction to interval training, but most of the focus will be on swimming correctly and drill work in order to achieve great swimming strokes.

Swimmers in this group are encouraged to make a minimum of 2 practices per week, knowing that the more you swim the more your skills will develop and the more improvement you are likely to see.

Category 2

Category 2 will be made up of 8 and 9 year old swimmers. Swimmers will continue to focus on stroke and skill development with an increased focus on interval training as the season progresses. These swimmers should be competent in all strokes as well as all forms of kick.

Swimmers in this group are encouraged to make a minimum of 2 practices per week, knowing that the more you swim the more your skills will develop and the more improvement you are likely to see.

Category 3

Category 3 is made up of 9 and 10 year old swimmers. These swimmers will continue to focus on skill development with an increased emphasis on aerobic development. Interval training will be incorporated into each practice while still focusing on swimming fast with proper technique.

Swimmers in this group are encouraged to make a minimum of 2 practices per week, knowing that the more you swim the more your skills will develop and the more improvement you are likely to see.

Age Groups (5 Practices Per Week)

Category 4

Category 4 is made of 9 and 10 year old swimmers. Theses swimmers have displayed advanced skills in several strokes. There will be a much greater emphasis on aerobic development and interval training in this group, while still providing time for drill work and stroke development during each practice.

Swimmers in this group are encouraged to make a minimum of 3 practices per week. Swimmers who are only able to make 1 or 2 practice a week will not see the same increase in aerobic ability and speed as those who are at practice more often. This could lead to swimmers become discouraged at they lag behind the rest of the group.

Category 5

Category 5 is for swimmers who are 11 and 12 years old. These swimmers should be proficient at all strokes and a priority will be placed on quality of swimming in practice. While drill work and stroke instruction will always be a part of practice, swimmers will need to be more disciplined in their strokes as the work load will demand a high quality of performance every day in practice. A great focus will be put on aerobic conditioning and speed training.

Swimmers in this group are encouraged to make a minimum of 3 practices per week. Swimmers unable to do so will not see as great a benefit in training and may become discouraged if they begin to lag behind the others in the group.

Category 6

Category 6 is for swimmers 12 year and older. These swimmers should be proficient at all strokes and a priority will be placed on quality of swimming in practice. While drill work and stroke instruction will always be a part of practice, swimmers will need to be more disciplined in their strokes as the work load will demand a high quality of performance every day in practice. A great focus will be put on aerobic conditioning and speed training.

Swimmers in this group are encouraged to make a minimum of 3 practices per week. Swimmers unable to do so will not see as great a benefit in training and may become discouraged if they begin to lag behind the others in the group.