SWIM GROUPS & POOLS

ISC is divided into seven swimming levels, based on age and ability. New swimmers are evaluated and placed in the appropriate group. Several opportunities to test into the next group occur each season.  The Short Course season is held in 25-yard pools and runs from September to March. The Long Course season is held in 50-meter pools, which are frequently outdoors as well as indoor 25-yard pools and runs from April - July.


Discovery

This group is primarily for ages 5-9 years.  This is a pre-competitive group designed to introduce the basics of competitive swimming in a fun learning environment. Children should be able to swim 25 yards of freestyle & backstroke and have a working knowledge of breaststroke and butterfly while participating in 2 or more sessions per week.  Group focus:  Acquire the basic skills of the four competitive strokes, learn to handle oneself in a group (team) environment, and initiate the development of team pride.  Practices are 1 hour, with 3 offerings per week.


Developmental

This group is primarily for ages 7-10 years.  This level is structured to prepare children for participation in competition, and will continue to develop skills in all four strokes. Children should be able to regularly demonstrate they are able to swim 50 yards legally of all four strokes, perform a legal 100IM, and have met the attendance requirement of their preceding training group.  Group focus: Daily stroke technique work, introduction to primary racing skills and situations, being a good teammate, team pride, introduction to dryland activities.  Practices are 1 hour, 20 minutes in length with 4 offerings per week.


Rising Stars

This group is primarily for ages 9-12 years.  Swimmers will be introduced to endurance training with the primary daily focus being the development of good technical habits.  Participants should be able to regularly demonstrate they are able to swim 100 yards legally of all four strokes, perform a legal 200IM, have met the attendance requirement of their preceding training group, and have achieved national "BB" times or better.  Participants should be able to regularly demonstrate they are able to complete sets of 8 x 100 yard freestyle repeats on the 1:45 interval and sets of 4 x 200 IM repeats on the 4:00 interval.   Swimmers are encouraged to attend 4 or more practices per week.  Group focus:  Increased technique development, further development of racing skills, introduction to endurance training, being a great teammate; development of sportsmanship, and increased dryland. Athletes should strive to participate in at least one meet every month of each swim season. Practices are 1 hour, 40 minutes in length with 5 offerings per week.


Middle School Prep

This group is primarily for middle school students in the 6th-8th grade who may be new to swimming or those that want to focus on getting ready for the middle school competitive swimming season.  Group focus:  Daily stroke technique work, introduction to primary racing skills and situations, being a good teammate, team pride, introduction to dryland activities.  Practices are 90 minutes in length with 4 offerings per week.


Age Group Performance

This group is primarily for ages 11-14 years. This group is for advanced age group swimmers. Entrance into this group requires a higher level of year-round commitment for age group swimming than previous groups.  Participants should be able to regularly demonstrate they are able to complete sets of 10 x 100 yard freestyle repeats on the 1:30 interval and sets of 6 x 200 IM repeats on the 3:30 interval.  They have shown a commitment to swimming by meeting the attendance requirement of their preceding training group and have achieved a minimum of 2 Indiana Divisional Time Standards or more. Group focus:  Continued technique development and refinement.  Further development of endurance training with increased intensity and duration, continued development of racing skills and strategies, development of self-responsibility, being a great teammate, further development of sportsmanship, introduction to the importance of nutrition, and participation in more complex dryland activities.  Athletes should strive to participate in at least one meet every month of each swim season. Recommend 5 or more practices per week.  Practices are 2 hours in length with 6 offerings per week with additional practices during school breaks.


High School Prep

This group is primarily for high school students who want to continue their training and skill work but not at the level of commitment of the Senior Group.  Group focus:  Precise technique refinement and racing skill development, endurance and speed work, good decision-making pertaining to nutrition and rest, impeccable sportsmanship and leadership, and being a great teammate.  The High School Prep Group is one of the first steps to senior level swimming and is an excellent option for swimmers focused on high school swimming, first-time year-round swimmers, or busy students juggling multiple extra-curricular activities.  Practices are 2 hours, 15 minutes in length with 4 offerings per week.


Senior

This group is primarily for swimmers ages 14 and up. Entrance into this group requires a level of commitment in attendance, attitude, maturity, and work ethic above what the athlete has done previously.  Proper technique and skills are required and will be critiqued and reinforced in practice.  Participants should regularly exemplify a desire to excel and a willingness to be coached.  They are able to successfully complete a comprehensive variety of challenging training sets, and have demonstrated a commitment to swimming by meeting the attendance requirement and achieving state and national time standards.  Group focus:  Precise technique refinement and racing skill development, increased intensity of endurance, speed, and strength training in and out of the water, good decision-making pertaining to nutrition and rest, impeccable sportsmanship and leadership, and being a great teammate.  Athletes in this group are motivated to achieve state and national time standards and place high in elite level competitions and are expected to attend 90% or more of all sessions.  Practices range from 1 hour, 20 minutes up to 2½  hours with a total of 8 offerings during the school year and additional practices during school breaks.  3 additional 1 hour strength and conditioning sessions are required as well.


Please Note:  For most groups you are not required to attend a minimum number of practices.  For example, if your group practices 5 times per week and you have string practice on Wednesday’s, you do not need to come to Wednesday practice.  The practice schedule is just when practices are available, you can choose to come to all or some.


POOLS

ISC currently enjoys the use these local pools:

Bloomington High School North (NORTH) directions

Bloomington High School South (SOUTH) directions

Counsilman - Billingsley Aquatic Center (CBAC) directions

Indiana University Outdoor Pool (IUOP) directions

Indiana University Royer & Pool 194 (Located in the IU School of Public Health)