Challenge Group (Challenge 1, Challenge 2)

The emphasis of the Challenge group is on mastering the following skills necessary to be a competitive swimmer – training etiquette, advanced stroke mechanics, training and race strategies, goal setting, understanding basic nutrition, mental preparation, arriving and being prepared for practices and meets on time, and the ability to handle increasing training workloads.

Swimmers will participate in a dryland program to help develop total body strength, stability and mobility in the shoulders and legs, and overall body control and coordination. Ability group assignments are at the coach’s discretion. Swimmers may not change or practice with more advanced ability groups without prior coach approval.

Typical Practice Schedule:  6x practices per week, 1.5 to 2 hours each (Mon pm, Tues pm, Wed pm, Thurs pm, Fri pm, Sat am)

2020 Fall-Winter Practice Schedule

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday pm: Group 1- 545-645 pm  Group 2- 700-800 pm

Friday pm: Group 1&2- 500-630 pm

Saturday am: Group 1- 945-1100 am  Group 2- 1115-1230 pm

Challenge 1

The emphasis of this group is on competing in all four competitive strokes, starts, turns, underwater kicking, group and individual goal setting, and race strategies.

Challenge 2

The emphasis of this group is competing in all four competitive strokes, starts, turns, underwater kicking, group and individual goal setting, race strategy, mental training, demonstrating leadership skills, and representing Donner Swim Club to the best of their ability. Athletes also need to demonstrate an ability to balance activities and school with swimming.

For more specific details regarding the Challenge group, please see the Donner Swim Club Group Descriptions and Criteria