Indiana Swimming
Level 1
Excellence 200

2022 Season Information Blast

Zach DeWitt

FRST Family,

After a phenomenal season, our coaches are trying to make decisions to provide our athletes with the best possible environment of training, leadership, and relationships that we can offer as a coaching staff.  Every season brings new challenges, new faces, and new hurdles; ones that should be embraced!

Consistency has been our theme over the past two years at FRST and our goal is to put everyone in the right position to be successful (both kids and coaches).  Our coaches will be kept in similar group roles this season so that we can further build outstanding relationships with athletes, and  continue to hammer down our essential learnings at each level.

Below, we’d like to give each of you a little more information about the groups, coaches, our team goals, and our vision for this season at FRST. 

Not to sound redundant, but we believe that this summer long course season is set up to be our best season in a few years, and our coaching staff is putting in the time during the offseason to ensure that your athlete has the best season yet.

REGISTRATION & FIRST WEEK PRACTICES:

Practice for all groups below this paragraph will be starting on Monday, April 4th, 2022.  Online Team Registration will open on March 26th at Noon.  If you are a returning athlete, it is our expectation that you are registered prior to attending a summer practice.

For new athletes, we will be hosting evaluations/in-person registration on Monday and Tuesday (April 11th - 12th) at the Franklin Community High School pool from 5-6:30pm. If you have any questions or know anyone interested in joining FRST, please stop by!  If you are interested in beginning on the 4th, preferring not to wait a week, please contact a FRST coach to talk about group assignments and please register accordingly online.

On the pages below you will see a list of important dates & previews to each group - feel free to skip ahead to the area that interests you the most! Lead Group coaches will keep you informed of the important upcoming dates as we progress through the season, but we wanted to make sure you’re informed of the upcoming dates within the first 8 weeks of the season!

I am really excited for the new year and can’t wait to get started!  Thanks for your passion, patience, and support of our program, 

Zach DeWitt

Franklin Regional Swim Team

Head Senior Coach / Club Director


SCHEDULES:

🔵 Practice Calendars:

Practice calendars are posted on the team website on the Calendars page

🔵 Meet Calendars:

Our meet calendar for the summer is set, and ready to be accessed on our team website. Pay attention to which groups are eligible for which meet! As the season progresses we will add more information & details to these pages.


IMPORTANT DATES & REMINDERS

 APRIL:
  • MARCH 26TH : Online Registration begins & some Age Groups begin practice

  • EARLY / MID APRIL : 1-on-1 HP Senior Group Meetings to be scheduled and planned.

  • APRIL 4TH : Returning athletes first practice.

  • APRIL 18TH :  FRST Apparel Night – Suits, Goggles, Equipment, etc. will all be made by Elsmore Swim Shop.

  • APRIL 29TH-MAY 1STFRST Early Summer Slam

MAY:
  • MAY 13TH-15TH : FAST 500 - Age Group Only

  • MAY 20TH-22ND : BA Early Bird Classic (P/F) - Senior Only

JUNE:
  • JUNE 1ST-6TH : Senior Training Trip (Colorado)

  • JUNE 3RD-5TH : DON Jaime Miller - Age Group Only

  • JUNE 9TH-11TH : LAK Ohio Valley Championships (P/F)

  • JUNE 17TH-19TH : FRST Summer Classic (P/F)

JULY:
  • JULY 4TH-JULY 10TH : IHSAA Moratorium Week  - Affecting only our Senior Group, this week is a big change of pace in terms of coaching coverage as our Franklin Community HS coaches will not be able to coach the Senior Group.  We will rely on a “different coaching staff” to cover these practices.  This is, however, a very important week, and one to plan on being present.

  • JULY 8TH-10TH : NOB Enchanted Forest (P/F) - Age Group Only

  • JULY 14TH-17TH : Senior State Championships

  • JULY 19TH : CGAC Stars and Stripes (SCY) - 12 & Under Only 

  • JULY 22ND-24TH : Age Group State Championships

  • JULY 27TH-31ST : NCSA Summer Championships

  • JULY 29TH-31ST : Summer Divisional Championships

AUGUST:
  • AUGUST 4TH-7TH : Central Zone Championships

 


PERSONNEL:

This season we are happy to announce we will be seeing no major changes to our coaching staff as all group lead coaches return to their roles from the short course season!

 

Zach DeWitt - Head Coach - Lead HP Senior Coach

Colin Mothersead - Head Age Group Coach - Lead Senior 1 / Eclipse Coach

Paul Stockett - Meet Administrator - Lead Challenger / Exploration Coach

Madi Purcell - Lead Endeavour / Discovery Coach / Senior Role TBA

Griffin Edwards - Lead Senior 2 / Launch Coach

Madeline Daily - Lessons Coordinator - Lead Ignition / Spark Coach

 


GROUPING DESCRIPTION

Each season our coaching staff collaborates to review the structure of our program and how we define it to ensure that we are making progress as a team and growing in our roles. This season we are happy to announce that all coaches from the short course season will be returning to their roles as group lead coaches for this summer. Here is an outline of how we define & break down our program.

 


By Age Group

10 & Under

Our young swimmers are placed in groups with kids of similar age & experience. Our 10 & Unders receive extensive instruction on stroke skills and fundamental concepts in the sport of swimming. Teaching is the number one priority at this age to set the stage for tremendous growth as our athletes grow through the program.

 

11-14

Our middle school aged athletes receive coaching at a slightly faster pace than the younger swimmers, and see the introduction of significant dryland components of training for the sake of strength and injury prevention. At this age fun and competition are of highest value as the kids learn to love the sport and what it has to offer.

 

Senior (High School)

Our high school aged athletes experience the full depth of what our program has to offer, incorporating dryland strength, mobility work, technical analysis & video feedback, as well as the key elements of swimming training that help create national-level performance.

By Ability

Introductory

This level serves those swimmers and families who are new to FRST and/or new to the sport of swimming. Its primary goals are to educate and instruct both swimmers and parents about what to expect in the sport, what are the building blocks of progression, and why it might all be worth it!

Developmental

This level builds on the skills taught in the introductory level and begins to put emphasis on competition. At this level athletes will become aware of what time standards and championships are while continuing to hone their skills and have fun while doing it!

Competitive

This level serves those who are committed to the sport and actively looking to improve. Accountability and hard work are emphasized as these athletes begin to separate themselves from their peers and move toward the top level of competition!

High Performance

This level is for the most dedicated and driven athletes FRST has to offer. Although this level is highly rigorous and demanding, it is the level that we strive to help all FRST athletes achieve at some point in their career. This level is that which represents FRST and the Franklin community at the State, Zone, and National championship level!

10 & UNDER PROGRAM

Spark

Introductory 10&U

  • Spark is for swimmers making the transition from lessons or water safety instruction into the world of competitive swimming.

  • This group requires swimmers to be able to swim 25-50 yards without stopping, and be familiar with the freestyle & backstroke, as well as a few other basic skills.

  • This group teaches swimmers some of the fundamental techniques to transitioning from being able to swim the strokes to being able to swim them smoothly and efficiently. Swimmers will be exposed to the other two strokes, (breaststroke and butterfly) as well as taught fundamental racing skills such as starts & flipturns.

Ignition

Developmental 10&U

  • Ignition offers challenge to those who are beginning to show some proficiency in the long axis (freestyle & backstroke) strokes and are looking for growth in the sport.

  • This group requires swimmers to be competent in one of the short axis (breaststroke & butterfly) strokes & demonstrate the ability to consistently do flip turns.

  • This group teaches swimmers all the necessary skills to legally execute all four competitive strokes in competition, and begins to introduce training skills, such as interval tracking & lane etiquette.

Launch

Competitive 10&U

  • Launch offers development for swimmers as they transition from proficiency toward mastery of their developing swimming skills. 

  • This group requires swimmers to be able to legally execute all 4 competitive strokes & be at or close to a Divisional time standard.

  • This group teaches the discipline & accountability necessary for long-term growth & achievement, and addresses skill deficits and challenges that have arisen through each athlete’s development.

Exploration

High Performance 10&U

  • Exploration is for those swimmers who are interested in competing at the State level and have demonstrated the necessary skills, commitment, and attitude to achieve success in the world of swimming.

  • This group requires swimmers to have 3 or more Divisional cuts (and as we continue to progress this group, State cuts) and be comfortable with challenge & high expectations. Swimmers in this group must show proficiency in the skills of all four strokes and maintain a high standard of practice attendance.

  • This group teaches many training techniques which athletes will be exposed to at the 11-14 level to prepare them to succeed not only in their current age group, but beyond. Athletes will begin to see more extensive dryland training, and more varied/complicated practices.

11 - 14 PROGRAM

Discovery

Introductory 11-14

  • Discovery embraces those who are discovering the sport of swimming & what it has to offer.

  • This group requires swimmers to be able to swim 25-50 yards without stopping, and be familiar with the freestyle & backstroke, as well as a few other basic skills.

  • This group teaches swimmers the basics of all four competitive strokes & how to execute them in a race. It also introduces athletes to “dryland” training &  teaches training skills such as interval tracking, lane etiquette, and stroke counting.

Endeavor

Developmental 11-14

  • Endeavor introduces kids to the competitive & goal-driven environment of swimming achievement.

  • This group requires swimmers to be able to legally compete in all four strokes and expects athletes to be striving to achieve qualification for the Divisional meet.

  • This group teaches swimmers about goal setting & accountability, as well as introducing them to more advanced training concepts, such as energy systems & workout execution.

Challenger

Competitive 11-14

  • Challenger offers opportunities to those kids who are interested in swimming at the state level, and pursuing long-term high achievement in the sport.

  • This group requires athletes to have achieved Divisional qualification (preferably in multiple events) and be committed to the sport & the process of improvement. Athletes must maintain a high standard of attendance, execution, and improvement in this group, and must be comfortable with being held to that standard.

  • This group teaches discipline & dedication to swimmers as they strive to break through onto the State stage. These swimmers will struggle with adversity as they experience some of the most challenging, but rewarding aspects of the sport.

Eclipse

High Performance 11-14

  • Eclipse is for those athletes who will represent FRST and our area at the state level & beyond.

  • This group requires the highest standard of commitment, attitude, and execution of any of our Age Groups. These athletes are expected to be the examples which support and inspire the next generation of FRST champions.

  • This group teaches the mental, physical, and emotional skills necessary to face any challenge that the sport of swimming, or life, could place on one’s path to success. These athletes will not only understand what is expected of them, to achieve their goals, but why each piece of the program, and each step along their journey is a necessary part of achieving whatever it is they want to achieve.

 

SENIOR PROGRAM

Senior 3 

Introductory Senior Group

  • Senior 3 embraces those “high-schoolers” who are discovering the sport of swimming  & what it has to offer.  It offers those athletes the opportunity to improve as they approach “high school season.”

  • This group requires swimmers to be able to swim 25-50 yards without stopping, and be familiar with the freestyle & backstroke, as well as a few other basic skills.

  • This group teaches swimmers the basics of all four competitive strokes & how to execute them in a race. It also introduces athletes to “dryland” training in a weight room setting &  teaches training skills such as interval tracking, lane etiquette, and stroke counting.

 

Senior 2 

Developmental Senior

  • Senior 2 introduces kids to the competitive & goal-driven environment of swimming achievement as we strive towards cuts, be they Divisional or even State-level standards.

  • This group requires swimmers to be able to legally compete in all four strokes and expects athletes to have already achieved a divisional standard or to be “striving” to achieve qualification for the Indiana State meet.

  • This group teaches swimmers about goal setting & accountability, as well as introducing them to more advanced training concepts, such as energy systems & workout execution.

 

Senior 1 

Competitive Senior

  • Senior 1 offers opportunities to those kids who are interested in swimming at the state level, and pursuing long-term high achievement in the sport.

  • This group requires athletes to have achieved Divisional qualification (preferably in multiple events) and be committed to the sport & the process of improvement. Athletes must also be within 5% of a State Standard.  Athletes must maintain a high standard of attendance (85%), execution, and improvement in this group, and must be comfortable with being held to that standard.

  • This group teaches discipline & dedication to swimmers as they strive to break through onto the State / Sectional stage. These swimmers will struggle with adversity as they experience some of the most challenging, but rewarding aspects of the sport.

 

HP SENIOR

High Performance Senior Group

  • HP Senior is for those athletes who will represent FRST and our area at the state & national stage.

  • This group requires the highest standard of commitment, attitude, and execution of any of our Age Groups. HP Senior athletes are expected to have exemplary attendance (95%).  These athletes are expected to be the examples which support and inspire the next generation of FRST champions.

  • This group teaches the mental, physical, and emotional skills necessary to face any challenge that the sport of swimming, or life, could place on one’s path to success. These athletes will be expected to be the “face of FRST” and will be counted on within a myriad of leadership opportunities.  These athletes will not only understand what is expected of them, to achieve their goals, but why each piece of the program, and each step along their journey is a necessary part of achieving whatever it is they want to achieve.