JAWS GROUP STRUCTURE

Equipment requirements for all groups:  Practice suit, cap and goggles.  If swimmer is participating in meets then a JAWS suit, cap and t-shirt/sweatshirt is required for the meets.  

Performance suits are to be worn only by swimmers age 11 and up at championship level meets. Swimmers must pre-approve wearing suit with coach.

Developmental (old preteam)

Attendance Expectations: Practice offered 2 x per week for 1 hour. Attendance both days is necessary to ensure skill development.

Practice Requirements: Must be able to swim 25 yards of freestyle and
be able to float on back and execute a kick.

Time Standards: None

Additional Equipment Requirements: None

Group Emphasis: This group is an introduction to swim team in a small group. Technique is emphasized with a focus on increasing efficiency of freestyle and backstroke and the introduction of butterfly and breaststroke. Swimmers will be introduced to diving skills, flip turns.  Use of lots of games to introduce skills. Participation in local meets is available for those who are ready. Mandatory participation at our home meet in January.

This program runs from Sept – Jaws home meet first weekend in January. The goal is to prepare the swimmers to move to the Mako group at the end of the program.  Successful completion of Developmental skills required to continue season as a Mako.

MAKO (old developmental)

Attendance Expectations: Practice offered three days per week for 1 hour.  Attendance at least two day per week will ensure skill development. Practice attendance will be the key predictor of success.

Practice Requirements: Must be able to swim 25 yards of freestyle and backstroke. Some exposure to Butterfly and Breaststroke.  Successful completion of the Developmental skills preferred.

Time Standards: None

Additional Equipment Requirements: Kickboard and fins.  Mesh equipment bag suggested but not required.

Group Emphasis: This is the entry-level to the competitive team and the emphasis is on increasing efficiency of all four strokes, starts and turns.  Swimmers will begin to learn drills appropriate for each stroke, have awareness of times in practice and learn to read the pace clock. Swimmers should begin to learn their times. Begin talks on short term goal setting and introduction to swimming time standards. Still lots of fun and games to teach skills.  Competition is available at local meets with mandatory participation in our home meet in January.

TIGER (old mako)

Attendance Expectations: Practice offered 4 times per week for 1.25 hours. Practice attendance will be the key predictor of success.

Practice Requirements: Successful completion of the Mako group skills is preferred.

Time Standards: The goal for this group is to achieve BB or Divisional times and set goals for "A", "AA" or State times.

Additional Equipment Requirements: Mesh equipment bag, Kickboard and fins.  Swimmers age 11 and up also need a pull buoy, paddles, and snorkel.

Group Emphasis: This group is comprised of skilled younger swimmers, most with two or more years of competitive experience.  Swimmers will begin to define short term goals for themselves and swimmers age 11 and up will begin to meet with coach to define goals.

***Coaching expectations rise as swimmers are ready for stroke mechanics, starts and turns, racing strategy, and interval training. Swimmers will also begin dryland exercises and stretching. Swimmers are expected to compete at least one day in meets designated as appropriate for this group. Participation in the home meet in January is mandatory.  

JUNIOR

Attendance Expectations: Minimum of 3 days a week, offered 4 - 5 per week for 1.5 hrs. Attendance is the key predictor of success and skill acquisition.

Practice Requirement: Should be able to swim proficiently in all four strokes. Should be able to do starts off of blocks, know turns and read a pace clock.

Time Standards: Swimmers in this group should be working towards "B" times
in most events and have a goal of achieving a Divisional or "BB" time.

Additional Equipment Requirements: Mesh equipment bag, Kickboard and fins.  Swimmers age 11 and up also need a pull buoy, paddles, and snorkel.

Group Emphasis: This group may have older, less experienced swimmers; multi-sport or multi-activity athletes who cannot commit to attendance expectations of other groups. Stroke mechanics will be emphasized and a stronger emphasis on conditioning will develop. More dryland will be introduced. Many of these swimmers will be preparing for Junior High or High School teams.

BULL 

Attendance Expectations: Swimmers are expected to attend 5 days a week. Practice will be offered 5 x a week for 1.5 - 2 hours per day. Highest level swimmers will find they must do all practices in order to meet their goals.

Practice Requirements: This group is the highest level of skilled age-group swimmers with several years of year round training and competition. Good attendance, completion of conditioning sets, knowledge of times, goal setting and understanding of drills and technique are all required in this group. Most swimmers will have state cuts and will be working towards "AA" and "AAA" times.

Equipment: Additional Equipment Requirements: Mesh equipment bag, Kickboard and fins.    Swimmers age 11 and up also need a pull buoy, paddles, and snorkel.

Group Emphasis: See practice requirements. This group will also be introduced to more dry-land, knowledge of nutrition and leadership skills. Swimmers will define short term goals for themselves and swimmers age 11 and up will meet with coach to define goals.  These swimmers are being prepared to swim at the highest levels in the State Championship meets, the Zone meets and will have goals of Top 16 times.

 

HIGH SCHOOL – winter season only

Ages: 14-18 (at least freshman in HS)

Attendance Expectations: Minimum of 3 days per week. Offered 5 days per week for 1.5 - 2 hours. Attendance is the key predictor for success and skill acquisition.

Practice Requirements: This group will practice and are encouraged to participate in meets in the 6-8 weeks prior to the start of their HS seasons. They will have the opportunity to participate in the championship meets that they qualify for during the winter season. They are also encouraged to train during the Spring and/or Summer season. They are expected to participate in our home meet in January.  Waivers are necessary and be taken care of by the coach.

Time Standards: Divisional or "BB" cuts 

Additional Equipment Requirements: Mesh equipment bag, Kickboard, fins, pull buoy, paddles, and snorkel.

Group Emphasis: This group is for high school aged swimmers who do multiple sports or activities. This group is training or staying in shape for their high school season.

 

SENIOR 

Attendance Expectations: These swimmers are expected to attend all practices offered in keeping with their training and competition goals. During height of training practices will include five days a week for 2 - 2.5 hours as well as morning and Saturday practices as deemed necessary by the coach. Meet attendance is expected and required from this group.

Practice Requirements: A year round commitment to the highest level of swimming.

Time Standards: Divisional cuts and Goals of Senior State, Zone and Sectional Times and National cuts.

Group Emphasis: This group will emphasize training methodology, heart rate use will be introduced, and more advanced stroke technique. Goal setting, leadership training and mental training will be used. Training will be geared toward individual talents. Swimmers will be preparing for swimming in college.

Additional Equipment Requirements: Mesh equipment bag, Kickboard, fins, pull buoy, paddles, and snorkel.