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Developmental

This group is our introductory level.  The swimmers in this group are primarily 8 and under.  To be in this group swimmers must be water safe and have the general ability to do freestyle and backstroke.  In this group swimmers will learn basic skills of all four strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly).  Those skills will include, but are not limited to, proper body position, proper stoke motion, and proper kick.  This group will also learn to dive, do a flipturn, and a legal finish for each stroke. 

Practice goals/expectations for this group is an hour practice 2-3 times per week to consist of 20 minutes of dryland and :40 minutes of pool time. 

Meet goals for this group are to, at a minimum, participate in club inter-squad meets.

To advance to the next group (Bronze) a swimmer must be of appropriate age (8/9), be legal in all four strokes, and able to handle an increased practice load.

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Bronze

Swimmers in this group are primarily 8/ 9 – 11 years old.  The focus of this group is continued improvement of stroke mechanics while increasing the training load.  Swimmers in this group will be introduced to longer aerobic swimming, use of the clock for interval training, and refinement of start and turn skills, underwater streamline, head & body alignment, and underwater kicking. 

Practice goal/expectations for this group is an hour and fifteen minutes (1:15) 5 days per week to consist of :30 minutes of dry land and :45 minutes of pool time. 

Meet expectations for this group – participate in inter-squad meets, and attend at least 2 club meets per season.  Swimmers in this group should be striving for individual time improvement, and begin looking to qualify for championship meets (i.e. – Divisional, Age Group State, Zones).    

To advance to the next group (Silver) a swimmer must be of the appropriate age (9/10 – 11), be able to legally swim a 50 of each stroke, be able to legally swim a 100 IM, and be able to handle an increased practice load.

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Silver

Swimmers in this group are primarily 10/11 – 13 years old.  Swimmers in this group are advancing their stroke mechanics and improving race strategy.  Swimmers in this group will be expected to use the clock for interval training sets.  Swimmers in this group will begin being exposed to the value of nutrition, mental and physical component of training and competing.

Practice goal/expectations for this group is an hour and a half, 6 days a week consisting on :30 minutes of dryland and :60 of pool time.

Meet expectations for this group is to attend the majority of meets offered to improve competition skills, to improve times and strive to qualify for championship level meets (Divisional, Age Group State, Zones, etc.…)

To advance to the next group (Gold) a swimmer must be of the appropriate age (12/13 – 14), be able to legally swim a 100 of each stroke, be able to legally swim a 200 IM and complete a 400 LC or 500 SC, and be able to handle an increased practice load.

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Gold

Swimmers in this group are primarily 12/13 – 14.  Swimmers in this group will continue to refine their mechanics in each of the strokes, while increasing workload.  Swimmers will be expected to use the clock for interval sets and be accountable for knowing how they are pacing throughout practice.  Sets for this group will be more complex, and improve swimmers understanding of pacing in practice and as a racing strategy.  A focus of this group is competing and improving completion skills ranging from physical fitness, nutrition, mental and physical preparation, and pre and post-race strategy.

Practice goal/expectations for this group is 2 hours, 6 days a week consisting of :30 minutes of dryland and :90 minutes of pool time.

Meet expectations for this group is to attend the majority of meets offered to improve competition skills, to improve individual times and strive to qualify for championship level meets (Divisional, Age Group State, Zones, etc.…)  Every swimmer in this group should have swam a 400/500 Free and a 400 IM in competition.

To advance to the next group (Senior) swimmers need to be a rising 9th grader