Southside Indy Aquatics is divided into 5 training groups. It is the goal of SIA to offer age-specific training for all our athletes geared toward challenging each individual and developing each swimmer to the best of their abilities. The team has two seasons: Fall/Winter (September through March) and Summer (April through July). Registration takes place on the SIA website under "Swim Team." Swimmers are required to register each season. Swim team evaluations are held in August and March. New members must provide birth date proof (birth certificate, passport, driver's license) when they join the team for the first time.

 


COPPERPrimarily focus on learning body control and balance in the water as well as the basic techniques of swimming the four competitive strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. They will learn how to listen and respond to instructions from coaches and are encouraged to participate in meets.

Typical Age 10 & Under
Practice Schedule 3 days/week for 1 hour/day
Required Equipment fins, kickboard, swim cap (girls), goggles
Prerequisites Must be able to swim 50 yards unassisted and without stopping.
Know freestyle and backstroke and breathe bilaterally on freestyle.
Coach Katie Dodd 
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BRONZEContinue to focus on body control, the four competitive strokes, turns, and starts while adding small training sets to develop aerobic activity. They will continue to focus on listening to instructions from coaches, enouraged to participate in meets, and perform simple math via counting laps, calcuating sets and reading clocks.

Typical Age 12 & Under
Practice Schedule 4 days/week for 1.25 hours/day
Required Equipment fins, kickboard, swim cap (girls), goggles
Prerequisites In addition to prerequisites for Copper, must be able to swim 100 yards unassisted and without stopping.
Know freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke or butterfly.
Know how to do streamline, starts and turns.
Additional time requirements if moving up from Copper.
Coach Emily Metheny 
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SILVERContinue to focus on body control, the four competitive strokes, turns, starts, larger training sets to develop aerobic capacity, and race strategies. In addition to listening skills, expected participation in meets, and simple math, the athletes will set and track goals for the season.

Typical Age 11-14 years old
Practice Schedule 5 days/week for 1.5 hours/day
Required Equipment running shoes, fins, kickboard, small paddles,
swim cap, goggles (snorkel optional)
Prerequisites

In addition to prerequisites for Bronze, must be able to swim 200 yards unassisted and without stopping.
Know all 4 strokes. Be proficient at streamline, starts, and turns.
Understand how to read a set and clock.
Additional time requirements if moving up from Bronze.

Coach Lauren Cox
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GOLD & GOLD ELITEContinue to develop swimming techqnique, but the primary focus changes to aerobic capacity and race strategies. In addtion to the basic life skills developed in the other levels, the athlete learns self-discipline and training techniques.

Typical Age 14+ years old
Practice Schedule 6 days/week for 2 hours/day (Gold Elite 3 hours/day)
Required Equipment fins, snorkel, pull buoy, paddles,
swim cap, goggles (kickboard optional)
Prerequisites In addition to prerequisites for Silver, must be able to swim 500 yards unassisted and without stopping. Typically high school aged.
Coach Matt Jeffries
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2021-2022 Fall/Winter Registration & Training Fees

Training Group First Month* Monthly Training Fees
Copper $243 $85/month
Bronze $253 $95/month
Silver $258 $100/month
Gold $263 $105/month
Gold Elite $268 $110/month

*First month fees include required annual USA Swimming Registration/Insurance Fee ($83) + SIA seasonal registration fee ($75) + first month training fee per athlete. First month fees will be lower if athlete qualifies for Outreach registration (see below).

  • Monthly training fees are processed on the first of the month.
  • Meet entry fees are additional and can range from $20-$40 depending on how many events the athlete is entered. Meet entry fees are processed on the first of the month.
  • Outreach Membership: Athletes may be eligible for a reduced USA Swimming Registration Fee of $5 if they receive Free or Reduced Lunch from their school, have Hooiser Healthwise, or Medicare. Proof must be provided. Email Sherri Dodd at [email protected] with questions.

Parents and swimmers must remember that the final decision on whether or not to advance athletes lies not with the group prerequisites, but with the coaching staff. The coaching staff is looking long-term with each athlete and will place athletes in the group which is the best for that athlete’s long-term development. With that being said, this chart is a reference tool for a general view of what is expected of our athletes at each level of the team.