Southside Indy Aquatics is divided into 4 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). Prospective swimmers must be evaluated by an SIA coach before registering for the team. 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 5-11 Years Old
Practice Schedule 3 days/week for 1 hour/day
Required Equipment fins, kickboard, swim cap (girls), goggles
Prerequisites Able to swim 25 yards unassisted and without stopping.
Able to demonstrate streamline.
Able to swim freestyle with bilateral breathing and backstroke.
Have knowledge of butterfly and breaststroke kick.
Coach Katie Dodd 
[email protected]

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 10-13 Years Old
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.
Able to swim freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke or butterfly.
Able to do starts and turns.
Additional time requirements if moving up from Copper.
Coach Emily Metheny 
[email protected]

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 12-14 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.
Able to swim 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
[email protected]

GOLD & HIGH SCHOOL CONDITIONINGContinue 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

GOLD: 6 days/week for 3 hours/day
HIGH SCHOOL CONDITIONING: up to 3 days/week for 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 Tricia Mangila
[email protected]

High School Conditioning is designed for athletes who want to stay in shape to prepare for high school season in the winter.


 

2022-2023 Fall/Winter Registration & Training Fees

Training Group Copper Bronze Silver Gold High School Conditioning
(Sept and Oct only)
Monthly Training Fee $85/month $95/month $100/month $110/month $55/month
SIA Registration Fee $75 per swimmer per season
2023 USA Swimming Membership Fee
(choose one)
  • Premium ($85): valid 9/1/22-12/31/23
  • Flex ($30): valid 9/1/22-12/31/23, must be 12 years old and under, may participate in no more than 2 sanctioned, non-championship meets per registration year
  • Seasonal ($35.50): valid 9/1/22-12/31/22, registration for 2023 will be needed in 2023, designed for athletes ages 13 and over who were Flex members in summer 2022
  • Outreach ($5): valid 9/1/22-12/31/23, athletes with free/reduced lunch, Hoosier Healthwise, or WIC. Proof of eligibility required. Also receive half off monthly training fees. Email Sherri Dodd at [email protected] with questions.
Meet Entry Fees $20-$30 per swimmer per meet (meet participation optional, but encouraged)
First Month Fees Per Athlete
(USA Swimming Fee + SIA Registration Fee +
First Month Training Fee)
Premium $245
Flex $190
Seasonal $195.50
Outreach $123
Premium $255
Flex $200
Seasonal $205.50
Outreach $128
Premium $260
Flex $205
Seasonal $210.50
Outreach $130
Premium $270
Seasonal $220.50
Outreach $135
Premium $215
Seasonal $165.50
Outreach $135
  • Monthly training fees and meet entry fees are processed on the first of the month.
  • Attend the Parent Meeting on Wednesday, September 21 at Southport HS at 6 pm and get half off your October training fees!

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.