Training Structure


WWST offers training for all age and ability levels. Swimmers progress through the training program as their skills progress. Each swimmer begins in the Developmental group and once certain requirements are met can move up to other training groups. The general training objectives are:

• Enjoyment of the sport of swimming.

• Develop competitive swimming skills.

• Learn all facets of competition.

• Establish achievement goals.

• Teach self-discipline, sportsmanship and life skills.


Training Schedule

Practice times will vary on group level. 


During the winter season all practices will be held at the Northwood High School facility.  Practices on Tuesday and Thursday are subject to reschedule on Wednesdays based on the High School team meet schedule.  Notice will be sent out when such event occurs.


During the summer season practices will be utilizing two pools.  Practices may be changed or cancelled due to weather.  Having the option of the Nappanee Public Pool will be schedule dependent. Your coach will inform you as to which pool the practice will be at.


Please keep the practice schedule on your refrigerator or another convenient location and be aware of changes to practice times.  Practice schedule will be kept up to date on the Team Unify website so check often.


Training Rules

  1. Swimmers should be prepared to begin training as scheduled. This means they must be changed, on deck, and ready to swim at the designated training time.
  2. Swimmers must help in the setting up and taking down of equipment.
  3. Parents should come into the building to pick up their swimmers and check the WWST box. Only swimmers who drive to practice are allowed to check their folder.
  4. Parents should not talk to the coaches or swimmers during training except in an emergency. The time to discuss matters is either before or after training.
  5. Swimmers may not leave training early unless the coach has been notified at least the day before.
  6. Swimmers should not be dropped off more than 15 minutes prior to training and should be picked up within 15 minutes after their training is scheduled to be over.
  7. Swimmers are expected to be on their best behavior in the locker room and halls. Discipline problems will be taken care of by giving the swimmer a warning on the 1st offense and notifying the parent on the 2nd offense. At this time, the Head Coach and Parents will establish a Behavior Modification program for the child! If behavior problems persist, in that, it distracts from the goals of the program and others then suspension or dismissal from the team will be decided by the Board and Head Coach.
  8. Training means exactly what it says . . . it is a time to train and improve skills and go through a training program.


Training Equipment

Although the club furnishes most equipment, some other items are required and some optional. Those that are required would include a WWST suit that should only be worn during meets, a WWST cap, and a towel. Optional items would include warm-up suits, goggles, and training caps.


Training Group Assignment/Advancement

In the world of swimming, the easiest method of evaluation is meet performance. Swimmer’s time can be misleading as the coaching staff is emphasizing different priorities during the swimming season. In our evaluation process, the coaches are looking over all aspects of the swimmer’s development, not just the swimmer’s meet performance.

The coaching staff will evaluate swimmers approximately three times per year. During these evaluations, information on the swimmer attendance, training performance, biomechanics, and meet performance will be shared with the parents. Our objective is to give the big picture of the progress your child is making in our program.

In conjunction with swimmer evaluations, the coaching staff meets approximately three times per year to discuss group sizes and movement of swimmers within each training group. The objective in moving an athlete is to make sure the child is prepared for the additional expectations for the higher group.

The criteria used to determine training group placement for an athlete is as follows:

- Biomechanics of the athlete

- Athletic Development of the athlete

 - Character of Athlete

- Training Attendance

- Training Performance

- Meet Attendance

- Meet Performance


Group coaches will meet with the parents of an athlete before any movement of groups will take place. At that meeting, the coach will discuss their swimmer’s progression, the expectations of the new training group, and answer any questions the parents may have in regards to the new training group assignment.

All group placements are at the discretion of the Head Coach and/or Head Age Group coach and are subject to change from season to season.