The Greenwood Gators offer training groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of the Greenwood Gators to offer training for all of our athletes that is geared towards challenging each individual and developing each individual to the best of THEIR abilities. 

The Gators are utilizing a progression that helps to define the skills the kids need at each level. Swimmer progressions are an art, with many factors that impact the decision. Swimmers must be able to swim in an organized and predictable pattern for safety and for all swimmers in the group to progress and train together.  Key factors that coaches will look at in determining the appropriate training for your child are physical ability, emotional maturity, age/cognitive level, and drive.  A swimmer must be able to perform the highlighted skills for consideration of entry into the designated group:  

Gator Training Groups

Developmental Groups


Developmental Green

Developmental Green is our introductory level into competitive swimming. This level is for swimmers who have recently completed swim lessons program. The swimmers at this level will be introduced to simple training techniques, all while having fun.


  • 100% Technique
  • 45 min practices
  • 2-3 days/week
  • Practice typically conducted in the diving well side of the pool
  • Generally, 8 yrs of age and under
  • Learning all strokes and turns
  • Can sustain freestyle and backstroke kick
  • Can swim a "diving well" 50 free and 50 back
  • Extrinsic motivation
  • Fee: $75/month

Developmental Black

This competitive swimming group is our introduction to “racing” group where regular attendance of swim meets is highly encouraged. Swimmers should have knowledge of all four competitive strokes. Focus in this group is on fundamentals and technique. A structured dryland program consisting of calisthenics will be introduced. Swimmers typically range in age from 8-11 years of age.


  • 80-90% technique/10-20% train
  • Typical Practice ranges 55 minutes up to 1 hour and 10 minutes
  • Practices conducated primarily in the 25 yard side of the pool
  • 4 Practices a week are offered
  • Able to compete legally in at least 3 strokes for a 50, as well as compete in a 100 free
  • Understands open and flip turns, plus proper streamlines and underwater kicking
  • Can perform standing shallow dive
  • Understands lane etiquette
  • Attend meets
  • Extrinsic motivation
  • Fee: $80/month

 Junior Group

This group is typically for our 11-13 year old athletes(advanced younger swimmers meeting coach based criteria and approval). The focus will be on fundamentals of swimming and physical development:

  • Technical development of all 4 strokes with appropriate turns
  • Improve endurance without the loss of technique
  • Dryland program will be introduced and reinforced. Knowledge of basic muscles will be encouraged.
  • Training strategies based on intervals, coupled with knowledge of basic meet times, such as 50 and 100 free, plus 50 stroke events


  • 50-60% technique / 40-50% train
  • Generally, practices(including dryland) last approximately 1 - 1.5 hours
  • 5 practices per week are generally offered
  • Legal Free, Back, Breast, Fly
  • Dive certified
  • Effectively performs all turns, understands freestyle and backstroke flip turns
  • Can perform endurance sets without technical break-down
  • Extrinsic motivation
  • Fee: $100/month

Senior Prep

This is a transition group to our Senior groups. While technique will continue to be stressed, it will be done within the structure of increased training. Swimmers learn interval training and self managed practice sets.


  • 40-50% technique / 50-60% train
  • Generally, practices 1 hour 45 minutes - 2 hours
  • 5 practices/week
  • 4 30 – 45-minute Dry Land sessions per week
  • Generally, 11-13. 10-year old swimmers that have attained State Meet qualifying times and exhibited sufficient physical and emotional maturity may be considered for coach approval
  • Be both efficient and proficient in all 4 strokes with corresponding and effective turns
  • Understands and performs interval training without prompting
  • Can maintain training intensity without stroke deterioration (endurance set, speed set)
  • Knowledge of all Freestyle times as well as Major Stroke times (50 and 100)
  • Progress from extrinsic to intrinsic motivation
  • Fee: $115/month

Senior Group

This group is our highest performing training group and is comprised of the most committed Gator swimmers. This is for swimmers, 14 and up who regularly compete at any of the LCM or SCY championship meets. We typically offer 9 practices a week, plus a potential “make up practice” if the swimmer needs to miss a day for any reason. Swimmers are encouraged to discuss the amount of training days and hours with the senior coach. These are the swimmers that have competed(and scored) highly at the High School Championship meets and wish to attain Sectional and National level swimming standards through the Gators. Swimmers in this group will work on race strategies, more efficient strokes and increased conditioning. Swimmers in this group regularly learn about and implement their knowledge in training energy system transfers and hear rate training. They will also focus on visualizations and mental strategies, goal setting, and preparation for their future swim career.


  • Technique through training
  • Water practices lasting in duration from 1hour 45 min to 2 hours 15 min
  • Dry Land sessions per week ranging from 45 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes focusing on body manipulation as well as Cord andBand based workouts. Weight Room will be included for those swimmers 13 years of age and older.
    • Dryland for those entering or in High School is the combination of the GHS strength program and the Dryland program conducted by the Gator coaches
  • 9 practices a week are scheduled. Consistent and constant attendance leads to greater performance
  • Generally, 14+ (advanced younger swimmers (13) meeting meet standards and with coach approval)
  • Can generally train at long durations at higher intensity of all 4 strokes as well as IM sets
  • Knowledge of all Freestyle times and Major stroke events and can break down required pacing goals
  • Progress from extrinsic to intrinsic motivation
  • As a whole, this group is highly motivated to achieve Champtionshop time standards and scores highly, as a team, at all Championship meets
  • Prepare for a potentially successful college career
  • Fee: $130/month



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