PRACTICE GROUPS

New swimmers will be placed in groups after they complete tryouts. Tryouts happen twice a year before the beginning of a new season (August and March). Swimmers are also evaluated on daily basis by the coaches. If a swimmer needs to be moved up, the lead coach of their current group will talk to the head coaches, the parents and the swimmer. 

 

***Placement in any group at NASA Wildcat Aquatics is at the sole discretion of the coaches***  

 

The standards and tasks listed below are minimum requirements for consideration for each group.  Beyond these standards, coaches will consider practice attendance, meet attendance, social skills and attitude, leadership skills, group size and their own judgment in making final decisions.

 

Developmental (approx. age: 6-10) - Lead Coach - Alex Cramer

Requirements to join the group:

  • Must be able to swim 25 yards of Freestyle with proper side breathing
  • Must be able to swim 25 yards of Backstroke
  • Legal Butterfly and Breaststroke preferred

Expectations:

  • Practice 2-3 times a week
  • Attend 2-3 swim meets in the season

 

 

Cubs (approx. age: 8-11) - Lead Coach - Alex Cramer

Requirements to join the group:

  • Swim legal 50 yards of each stroke
  • Flip turn knowledge preferred

Expectations:

  • Practice 3 times a week
  • Attend 3 swim meets in the season

 

 

Bronze (approx. age 8-12) - Lead Coach - Kate Mullen

Requirements to join the group:

  • Swim 200 yards of Freestyle, 100 yards of Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly
  • Must know all competitive turns
  • Must know how to use the pace clock 

Expectations:

  • Practice 3-4 times a week
  • Attend 3-4 swim meets in the season

 

Silver (approx. age 10-13) - Lead Coach - Alex Cramer

Requirements to join the group:

  • Swim 200 yards of each stroke and the 200 Individual Medley
  • Must know all competitive turns
  • Must know how to use the pace clock
  • Must be able to swim 6x100 freestyle on 2:00 interval

Expectations:

  • Practice 4 times a week
  • Attend 5 or more swim meets in the season

 

Gold (approx. age 10-13) - Lead Coach - Kate Mullen

Requirements to join the group:

  • Must be able to complete 3000-4000 yards per practice
  • Must have a high commitment to competitive swimming
  • Must be able to complete 8x100 free on 1:40 interval 
  • Must be able to complete 10x50 kick on 1:00 interval

Expectations:

  • Practice 5 times a week
  • Attend 7 or more swim meets in the season

 

Platinum (approx. age 11-14) - Lead Coach - Jeff DeBettencourt

Requirements to join the group:

  • Must be able to complete 4000-6000 yards per practice
  • Must have a high commitment to competitive swimming
  • Must be able to complete 10x100 Free on 1:30 interval
  • Must be able to complete 4x200 pull on 3:00 interval
  • Must be able to complete 10x50 kick on 55 interval
  • Must have Regional qualifying times

Expectations:

  • Practice 5-6 times a week
  • Attend 7 or more swim meets in the season

 

Junior Wild (approx. age 13-15) - Lead Coach - Alessio De Rosi and Jeff Frydenlund

Requirements to join the group:

  • Must be able to complete 5,000-7,000 yard practices with dryland training
  • Must have high commitment to competitive swimming (95% attendance)
  • Must be able to swim 12x100 on 1:25
  • Must be able to pull 5x200 on 2:50
  • Must be able to kick 12x50 on 55
  • Must have JO's cuts

Expectations:

  • Practice 6 times a week
  • Attend all the swim meets available in the season

 

Wild (approx. age High School and College swimmers only) - Lead Coach - Alessio De Rosi and Jeff Frydenlund

Requirements to join the group:

  • Must be able to complete 7,000 yard practice with dryland training

Expectations:

  • Practice 8 times a week
  • Attend all the swim meets available in the season

 

Commitment to the NASA Team


NASA offers up to 8 practices per week in the winter season and up to 9 in the summer depending on the level of the team. Swimmers in the first levels, are not required to attend every practice, but regular attendance will reinforce skills and help build endurance in the water. The coaching staff encourages swimmers to attend practice as often as they are able, particularly if they expect to swim well at meets. It is our hope that swimmers will enjoy practice and want to attend, especially as they become more competitive and confident about their swimming abilities.