PAWW Training Group Descriptions 

Practice schedules can be found for each group by referring to our Calendar

Each swimmer is assigned to a specific practice group by the coaching staff after an initial skill evaluation when joining the team. The Coaching leaderhip staff makes all decisions regarding initial group placement and all subsequent group changes for an athlete, and they will initiate communication with parents when a swimmer becomes ready for another group level. Although times are a partial basis for group placement, the PAWW program focuses on swimming skills and techniques as well as aerobic and strength conditioning, and works to ensure success for swimmers as they move up levels so they will be comfortable and consistent with the demands of the group they are moving to. Swimmers will be required to meet certain skills, perform at specific levels on test set results, and exhibit certain behavioral criteria to be promoted to the next swimming level. 

The Coaching Leadership staff has the right to use their discretion when placing swimmers into groups without having met all of the below chriteria. 



                                                                               

PAWW Team Entry Level Requirements (to Bronze Level):

      1. Must be able to swim a legal Freestyle for 25 yards comfortably on repeat without any assistance and with proper side breathing.

     2. Must be able to swim a legal Backstroke for 25 yards comfortably on repeat without any assistance.

     3.  Kick 50 yards flutter kick with a kickboard in 1:40 or faster.

     4.  Deep Water Safe

     5.  Excellent focus and listening skills while in a group, positive willingness to try all skills.



 

BRONZE GROUP

Primarily for swimmers age 8-12 or older swimmers who are brand new to the sport. Focus is on developing basic competitive swimming technique in all 4 competitive strokes, developing strong body line and correct movements for locomotion, and introducing athletes to PAWW’s practice, leadership, and racing rules so they can begin to race in swim meets and learn the team’s culture.

LEVEL  REQUIREMENTS

(reinforced at all levels of the team):

  • Ready with all gear at practice
  • Puts equipment away at end of practice
  • Behaves properly in locker room and other unsupervised areas
  • Listens with focus and has immediate compliance to coach instructions
  • Asks questions to gain understanding and actively participates showing eagerness to learn
  • Begins to understand pace clock and makes all assigned send off intervals
  • Cheers and encourages teammates and knows the names of teammates in group
  • Tries local and developmental competitions at least twice per season and talks to coach before and after races
  • Shows positive interest in group leadership and developing leadership skills
  • Shows interest in learning best times

Test Sets are designed to assess improvement and to consider when a swimmer should be considered for the next level group.  The coaching staff keeps records of what each swimmer's strengths and weaknesses are.  We will assess abilities in kicking, swimming each of the four competitive strokes, starts and turns and and a swimmers ability to train in various ways and distances on an interval and at race level effort. 


SILVER GROUP

Primarily for swimmers age 8-14. Focus is on integrating and refining swimming technique in all 4 competitive strokes, automating strong body line and correct movements for locomotion, increasing conditioning and strength expectations, learning to utilize intervals and paces in training, and utilizing PAWW’s practice, leadership and racing rules to regularly compete in swim meets and to begin to act as service leaders within the team’s culture.

Must meet all bronze requirements plus

ADDITIONAL LEVEL  REQUIREMENTS:

  • Understands pace clock and makes all assigned send off intervals
  • Listens and follows instructions promptly without chronic need to re-explain instructions
  • Cheers and encourages teammates, helps others during workouts, looks for ways to make the group more cohesive
  • Regularly competes in local and developmental competitions and talks to coach before and after races
  • Shows positive group leadership skills; leads lanes and helps guide lane management
  • Knows best times in two events

Test Sets advance and continue to assess improvement and to consider when a swimmer should be considered for the next level group.  The coaching staff keeps records of what each swimmer's strengths and weaknesses are.  We will assess abilities in kicking, swimming each of the four competitive strokes, starts and turns and and a swimmers ability to train in various ways and distances on an interval and at race level effort in both practice and meets. Swimmers will actively use pacing to develop more advanced levels of training capacity.


SENIOR PREP: 

For swimmers age 8-12 who have achieved an advanced level of competitive racing success at the championship level and have exhibited a higher level of commitment to their swimming and leadership development. Focus is on providing more advanced training and technique to match the level of competition they have achieved and to prepare them for high level competitive senior swimming in the future. Swimmers are expected to have a high level of accountability for intervals and paces in training, and actively utilize PAWW’s practice, leadership, and racing rules to regularly compete in multiple level swim meets and to independently act as service leaders within the team’s culture on a regular basis.

Must meet all silver level requirements plus

ADDITIONAL LEVEL REQUIREMENTS:

Good training habits are the expectation of a swimmer at the Senior Prep level.  Senior prep swimmer's leadership skills advance from simply doing their habits properly to becoming a good example of how to do these habits correctly.  A higher commitment level is also demanded in the senior prep level, as progress occurs with consistency in training.  We like to see a commitment of 3-4 practices each week in this level.

Test sets continue to assess improvement and the likeliness a swimmer will be successful in the lane's pace demands while swimming with proper technique.  There are also performance standards that can be achieved in practices or meets for selected events that also indicate readiness to advance to the next level.

 




 

GOLD GROUP

For swimmers age 13-18. Focus is on developing advanced competitive racing technique and conditioning consistent with senior and high school level competition. Swimmers are expected to have a high level of accountability for intervals and paces in training, to regularly compete in swim meets, and to positively act as service leaders within the team’s culture on a daily basis.

Must meet all silver level requirements plus

ADDITIONAL LEVEL REQUIREMENTS:  

Additional Habits:

  • Exhibits respectful, selfless and sportsmanlike behavior everywhere
  • Swim sets with minimal supervision, holding proper interval and set count
  • Understands and makes all assigned send off intervals and can use clock to calculate repeats
  • Knows times and stroke counts on sets requiring time or count
  • Motivates, Challenges, Cheers, and Knows names of all teammates
  • Attends the recommended swim meets for their level and is on time to warmups, talks to coach before and after races
  • Swimmer competes in all events offered in his/her age group and knows best times

Cognitive:

  • Begins learning about nutritional requirements of training and competition
  • Begins understanding how to utilize split information in training
  • Begins understanding race strategy for different events
  • Has a beginning understanding of effective goal setting

Test Sets now include performance standards that include distance events, competence in each stroke raced in a sanctioned meet and a faster send off standard one must be able to consistently do without sitting out to rest.  Race paces should be known and swum by the swimmer in practice.  Although a swimmer may still have a "weak stroke" that swimmer is able to keep up with a higher demand of training.


SENIOR

For swimmers age 13-18 who have achieved an advanced level of competitive racing success at the championship level and consistently exhibit a high level of personal commitment for advanced senior swimming technique and training. Swimmers in this group will receive the most advanced training that PAWW has to offer, which is designed to bring our top level senior athletes to the highest competitive level attainable. These athletes are the top service leaders of our team and are expected to exhibit team leadership in daily practice and in all levels of racing, as well as positively modeling and teaching those leadership skills to other members of the team.

Must meet all gold/senior prep level habits plus

ADDITIONAL LEVEL REQUIREMENTS:

Habits (not just leading by example but also has earned the role of leadership by voice):

  • Understands the relationship of heart rate, pace and effort, requiring no supervision in training
  • Has mastered pace clock use to include knowing times, repeat numbers and patterns
  • Listens and helps teammates follow instructions when instructions were not understood
  • Knows times and stroke counts on sets requiring time or count
  • Through actions earns the right to lead by voice, and helps mentor less experienced teammates
  • Demonstrates ability to balance school, social, swimming and family
  • Actively influences teammates/peers in a positive manner

Cognitive:

  • Has general knowledge of energy systems and how they are used in training
  • Understands nutritional requirements of training and competition
  • Understands the importance of stroke counts for effective swimming through race and practice
  • Understands that training seasons are designed for peak performance at the highest level of competition at the end of the season. Understands improvement will not happen at every competition as a result.
  • Understands and utilizes effective goal setting principles

Test Sets, performance standards and commitment are high in this level.  Many are state championship level swimmers in this group.  Practice attendance is at least 4-5 per week most weeks or at least 75% of all offered practices throughout a season.  Swimmers must be able to keep pace with a high performance group and this requires a high commitment to training.