Indiana Swimming
Level 4

New 11-14 Year Old Training Group Progression- Fall 2019

Current Structure – Why Make a Change?

  • Not Meeting Needs of Our Athletes
    • Trying to build a framework that can meet the developmental needs of a wider range of athletes, athletically, culturally, and socially
    • Diverse range of abilities has coaches focused on the middle of the group
    • Advanced athletes want more challenge, and inexperienced athletes need more teaching – very challenging to meet everybody’s needs!
  • Competition Breeds Growth
    • Current structure requires zero achievement to move up (fully grade-based)
    • Change would allow installation of guided parameters for growth (skill acquisition, time standards, goal-setting, etc.)
    • This would allow for a practice environment that reflects the competitive, achievement-based nature of the sport
  • Building the Team’s Future
    • Segmented groups provide more leadership opportunities for all athletes
    • Proposed structure also provides more sustainable growth of the team number-wise

Group Management Details:

  1. Athlete’s age at end-of-season championship meet determines their age for the season
  2. Time standards for group entry may be updated annually to reflect team dynamics and growth each year prior to May 1
  3. All move-ups will require both the approval of the outgoing coach and the incoming coach. As much as we attempt to organize and measure performance, we acknowledge that training and individual career management is as much art as science. Considerations will be made for those that demonstrate great attendance, maturity, and the ability to be a great teammate.
  4. Swimmers may move up at the start of the season or on the 1st day of the following months: November, December, January, February, June, and July.
  5. Swimmers that attain ‘B group’ level gain automatic enrollment into C group after 13th birthday as long as they fulfill the following criteria:
    1. Attendance for previous season at least 70%
    2. IMX 11-12 Score current for the season
    3. No team-reported behavior problems

Group Names

Lionfish

Seadogs

Bluefins

General Description

Entry Level for 11 to 14 Year Olds

11-12 Divisional & State Group

13-14 Divisional & State Group

Specific Group Description

(Plus Subgroups)

Lionfish Silver

Lionfish Gold

Our Divisional and State Group for 11-12 athletes as well as 10-year-old Zone qualifiers. This group will focus on preparing athletes for championship meet swimming.

Our Divisional and State Group for 13-14 athletes as well as 12-year-old Zone qualifiers. This group will focus on preparing athletes for championship meet swimming, the Senior group, and high school swimming.

Standard entry point for all 11-14 year olds on the team.

Training group for athletes working towards divisional time standards.

Moveup Requirements

Swimmers must complete a 25 Free w/side breathing, a 25 Back, and basic understanding of Breaststroke/Fly

Swimmers must complete 200IM under 4:00 (SCY) or 4:30 (LCM). 500 SCY Free: 10:00 or 400 LCM Free: 9:00

  • 200 IM 3:30 SCY/3:45 LCM
  • 500 SCY Free: 8:15
  • 400 LCM Free: 7:15
  • 10-and-under athletes: see below
  • 200 IM 3:15 SCY/3:30 LCM
  • 500 SCY Free: 7:00
  • 400 LCM Free: 6:15
  • 12-year-old athletes: see below

Notes/Coach Discretion

A Gold members will have exclusive last 30 minute of practice plus 1 additional day per week of training.

Attendance Expectations

60% and above

70% and above

80% and above

Registration Commitment

Annual or Seasonal

Annual

Annual

IMX Score

None Required

IMX Score*

IMX Score*

Practice Schedule

90 to 120 minutes practices 5 to 6 days per week. No AM practices.

120 minute practices 5 to 6 days per week. One AM practice per week.

120 minute practices 5 to 6 days per week. Two AM practices per week.

Philanthropic

TBD

Swimmers in this group will take part in at least one designated philanthropic event in the community one to two times per year.

Swimmers in this group will be expected to volunteer in the SSC lesson or 10 & under program 4x year. The end goal is to become a better swimmer by teaching others and foster character development.

Notes:

Swimmers must post an IMX Score by swimming the following events legally in meets:

  • 11-12 Group must post a 500 Free SCY or 400 Free LCM, 100 fly, 100 back, 100 breast, & 200 IM each SEASON.
  • 13-14 Group must post 500 Free SCY or 400 Free LCM, 200 fly, 200 back, 200 breast, 200 IM, & 400 IM ANNUALLY after first full season as a 13 year old.

For a 10 year old to gain entry into the B Group, he or she must attain all 11-12 standards, plus:

  • 10 & under Zone cut required in at least 2 different strokes
  • Demonstrated high attendance & maturity
  • No technical issues across all 4 strokes, proficient and fast turns, and the ability to participate in more advanced swimming conversations
  • Ability to maintain underwater fly kicks during all times at practice

For a 12 year old to gain entry into the C Group, he or she must attain all the 13-14 standards, plus:

  • 11-12 Zone cut required in at least 2 different strokes
  • 10 x 100 free swim @ 1:30 (SCY) or 1:40 (LCM) while breathing every 3 strokes and maintaining great 6 yard + streamlines, holding at least 5 seconds rest
  • 10 x 100 kick @ 2:00 (SCY) or 2:10 (LCM) both in freestyle and one other stroke
  • Demonstrated high attendance and maturity to handle a more mature training environment
  • No technical issues across all 4 strokes, proficient and fast turns, and the ability to participate in more advanced swimming conversations
  • Ability to maintain underwater fly kicks during all times at practice

Royal Mondays will become Saturday “Royal Rallies”

  • Focus on educational and team bonding opportunities for all members of the team
  • Provide leadership opportunities for more experienced athletes
  • Scheduled at beginning of the year
  • Up to 5 Saturdays in SCY and 3 Saturdays in LCM
  • Tracks available for both swimmers and parents focusing on potential topics such as:
    • New Parent/Swimmer Readiness
    • Team Bonding
    • Safe Sport
    • Nutrition
    • Career Management (including How High School Swimming Works, Becoming a Four-Stroke Swimmer, etc.)
    • Other Trending Topics in the Sport

How do you determine your group placement?

1. Age is the first determining factor. Please note your age for the SCY 2019-2020 season is determined by your age as of March 20th 2020.

2. 200IM and 500 Free SCY/400 Free LCM times are the next determining factor. There are a few different ways for you to look up these times:

  • USA Swimming DeckPass app. 
  • Sign in to our own website and look for My Times.
  • Go to USA Swimming website.
  • Meet Mobile is slightly less accurate in tracking best times, as the Meet Mobile times are often in error and not technically "fully certified" in the eyes of Indiana Swimming/USA Swimming.
  • Reference the chart above to determine what specific 200IM and 500/400 free time you are aiming for.

3. IMX Scores are the 3rd main factor. Reminder from above:

  • 11-12 Group must post a 500 Free SCY or 400 Free LCM, 100 fly, 100 back, 100 breast, & 200 IM each SEASON.
  • 13-14 Group must post 500 Free SCY or 400 Free LCM, 200 fly, 200 back, 200 breast, 200 IM, & 400 IM ANNUALLY after first full season as a 13 year old.
  • You only need to accomplish these lists of events at a meet legally. There is not a minimum time standard per event. 
  • You can look at the same web/app sources referenced above to see if you have completed these events. Click here to view more info on the USA Swimming website about the IMX program.

4. If you have any questions about correct group placement, particularly during online registration,  please contact Coach Matt at any time.