SCA TRAINING GROUPS

 

Summit Site

Swim School 
Director: 
Sally Martin
Ages: 3+, entry level
Goals ... 

  • Have fun
  • Learn the fundamental movements of each stroke
  • Develop a love for swimming
  • Progress to the competitive team


Exploration I
Lead Coach: Sally Martin
Ages: 6-9
Goals ... 

  • Have FUN
  • Legally complete 25 yards of each stroke
  • Learn basic starts and turns for each stroke
  • Participate in SCA-hosted meets
  • Progress to Exploration II


Exploration II
Lead Coach: Sally Martin
Ages: 7-10
Goals ... 

  • Have FUN
  • Continue technical development
  • Incorporate longer swims throughout practice
  • Participate in SCA-hosted meets
  • Begin to understand the value of times
  • Progress to Green Group


Green Group
Lead Coach: Chris Knoblauch
Ages: 8-12
Goals: Further develop technique of all 4 strokes, including approrpriate starts and turns complete IMR event series, progress to Yellow or Red Group
Mental Goals: Understand practice sets, read the pace clock, understand the importance of proper technique, promote teamwork, develop self-confidence
Training: Introduction of training sets and intervals, technical focus, kicking 


Yellow Group
Lead Coach: Jackie Close
Ages: 8-11, Invitation by Head Coach
Performance Goals: Perform technically proficient strokes and execute appropriate race strategies, complete IMX event series, progress to Blue or Red Group
Mental Goals: Learn to balance school and extracurricular schedules, learn to set goals, recognize the relationship between success and hard work

Training: Continued technical development, introduction to aerobic training, kicking
Attendance Requirement: 70% season-long attendance
Equipment: Kickboard (optional), Pull Buoy (optional), Snorkel, Paddles, Fins/Zoomers (short blade, soft), Mesh Bag


Red Group

Lead Coach: Julie Anderson
Ages: 11-14 (6th-8th grade)
Performance Goals: Understand and execute approrpriate race strategies, continue improving overall stroke technique, achieve Divisional and State time standards, complete IMR and IMX event series, progress to Blue or Senior Group
Mental Goals: Learn to balance school and extracurricular schedules, understand the value and connection between hard work and success, develop self-confidence
Training: Continued technical development, introduction to aerobic training, maintaining proper technique throughout practice, kicking
Equipment: Kickboard (optional), Snorkel, Paddles, Mesh Bag (optional)


Blue Group

Lead Coach: Chris Knoblauch
Ages: 11-14 (6th-8th grade), Invitation by Head Coach
Performance Goals: Develop advanced technical efficiency and execute elevated race strategies, place Top 16 at LCS State Championships, achieve USA Sectional time standards, complete IMX series events, progress to National Focus or Senior Group.
Mental Goals: Successfully balance academic and extracurricular schedules, uderstand long-term goal setting and delayed gratification
Training: Introduction to more rigorous aerobic training, fine-tuning technical development, establishing and meeting training goal times, self-accountability throughout all phases of practice, kicking
Attendance Requirement: 80% season-long attendance
Equipment: Kickboard (optional), Pull Buoy (optional), Snorkel, Paddles, Parachute (square, ~8"), Fins/Zoomers (short blade, soft), Mesh Bag


Senior Group
Lead Coach: Justin Max
Ages: 14+ (9th grade-post grad)
Performance Goals: Continued development of advanced stroke technique, complete IMX event series, achieve Divisional, State, and USA Swimming Sectional time standards, progress to National Focus Group or collegiate swimming
Mental Goals: Successfully balance academic and extracurricular schedules, uderstand long-term goal setting, promote teamwork, develop self-confidence
Training: Introduction and continued development of more rigorous aerobic training, fine-tuning technical development, incorporating stroke/event-specific training, additional dryland and resistance training, self-motivated and self-accountable at all times, kicking
Equipment: Kickboard (optional), Pull Buoy (optional), Snorkel, Paddles, Parachute (square, ~12"), Fins/Zoomers (short blade, soft), Mesh Bag, Stretch Cord (purchase from SCA)


National Focus Group
Lead Coach: Justin Max
Ages: 14+ (9th grade-post grad), Invitation by Head Coach
Goals: Develop highly efficient stroke technique and execute advanced race strategies, complete IMX event series, place Top 16 at LSC State Championships, achieve USA Swimming Sectional, Futures, and Junior/Senior National Time Standards, progress to collegiate swimming
Mental Goals: Develop and demonstrate team leadership and emotional maturity, balance high level academic and athletic commitments, successful long-term goal setting and planning, value contributions to the team
Training: Advanced aerobic and event-specific training while maintaining a mastery of basic fundamentals, fine-tuning advanced technique of all strokes, additional dryland and resistance training, self-motivated and self-accountable at all times, kicking
Attendance Requirement: 90% season-long attendance, participation in highest team-attended competition
Equipment: Kickboard (optional), Pull Buoy (optional), Snorkel, Paddles, Parachute (square, ~12"), Fins/Zoomers (short blade, soft), Mesh Bag, Stretch Cord (purchase from SCA)

HPB Site


Swim School
Swim School is designed to offer beginning swimmers a program that is welcoming, mechanically sound, and fun. For our swimmers enrolled in the Swim school we offer a fall, winter and spring session (TBD) and each run for approximately 10-weeks. Practices are offered 2x a week for 45 mins. Swimmers will be encouraged to swim the TRAC hosted meets.

Swim School Requirements
Minimum age: 4
Swimmers must be able to swim one lap on stomach without stopping


Bronze Group
Swimmers in the Bronze group practice 4 times per week for 1 hour. Swimmers should plan to attend 3-4 practices each week. Athletes in this group will focus on continued stroke work, especially consistency; learning drills and having fun! They will also begin workin on flip turns and pull outs. Swimmers will swim in SCA hosted meets.


Silver Group
From Bronze, athletes move into the Silver group. Swimmers in the Silver group will practice Monday through Friday for 1 hour and 15 mins, and Saturday for 1 hour and 30 minutes. In addition, there are two dryland sessions each week. Swimmers should plan to attend a minimum of 3-4 practices each week.

Silver focuses on mastering proper stroke mechanics and fostering a positive team aspect in the sport of swimming. Swimmers will begin to develop a competitive strategy. Swimmers in this group should aim to obtain state or divisional cuts. Goal setting and dryland will also be introduced in this group.

Swimmers are expected to attend all required meets designated for the Silver group. This includes but is not limited to hosted SCA meets, travel meets, and long course meets. The meet goal for this group is 1 meet per month. Swimmers should also plan to compete in any championship meets in which they qualify.

Silver Group focuses on:

  • Mastering endurance in all 4 strokes
  • Learning how to use the pace clock to do “sets” on a certain time during practices
  • Mastering drills in all 4 strokes to further improve technique
  • Mastering flip-turns and stroke turns for each stroke as well as IM transitions


Silver Group requirements: 

  • Swimmers age 8 or younger by coach invite only
  • Swimmers should have a strong knowledge of all strokes before joining Silver.
  • Swimmers should have experience with the SCA Bronze group, summer swim teams or the equivalent.


Gold Group
Gold Group swimmers will practice 1 hour and 30 mins 6 x a week plus 2 times a week dryland practice. Morning practices are also offered for this training group. Swimmers are encouraged to commit to swimming and should plan to attend a minimum of 4 practices a week. The goal of this age group program is to foster a love of the sport within their swimmers and to develop the work ethic that is needed to progress in the sport of swimming. Swimmers are expected to attend all required meets designated for the Gold group. This includes but is not limited to hosted TRAC meets, travel meets, Long Course meets and championship meets. Swimmers should plan for a minimum of 1 meet each month.

Gold group focuses on:

  • Expert stroke technique and analysis
  • Mastering drills and endurance in all four strokes
  • Goal Setting
  • Race Strategy
  • Increased focus on accountability


Platinum Group
The goal of the Platinum group is for these swimmers to achieve at the highest level of competition. Swimmers in the Platinum group will practice 2 hours, 6 days a week and 2 sessions of dryland. Morning practices are also offered for platinum group. Athletes in the platinum group should take personal accountability/responsibility in regards to swimming areas - this includes (but is not limited to) goal setting, nutrition, proper sleep habits, practice attendance, etc. 

Swimmers in platinum have a high level of commitment to meet attendance. Swimmers should plan to attend all meets designated for Platinum including but not limited to hosted SCA meets, travel meets, Long course meets and any championship meets in which swimmers qualifies. 


Platinum HS
This is the same as the regular platinum group except there is a limit of 2 practices per week.