Our Practice Groups

The Shaker Sharks offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of the Shaker Sharks to offer age specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging each individual and developing each individual to the best of his or her abilities.

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Team Structure

In keeping with the philosophy of providing a quality competitive swimming program for young people of all ages, abilities, and levels of interest, the Shaker Sharks Swimming Team offers NINE levels of professional instruction and training.  Each level has specified objectives and goals that follow a logical progression.

Entry Level

  • Junior SharksThis program is designed to introduce young swimmers to the sport of swimming.  Coaching emphasizes introducing and refining the four competitive strokes. Placement is based on age and skill level. This program should springboard swimmers onto the competitive team. Swimmers in the program are generally age 5-14 years of age.
  • GoldThis training group is for young swimmers who are ready to learn more advanced stroke techniques. Involvement in other activities besides swimming is still strongly encouraged.  Swimmers compete in swim meets, particularly time trial and dual meets. Swimmers in this level are generally age 8-10 years of age.

Age Group

  • Age Group 1 (AG1): This training group is the first of the progressive age group levels where interval training and stroke instruction is still emphasized. Basic body weight dryland is introduced to these athletes. Swimmers in this level are generally age 9-14 years of age.
  • Age Group 2 (AG 2): This training group is a transitional group where swimmers move from emphasizing primarily stroke instruction to valuing competitive training. Dryland training becomes a means of building strength and coordination. Swimmers in this level are generally age 11-13 years of age.
  • Age Group 3 (AG 3): This training group is for committed and motivated young swimmers and emphasizes serious training in preparation for higher levels of swimming. The group will focus on stroke refinement, aerobic training, and strength building. Swimmers in this level are generally age 10-14 years of age.


  • Senior 1 (Sr. 1): This training group provides an opportunity for high school swimmers to develop and improve skills and fitness levels necessary to train and compete. The opportunity to progress to higher groups exists for those swimmers willing to put in the necessary time and commitment.
  • Senior 2 (Sr. 2): This training group is designed for high school swimmers who are experienced and proficient, qualify for state and sectional level meets and are working towards achieving at a national level.  Coaching equally emphasizes conditioning and fundamentals offering the determined swimmer an excellent opportunity to improve rapidly.
  • Senior 3 (Sr. 3): This training group focuses training and competitive efforts at the national level and qualifying for national level meets (USA Sectionals, Regionals, NCSA Jr. Nationals, USA Futures, USA Jr. Nationals, USA Nationals). 


The Shaker Sharks Swimming Team Masters Team’s mission is to provide coached workouts for adult swimmers of all levels and aspirations where each individual may realize his or her goals in a progressive and enjoyable team atmosphere.  Swimmers range in age from 21 to 70 (the average age is 46).  Skill levels range from absolute beginners to former Olympians.  Besides providing a challenging workout, coaches provide instruction in proper stroke technique and race strategies.  Competition is encouraged, but by no means mandatory.  The team attends around 3-4 events a year.  Socializing is an important area with the club and organized socials are held throughout the year.

High School Swim Team

  • The high school team practices after school November - February as a winter varsity sport.  Practices are held 6 days per week at the Woodbury Elementary School pool. Previous swimming experience is required.   Please contact the Head Coach Eric Peterson if you have further questions regarding the high school swimming team (216-295-4163 or email [email protected]

Middle School Swim Team

The middle school team practices after school at the Shaker Heights Middle School pool November - early December.  Previous swimming experience is not required, but is strongly recommended.