Developmental Programs

 

The Head Coach of the Developmental Program is Margaret Wilman.  Her bio is located on the Coaches page and you can contact her via email here. 

 

The Developmental Program consists of three (3) groups: Piranhas, Barracudas & Sharks.  There are multiple session offerings from early September through May.  The main sessions help swimmers develop solid and efficient stroke technique. We also work on water safety, and starts and turns. Each session culminates with a FUN time trial event. This event not only inspires our swimmers, but also helps coaches determine group placement for the next session.  

When possible, we offer ancillary sessions, such as Clinics and Small Group Lessons. The Developmental Groups do not participate in US/SAL meets, but there is an advancement pathway to the Varsity Program if competition is a goal.  Advancement from one group to another is based upon age, times and ability. The most important aspect about our program is FUN

 

Fall 2022 Registration Information

  • Development Registration - CLICK HERE!
    • Please select the "Swimmer Tryout" registration option.  Following tryouts, you will be notified of your swimmer's placement and timing for group start dates and session dues will be communicated. Swimmers will not be permitted to start practice until they are registered to a training group and have paid their fees.
    • Practice calendar
    • Session 1 will run the 6 weeks of 9/12 - 10/23.
    • Session 2 will run the 6 weeks of 10/24 - 12/11 (no practices the week of 11/21).
    • Sharks and Barracuda registration fees are $365 and Piranha is $265.  The $50 assessment for evaluation night acts as a credit against session registration fees.
  • Lessons registration - COMING SOON! 

 

Group Descriptions: 

PIRANHAS 

  • Typical age 4-6 

  • Each swimmer should already be able to swim 25 yards Freestyle unassisted

  • Instruction & refinement in free & back 

  • Focus on kicking & body awareness 

  • Introduction to Breaststroke, Butterfly, and dives 

BARRACUDAS 

  • Typical age 6-8 

  • Each swimmer should be able to swim 25 yards Freestyle and show proficiency in all 4 strokes. 

  • Instruction & refinement in 4 strokes, diving & turns 

  • Focus on kicking & body awareness 

  • Introduction to race-specific skills 

SHARKS 

  • Typical age 9-13 

  • Each swimmer should be able to swim 100 yards Freestyle and show proficiency in all 4 strokes. 

  • Instruction & refinement in 4 strokes, diving & turns 

  • Focus on kicking & body awareness 

  • Introduction to race-specific skills 

 

Equipment: 

All swimmers will need a suit, cap and goggles.  Swimmers can bring a water bottle as desired.

Fins and kickboard are required for all our swimmers; please visit our team store here.  Visit Toad Hollow Athletics to try on fins prior to purchase and receive assistance with sizes.