Practice Groups

Red Group : Coach Karen

10 & Under, 1 hour practices, 3x per week

Swimmers in the Red Group will be introduced to competitive swimming. The goal of the Red group program is to create a positive experience where swimmers fall in love with the sport of swimming. There is a strong emphasis on teaching the proper technique of all four strokes as well as starts, turns, and finishes. Swimmers will gain more control over their bodies while developing buoyancy, balance, and breath control while swimming. Swimmers will also learn proper practice and meet etiquette, including how to use a pace clock. Swimmers will learn the basics of sportsmanship and respect for their competitors and teammates. Swimmers should enter the group with the ability to swim 25 yards of both backstroke and freestyle and have knowledge of all 4 strokes. They should also demonstrate an ability to focus and listen well in a group setting. 

 

Blue Group: Coach Karen

10 & Under, 1 hour practices, 4x per week

The goal of the Blue group program is to increase skill and technical development while creating a positive team culture that supports individual growth, sportsmanship, and leadership skills. Swimmers in the Blue group will focus on improving stroke technique, body position, and kick in all four strokes as well as starts, turns, and finishes. Swimmers will begin to understand the importance of correct head and body position, a strong, consistent kick, and streamlining. Solid practice habits will be taught and reinforced, including using the pace clock during practice and lane etiquette. They will also be introduced to basic training sets. Swimmers will learn the basics of sportsmanship, respect for their competitors, and for their teammates. Swimmers should enter the group able to legally swim all four strokes and should be comfortable doing 50 yard repeats during practice. 

 

Purple Group: Coach Karen

10-12, 1-1.5 hour practices, 4x per week

The goal of the Purple group program is continual improvement and practices emphasize skill development with a secondary focus on aerobic development. Swimmers in the Purple group will learn the importance of team culture and will develop a love of competition and being challenged. The purple group will start to focus on performance and making the connection of hard work and doing well. Swimmers in the Purple group will be working toward improving their stroke technique, racing skills, and increasing endurance levels. Purple group swimmers will begin swimming more complicated sets. Swimmers will continue to reinforce good sportsmanship, respect for their competitors, and for their teammates. Swimmers should enter the group able to legally complete 50 yards of all four strokes and should be working towards competing in 100’s of all of the strokes as well as the 200 Free. 

 

Orange Group: Coach Nate

12 & Under, 1.5 hour practices, 5x per week

The goal of the Orange group program is to teach the skills and work ethic necessary to achieve competitive success while creating a strong team culture that supports individual growth, sportsmanship, and leadership skills. Swimmers in the Orange group have a higher level of commitment and are comfortable with being challenged. They will continue to work toward improving their stroke technique and racing skills and increasing endurance levels, but will do so at a more advanced level. Orange group swimmers will begin swimming more complicated sets and are expected to be able to use a pace clock and keep track of intervals while practicing. Swimmers will continue to reinforce good sportsmanship, respect for their competitors, and for their teammates. Swimmers should enter the group able to legally complete 50 yards of all four strokes and should be prepared to take ownership of their swimming. 

 

Green Group: Coach Mike

12 & Over, 1.5 hour practices, 5x per week

The goal of the Green group is to develop the skills and work ethic necessary to achieve individual success in the sport of swimming. Swimmers in the Green group will increase their aerobic development with longer distances. Swimmers will focus on all four strokes and practices will continue to have an emphasis on technical improvements. Swimmers will learn the connection between training and racing. Continual goal setting both in practice and meets is emphasized. Swimmers in this group need to be prepared to challenge themselves during practice. Swimmers are also expected to set a good example for the younger swimmers who look up to them. Swimmers in the Green group are encouraged to continue to participate in other sports and activities. 

 

Yellow Group: Coach Jim

12 & Over, 2 hour practices, 6x per week

The Yellow group are Bayside’s most committed swimmers. The goal for the Yellow group is to achieve competitive success at the highest level. Swimmers in this group are expected to behave like champions and set a good example for the younger swimmers. Continual goal setting is emphasized and swimmers are encouraged to set high expectations for themselves. Swimmers should expect to be challenged and are expected to be at all practices.