Practice Groups & Prerequisites

 
Practice groups are based on both age (as of December 1 of the current swim season) and ability. It is very important that swimmers practice in the appropriate group. Practices are designed according to a swimmer's level.
 
Please contact Coach Matt if you are uncertain of which group to register for.
 

Dusky, 10 & unders 

  • Must be able to swim 25 free with face in the water. 
  • Must be able to swim 25 backstroke.

Bottlenose B, 9-14 years olds

  • Must be at least 9 years old by December 1st of the current swim season.
  • Must be able to swim 100 free with turns in under 2:00 minutes
  • Must be able to dive off the block.

Bottlenose A, 9-14 years olds

  • Must meet all of the above requirements and have at least 1 B standard time.
  • Must have coaches' approval.
  • Must commit to swimming at the YMCA State Championships.

Pilot Whale, 12-14 years olds

  • Must be at least 12 years old by the date set for Winter Championships.
  • Must have a legal 200 IM.
  • Must have at least 1 BB time or coaches' approval.
  • Must commit to swimming at the YMCA State Championships.

Killer Whale, 13 & older

  • Must be in High School.
  • Must commit to swimming at the YMCA State Championships.

 

Please note that except for Pre-National & National Groups we do not have required practices. What we list is what we recommend for each group. Swimmers should speak with their coaches about what they should be doing for attendance based on their goals for the season.