Felix Festa Middle School

30 Parrott Road, West Nyack, NY 10994

Felix Festa pool

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Practice Groups

Senior Group

This is the top level of Condors practice groups for swimmers ages 13 & Over who have proven to be the most dedicated athletes. Training will be at an elite level with a year-round plan to achieve at the highest levels of the sport. Training will also become more specified to help swimmers accomplish their goals at the Sectional, National and International levels. Swimmers are challenged every day to become the best possible athletes. Senior swimmers must possess the commitment, motivation and ability to excel in the sport of swimming. To be eligible, swimmers must have previously achieved a Senior Mets Championship standard within the past season. Swimmers must be able to balance their commitments to school and the club before considering taking part of this group. See commitment requirements below:

Practice Requirements: All practices, including morning and dryland workouts.

Meet Requirements: One meet per month with a focus on Senior Mets, Junior Nationals and beyond.

 

Senior 1 Group

The Senior 1 group is the second of the Condors Senior groups designed for our emerging 13 & Over swimmers. This is the preparatory group to the Senior level, and Senior 1 practices daily beside the Senior group to help bridge the swimmers' future transition. This is a group for our most dedicated athletes who are motivated to someday achieve at the highest level of the sport. Swimmers must be able to balance their commitments to school and the club before considering taking part in this group. Training will be geared towards developing well-rounded Individual Medley swimmers and emphasize hard aerobic training. The Senior 1 seasonal plan will introduce an increasing amount of specificity training.

Swimmers entering the group from Gold must either have Junior Olympic or "A" Standard times. Swimmers ages 15 & Over must also meet training criteria that is specific to their age. Senior 1 swimmers are expected to work towards the Zone, Senior Mets and Sectional level standards.

Morning practices are offered 2-3 times per week. We also offer two 1-hour dryland practices at an off-site gym. Expectations will be outlined individually based on age, previous time spent in the Senior 1 group and other factors such as travel. The most dedicated swimmers with consistent attendance will see the most consistent improvement.

Practice Requirements: An average of 5 out of 6 practices are expected, plus designated morning and dryland workouts.

Meet Requirements: One meet per month, with a focus on Junior Olympics and qualifying for Senior Mets.

 

Senior Varsity Group

This is the first level of Senior swimming for the Condors swimmers who are ages 13 & Over. Swimmers in this group are skilled and experienced athletes who need to improve their overall level of swimming, but are committed to competing in meets. Senior Varsity swimmers are looking to improve and move up through the program and should be focused on preparing for the demands of the top training paces.

Some swimmers in this group are primarily focused on competing with their High School team, but a commitment to represent the Condors at USA meets is also expected. The goal meets for this group are Silver Championships, Junior Olympics and the 15-18 Team Challenge.

Practices will be offered 5 times per week with two 30-minute dryland practices that take place on deck. Senior Varsity swimmers will also be invited to join the Senior and Senior 1 group at morning practices.

Practice Requirements: An average of 4 out of 5 practices are highly encouraged.

Meet Requirements: All meets are encouraged, but the highest level championship meets are required.

 

Junior Varsity Group

This group is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of swimmers. This group is a combination of previous Stroke Development, Junior and Senior Prep swimmers. Whether you are just getting started in competitive swimming, growing in the sport or if you are a competitive swimmer who is also participating in other sports, this group is for you. The focus of this practice group is to improve the swimmers' stroke skills and speed, along with developing their enthusiasm for swimming. Swimmers are given challenging practices designed to teach them how to be more efficient in the water. Every practice will have a strong focus on drills and technique.

To help these developing athletes gain fitness and swimming-related functional strength, we will be offering two 30-minute dryland workouts per week. Dryland training will take place on the pool deck and will feature body weight exercises and some use of equipment.

Practice Requirements: No formal requirements, but 3 out of 4 days are highly encouraged.

Meet Requirements: No requirements, but home meets are encouraged.

 

Gold Elite Group

Gold Elite is for the 11-12 year olds who have already made Junior Olympic cuts, as well as any 9-10 year olds who have Zone Qualifier standards. As the name dictates, swimmers must be at the top of their game each and every day that they arrive at the pool. This group will reinforce proper technique and swimming proficiency while quickly building up the daily practice regimen, with the goal of competing against the top age group swimmers in the Metropolitan area and beyond. Periodic self and coach evaluations, as well as a structured goal setting system, will be a part of the program. Swimmers will be required to set goals and work both mentally and physically towards achieving something positive each and every practice session. On top of that, swimmers will be held accountable not only for themselves but each other as well. The overall goal of the group is to become a tight-knit family unit that loves the sport, hard work, their team and above all else, their teammates.

Swimmers entering Gold Elite must have at least 3 years of competitive swimming experience and should be able to repeat swims with very little rest, as well as understand how to increase or decrease speed within sets.

Practice Requirements: An average of 4-5 out of 6 practices per week.

Meet Requirements: At least 1 meet per month, with a focus on Junior Olympic time standards, while becoming familiar with Senior Mets and National Time Standards.

 

Gold Group

At the Gold level, swimmers ages 10-12 are introduced to higher levels of training and more challenging swim sets. Goal setting will begin with stroke refinement as well as improving upon technique, then advance to practice goals such as interval training and target numbers for descending sets, to finally using the work put in to establish realistic and attainable goals for competitions. Throughout the season in Gold, swimmers will be asked to submit self-evaluations as well as receive coaches evaluations periodically. Our aim is to have swimmers become more focused and more mature in their approach to the sport and their role within the group. The harder we work together, the more all of us will succeed. Swimmers in the Gold group must have at least 2 years of competitive swimming and be fully legal in all four strokes, have strong starts and turns and be able to repeat swims with little rest in between.

Practice Requirements: An average of 4-5 out of 6 practices per week.

Meet Requirements: At least 1 meet per month, with a focus on Junior Olympic time standards.

 

Silver Group

At the Silver level, swimmers ages 8-12 continually work to enhance their stroke technique in order to improve efficiency. Swimmers will be challenged to swim correctly over longer distances and at faster speeds, and to develop consistent practice habits that will set them up for success. 

Swimmers entering the Silver group must be able to swim all four strokes legally and be proficient in starts and turns for all four strokes.

Practice Requirements: Practices range from 60-90 minutes and are offered 6 days per week. There are no attendance requirements at this stage, although swimmers are encouraged to attend at least 4 practices per week to maximize their rate of improvement.

Meet Requirements: There are no meet requirements, however swimmers at this level are strongly encouraged to attend at least 1 meet per month. Performance goals will gear towards Silver Championship and Junior Olympic time standards.

 

Bronze Group

At the Bronze level, swimmers ages 7-10 will take the basic fundamentals of swimming and start utilizing them during training as well as competitions. Practice sessions will focus heavily on stroke development and building more efficient mechanics in the water. During their time in Bronze, swimmers will work to perfect their breathing and body positioning in all four strokes, correct their timing in breaststroke and butterfly, explode off of the blocks in their dives as well as into and out of the walls in their turns. Throughout the season the Bronze group will also learn how to use the clock to enhance their training, as well as how to truly prepare during practice for the competitions.

Swimmers entering the Bronze level must be able to swim multiple laps of freestyle and backstroke as well as have a fundamental grasp, legal or not, of how to swim both breaststroke and butterfly.

Practice Requirements: Practices are offered 4 times per week for 60 minutes. There are no attendance requirements at this stage, although swimmers are encouraged to attend at least 3 practices per week to maximize their rate of improvement.

Meet Requirements: There are no meet requirements, however swimmers at this level are strongly encouraged to attend at least 1 meet per month.

 

Future Stars Group

Future Stars is our introductory group to competitive swimming for ages 5-8. This group focuses on teaching fundamental skills in a fun, encouraging environment. Swimmers continually work on proper head position, breathing and fast kicking in freestyle and backstroke, while being introduced to breaststroke and butterfly. They will also practice streamline glides, flip turns and diving. 

To join Future Stars, swimmers must be able to swim a full lap (25 yards) of freestyle with their face in the water and using over water recoveries, as well as being able to do backstroke. An idea of breaststroke and butterfly is helpful but not required.

Practice Requirements: Practices are offered 3 times per week for 30 minutes. There are no attendance requirements at this stage, although swimmers are encouraged to attend as often as possible to maximize their rate of improvement.

Meet Requirements: Future Star swimmers are encouraged to join us at the 8 & Under competitions scheduled approximately once each month throughout the season. However, competitions are not mandatory at this level.