Level Expectations

 

Below is a breakdown of CNS levels and requirements to participate at each level. Swimmers will be evaluated before being placed in a level to ensure the summer's success. Level promotions will happen twice a year for current members, once after short course championships and once after long course championships. Coaches will evaluate athletes during practice, and use information collected at meets to place swimmers in levels. The coaching staff has full discretion to move an athlete if they feel the athlete will be more successful in another group at any time throughout the year. Athlete’s may be moved up a level without meeting all of the listed requirements. 

 

Elite (Highest level training group)
  • To get in the ELITE group
    • Age 13+ 
    • By invite only at coaches discretion
    • Must have a meeting between coach, athletes, and parents
    • Must have at least one sectional cut
    • Swimming is top extra curricular activity
    • Must have IMX score
    • Swimmers must have a long term goal of swimming at the college or national level
  • While in the ELITE group
    • Athletes will practice at least 6 times a week (100% attendance required. Excused for family, school, or illness)
    • Athletes will attend sponsored weight training programs
    • Athletes will continue to hold IMX scores
    • Athletes will attend travel meets as funds and schedules allow
    • Athletes will attend ALL championship meets they qualify for
    • Athletes are expected to demonstrate excellent sportsmanship, team spirit, leadership, and self accountability
**Swimmers may be asked to move to Senior or Senior Development if they are unable to meet the requirements.
 
Senior
  • To get into Senior group
    • Ages 13+ 
    • Athletes who have swam in high school and high performing 13-14 athletes
    • Athletes are near Missouri Valley Champs times, high school state times 
    • Athletes have shown commitment to practices, and have an excellent work ethic while at practice.
  • While in Senior group
    • Athletes are expected to attend 5 practices per week (Excused for school or family commitments, or illness)
    • Athletes are expected to attend 1 meet per month
    • Athletes are expected to attend ALL championship meets for which they qualify
    • Athletes are expected to demonstrate excellent sportsmanship, team spirit, leadership, and self accountability
  • To move out of Senior and into Eite
    • Achieve one sectional time
    • Demonstrates high level of self accountability, commitment, and work ethic
    • Meeting with coach, parent, and athlete
    • Invitation from coach
**Swimmers may be asked to move to Senior Development if they are unable to meet standards.
 
Senior Development
  • To get into Senior Development
    • Age 15+ or in high school
    • Athletes who are 15 years of age or older, OR are unable to/have not met the requirements for Elite or Senior
    • High school swimmer beginning club for the first time might start in Senior Prep
    • Designed for athletes involved in other activities who would like to stay in shape
  • While in Senior Development
    • Athletes will focus on stroke refinement as well as progressing in yardage and intensity.  
    • Athletes will attend practice as it fits their schedule. Practice offered 4 times per week
    • Attend meets and championship meets as it fits the athletes schedule
    • Communicate with head coach on schedule and attendance
  • To move out of Senior Development and into Senior or Elite
    • Achieve a Missouri Valley Champs time (or sectional time for Elite)
    • Meeting with coach, athlete, and parents
    • Attend meets and show commitment to practice
    • Able to complete Senior test set 
 
Gold
  • To move into Gold group
    • Ages 13+
    • Complete test set to exit Navy group
    • 8 x 50 FR @ :55scy
    • Athletes can leave on intervals independently, and can remember most of their times
    • Athlete has excellent attendance at practice and meets, and has achieved several district times or a Missouri Valley Champ time. (For swimmers under the age of 13).
  • While in Gold group
    • Swimming is becoming a priority extra curricular activity
    • Practice is offered 5 times per week
    • Athletes will continue to develop stroke technique, underwaters, and understand race strategy.
    • Athletes will complete IMX or IMR
    • Athletes will compete in all 200 stroke events, as well as the 500 and 1000 freestyle events
    • Athletes are strongly encouraged to attend all championship meets for which they qualify
  • To move out of Gold group and into Senior/Elite
    • Athlete has shown dedication to practice attendance and meet attendance
    • Athlete can complete Senior test set
    • Athlete has several Missouri Valley Champs times in their age group
 
Navy
  • To move into Navy group
    • Ages 11+
    • Athletes who meet other requirements, but are younger than 11, could be allowed into the Navy group
    • Athletes must be able to train all four strokes at practice
    • Athletes have been attending practices consistently as well as meets
    • Athletes have swam a 100 in all strokes as well as the 200 IM
  • While in the Navy group
    • Practices are offered 4 time per week (while practices are not required, they are highly encouraged)
    • Athletes will continue to refine stroke technique and begin to utilize underwaters in practice and meets
    • Athletes will understand how to read a pace clock and understand intervals
    • Athletes will begin to swim the 500 Freestyle, and 200 stroke events
    • Athletes are continuously working toward an IMX/IMR score
    • Athletes are encouraged to attend at least 1 meet a month
    • Athletes are encouraged to attend all championship meets for which they qualify
  • To move out of Navy and into Gold
    • Athletes have turned 13
    • Athletes have demonstrated a commitment to practice and attending meets
    • Athletes have completed the test set to move into Gold
    • Athletes have achieved several Missouri Valley Champ times
 
White
  • To move into White group
    • Ages 9+
    • Athletes must be able to swim all four strokes legally
    • Athletes have attended meets and are showing growth in strokes
  • While in White group
    • Practices are offered 4 time per week (while practices are not required, they are highly encouraged)
    • Athletes will develop technique for all four strokes and turns.
    • Athletes will begin to work on underwater kicking
    • Athletes will begin to understand the use of the pace clock and learning about intervals
  • To move out of White and into Navy
    • Swim a 50 of all four strokes legally (with occasional exception for breaststroke)  
    • Swim 4-6 50s freestyle on the 1:30 (SCM)
    • Pass dive certifications
    • Legal flipturns and open turns
 
JR Narwhals
  • To join JR Narwhals
    • Must complete a 25 yard/meter freestyle
    • Be familiar with all 4 strokes of swimming and know how to perform them.
    • 6 years of age
  • While in JR Narwhals
    • Practices are offered 3 time per week (while practices are not required, they are highly encouraged)
    • Learn competition starts and turns
    • Compete in club meets
    • Develop technique of all 4 strokes 
  • To move out of JR Narwhals
    • Athletes can swim 25 yards/meters of all four strokes
    • Athletes will learn the fundamentals of all four strokes while enjoying the sport
    • Pass dive certifications and complete legal flipturns/open turns
    • Athlete is 9 years of age