Beginner Swim Team

Little Tiger Sharks

  • This is the entry level program to the team and there are three levels within Little Tiger Sharks.  It is for those that are 5 to 10 years old that have had some swim lessons and are looking to transition from lessons onto the competitive team.  The focus will be on becoming more proficient in freestyle and backstroke, gaining an understanding of breaststroke and butterfly, and developing other skills that will prepare them for the next level on the team.  Participation in meets is not expected of those in Little Tiger Sharks. 
  • Little Tiger Sharks 1:
    • Must be comfortable in the water, including the deep end of the pool
    • Comfortable floating on your stomach and on your back
    • Must be able to swim or kick across the width of the pool (approximately 12-15 yards)
  • Little Tiger Sharks 2:
    • Can swim at least 15 yards of freestyle with arm recovery over the water and attempting rotary breathing
    • Comfortable kicking and swimming on their back
    • Has an understanding of breaststroke kick
    • Knows what a streamline is and attempts to do so when pushing off the wall
  • Little Tiger Sharks 3:
    • Can swim at least 25 yards of freestyle while demonstrating bilateral breathing
    • Can swim at least 15 yards of backstroke with proper arm recovery
    • Has an understanding of breaststroke swim
    • Has an understanding of butterfly kick

 

Age Group Competitive Team

Age Group White:

  • This is the introductory group for those that have advanced out of the Little Tiger Sharks.  At this point in the program, participation in local & intersquad meets is encouraged.  Anyone qualifying for a championship meet is encouraged to participate.
  • Requirements:
    • Can swim at least 50 yards of freestyle with bilateral breathing
    • Can swim at least 25 yards of backstroke
    • Consistently streamlines off the walls and when diving
    • Has an understanding of swimming both breaststroke and butterfly

Age Group Black:

  • Participation in local and intersquad meets is encouraged and athletes are encouraged to try at least one away meet. Anyone qualifiying for a Championship Meet is encourged to participate.
  • Requirements:
    • Can swim at least 100 yards of freestyle with bilateral breathing
    • Can swim at least 50 yards of backstroke
    • Can swim at least 25 yards of legal breaststroke and butterfly
    • Can do legal turns for all strokes, including regularly doing flip turns for both freestyle and backstroke
    • In addition to the skills listed, athletes must demonstrate a willingness to listen to instruction and strive to do things correctly even if this means slowing down in order to get the technique right.

Age Group Gold:

  • Participation in local and intersquad meets is expected.  Participation in away meets, including championship meets, is encouraged. 
  • Requirements:
    • Can swim at least: 200 yards of freestyle with bilateral breathing, 100 yards of backstroke, 50 yards of breaststroke and butterfly, and a 100 IM
    • Consistently do legal turns for all strokes
    • Demonstrated ability to train all 4 strokes while maintaining good technique
    • Ability and willingness to race a 50 of each stroke, 200 IM, and 200 Fr
    • Athletes in this group may or may not have Districts or MV Champs cuts but they strive to reach that level.  Both at practice and at meets, all are expected to have a positive attitude plus a willingness to listen and work hard.  These attributes will help the individual and others in the group get better.

Tiger Shark Black:

  • The majority of athletes in this group will be ages 9-12.  Participation in most home and away meets, including championship meets, is expected.
  • Requirements:
    • Ability and willingness to race 100 of each stroke, 400 IM, and 500 Fr
    • Demonstrated ability to train all 4 strokes while maintaining good technique
    • Athletes in this group are encouraged to participate in other sports and activities yet should be at practice as often as possible.  80% or better practice attendance is the goal. 
    • Athletes in this group may or may not have MV Champs cuts but they strive to attain these and higher levels.  Both at practice and at meets, all are expected to have a positive attitude plus a willingness to listen and work hard.  These attributes will help the individual and others in the group get better.

Tiger Shark Gold:

  • The majority of athletes in this group will be ages 11-14. Participation in most home and away meets, including championship meets, is expected.
  • Requirements:
    • Ability and willingness to race a 200 of each stroke, 400 IM and the 1000 Free
    • Ability to consistently focus and train at a high-level despite being tired
    • Athletes in this group are encouraged to participate in other sports and activities yet should be at practice as often as possible.  90% or better practice attendance is the goal.
    • Athletes in this group may or may not have MV Champs or Age Group Zones cuts but they strive to attain these and higher levels.  Both at practice and at meets, all are expected to have a positive attitude plus a willingness to listen and work hard.  These attributes will help the individual and others in the group get better.