FTLL Group Descriptions

At the determination of the coaches, your swimmer will be placed in a group that best meets their current skill level.  The intent is to place them in a challenging but not overwhelming training environment which in turn will lead to the swimmer improving in technique, strength, and endurance.  As your swimmer progresses, they will be moved to the next group to ensure they are constantly motivated and challenged.   

*** Due to CoVid-19 practice guidelines and restrictions, our practice schedule is subject to change.

 

FTLL Group Descriptions

Junior Lancer - CURRENTLY AT CAPACITY

$30/month*

Junior Lancer swimmers must be able to listen to and follow directions. This group is geared toward skill development with the intention of each swimmer progressing into Bronze.

Age Group: 5-8

Practice Time: 30 minutes, once a week

Practice Yardage: 300 – 500 yards

Equipment: water bottle, suit, goggles, and cap

Recommended Attendance for Success: 1 practice each week

Meet Requirements:  1 intrasquad encouraged with coach approval

Volunteer Requirements: None

 

Bronze

$80/month*

Bronze swimmers must be able to listen to and follow directions, swim 2 of 4 strokes for 50 yards. This group is geared toward skill development, including strokes, turns, starts, rules, and fun.

Age Group: 10 and under

Practice time: 1 hour

Practice yardage: 500+ yards

Equipment**: fins, kickboard, mesh bag, water bottle, suit, and team cap

Recommended Attendance for Success:  3 practices each week

Meet Requirements: All Intrasquads, home and away meets encouraged with coach approval

Volunteer Requirements: Parent volunteers are vital to the success of FTLL. Click here to view the volunteer policy.

 

Silver

$95/month*

The Silver group is geared towards those swimmers with proficiency in at least 3 of 4 strokes. The focus of the Silver group is on improving stroke technique, speed, and aerobic conditioning.

Age Group: 8 – 12

Practice time: 1 – 1 1/2 hours

Practice yardage: 1,000 – 2,500 yards

Required Equipment**: fins, kickboard, paddles, pull buoy, water bottle, mesh bag, suit, and team caps

Recommended Attendance for Success: 4 of 5 practices each week

Invite Requirements: Minimum USA Swimming Motivational C Time Standard

Meet Requirements: All intrasquads, all home meets and 2 away meets. Swimmers are highly encouraged to attend qualified championship meets.

Volunteer Requirements: Parent volunteers are vital to the success of FTLL. Click here to view the volunteer policy.

 

Gold

$110/month*

The Gold group is geared toward three groups of swimmers: those trying to get in shape for high school swimming on a year round basis, those working to achieve more MV Championship qualifying times, and those who are working to achieve Performance group requirements. The focus of the Gold group is on improving stroke technique, starts & turns, and aerobic conditioning.

Age Group: 11 and over

Practice time: 2 - 2.5 hours

Practice yardage:2,500 – 5,500+ yards

Required Equipment: burner fins, crossblade fins, kickboard, paddles, pull buoy, snorkel, water bottle, mesh bag, suit, and team cap

Optional Equipment: tempo trainer, Finis Evo monofin

Recommended Attendance for Success: 4 of 5 pool practices each week and 2 of 3 dryland practices each week. Swimmers desiring to move to the Performance group should make every effort to attend all practices each week.

Invite Requirements: Minimum of 4 MV District qualifying times

Training Requirements:

  • 8 x 100 IM/FR Kick @ 2:30
  • 6 x 50 Fly/Bk @ 1:15
  • 6 x 50 Br @ 1:20
  • 8 x 100 Free @ 2:00

Meet Requirements: An average of a minimum of 1 meet/month. Swimmers should plan to attend qualified District and Championship meets.

Volunteer Requirements: Parent volunteers are vital to the success of FTLL. Click here to view the volunteer policy.

 

Performance

$135/month*

This is not a separate group but an extension of our Gold group and is composed of our highest level of athletes whose primary activity is swimming. Swimmers with the Performance surcharge need to be able to demonstrate a high level of technical proficiency in all 4 strokes. Training is geared toward Sectional, Futures, Junior, and Senior National level qualifying times. Our goal is to develop successful collegiate athletes.

Age Group: 14-19

Practice time: 2 - 2 1/2 hours

Practice yardage: 5,000 – 7,500+ yards

Required Equipment: burner fins, crossblade fins, kickboard, paddles, pull buoy, snorkel, water bottle, mesh bag, suit, and team cap

Optional Equipment: tempo trainer, Finis Evo monofin, Fike Swim Brick kickboard, Fike Swim Mortar pull buoy 

Required Attendance for Success: 100% of practices. Occasional exceptions for illness or outside commitments may be made.

Invite Requirements: Minimum 1 Region VIII Speedo Sectionals qualifying time or coach indicated swimmer ability to obtain 1 Region VIII Speedo Sectionals qualifying time in current season.

Training Requirement Guidelines:

  • 10 x 300 Free @ 4:00 or equivalent set
  • 10 x 100 Fr/Stk kick @ 1:50
  • 10 x 200 IM @ 3:00
  • 10 x 100 Bk @ 1:30
  • 10 x 100 Br & Fly @ 1:40

Meet Requirements: A minimum of 1 meet/month and highest qualified championship meet.

Volunteer Requirements: Parent volunteers are vital to the success of FTLL. Click here to view the volunteer policy.

 

Adult Masters Group

$45/month*

The Masters group is designed for adults who want to become better swimmers, triathletes and masters swimmers wanting structured practices, and adults who want to improve their general fitness.

Age Group: 18 and over

Practice time: 1 – 2 hours

Practice yardage: dependant upon ability

Suggested Equipment: fins, kickboard, paddles, pull buoy, water bottle, mesh bag, suit, and cap

Meet Requirements: None. USMS members are always welcome to enter USA Swimming meets in Open or 15 and Over events.

 

 

Age groups are a guide. Should an athlete younger or older than the indicated age group exhibit higher or lower level skills than required for that squad, the coaches will consult with the athlete’s parent or legal guardian and determine which squad will offer the athlete the best opportunity for achieving their desired swimming goals.

 

*For a complete list of fees, please view FTLL Group Fees

**Bronze and Silver swimmers have the option of renting equipment. If equipment is available, Gold may rent equipment. Please view Equipment Rental for complete information.