Jersey Storm Swimming Training Groups

Bronze Training Group

A developmental group with an emphasis on the teaching of basic techniques of the four competitive strokes as well as starts, turns, finishes, streamlines and underwater kick. The goal of this group is for swimmers to learn the joy of racing the four competitive strokes with proper technique.

 

Silver Training Group

  • Silver 1: Primary emphasis is on the continued development of the four competitive strokes, the individual medley, starts, turns, finishes, streamlines and underwaters. Swimmers begin to learn the science of training competitive swimming through the introduction of aerobic conditioning and learning to use the pace clock. The goal of this group is for swimmers to train 50’s of the four competitive strokes and 100 Individual Medley.
  • Silver 2: A continuation from Silver 1 with a focus on the development of the four competitive strokes, the individual medley, starts, turns, finishes, streamlines and underwaters. Swimmers expand on the science of training competitive swimming through aerobic conditioning and gradually more complex sets with the pace clock. The goal of this group is for swimmers to train 50’s of the four competitive strokes and 100 Individual Medley.

 

Gold Training Group

  • Gold 1: Practice emphasis is placed on continuing stroke development as well as building an aerobic conditioning base needed for a wider variety of competition. Swimmers are introduced to more complex and detail oriented training sets. Race training and strategy become a more important part of daily practices with an emphasis on improvement in the areas of technique, fundamentals, race IQ and a passion for competition. The goal of this group is for swimmers to train 100’s of strokes and 200 IM to introduce swimmers to a wider variety of events and encourage the growth mindset. Coaches will begin to introduce goal setting and seasonal planning to swimmers as well.
  • Gold 2: A continuation from Gold 1 where practice emphasis is placed on continuing stroke development as well as building an aerobic conditioning base needed for a wider variety of competition. Swimmers expand on more complex and detail oriented training sets. Race pace training, strategy and mental toughness become a more important part of daily practices with an emphasis on improvement in the areas of technique, fundamentals, race IQ and a passion for competition. The goal of this group is for swimmers to train 100’s of strokes and 200 IM to introduce swimmers to a wider variety of events and encourage the growth mindset. Coaches will begin to introduce goal setting and seasonal planning to swimmers as well.

 

Junior Training Group

The top group of Storm’s age group program and designed to prepare swimmers for Senior level swimming. Emphasis is to continue to improve stroke mechanics and endurance of all four competitive strokes and the individual medleys. Swimmers are training and preparing for the 200s of each stroke, the 200 and 400IM, as well as the distances of 500/1000/1650 Freestyle. Swimmers will go through goal setting and seasonal planning with their coach to support swimmers in balancing daily obligations. Swimmers are encouraged to try all competitive events to gain experience work towards determining the swimmers strongest events.

 

Senior Training Group

Emphasis of this group is to build and add upon the fundamentals and stroke techniques learned from the age group program. Swimmers will gain extensive knowledge in the science of training at daily practices and race strategy. Swimmers will begin to demonstrate strengths in certain events by being challenged to try all the events offered for their age group. Swimmers will go through goal setting, seasonal planning, nutritional analysis and a strength training program geared towards the swimmers’ specific needs. At this point, swimmers will be encouraged to commit fully to the training program in order to see the full benefits.

 

Senior Elite Training Group

The top training program designed for swimmers who are fully committed to an elite program that is focused on swimming at the regional & national level. Swimmers will benefit from advanced training routines, an in depth nutritional analysis, and an extensive goal plan each season. The goal of this group is for swimmers to train for Sectional and National meets. Swimmers in this group are required to maintain 100% practice and meet attendance. Annual commitment is required.

 

TRAINING GROUP ADVANCEMENT CRITERIA

The coaching staff will regularly evaluate swimmers in order to determine which training group is recommended for his or her ability level. Most adjustments to a swimmer's training group occur between seasons (April & September), however, a swimmer may be asked to move up mid-season if they have progressed beyond the expectations of the current group.

If a swimmer is interested in moving from their current swim group and into a higher group, the swimmer should be in constant communication with their coach in order to (1) express interest and (2) have an understanding of what they need to improve in order to advance.

Basic criteria coaches look for in swimmer advancement is listed below:

  1. Swimmer Attitude/Maturity- Swimmers must display the correct attitude and maturity level that matches or exceeds the next group up.
  2. Stroke Mechanics- Swimmers must display proper stroke mechanics for all strokes, including but not limited to: breathing patterns, turns, starts, finishes, breakouts, as well as proper mechanics for the four competitive strokes.
  3. Attendance- While there is no formal attendance requirement for groups other than Senior II, swimmers who attend practice on a regular basis will improve stroke mechanics and endurance needed for the next group.
  4. Practice Pace/Effort- Swimmers should be leaders in his or her lane: knowing intervals, leaving for sets on time, knowing the current set/how many reps have been completed, pace/times effort should be reminiscent of the next higher group.
  5. Meet Results- Swimmers should have personal bests at or near swimmers of the next higher level.