Training Groups

 

Red Group: Red group is the entry-level group in the Bluefin age group progression. This group is an introduction to competitive swimming, where we emphasize technique in all four strokes while fostering a love for swimming. Swimmers in this group also learn body balance and gain a better understanding of feel in the water. This group teaches the value of hard work, dedication and fun.

Required Equipment: goggles, cap, water bottle, fins, kickboard, mesh bag


White Group: White group is the intermediate group in the Bluefin age group progression. Swimmers in this group have an understanding of the technical fundamentals in each stroke, starts, and turns. Swimmers also enter this group with some experience racing at local meets and are encouraged to join USA Swimming. Swimmers in this group will learn and master an understanding of basic “sets” and intervals. Swimmers in this group will continue to progress with their technical skills and also begin to develop endurance - all while having fun.

Required Equipment: goggles, cap, water bottle, fins, pull buoy, kickboard, snorkel, mesh bag


Blue Group: Blue Group is the top developmental group in the Bluefin age group progression. Swimmers in this group have already had experience competing for and training in the USA and YMCA swimming environment. Emphasis is placed on advanced stroke technique and the progression towards competitive training. This group comes to practice ready to work hard and stay focused. Emphasis is also placed on a strong commitment to attendance. Swimmers in this group will work together as a group to become better BYB teammates.

Required Equipment: goggles, cap, water bottle, fins, pull buoy, kickboard, hand paddles, snorkel, mesh bag


Senior Group: The Senior 1 & 2 groups are for swimmers that are on the path towards our National group and higher level swimming. Athletes in this group should make an effort to attend all practices, with limited absences. We continue to work on stroke development and race strategy technique. Emphasis is placed on building endurance and pursuing excellence. Swimmers in this group are goal-oriented and aspire to continue their swimming career after high school. In addition to in-water training, swimmers in this group are encouraged to attend dryland practices when offered. These dryland workouts are hosted by one of the coaches that specifically targets the strength training and core stability. 

Athletes in this group should aspire to qualify and perform meets such as  YMCA New Englands, Age Groups, and Seniors.

Required Equipment: goggles, cap, water bottle, fins, pull buoy, kickboard, hand paddles, snorkel, pulling strap, tempo trainer, mesh bag


National Group: The National Group is the top level group on the Bluefin swim team. National group is for swimmers that are devoted to a high-level of commitment and are in the pursuit of excellence in competitive swimming. It is expected that swimmers in this group attend every practice with limited absences. Swimmers in this group are goal-oriented and aspire to continue their swimming career after high school. In addition to in-water training, swimmers in this group are required to attend dryland practices when offered. These dryland workouts are hosted by one of the coaches that specifically targets strength training and core stability. Athletes will also make an effort to participate in dryland on their own throughout the week.

Athletes in the National group should aspire to qualify and perform at high level competition such as Age Groups, Seniors, Sectionals, YMCA Nationals, Junior Nationals, and beyond.

Required Equipment: goggles, cap, water bottle, fins, pull buoy, kickboard, hand paddles, snorkel, pulling strap, tempo trainer, mesh bag