EDGE SWIM CLUB TRAINING LEVELS

The EDGE has four main training groups that practice at separate times throughout the year (our summer program is not a USA Swimming program and is structured differently). The Developmental levels of Prep, Pewter, and Bronze focus on building the love of the sport. The Select levels of Silver and Gold help athletes realize and achieve their swimming goals. This tiered system allows for the best possible coaching and advancement of the swimmers' abilities. 

PLEASE NOTE

All training level placements are at the final discretion of the head coach and coaching staff. As a general rule, if your swimmer finished the season in a level, then you can sign that swimmer up for the same level for the next season. The head coach will e-mail you if your athlete has qualified to advance a level.

For scheduling and fees information, refer to the Programs Offered page.

Scroll down to learn more about each level:

01 Gold

02 Silver

03 Bronze

04 Pewter & Preparation

05 Summer Team Training Levels

06 Advancement Criteria

GOLD TRAINING GROUP OVERVIEW

Team Contact: Nicola Anderson | nicolaa@edgevt.com

The EDGE Swim Club select training levels are USA Swimming Olympic structured development programs. Select level swimmers should be goal-oriented with the desire to achieve New England and USA swimming competitive success. Training at the EDGE Swim Club’s select level involves progressive and rigid aerobic conditioning, dynamic biomechanical instruction, intense and calculated race-pace training, training of all four competitive strokes, yoga sessions, and varied dryland sessions. In addition, select level programs will receive psychological conditioning and training and nutrition counseling. Select level swimmers are involved in our program’s vision of success at the highest level and goals of having team representation and success at USA Swimming’s Olympic Trials. In addition to excellent performance in the pool, select level swimmers are expected to be exemplary role models for our development swimmers with character of the highest integrity. Select level swimmers will participate in many training level and full-team functions and activities.

GOLD TRAINING GROUP REQUIREMENTS

50 FR 100 FR 200 FR 500 FR 100 BK 200 BK 100 BR 200 BR 100 FL 200 FL 200 IM 400 IM
Gold III

28.99

27.99

1:02.99

1:00.99

2:11.99

2:07.99

5:55.99

5:45.99

1:11.99

1:09.99

2:29.99

2:25.99

1:19.99

1:17.99

2:49.99

2:45.99

1:10.99

1:08.99

2:32.99

2:29.99

2:33.99

2:29.99

5:23.99

5:17.99

Gold II

27.99

26.49

59.99

57.49

2:05.99

2:00.99

5:40.99

5:30.99

1:07.99

1:04.99

2:22.99

2:17.99

1:15.99

1:13.99

2:42.99

2:37.99

1:06.99

1:03.99

2:24.99

2:19.99

2:26.99

2:21.99

5:15.99

5:08.99

Gold I

26.99

24.99

56.99

53.99

2:00.99

1:54.99

5:25.99

5:15.99

1:03.99

59.99

2:15.99

2:09.99

1:11.99

1:09.99

2:36.99

2:30.99

1:03.99

59.99

2:18.99

2:12.99

2:20.99

2:14.99

5:07.99

4:59.99

Times are listed as female/male. A swimmer must meet at least three times for a particular group. Times are not the sole determinant of group placement but merit strong consideration. The coaching staff's judgment is final.

GOLD III

The first of our Gold select programs. Swimmers in Gold programs are expected to embody the EDGE values of hard work, discipline, friendliness, respect, sportsmanship, and the focus of process over outcome. Gold swimmers are expected to be peer models for all EDGE swimmers. Gold III is for swimmers ages 13 and older who are interested in training 4 or more times per week. Swimmers will learn and develop advanced racing skills and strategies in all four strokes. Swimmers will improve their discipline, focus, and leadership skills. Gold III swimmers are required to attend all local meets and all championship meets they qualify for.

  • General Requirements:
    • Age 13 or older
    • Embody EDGE values of hard work, discipline, friendliness, respect, sportsmanship, and the focus of process over outcome
  • Equipment Requirements:
    • Can be purchased on our Team Store page (under our Resources > Parent or Swimmer Resources tab)
    • TYR EBP Burner Fins
    • REP Band
    • Snorkel
    • Poly Mesh Trainer Drag Suit (females may wear a larger fitting or used suit over their training suit)
    • Anti-Paddles and IM Paddles
  • Attendance:
    • At least four practices per week or the Individual Practice Plan (IPP) set by the coach
    • At least one Saturday practice per month
    • As many meets as possible
    • All qualified championship meets
  • Performance Ability Requirements:
    • Perform all four competitive strokes with proficient technique
    • See the chart above

GOLD II

The second of our Gold select programs. Swimmers in Gold programs are expected to embody the EDGE values of hard work, discipline, friendliness, respect, sportsmanship, and the focus of process over outcome. Gold swimmers are expected to be peer models for all swimmers. Gold II is for swimmers ages 13 and older who are interested in training at least 5 or more times per week. Swimmers will strengthen all four strokes, with a heightened focus on their specialty events. Gold II swimmers are expected to display great leadership on a daily basis. Gold II swimmers are required to attend all local meets and all championship meets they qualify for.

  • General Requirements:
    • Age 13 or older
    • Embody EDGE values of hard work, discipline, friendliness, respect, sportsmanship, and the focus of process over outcome
    • Display great discipline, focus, and leadership skills
  • Equipment Requirements:
    • Can be purchased on our Team Store page (under our Resources > Parent or Swimmer Resources tab)
    • TYR EBP Burner Fins
    • REP Band
    • Snorkel
    • Poly Mesh Trainer Drag Suit (females may wear a larger fitting or used suit over their training suit)
    • Anti-Paddles and IM Paddles
  • Attendance:
    • At least five practices per week or the Individual Practice Plan (IPP) set by the coach
    • At least two Saturday practices per month
    • At least one out-of-state meet
    • All qualified championship meets
  • Performance Ability Requirements:
    • Perform all four competitive strokes with proficient technique
    • See the chart above​

GOLD I

The highest of our Gold select programs. Swimmers in Gold programs are expected to embody the EDGE values of hard work, discipline, friendliness, respect, sportsmanship, and the focus of process over outcome. Gold swimmers are expected to be peer models for all swimmers. Gold I is for swimmers ages 13 and older who are interested in training more than 5 times per week. Swimming is the highest extracurricular priority for Gold I athletes. Swimmers have the desire to take their swimming to the highest level, including, but not limited to: collegiate, sectional, junior national, and national level swimming. Gold I athletes are leaders of the EDGE program. They will maintain excellent academic and athletic standards and be positive role models for their community. Gold I swimmers are required to attend all meets.

  • General Requirements:
    • Age 13 or older
    • Swimming is the highest extracurricular priority
    • A desire to take swimming to the highest level and achieve success at sectional, junior national, national, and collegiate level
    • Serve as team leaders
    • Embody EDGE values of hard work, discipline, friendliness, respect, sportsmanship, and the focus of process over outcome
    • Display great discipline, focus, and leadership skills
  • Equipment Requirements:
    • Can be purchased on our Team Store page (under our Resources > Parent or Swimmer Resources tab)
    • TYR EBP Burner Fins
    • REP Band
    • Snorkel
    • Poly Mesh Trainer Drag Suit (females may wear a larger fitting or used suit over their training suit)
    • Anti-Paddles and IM Paddles
  • Attendance:
    • Individual Practice Plan (IPP) set by the coach
    • All Saturday practices
    • Enroll in Parisi’s Peak90 Gold I Program
    • All meets
    • All qualified championship meets
  • Performance Ability Requirements:
    • Perform all four competitive strokes with excellent technique
    • See the chart above

SILVER TRAINING GROUP OVERVIEW

Team Contact: Kitty Frazier | kittyf@edgevt.com

The EDGE Swim Club select training levels are USA Swimming Olympic structured development programs. Select level swimmers should be goal-oriented with the desire to achieve New England and USA swimming competitive success. Training at the EDGE Swim Club’s select level involves progressive and rigid aerobic conditioning, dynamic biomechanical instruction, intense and calculated race-pace training, training of all four competitive strokes, yoga sessions, and varied dryland sessions. In addition, select level programs will receive psychological conditioning and training and nutrition counseling. Select level swimmers are involved in our program’s vision of success at the highest level and goals of having team representation and success at USA Swimming’s Olympic Trials. In addition to excellent performance in the pool, select level swimmers are expected to be exemplary role models for our development swimmers with character of the highest integrity. Select level swimmers will participate in many training level and full-team functions and activities.

SILVER TRAINING GROUP REQUIREMENTS

The first of our select programs. For swimmers ages 11 and older who are interested in becoming more committed to the sport of swimming and who desire to train 4 or more times per week. Swimmers will learn and develop advanced racing skills and strategies in all four strokes. Swimmers will improve their discipline, focus, and leadership skills as they progress toward our higher level programs.  Silver swimmers are required to swim at local meets! Silver swimmers are strongly encouraged to swim at travel meets.

50 FR 100 FR 200 FR 500 FR 100 BK 200 BK 100 BR 200 BR 100 FL 200 FL 200 IM 400 IM
Silver

32.99

1:11.99

2:30.99

6:39.99

1:21.99

2:49.99

1:31.99

3:13.99

1:23.99

2:52.99

2:50.99

5:59.99

A swimmer must meet at least three times for a particular group. Times are not the sole determinant of group placement but merit strong consideration. The coaching staff's judgment is final.

  • General Requirements:
    • Age 11 or older
    • Improved recognition of EDGE values such as hard work, discipline, friendliness, respect, sportsmanship, and the focus of process over outcome
  • Equipment Requirements:
    • Can be purchased on our Team Store page (under our Resources > Parent or Swimmer Resources tab)
    • TYR EBP Burner Fins
    • REP Band
    • Snorkel
  • Attendance:
    • Three to five practices per week
    • All in-state meets
    • All qualified championship meets
  • Performance Ability Requirements:
    • Perform all four competitive strokes without disqualification
    • See the chart above

BRONZE TRAINING GROUP OVERVIEW

Team Contact: Rodney Centeno | rodneyc@edgevt.com

The EDGE Swim Club development training levels are ASCA and USA Swimming guided programs that focus on introducing new athletes to the wonderful sport of swimming and exciting our young returning athletes to continue to pursue their goals in the sport. Our development athletes partake in several team and community building fun activities. Our development programs are committed to instructing our athletes in biomechanical proficiency in all four competitive strokes and their turns, starts, and racing skills. Technique is the foundation for performance for all EDGE swimmers and training levels. This foundation starts at the development level programs. Development level swimmers on the EDGE will be gradually introduced to interval training, goal-setting, sportsmanship, and leadership to lay the foundation for future success both in and out of the pool. Our coaching staff provides an engaging and safe environment for our young swimmers to learn, grow, and have fun!

BRONZE TRAINING GROUP REQUIREMENTS

For swimmers ages 9 to 12. Fun and challenging training program for young athletes with swim team experience. The focus is on improving technique, racing skills, endurance, and training capacity. Swimmers will be educated on the many benefits of competitive swimming, sport, and learn to have fun from the success within the sport. Bronze swimmers are required to swim at local meets! They are encouraged to swim at travel meets. Required to swim 3 practices per week.

  • General Requirements:
    • Ages 9-12
    • Improved recognition of EDGE values such as hard work, discipline, friendliness, respect, sportsmanship, and the focus of process over outcome
  • Equipment Requirements:
    • Can be purchased on our Team Store page (under our Resources > Parent or Swimmer Resources tab)
    • TYR EBP Burner Fins
    • REP Band
  • Attendance:
    • Three to five practices per week (Maximum of four for 10 and unders, and a maximum of five for 11-12s)
    • Encouraged to do all in-state meets
    • Encouraged to do all qualified championship meets
  • Performance Ability Requirements:
    • Swim all four competitive strokes for 50 yards without disqualification
    • Racing Start Certified by a USA Swimming member coach
    • Qualify for the New England Swimming Regional championship in at least one event from every stroke
      • (Time is not the sole determinant of group placement but merits strong consideration. Coaching staff's decision is final.)

PEWTER & PREP TRAINING GROUP OVERVIEW

Team Contact: Rodney Centeno | rodneyc@edgevt.com

The EDGE Swim Club development training levels are ASCA and USA Swimming guided programs that focus on introducing new athletes to the wonderful sport of swimming and exciting our young returning athletes to continue to pursue their goals in the sport. Our development athletes partake in several team and community building fun activities. Our development programs are committed to instructing our athletes in biomechanical proficiency in all four competitive strokes and their turns, starts, and racing skills. Technique is the foundation for performance for all EDGE swimmers and training levels. This foundation starts at the development level programs. Development level swimmers on the EDGE will be gradually introduced to interval training, goal-setting, sportsmanship, and leadership to lay the foundation for future success both in and out of the pool. Our coaching staff provides an engaging and safe environment for our young swimmers to learn, grow, and have fun!

PEWTER & PREP TRAINING GROUP REQUIREMENTS

PEWTER

Fun beginner-level program for swimmers ages 10&younger who have swim team experience and/or have passed the prep level. Swimmers will improve basics of all four strokes, develop skills in all four strokes, and improve racing starts and turns. Pewter level swimmers are encouraged to swim at meets! In addition to swimming instruction, swimmers will learn the importance of sportsmanship and respect for their teammates, EDGE staff, and equipment. Swimmers will also be constantly reminded of proper lane etiquette and spacing. Swimmers are required to attend 2 practices per week.

  • General Requirements:
    • Age 10 or younger
  • Attendance:
    • Two practices per week (maximum of four)
    • Encouraged to participate at in-state meets
    • Encouraged to participate at all qualified championship meets
  • Equipment Requirements:
    • Can be purchased on our Team Store page (under our Resources > Parent or Swimmer Resources tab)
    • TYR EBP Burner Fins
  • Performance Ability Requirements:
    • Racing Start Certified from the side of the pool by a USA Swimming member coach
    • Perform 50 yards of each competitive stroke's kick without disqualification
    • Qualify for the New England Swimming Regional Championship in one event in three of the four strokes
      • (Time is not the sole determinant of group placement but merits strong consideration. Coaching staff's decision is final.)

PREP

For ages 10 & younger. Learn the skills to be on the EDGE Swim Club's USA programs! This is a fun introductory level that focuses on backstroke and freestyle technique improvement. Swimmers are also introduced to butterfly and breaststroke and improve drills and kick biomechanics. Preparation swimmers will be fully incorporated into the EDGE community and partake in team building games and activities. Preparation level swimmers, at the coaching staff's discretion, may be able to compete at local meets. At the coaching staff's discretion, preparation level swimmers ages 9-10 may practice with the Pewter level up to 2 times per week.

  • General Requirements:
    • Age 10 or younger
  • Equipment Requirements:
    • Can be purchased on our Team Store page (under our Resources > Parent or Swimmer Resources tab)
    • TYR EBP Burner Fins
  • Attendance:
    • Two practices per week (maximum of four)
    • Encouraged to participate at in-state meets
    • Encouraged to participate at all qualified championship meets
  • Performance Ability Requirements:
    • Swim 50 yards of backstroke and freestyle in under 90 seconds
    • Swim freestyle with a proficient side breath
    • Swim both freestyle and backstroke with both arms fully breaking the surface with each recovery

SUMMER SWIM TEAM TRAINING LEVELS

GREAT WHITE SHARKS

Our Great Whites are swimmers ages 14 to 18. Exceptions made only at the approval of the summer team head coach. Great Whites should have competitive swim team experience, and be able to perform all four of the competitive strokes for 50 yards each.


BLUE SHARKS

Our Blue Sharks are swimmers ages 11 to 13. Swimmers who are 13-years-old at the start of the program, but age up (turn 14) by or before the first weekend in August, will enroll with the Great White Sharks unless the summer team head coach states otherwise. Blue Sharks should have competitive swim team experience, and be able to perform all four of the competitive strokes for 50 yards each. 


BLACK-TIP SHARKS

Our Black-Tip Sharks are swimmers ages 7 to 10. Swimmers who are 10-years old at the start of the program, but age up (turn 11) by or before the first weekend in August, will enroll with the Blue Sharks unless the summer team head coach states otherwise. Black-Tip Sharks should have competitive swim team experience, swim lesson experience, or have gone through the summer swim team assessment to gain coaching staff approval. Swimmers should be able to perform 50 yards of backstroke and freestyle, and 25 yards of either breaststroke or butterfly.


SHARK PUPS

Our Shark Pups are swimmers ages 5 to 7 and are experiencing competitive swimming for the first time, or have very little swim team experience. It is preferred that these swimmers have participated and completed swim lessons. They should also have gone through our summer swim team assessment.

ADVANCING TO THE NEXT TRAINING GROUP

Training level movement is made after collective input from the staff and is based on an evaluation of the previous and current season.

The decision will always be based on what is fair and best for the swimmer and fair in relation to the group.

A swimmer who meets all the criteria below would most likely move up.

A swimmer who meets four or five of the criteria may be moved up if they are exceptional in those areas.

It is imperative that parents and swimmers allow the coaches to make training level placement decisions based on the coaches’ experience and their familiarity with the swimmers.

The head coach makes the final decision.


Time, Ability, & Potential

Current times must be at or near the standard of the training level. For our select levels (silver & gold), current times must meet the defined time standards. Performance is one of several considerations.

If the times are less than the standards, the swimmer should have the ability and potential to improve quickly


Training Ability

Ability to swim through the workout well including the more challenging sets and intervals, as well as aggressive kicking sets and underwater training.

The ability to train with focus and discipline, including any PARISI/dryland participation.


Technique

A Stroke technique should be relatively efficient to allow for training at higher levels.

Stroke concerns which could lead to shoulder soreness or injury are always a consideration.


Maturity

Maturity as a person and athlete includes responsibility, discipline, accountability, and integrity. A swimmer
moving up should be a positive influence on the group.


Attendance

Attendance should be at least at the standard for the training level or higher and should additionally include
consistent morning workouts (if relevant) and PARISI attendance.


Team & Meet Commitment

Fully committed to the meet process and follow team guidelines, including on-time arrival, attire, warmup, warm-down, race maturity, etc. (Note: for our youngest and development level swimmers, team and meet commitment is not a consideration for our preparation and pewter levels.)


Additional Notes on Training Level Placement

Swimmers in a level who feel they should be in the higher level, should be outstanding and demonstrate clearly that they excel with the criteria above.

The best course of action, if there is a question, is to ask the coaching staff where improvement or growth is needed. The head coach will often be involved with this conversation.

There may be capacity issues within each level, which may not allow all swimmers who are in consideration to move up.

Reasons that are NOT valid to want to move to a higher level: friends, social, convenience, status, etc.

Reasons for starting in a lower group would be acclimation to higher attendance requirements, morning workout obligations, and the opportunity to improve training habits or technique

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