New England Swimming
Level 3

 

Training Group Descriptions/Move Up Requirements

Please Note: All new swimmers must be evaluated prior to participation.

  • To join our Pre team swimmers are required to swim a length of freestyle and backstroke
  • Head Coach, *Head Age Group Coach or Lead site coach reserves the right to move a swimmer up or down according to what they believe is best for them.

 

Developmental Program

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Pre Team - Little Sharks :

Ages:                      5– 8 years old

Daily training:         45 minutes, x 2/week

Daily yards:            200 – 500 yards

Goals: Little Sharks is designed for swimmers aged 8 & under who are interested in gaining the skills needed for competitive swimming. Little Sharks focuses on stroke development, technique, starts, and turns. This class is for those who want to learn how to be in a team environment.

Equipment: pair of goggles, and a water bottle for practice.

To move up to the Bronze

  • Swim 25 Freestyle & 25 Backstroke; no stopping
  • 25 Butterfly & 25 Breaststroke; no stopping

Pre Team - Shark Fin

Ages:                      9– 11 years old

Daily training:         45 minutes, x 2/week

Daily yards:            200 – 500 yards

Goals: Shark Fin is designed for swimmers aged 9 & over  who are interested in learning more advanced stroke technique. The Shark Fin Group focuses on learning and developing the four competitive strokes - freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.

Equipment: pair of goggles, and a water bottle for practice.

To move up to the Bronze

  • Swim 25 Freestyle & 25 Backstroke; no stopping
  • 25 Butterfly & 25 Breaststroke ; no stopping

 

Bronze

Ages:                     6– 10 years old

Daily training:         60 minutes, x 3/week

Daily yards:            500 – 1000 yards

Entrance into Bronze group: Demonstrate ability to swim across length of pool unassisted without stopping and be in Kindergarten through third grade (6-9 years old). In addition, be able to legally swim 25 yards of each of 3 of 4 competitive strokes; Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Freestyle.

Goals: Learn all four strokes, learn a flip turn and start for all 4 strokes, develop a streamline, Build a strong kicking, develop body awareness within the water, and a good workout etiquette. Foster a fun positive experience in the  sport of swimming.

Equipment: YNS swim cap, pair of goggles, and a water bottle for practice.

Move up requirements from Bronze into Silver:

  • One (1) sanctioned home meet
  • Attend 2 practice every week
  • Swim all the 50’s (Free, Back, Breast, Fly, legally without stopping)
  • 100 Free & 100 Back; no stopping
  • 100 IM; no stopping
  • Legal breaststroke kick
  • Swim a 200 Free Short Course Yard under 4 Minutes
  • Have an official time in all 4 of the 50’s; 50 FR,50BK, BR, 50 FLY, and the 100 Free, 100 Back.

Age Group Program

 

Silver

Ages:                     8 - 12 years old

Daily training:         60 minutes, x 4/week

Daily yards:            1500 -2500 yards

Goals: Swim legally in all strokes be able to swim a 50 of each stroke, 100 Free and Back, Be able to swim a 100 Breaststroke or Butterfly. Swim the 200 Free, 500 Free and 200 IM. Swimmer will Foster the ability to kick, learn workout etiquette, build upon body awareness within the water, core body development, foster an interest in sport of swimming.

Entrance into Silver group: If joining the Team, be 9yrs old or in 4th grade and be able to swim a 50 of all 4 strokes legally and swim a 200 (8laps) without stopping.  If the athlete is moving into Silver from the Bronze group they must have completed the Bronze to-Silver move up requirements. 

          Note: Once an athlete is 13yrs old or in 5th grade and is still within the Silver group, that athlete will be moved into Gold group.

Equipment: YNS swim cap, pair of goggles, junior size kickboard, junior size pull buoy, fins and a water bottle for practice.

Move up requirement from Silver to Gold:

  • Must be 10yrs old
  • Attend an Avg. of 3 practices a week
  • 4 dolphin kicks off of every wall on Butterfly, Backstroke and Freestyle
  • 5 x 100’s Kick on 2:30  - Hold under 2:15
  • Swim a 500 in practice breathing every 3rd
  • Meet 3 out 4 of swim requirements below
    • 4 x 100’s Free on 2:00 – under 1:45
    • 4 x 100’s Back on 2:15 – under 2:00
    • 4 x 100’s Fly on 2:15 – under 2:00
    • 4 x 100’s Breast on 2:15 – under 2:00
  • Ability to read the pace clock
  • Time Standard achievements
    • 11yrs old - Have 3 Silver Championship time
    • 10yrs old – Have 10/Under Age Group championship time
  • Competed in a sanctioned meet and have a legal time in all the 50’s, all the 100s, 200 Free, 200 IM.

 

Gold

Ages:                    10 – 14 years old

Daily training:         75 minutes, x 5/week

Daily yards:            2000 - 3500 yards

Goals: Competing regularly in swim meets including Silvers, Age Groups and Zones.  Proper stroke technique is still an emphasis. Longer event such as 200’s of each stroke, 400 IM’s, 1000 & 1500 are introduced. Swimmers will learn proper pacing for longer events. In addition, coaches reinforce proper practice habits adding in Training Times and use of additional swim equipment. Practices will be geared to foster interest in sport of swimming

Entrance into Gold group: If joining the Team, be 10yrs old and be able to meet the requirements as listed under move ups from Silver to Gold except the event requirements.

Note: Once an athlete is 15 or Freshmen in High school and still within the Gold Group, that athlete will be moved into the Senior Group

Equipment: YNS swim cap, pair of goggles, Junior Size kickboard, fins, junior size pull buoy, Snorkel and Small size paddles, a water bottle for practice.

Move up requirement from Gold to Pre Senior

  • Must be 11yrs old
  • Attend an Avg. of 4 practices a week
  • 4 to 6 dolphin kicks off of every wall on Butterfly, Backstroke and Freestyle
  • Have an official time 4 out of the 5, 200’s; FR, FL, BK, BR, IM
  • Have official time in every additional event excluding: 400 IM & 1500/1650 Free
  • Be able to complete 3 of Following
  • 5 x 100’s Free on 1:30 – under 1:20
  • 5 x 100’s Back 1:45 – under 1:30
  • 5 x 100’s Fly 1:45 – under 1:30
  • 5 x 100’s Breast 1:50 – under 1:35
  • Swimmer must have legal time in 1 of the following 200’s; Fly, Back, or Breast)
  • Time Standard achievements
    • 11/12yrd old -  Have 3 – 11/12 Age Group Championship Times
    • 13/14yrd old -  Have 1 – 13/14 Age Group Championship Times or 6 Silver Times
    • If you don’t meet the achievements but have 2 of the following you will be accepted into the group
      • 200 Free
        • Boys 2:30 or better
        • Girls 2:30 or better
      • 500 Free
        • Boys 6:15 or better
        • Girls 6:15 or better

 

Pre Senior

Pre Senior is for highly committed and motivated swimmers and emphasizes serious training in preparation for higher levels of swimming.   

Ages:                     11 – 14 years old (6th, 7th, 8th Grade)

Daily training:         90 minutes to 120 minutes, x 6/week

Daily yards:            5000 - 6500 yards

Goals: This group uses the training techniques they learned in Gold and incorporates them into practice at a high level of consistency.  Competing regularly in swim meets including (but not limited to) Age Group Championships, Elite Showcase classic, Zones, YNats. This Group requires that you attend a minimum of 5 practices a week. Swimmers who can’t average 5 practices a week over a 4-week period will not be allowed to practice with this group. Swimmers will swim the 400 IM, and 1500/1650. Practices will be geared toward foster interest in sport of swimming

Entrance into Pre Senior group: If joining the Team, be 11yrs old and be able to meet the requirements as listed above under move up except the event requirements. In addition, swimmers must be committed to attending a minimum of 5 practices a week.

Note: Once an athlete is 15 or Freshmen in High school and still within the Pre Senior Group, that athlete will be moved into the Senior Group

Equipment: YNS swim cap, pair of fins, kick board, pull buoy, paddles, snorkel, parachute and a water bottle all contained within a mesh bag.

Expectations of Pre Senior:

  • Attend 80% of practices offered.
  • This include dryland
  • Attend all meets at discretion of Head Coach
  • Maintain high level effort during training
  • Attend Saturday Practice
  • On time for practice and in the water on time
  • Swim both short course and long course season

Note: If Expectations are not met, a swimmer will have one on one with coach and to discuss appropriate group for swimmer.  Head coach reserves the right to move a swimmer up or down according to what they believe is best for them.

Move up requirement from Pre Senior to Senior Elite:

  • Must be a freshman in High school.
  • Time Standard requirements ( must have 1 of the following)
    •  3 - 15/Over Age Group Times in 3 different events
    • 3 Senior Championship times standards in 3 different
    • 1 current Sectional or higher standard meet qualifying time
    • If 14yrs old and a Freshmen in High School, have 4 - 13/14 Age Group Cuts
  • Four to six dolphin kicks off of every wall on Butterfly, Backstroke and Freestyle
  • 6 x 100 kick w/board on 1:45
  • 10 x 100 Free on 1:15
  • Competed in a sanctioned meet with an official time in every event offered, including the following events: 200 Fly, 400 IM, 1500/1650 Free

 

 

Senior Program

Senior:

Ages:                          14 – 18 years old (Must be in High School)

Daily training:             90 minutes to 120 minutes’ x 5/week

Daily yards:                3000 - 5000 yards

Goals: Streamlining, foster ability to kick, introduce dryland workouts, fun and foster interest in sport of swimming.

Entrance into Senior group: If joining the Team, be in 9th grade (14 years old) and be able to swim across the pool and back unassisted (100 yards) in backstroke & freestyle and a 50 breaststroke & butterfly.

Equipment: YNS swim cap, pair of fins, kick board, pull buoy, paddles, and a water bottle all contained within a mesh bag.

Move up requirement from Senior to Senior Elite:

  • Four to six dolphin kicks off of every wall on Butterfly, Backstroke and Freestyle
  • 6 x 100 kick w/board on 1:45
  • 10 x 100 Free on 1:15
  • Time Standard requirements (must have 1 of the following)
    • 3 - 15/Over Age Group Times in 3 different events
    • 3 Senior Championship times standards in 3 different
    • 1 current Sectional or higher standard meet qualifying time
    • If 14yrs old and a Freshmen in High School, have 4 - 13/14 Age Group Cuts
  • Competed in a sanctioned meet with an official time in every event offered, including the following events: 200 Fly, 400 IM, 1500/1650 Free
  • Please note: You may be placed in Senior elite if you have 2 of the Following
    • 200 Free (Yards)
      • Boys 2:08.99 or better
      • Girls 2:12.99 or better
    • 200 IM (Yards)
      • Girls 2:24.99 or better
      • Boys 2:17.99 or better
    • 500 Free (Yards)
      • Girls 5:55.99 or better
      • Boys 5:40.99 or better

 

Senior Elite:

Ages:                     14 – 18 years old (Must be in High School)

Daily training:         90-120 minutes, x 8/week

Daily yards:            3000 - 12000 yards

Goals: Compete at the highest competitive level. Swim in college.

Entrance into Senior Elite group: Must achieve 3 Senior Championship time’s standards in 3 different events or achieve 1 current Sectional or higher standard.

Please Note: Unless your child has an extenuating circumstance, such as a family emergency or significant illness, they are required to be at 20 practices a month if they are committing to swim at the Senior Elite Group.  The core values of the group are commitment, effort and goal setting.  Swimming is a solitary form of competition.  That is why the Team is so important.  Team members train, race and support one another.  Having a group of like-minded athletes who are there consistently at practice all with goals in mind promotes respect for one another and a sense of family which will help make the group stronger when they race.

Equipment: YNS swim cap, regular swim suit for practice, technical racing suit for swim meets, goggles, large paddles, pull buoy, fins snorkel, kick board, ankle bungee, temp trainer and a water bottle, all contained within a mesh bag for practice.

Expectations of Senior Elite:

  • Attend 90% of practices offered.
  • This include dryland
  • Attend all meets at discretion of Head Coach
  • Maintain high level effort during training
  • Attend Saturday Practice
  • On time for practice and in the water on time
  • Swim both short course and long course season

Note: If Expectations are not met, a swimmer will have one on one with coach and to discuss appropriate group for swimmer.  Head coach reserves the right to move a swimmer up or down according to what they believe is best for them.