GROUP DESCRIPTIONS

 

**********SCARLET AQUATIC CLUB IS A TYR SPONSORED TEAM! ALL SUITS WORN FOR COMPETITION MUST BE TYR BRANDED, AND ALL SWIM CAPS WORN FOR COMPETITION MUST BE SCARLET AQUATICS CAPS!**********

 

****All new members require a tryout prior to registration****

 

NOVICE

This is the first level of the swim team for elementary aged swimmers. Duration of the practice is 1 hour and practices are offered 3-4 days per week. Focus is on developing basic competitive swimming technique in all 4 competitive strokes, developing strong body line and locomotion, and introducing athletes to practice and racing rules. No formal dryland is offered at this level. There is no specific attendance requirement for this level, but attending as often as possible is encouraged for better skill development.

 

Equipment required:

  • TYR MESH BAG 
  • TYR PULL BUOY
  • TYR FEX FINS 2.0
  • SMALL KICK BOARD
  • EXTRA CAP, GOGGLES, AND SUIT AS NEEDED

 

Tryout Evaluation Criteria for Beginning at Scarlet

  • Swim 6x25 yards freestyle comfortably and consecutively on 10 seconds rest, keeping face in water, side breathing, and without stopping
  • Swim 6x25 yards backstroke comfortably and consecutively on 10 seconds rest and without stopping
  • Perform 25's streamline kick on back and belly holding streamline body position throughout and without stopping
  • Kick 50 yards flutter kick with a kickboard in 1:40 or faster
  • Deep water safe
  • Excellent focus and listening skills while in a group, positive willingness to try all skills.
  • Those who have prior experience on swim teams will be assigned a training group that is appropriate to their ability level.

 

Criteria To Be Eligible For Consideration to Move From Novice to Junior

Habits we reinforce throughout all levels of the team

  • Ready with all gear at practice
  • Puts equipment away at end of practice
  • Behaves properly in locker room and other unsupervised areas
  • Immediate compliance to coach commands
  • Understands pace clock and makes all assigned send off intervals
  • Listens and follows instructions without chronic need to re-explain instructions
  • Cheers and encourages teammates and knows the names of teammates in group
  • Competes in local and developmental competitions and talks to coach before and after races

 

Test Sets are designed to assess improvement and to consider when a swimmer should be considered for the next level group. The coaching staff keeps records of what each swimmer's strengths and weaknesses are. We will assess abilities in kicking, swimming each of the four competitive strokes, starts and turns, and a swimmer’s ability to train in various ways on an interval.

 

JUNIOR

This group increases training and opportunities for elementary age swimmers to prepare them for more advanced racing and to enter more highly competitive training levels. The practice duration will be from 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes offered 3-4 times per week and will include both a stroke technique component and a conditioning component to each practice. The stroke technique will focus on each of the competitive strokes, turns, and starts. The conditioning will be the pace work and conditioning work that prepares them for either the Senior Prep or Senior I level of the team.

 

Equipment required:

  • TYR MESH BAG 
  • TYR SNORKEL
  • TYR PULL BUOY
  • TYR FLEX FINS 2.0
  • SMALL KICK BOARD
  • EXTRA CAP, GOGGLES, AND SUIT AS NEEDED

Criteria To Be Eligible For Consideration to Move From Junior to Senior Prep

Good training habits should be the expectation of a swimmer currently at the Junior group level. As swimmers learn leadership skills, they advance from learning to doing properly to becoming a good example of how to do these habits correctly. A higher commitment level is also demanded in advancement to the Senior Prep, as progress occurs with consistency in training. We like to see a commitment of 3-4 practices each week at this level.

Additional Habits:

  • Exhibits respectful, selfless, and sportsmanlike behavior everywhere
  • Swim sets with minimal supervision, holding proper interval, and knows set count
  • Understands and makes all assigned send-off intervals and can use clock to calculate repeats
  • Knows times and stroke counts on sets requiring time or count
  • Motivates, challenges, cheers, and knows names of all teammates
  • Attends the recommended swim meets for their level and is on time to warmups, talks to coach before and after races
  • Swimmer competes in all events offered in his/her age group and knows best times

Cognitive:

  • Begins learning about nutritional requirements of training and competition
  • Begins understanding race strategy for different events
  • Has a beginning understanding of  goal setting

Test sets continue to assess improvement and the likeliness a swimmer will be successful in the lane pace demands of the next level group while swimming with proper technique. There is also a performance standard that can be achieved in practices or meets for selected events that also indicate readiness to advance to the next level.

Although a swimmer may still have a "weak stroke" that swimmer is able to keep up with a higher demand of training.

 

 

SENIOR PREP

Senior Prep is a highly competitive training level for elementary school aged (12 or under) swimmers who have met the criteria to move up from the developmental section of the team into the race pace based competitive training environment. Dryland training is introduced in basic stages to begin cross strengthening. Practices will be 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours 4-5 times throughout the week. We recommend attending at least 3 practices a week at this level. Swimmers graduating from the Senior Prep group may advance to either the Senior I group or Senior II depending on their performance and personal commitment levels/goals for their swimming.

 

Equipment required:

  • TYR MESH BAG 
  • TYR SNORKEL
  • TYR PULL BUOY
  • TYR CATALYST PADDLE
  • TYR FLEX FINS 2.0
  • SMALL KICK BOARD
  • EXTRA CAP, GOGGLES, AND SUIT AS NEEDED

 Criteria To Be Eligible For Consideration to Move to Senior

Additional Habits, not just able to lead by example but also has earned the role of leadership by voice.

  • Understands the relationship of heart rate, pace, and effort; requires no supervision in training
  • Has mastered pace clock use to include knowing times, repeat numbers, and patterns
  • Listens and helps teammates follow instructions when instructions were not understood
  • Knows times and stroke counts on sets requiring time or count
  • Through actions earns the right to lead by voice and helps mentor less experienced teammates
  • Demonstrates ability to balance school, social life, swimming, and family
  • Actively influences teammates/peers in a positive manner

Cognitive:

  • Has general knowledge of energy systems and how they are used in training
  • Understands nutritional requirements of training and competition
  • Understands the importance of stroke counts for effective swimming through race and practice
  • Understands that training seasons are designed for peak performance at the highest level of competition at the end of the season, and that improvement will not happen at every competition as a result.
  • Understands and utilizes effective goal setting principles

Test Sets, performance standards and commitment are high in this level. Many in this group are state championship level swimmers. Practice attendance is at least 4-5 per week most weeks or at least 75% of all offered practices throughout a season. Swimmers must be able to keep pace with a high performance group and this requires a high commitment to training.

 
 

SENIOR I

Must be a minimum age of 12 years during Fall or Spring Season. Age is not a guarantee of advancement to this level. Training requires a commitment of at least 75% of the offered workouts. Practice can range from 2 hours to 3 hours in the water and will include a Dryland program designed at building athletic performance through body weight focused training. 

 

Equipment required

  • TYR MESH BAG 
  • TYR SNORKEL
  • TYR PULL BUOY
  • TYR CATALYST PADDLE
  • TYR FLEX FINS 2.0
  • SMALL KICK BOARD
  • TENNIS BALL
  • EXTRA CAP, GOGGLES, AND SUIT AS NEEDED 

 

SENIOR II

Must qualify for a USA Swimming meet equivalent of the Eastern Zone level at the 13-14 or Senior age groups. Coach places a strong recommendation of committing to at least 85% of the offered workouts, including morning workouts. This group will swim a rigorous schedule dedicated to top level performance for both in the water and Dryland sessions. 

 

Equipment required:

  • TYR MESH BAG 
  • TYR SNORKEL
  • TYR PULL BUOY
  • TYR CATALYST PADDLE
  • TYR FLEX FINS 2.0
  • SMALL KICK BOARD
  • TENNIS BALL
  • EXTRA CAP, GOGGLES, AND SUIT AS NEEDED 

Optional equipment (see coach for branding suggestions):

  • HEART RATE MONITOR
  • WATCH FOR TIMES
  • TEMPO TRAINER

 

NATIONAL (added to schedule when enough swimmers qualify)

Must qualify for a USA Swimming meet beyond the Eastern Zone level at the 13-14 or Senior age groups, with a REQUIRED COMMITMENT to attending at least 90% of the offered workouts, including morning workouts. This is a by invitation only group that will swim a rigorous schedule dedicated to top level performance for both in the water and Dryland sessions. 

Equipment required:

  • TYR MESH BAG 
  • TYR SNORKEL
  • TYR PULL BUOY
  • TYR CATALYST PADDLE
  • TYR FLEX FINS 2.0
  • SMALL KICK BOARD
  • TENNIS BALL
  • EXTRA CAP, GOGGLES, AND SUIT AS NEEDED 

Optional equipment (see coach for branding requirements):

  • HEART RATE MONITOR
  • WATCH FOR TIMES
  • TEMPO TRAINER