GROUP DESCRIPTIONS

 

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NOVICE

Focus

  • Develop basic competitive swimming technique in all 4 competitive strokes (Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Butterfly)
  • Develop strong body line and locomotion
  • Introduce athletes to practice and racing rules
  • Striving to swim B and BB USA Swimming Motivational Times at practice
  • Striving to swim AAAA times at meets by the top of their USA Swimming Motivational Times age bracket
  • Attending all competition for which they qualify

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

Focus

  • Increased training and opportunities for swimmers to prepare them for more advanced racing and to enter more highly competitive training levels
  • Refining stroke technique in all 4 competitive strokes, turns, and starts
  • Pace work and conditioning prepares swimmers for either the Senior Prep or Senior level of the team.
  • Striving to swim B and BB USA Swimming Motivational Times at practice
  • Striving to swim AAAA times at meets by the top of their USA Swimming Motivational Times age bracket
  • Attending all competition for which they qualify

 

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

Focus

  • Swimmers are required to attend 80% of practice
  • Highly competitive, race pace-based training environment
  • Continued refinement of all four competitve strokes, starts, and turns
  • Striving to swim B and BB USA Swimming Motivational Times at practice
  • Striving to swim AAAA times at meets by the top of their USA Swimming Motivational Times age bracket
  • Attending all competition for which they qualify
  • Swimmers may advance to either the Senior group or National depending on their performance and personal commitment levels/goals for their swimming

 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
  • Swimmer competes in all events offered in his/her age group and knows best times

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 80% 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

Focus

  • Must be a minimum age of 12 years during Fall or Spring Season. Age is not a guarantee of advancement to this level
  • Freshman and Sophomore Swimmers: 80% attendance requirement
  • Junior and Senior Swimmers: 85% attendance requirement
  • Advanced refinement of all four competitive strokes, starts, and turns
  • Striving to swim B and BB USA Swimming Motivational Times at practice
  • Striving to swim AAAA times at meets by the top of their USA Swimming Motivational Times age bracket
  • Swimmers compete in all events offered in his/her age group and knows best times

 

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. Swimmers compete in all events offered in his/her age group and knows best times.