GROUP

INFORMATION

MAKO PUP A & B

Average ages: 5-7

This is our pre-competition group

MAKO 1 A & B

Average ages: 8-9

This is our novice group. Most beginning swimmers that join our team start in the Mako 1 group.  Teaching proper breathing, freestyle and backstroke is the priority in this group.

MAKO 2 A & B

Average ages: 9-11

 

Swimmers in this group are expected to swim the four strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly) and be able to swim longer freestyle sets during practice. Kids are also encouraged to attend as many meets as possible to gain racing experience.

MAKO JUNIOR A & B

Average ages: 11-14

 

This is the largest group on our team. Most of the swimmers in the Mako Junior groups are in middle school. This group has the option to start training every day. Stroke technique is the priority in this group.

SENIOR GROUP

Average ages: 14-18

The majority of swimmers in the Senior group are high-school aged kids. This group practices 5-8 times per week depending on the time of year. The goal of the group is to perform at the highest level at championship meets.

 

 

 

PRACTICE SCHEDULE

 

GROUP

MON

TUE

WED

THU

FRI

MAKO PUP A

3:45-4:15pm

 

3:45-4:15pm

 

 

MAKO PUP B

 

3:45-4:15pm

 

3:45-4:15pm

 

MAKO 1 A

 

3:00-3:45pm

 

3:00-3:45pm

 

MAKO 1 B

 

4:15-5:00pm

 

4:15-5:00pm

 

MAKO 2 A

3:00-3:45pm

 

3:00-3:45pm

 

3:00-3:45pm

MAKO 2 B

4:15-5:00pm

 

4:15-5:00pm

 

4:15-5:00pm

JUNIOR B

5:00-6:00pm

5:00-6:00pm

5:00-6:00pm

5:00-6:00pm

5:00-6:00pm

*Junior A and Senior group schedules fluctuate throughout the season.

 

 

ATTENDANCE GUIDELINES

 

  • Swimmers who are 9 years old and younger can swim up to 3x a week.
  • Swimmers who are 10 years old can swim up to 4x a week.
  • Swimmers who are 11 years old can swim up to 5x a week.
  • Swimmers who are 12 years old can swim up to 6x a week (when eligible for Saturday practices).

 

 

GROUP TRANSITION GUIDELINES

 

Coaches take into consideration several aspects before moving swimmers up. Before moving up swimmers, we look at: age, physical maturity, times, training capacity, social interaction, motivation, attendance, and other relevant factors. Our goal is to make sure swimmers are in the group that will help them perform their best and stay motivated to keep swimming.

It is always an exciting challenge for kids (and parents) to try to move up groups early, but after many years of competitive swimming experience, our coaching staff knows that moving up before the right time will certainly result in a burned-out swimmer.

After considering the factors  mentioned above, we target the following group transitions (in each case, assuming space is available):

 

MAKO PUP  to  MAKO 1

  • When turning 8, swimmers will transition to Mako 1.

 

MAKO 1 to  MAKO 2

  • When turning 10, swimmers will transition to Mako 2.
  • 9-year old swimmers with USA Swimming state 8-year old qualifying times may also transition to Mako 2.

MAKO 2  to  MAKO JUNIOR

  • When turning 12, swimmers will transition to the Mako Junior groups.
  • 11-year old swimmers will be eligible to transition to Mako Junior if they have state qualifying times.

 

MAKO JUNIOR  to  MAKO SENIOR

  • 7th graders with age group sectionals qualifying times have the option to move up when they turn 13 years old.
  • 7th graders with summer state championship qualifying times have the option to move up in the spring/summer if they are 13 years old.
  • 8th graders with a 13 year old qualifying times usually move in the beginning of the season (fall).
  • Most 8th graders without qualifying times move up between spring and the beginning of their freshman high school swimming season.

 

*For swimmers who don’t attend meets, Coaches are able to tell what level they are at according to practices and therefore make the necessary group changes.