Santa Clara Swim Club

SCSC Yellow 2 Developmental Competitive Group


Mark Taliaferro
Head Coach

Y1, Y2A, Y2D

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Mackenzie Look
Assistant Coach

Y2A Lead

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Alana Ezzre

Assistant Coach

Y2D Lead

Practice schedule

Mon-Fri  MG
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Sat  ISC
9:45 - 11:15 AM


About the group

The Yellow 2 Developmental (Y2D) group is the first level of the competitive 10 and under Yellow Bell groups. The group is designed to introduce concepts, drill and “the basics” in order to build a strong foundation for stroke technique. 

This is a competitive group that teaches intervals, improvement of all four competitive strokes, starts, turns, finishes, and racing strategies.  It is a great place for newer competitive swimmers coming from summer league or the SCSC Developmental program. We emphasize stroke technique, teamwork, basic training etiquette and behavior. Typical age range in Y2D is 6-9 years old.



Mesh Bags and Fins should be purchased by the swimmer and brought to each practice session. Kickboards will be provided by SCSC.

Skills & expectations

Time Standards 
3 National B time standards for 9 year olds in two different strokes. 2 National B times for swimmers 8 and younger; Ability to swim all four strokes legally as evaluated by Yellow bell group coaches. There will be NO 10 year olds in Yellow Bell Developmental groups.
Workout Intervals
Swimmers must be able to complete 6 x 100 IM on 2:30
Swimmers must be able to complete 10 x 50 Kick on 1:15
Swimmers must be able to complete 8 x 100 Free on 2:10
Required Skills
Swimmers must be able to leave the wall and hold a streamline position with 3 underwater dolphin kicks consistently. Swimmers must be able to read the clock. Swimmers must be able to legally perform all 7 swimming turns at all times Swimmers must attend at least one sanctioned meet per month for the 3 months prior to consideration of group advancement.
Attendance and Participation
Although there is not an attendance requirement for the YB2 Group, swimmers are expected to attend no less than 3 practices per week (many attend 4 or 5). Attendance will be taken on a daily basis. Swimmers must participate in meets listed on the group’s schedule. Any swimmers who cannot attend a listed meet should communicate with the coach. Swimmers should get coach’s approval prior to entering any meets not listed on the meet schedule.



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