POULSBO PIRANHA TRAINING GROUPS

The training groups presented are made to create a quality learning environment and provide a safe, pleasurable and challenging experience for all. Please note that many intangibles are a part of being a team member and moving from one group to another. Getting along with others, listening and communication skills, desire to learn, good sportsmanship, work ethic and positive attitude are just a few expectations for swimmers. Tangible items to be looked at are stroke technique, competitive times, attendance at practice and meets and involvement in team activities. We also take into consideration the different desires for an emphasis on competitive needs and those wanting more of a recreational and social approach.

Moving from one group to another is best done between seasons. These group standards may very well change as our team grows and progresses.

 

Bronze 1 

Age Range: 6-10

Schedule: 3 days per week (45 min. to 1 hour per session)

Minimum Requirements: Be able to swim a minimum of 1 length of the pool safely and reasonably well-doing freestyle with good rhythmic side breathing and backstroke. Strong flutter kick on front and back is also a must. Athletes should be willing to learn stroke technique and can follow coaches' instructions. Must get along with other swimmers and allow others to learn in a safe and respectful way.

Learning breaststroke and butterfly is a main goal to move up to other groups as well as turns and starts from the blocks. Athletes are asked to participate in home meets and strongly encouraged to participate in local meets or a meet in which they have qualified for. All swimmers 8 years and younger should be in this group unless they are advanced (coach and parent decision).

 

Bronze 2

Age Range: 8-12

Schedule: 3-4 days per week (1 hour per session)

Minimum Requirements: This group may be a mix of younger swimmers that are progressing quickly and gaining proficiency in breaststroke and butterfly as well as novice older swimmers. Swimmers in this group should have solid freestyle and backstroke technique and will be working on additional strokes and IM. This group should have good diving technique and working on legal turns for all strokes.

Swimmers, 11 years and older may be in this group for a short time to gain their confidence and get strokes legal but are expected to work to move to the next level as quickly as possible. Athletes in this group should begin learning how to manage the pace clock and how to take heart rates. Those in Bronze 2 should have higher expectations for swim meet attendance.

 

Silver 1

Age Range: 10-14

Schedule: 3-4 days per week (1-1.25 hours per session)

Minimum Requirements: Need a recommendation from current coach. This group is focused on stroke refinement for free and back as well as getting legal breaststroke and butterfly strokes. Obtaining all legal turns and starts from the blocks. Emphasis also begins to include training basics. Introduction to various endurance and sprint style sets as well as mobility and dryland exercises. A strong knowledge of pacing and heart rates become important. Race strategy and preparation are also introduced here and expectations for participation in home and local meets becomes greater. Some may be expected to fill in relay spots at championship meets.

 

Silver 2

Age Range: 11-15

Schedule: 4-5 days per week (1-1.5 hours per session)

Minimum Requirements: Need a recommendation from current coach. Swimmers in this groups should be able to complete 4 x 200 IM with minimal rest and quality stroke technique. Emphasis on training increases while maintaining proper technique. Advanced techniques are introduced and implemented. Swimmers will be expected to attend practice on a regular basis in order to progress to Gold groups. Strength training becomes a part of the program. Swimmers should have or be striving toward PNS Silver times. Attendance at home, local and some travel meets is expected.

 

Pre-Gold

Age Range: 13+

Schedule: 4-5 days per week (1.5+ hours per session)

Minimum Requirements: Need a recommendation from current coach. Must meet all requirements of Silver 2. This group is for USA Swimming “Flex” members that are looking for a 3 month trial with the team OR for high school swimmers wanting a jump on their high school swim season.

 

Gold 1

Age Range: 13+

Schedule: 4-6 days per week (1.5+ hours per session)

Minimum Requirements: Need a recommendation from current coach. Swimmers should meet all requirements for Silver 2. This group may be a mix of those striving to move up to Gold 2 and older swimmers that are more recreation oriented. Those who DO wish to move forward should be attending more swim meets, both local and travel. PNS Silver times should be met and should be working toward PNS Gold times. Higher emphasis on training length and intensity. This group will be introduced to Psychological Skills Training.

 

Gold 2        

Age Range: 13+

Schedule: 5-6 days per week (1.5+ hours per session – mornings and dryland expected)

Minimum Requirements: Need a recommendation from current coach. Ability to train at a high volume and intensity with a variety of endurance and sprint sets. Knowledge of all PPST technique expectations, drills, training demands and energy systems, nutrition, flexibility, strength, etc. This group will be working on more advance technical aspects of stroke technique including underwater filming and race reviews. Further emphasis on Psychological Skills Training and mental preparation for races. PNS Silver times are a minimum while the expectation should be on making Gold times. Attendance at all team meets and highest level championships achieved is expected. Practice attendance is expected to be at least 80%.

Those in this group should be expected to be role models for younger swimmers on the team. Taking part in all team activities, including fundraisers, community service and team building is part of giving back to the team.

 

Senior

Age Range: 15+

Schedule: 5-6 days per week (1.5+ hours per session – mornings and dryland expected)

Minimum Requirements: Need a recommendation from current coach. Must meet all Gold 2 requirements and be willing to train at the highest level in order to achieve Zone, Futures or Senior National time standards. Seniors are expected to attend all practices offered.