Training Group Expectations

To see a specific group's expectations click on the group in the corresponding division. See general descriptions of each division below table.  

DIVISIONS

Group Expectations

Senior (Freshmen & O)  Compete to Excel

Gold

Blue

Orange

Junior (12 - 15) Learn to Train & Train to Compete

Blue

Orange

Yellow

Age Group (8 - 12) Build on FUNdamentals & Learn to Practice

Blue

Orange

Yellow

Mini (10&U) Active Start & FUNdamentals 

Mini Gators

Gator Groups:  Multi-Activity  Gator Orange (11 & U) Gator Blue (12 & O)

Mini Division Purpose: Active Start & FUNdamentals

The Mini division’s focus is to establish a strong foundation of skills and techniques in a fun environment that encourages continued participation in the sport. Athletes and parents are introduced to competitive meets with a family-friendly atmosphere.  Our Mini Gators will be led towards the IM Tough events (IM Tough is a program established by the SC LSC that encourages participation in all strokes).

Age Group Division Purpose:   Build on FUNdamentals & Learn to practice

The Age Group division’s focus is building on the strong foundation of skills and techniques taught in the Mini Division while maintaining a fun environment that encourages long term participation.  As swimmer’s move through the Age Group Division, they will build on the fundamental skills and techniques taught in order to progress to an advanced level of learning that requires implementing specific skills in practice sets. Establishing good habits in a practice-setting translates to better performances at meets, as well as long-term development in the sport of swimming.  Athletes and parents continue to participate in competitive meets with a family-friendly atmosphere. Age Group division athletes will be led toward IMR events (the IMX program established by USA Swimming to promote and reward versatility in age group swimming).  Swimmers may have opportunities to qualify for state or sectional level competitions.

Junior Division Purpose: Learn to Practice & Train to Compete

In the Junior division, SCSC athletes’ focus broadens substantially. Swimmers learn about the effect their decisions and behavior outside of the pool has on their performance in the pool. Athletes continue to build on good practice habits with progressive skills, drills, and a variety of techniques, working to challenge themselves and prepare for the senior level. Junior division swimmers compete at the local, state, regional, and possibly national level. They begin to see a glimpse of their future swimming experiences by competing at the highest level meet for which they qualify.

Senior Division Purpose: Compete to excel

In the Senior division, SCSC athletes continue to learn and be taught progressively, but emphasis is placed on taking ownership of their individual goals and the path to achievement. Senior division swimmers compete at the local, state, regional, and possibly national level. Competing at the highest level meet for which they are qualified is a priority.  Swimmers will be introduced to collegiate opportunities, mentored through goal-setting, and encouraged to be positive role models for the younger age group swimmers.

Gator Groups:  Flexibility to pursue other activities & sports but remain competitive in swimming

The Gator groups are designed to provide a flexible alternative for children who are participating in multiple sports or activities but wish to remain competitive in the sport of swimming.Those who register will have more flexibility and a lower cost option.Swimmers may register for the Flex membership option if they plan to participate in 2 non-championship meets or less.If they plan to participate in more than 2 meets or if they plan to participate in a championship meet then they will need to do a full registration.If your swimmer is 12 years and younger, they have the opportunity to move from their current group into a Gator Group during the season that his or her sport or activity is in play to take advantage of the more flexible schedule and the lower cost option.Once that season ends and he/she can make a higher number of practices, they can resume with their assigned group.