TEAM GREENVILLE PROGRAM STRUCTURE GCAC LOCATION

2022-2023

 

Team Greenville employs a group progression in accordance with standards established by USA Swimming.  Swimmers are placed according to their developmental level and experience in the sport. 

 

Within an athlete’s development, particular “windows of opportunity” exist for maximum return on a training activity.  These important periods occur as a result of biological and neuromuscular changes occurring in the child, allowing an enhanced response to the training stimulus.  The degree of response to any training stimulus is also affected by other factors such as psychological readiness and previously established skill acquisition.

 

Development is individual and varies with each athlete’s capabilities and maturation.  Our training progression emphasizes the five S’s of training and performance:

  • Skill
  • Speed
  • Suppleness (Flexibility)
  • Stamina (Endurance)
  • Strength

Team Greenville’s progression places appropriate emphasis on fun, fitness, and fundamentals at each level.

 

All new swimmers attend an assessment session before they are officially placed in a group that best meets the individual swimmer’s needs. Assessment sessions after the initial July-August assessment weeks are available upon request.  Please email is at [email protected] to make an appointment.

 

The coaching staff is responsible for the placement of each swimmer in an appropriate group based on ability, experience, maturity, age, training level, attendance, and motivation.  Group advancements are usually considered in September, December and April.  Swimmer’s age-up date is established by the staff based upon the championship meet dates within that trimester.

 

Team Structure

In keeping with our objectives of providing a quality competitive and recreational swimming program for swimmers of all ages, abilities, and levels of interest, Team Greenville offers multiple levels of professional instruction and training. 

 

Age Group Training Groups

Discovery Group (Coach Erin):

Ages:                                   12 & Under

Practices Offered:              2 per week

Practice Length:                 30 minutes

Discovery is the first swimming group at Team Greenville.  Swimmers need to be able to swim a 25 yard freestyle with rotary breathing and a 25 yard backstroke.  Swimmers will be taught the mechanics and proper technique of all four competitive strokes, freestyle, backstroke, breastroke and butterfly.  Swimmers will be introduced to proper turns and diving.  There is a 20 swimmer cap on this group.

Equipment needed: Cap, goggles, small kickboard, mesh equipment bag, and long swim fins. 

 

Blue Development Group (Coach Danyelle):

Ages:                                   10 & Under

Practices Offered:              3 per week

Practice Length:                 Up to 1.25 Hours

Blue Development is primarily for swimmers age 6 and older who can perform a 25 of at least three strokes legally. Refining the four strokes and having fun are the main points of emphasis. Swimmers will also begin to focus on proper starts and turns. Swimmers may attend up to three practices per week.   There is a 50-swimmer cap on this group.  

Equipment needed: Cap, goggles, small kickboard, mesh equipment bag, long swim fins, Speedo Bullethead snorkel, and Speedo Liquid comfort nose clips (3). 

 

Blue Group (Coach Erin):

Ages:                                   10 & Under

Practices Offered:              4

Practice Length:                 1.25 Hours

Blue is primarily for swimmers age 9 and older that can swim the four competitive strokes legally and are ready to begin race strategy.   Blue Group swimmers aspire to achieve SC State cuts.   Swimmers must be able to legally complete a 50 of all four competitive strokes and a 100 IM. The focus is on proper technique, racing skills, and building basic endurance development. Swimmers may attend up to four practices per week. Regular practice attendance (2-3 per week) and meet participation is encouraged, but not required. There is a 50-swimmer cap on this group.  

Equipment needed: Cap, goggles, small kickboard, mesh equipment bag, long swim fins, Finis Agility Hand Paddles (size small or medium), Speedo Bullethead snorkel, and Speedo Liquid comfort nose clips (3).

 

Blue High Performance Group (Coach Danyelle):

Ages:                                   10 & Under

Practices Offered:              5

Practice Length:                 Up to 1.5 Hours

Blue High Performance is primarily for advanced swimmers age 9 and older. Swimmers must be able to perform a 200 IM. Swimmers prepare to compete at the State and Sectional level. This group focuses on further refinement of technique and racing skills. Swimmers receive enhanced swim training and are offered rigorous dryland training. Swimmers may attend up to 5 practices a week. Solid practice attendance (3-4 per week) and meet participation is strongly encouraged.   Swimmers that have achieved two 11-12 South Carolina State Cuts may attend Green High-Performance practices on Fridays.  There is a 40 swimmer cap on this group.  

Equipment needed: Cap, goggles, small kickboard, mesh equipment bag, long fins, pull buoy, Finis Agility Hand Paddles (size small or medium), Speedo Bullethead snorkel, and Speedo Liquid comfort nose clips (3).

 

 

Green Development Group (Coach TBA):

Ages:                                   11-12

Practices Offered:              4 per week

Practice Length:                 Up to 1.25 Hours

Green Development is primarily for swimmers age 11-12 that can swim the competitive strokes legally and are interested in year round competitive swimming.   Swimmers focus on proper starts, turns, and finishes. Swimmers may attend up to four practices per week.   There is a 25 swimmer cap on this group.   

Equipment needed: Cap, goggles, small kickboard, mesh equipment bag, long swim fins, Speedo Bullethead snorkel, and Speedo Liquid comfort nose clips (3). 

 

Green Group (Coach Tayla):

Ages:                                   11-12

Practices Offered:              5 per week

Practice Length:                 Up to 1.75 Hours

Green Group is primarily for advanced swimmers age 11-12 who aspire to achieve SC State cuts.   Swimmers should be able to train freestyle on a 1:40 per 100 yards base. Swimmers prepare for competition at the State and Sectional level. Technical excellence, more rigorous water and dryland practices, swimmer responsibility and commitment are emphasized. Swimmers are encouraged to average 3 practices per week but are not required.  There is a 35 swimmer cap on this group.  

Equipment needed: Cap, goggles, small kickboard, mesh equipment bag, long fins, pull buoy, Finis Agility Hand Paddles (size small or medium), Speedo Bullethead snorkel, and Speedo Liquid comfort nose clips (3).

 

Green High Performance Group (Coach Colton):

Ages:                                   11-12

Practices Offered:              6 per week

Practice Length:                 Up to 2.25 hours

Green High Performance is primarily for advanced swimmers age 11-12 who desire to swim on sectional level. Swimmers should be able to train freestyle on a 1:20 per 100 yards base. Swimmers prepare for competition at the State and Sectional level. Technical excellence, more rigorous water and dryland practices, swimmer responsibility and commitment are emphasized. Swimmers practice up to six days per week for two hours. Swimmers must average 4 practices per week to maintain placement in this group.   There is a 35 swimmer cap on this group.  

Equipment needed: Cap, goggles, small kickboard, mesh equipment bag, fins, pull buoy, Finis Agility Hand Paddles, Speedo Bullethead snorkel, and Speedo Liquid comfort nose clips (3). 

Senior (13+) Training Groups

Senior Development 2 (Coach TBA):

Ages:                                   13 & up

Practices Offered:              5 per week

Practice Length:                 1.25 hours

Senior Development II is primarily for swimmers age 13 and older who are serious about pursuing High School and USA competitive swimming to the State meet level and beyond.   Stroke technique is strongly emphasized. Swimmers may attend up to 5 practices a week, and there is not an attendance requirement.   Swimmers should be able to complete a 200 IM and train freestyle on a 1:40 per 100 yard base. This group focuses on goal setting, practice commitment, personal development and responsibility. Strong commitment to attendance; personal responsibility; and participation in Championship meets are expected.    

Equipment needed: Cap, goggles, fins, small kickboard, mesh equipment bag, pull buoy, large or extra-large hand paddles, Speedo Bullethead snorkel, and Speedo Liquid comfort nose clips (3). 

 

Senior Development 1 (Coach TBA):

Ages:                                   13 & up

Practices Offered:              6 per week

Practice Length:                 Up to 2 hours

Senior Development I Group is primarily for swimmers age 13 and older who are serious about pursuing High School and USA competitive swimming to the State meet level and beyond.   Stroke technique is strongly emphasized.   Swimmers should be able to complete a 400 IM and train freestyle on at least a 1:20 per 100 yards base. This group focuses on goal setting, practice commitment, personal development and responsibility. Strong commitment personal responsibility; and participation in scheduled Championship meets are expected.   Swimmers must maintain a 70% attendance average to remain on this group.   

Equipment needed: Cap, goggles, small kickboard, mesh equipment bag, Speedo short blade fins, pull buoy, , Finis Agility Hand Paddles (size medium or large), Speedo Bullethead snorkel, and Speedo Liquid comfort nose clips (3). 

 

Junior (Coach TBA):

Ages:                                   13-14

Practices Offered:              6 per week

Practice Length:                 Up to 2 hours

Junior is primarily for swimmers ages 13-14 who desire to swim on the Senior level.  Swimmers should be able to train freestyle on a 1:30 per 100 yards base.  Swimmers are preparing to swim at the State level.  Technical excellence, more rigorous water and dryland practices, personal accountability and commitment are emphasized.  Swimmers must maintain a 70% attendance average to remain on this group.   

Equipment needed: Cap, goggles, small kickboard, mesh equipment bag, Speedo short blade fins, pull buoy, Finis Agility Hand Paddles (size medium or large), Speedo Bullethead snorkel, and Speedo Liquid comfort nose clips (3). 

 

Junior High Performance (Coach Tayla):

Ages:                                   13-14

Practices Offered:              6 per week

Practice Length:                 Up to 2.75 hours

Junior High Performance is for swimmers ages 13-14 who desire to swim at the Sectional Level.  Swimmers should be able to train freestyle on a 1:20 per 100 yards base.  Swimmers are preparing to swim at the Sectional level and above.  Technical excellence, more rigorous water and dryland practice, personal accountability and commitment are emphasized. Swimmers must maintain a 75% attendance average to remain on this group.   

Equipment needed: Cap, goggles, small kickboard, mesh equipment bag, fins, pull buoy, Finis Agility Hand Paddles (size medium or large), Speedo Bullethead snorkel, and Speedo Liquid comfort nose clips (3). 

 

Senior (Coach Colton):

Ages:                                   13+

Practices Offered:              6 per week

Practice Length:                 Up to 2.25 hours

Senior Group is primarily for swimmers age 15 and older who are serious about pursuing USA competitive swimming to the Sectional level and beyond.   Stroke technique is strongly emphasized. Fitness and performance levels are increased utilizing progressive pool and dryland training. Swimmers should be able to complete a 400 IM and train freestyle on at least a 1:15 per 100 yard base. This group focuses on goal setting, practice commitment, personal development and responsibility. Strong commitment to attendance; personal responsibility; and participation in scheduled Championship meets are expected. For optimal development swimmers should practice 5-6 times per week. A minimum of 75% average attendance is expected to remain in this group, attendance requirements will be monitored monthly.    

Equipment needed: Cap, goggles, small kickboard, mesh equipment bag, Arena Power Fin Pro Fins, pull buoy, Finis Agility Hand Paddles (size medium or large), Speedo Bullethead snorkel, and Speedo Liquid comfort nose clips (3). 

 

Senior High Performance (Coach Karl):

Ages:                                   13+

Practices Offered:              8 per week

Practice Length:                 Up to 3 hours

Senior High Performance is primarily for swimmers age 15 and older who are dedicated to pursuing competitive swimming at the highest levels of competition. Stroke technique and racing skills are strongly emphasized. High fitness and performance levels are achieved utilizing advanced pool and dryland training sessions. Swimmers should be able to train freestyle on at least a 1:10 per 100 yards base. This group focuses on leadership, performance goal setting and training commitment, personal accountability and responsibility. Swimmers will maximize training preparation to achieve high performance results at National level competition. Practice is offered 8 times per week for 2 to 3 hours. Senior High Performance swimmers will maintain full commitment to attendance (minimum 85%); personal responsibility; and full participation in scheduled championship meets, attendance requirements will be monitored monthly.     

Equipment needed: Cap, goggles, small kickboard, mesh equipment bag, Arena Power Fin Pro Fins, pull buoy, Finis Agility Hand Paddles (size medium or large), Speedo Bullethead snorkel, and Speedo Liquid comfort nose clips (3).